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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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21 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Touring.
  • 318i SE 5dr

    miqdad bohra , cheshire . Date: 21/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this W reg beamer for two years now. I purchased it privately at 57k. I had to replace the brake pipes as it failed its MOT last year, which was covered by BMW warranty (still under warranty) and the rear suspension springs snapped at the same time (not covered by BMW).

    The gear lever is very stiff (for the first and reverse gears) and I have had the clutch plate / gear box checked, but no problems were found. Apart from this, no other problems. Drives like a dream with a very responsive steering wheel. Just turn it slightly and the car repsonds in a superb way.

    Its done 74k now and still runs and looks like new. My mechanic could not believe it is a W reg. Well, I have maintained it like that for the last 2 years. Very comfortable for the passengers too and my wife really enjoys the drive.

    I am selling it off now as becasue of change of jobs, I have to drive 120 miles everyday...which is very expensive in a 2 l petrol. Overall, it is a fantastic car to own, drive and fall in love with. best part it is that despite being an estate, it looks very sporty and not like other boring middle-aged estates

  • 318i SE 5dr

    Farid Bagirli , South Yorkshire . Date: 14/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I own BMW 318i se touring for 4 months now. I bought her, when she was 7 years old.I would say, i had view problems with her, but when i am driving her, she can put smile on my face. Common problems are rear suspension spring, my were snaped. cooling system, had to replace termostat ABS sensor failed after 7 years, forgivible i can tell that parts still pricy, even being 7 years old car. Would advice, to find Bmw local carage, dealers are really excpensive. Good points is, ITS BMW.

  • 318i ES 5dr

    graham walker , surrey . Date: 01/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Review of a 2003 model 318i ES Touring.

    Although only a 2.0-litre in some respects, it feels just as quick as the 320i I used to own, and is almost as refined but with better running costs.

    Its ride and handling are exceptional, especially with the sports suspension on the ES model. Space and practicality are more than reasonable (although rear legroom could be a bit more generous) with the estate being ideal as a dog carrier. (There's a scuff plate on rear bumper).

    Its quality is excellent. The dealer service is second to none. As an overall package I would say the 318i ES touring is hard to beat.

  • 320d Sport 5dr

    Niall McQuitty Date: 15/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is the third 3 Series I have had, a 318Ti compact and 328i SE Tourer being the previous models, both E30s.

    Moving from the 328i to the 320d, I was concerned that I might lose out on some performance, but the mid-range shove from the 2.0 diesel really is very good. It's so good in fact that I really don't miss the 328 on a day-to-day basis. That said, the diesel does run out of revs a bit quick in lower gears and four cylinders are no match for six, but given the ability to do mid 40s to the gallon, these are small prices to pay.

    The sports pack makes a big difference to the handling compared to the 328i, with steering response an absolute dream. A lot is written about the downsides of having ludicrously low-profile tyres and large wheels and whilst the ride can be a bit firm, and the tug of the steering demands continuous concentration, the advantages in terms of handling are well worth it.

    Build quality is what you would expect. To date I have only had to replace a main headlight bulb and a headlight washer in a total of eight years ownership outside of consumables, and the 328i was eight years old when I traded it in.

    Internal comfort is very good, the sports seats are very comfy even after 700 miles of driving, and for a small car it can carry plenty of luggage too. Only the slighty offset driving position mars the otherwise near-perfect driving position, but again it's easliy forgiven.

    Overall, a truly excellent driver's car.

BMW 3 Series Touring

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