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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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187 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 318d 4dr

    tim flynn , kent . Date: 23/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    5 years and 125,000 miles and it has never managed 30,000 miles without breaking down, 5 times with the same thing (ignition coils) which BMW say is a regular thing..well thats ok then! Once on holiday in France what an episode that was. Its only the 1800cc 115BHP engine so power delivery comes in sharply at 2500 revs so it needs driving quite hard unfortunately thats not me so it makes for jerky and uncomfortable driving. Should have a got a bigger engine. After 5 years not a rattle or sqeak in the cabin and everything shuts solidly and as new, steering has never wobbled and until recently hand brake barely needed adjustment between services. Brilliant handling, throw it into a corner and it goes round like its on rails but still soaks up bumps and pot holes wihtout complaint. Managed 37.2 MPG on the petrol unit and never ever turned the aircon off. Overal great package let down by atrocious reliability.

  • 320i SE 4dr

    costas christoforou Date: 10/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I need some advice about replacing the run flat Bridgestone tires. Also I experience some low engine response on low revs especially with 2nd gear, any idea someone?

  • 320d Edition ES 4dr

    steve atkey Date: 07/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Picked up a 320D 50,000 miles ago - this is definately a car that grows on you! When i first picked it up after having an Audi a4 my first thought was i've made a big mistake and i'm stuck with it for 80,000 miles! . The car felt twitchy and i had no confidence in driving it swiftly. After a few thousand miles i realised that i had become so used to front wheel drive cars that the response from the RW BMW was some thing i had missed and i then began to enjoy it. This really is a drivers car and needs to be pushed . The interior is a bit of a let down compared to others but it does what you need. Forget about all this nonsense regarding run flat tyres and hard suspensions - this is what you need ! if you want a sofa get a merc! if you like driving get this. I also have been returning 40MPG on a tank some motorway , some town , some country lanes!! not bad considering. looking at upgrading for a new car as this ones getting on - not much out there that would move me away from a three series- possibly a 5 series ( if my company will let me !!)

    hope this helps.

  • 320d Edition ES 4dr

    kirsty smith , berkshire . Date: 05/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have to say, having taken delivery of this car yesterday as a temporary car (thank god) it is a total piece of sh**!!. It is really heavy to drive, you need to be a Geoff Capes to get it into reverse and it is really uncomfortable. Also if you are a small female - retriving bottles of wine from the passenger footwell is nearly impossible due to the height of the centre consul!!! It is quite quick though. Much prefer my Saab.

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