Exceptionally reliable and built to last. For the power of the engine, the running costs are very good, averaging 28 miles per gallon.
The cost of servicing based on a service being required approximately every 15,000 miles is also very good. The service from dealer is very good also.
This car looks fantastic inside and out and has lots of toys which I love! Driving the car however, does not quite live up to my expectations. It's great on motorways (so long as you have a nice smooth surface to drive on), fast and quiet despite being a diesel. However, this car tramlines like mad, on country or town roads it's awful. The gears are a bit notchy, but I kind of like that. The brakes are a little slow for the pace of the car.
The offset driving position suits some people, but unfortunately not me. If you have lower back problems avoid this car. Boot space is good - I'm not carrying large loads, but it's great for pushchairs, luggage, shopping etc. The rear screen opens using the remote key and gives you access to the boot space so saves you opening the boot. Average MPG is 35, I do drive reasonably fast but not excessively so.
I've had this car four months now and we will be parting company for two reasons: backache and that awful tramlining! BMW 330d Sport Touring: love it or hate it - I'm in the hate camp.
Take away the rear view mirror and you wouldn't believe that this car is an estate car, add the 150bhp common rail diesel engine for performance then go find yourself some boy-racers to embarass from the lights and show them it`s better to have class than look an ass.
Have now had this car for 3 years and 54,000 miles and it has been a pleasure to own.
Although there have been a few problems (mostly minor stuff) the dealer has gone out of their way to correct any faults and their customer service is amazing. The dealer service is what makes the extra money spent over say, a Mondeo, worthwhile.
The car rides and handles very well, the engine is quiet and refined and the car is quite comfortable.
I find that there is plenty of room inside for most people (although I sometimes find the headroom a bit short up front) and the boot is a good size and well trimmed.
I think I'll be keeping this car for some time yet but when I do replace it, I can't imagine it being with anything other than another BMW.
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