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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
    3 out of 5 stars

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74 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Touring.
  • 320i SE 5dr

    Clive Underhill Date: 10/11/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      34

    My car

    I chose a 320i SE petrol model over the diesel. My logic was that it was a lower cost to buy and a sportier drive. I have not been disappointed. Every time I drive this car it is a pleasure and I like the reassurance of all the safety features like brake assist. I have no idea why some don't like the run-flat tyres. This is another reassuring safety feature and I haven't noticed a noise issue. So far the maintenance costs have been almost non-existent. In 25k miles £100 for an oil change Next service due at 32k miles. This is down to BMW's intelligent service onboard computer which keeps track of what needs doing and when. Only worry is the residuals; much less than I expected when I bought new, so now these are a great used buy. One question for BMW: does premium fuel boost performance (the manual says YES, the salesman said NO)

  • 325i M Sport 5dr

    Andrew Kendall , . Date: 06/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I have owned this car from new, 06/06 and covered 31k miles having driven across Europe a number of times on family holidays. I like this car a lot, but it’s not all good news..

    These cars lose big money. After 2yrs it’s worth £13k trade in. That's a £19k drop. Thanks to the BMW manager & Family Purchase scheme from the BMW and Mini plants the market in the midlands is flooded with nearly new cars. This has destroyed the used values. On the plus side, I am looking forward to changing in 12 mnths to a 330i which will have lost at least £10k at under a year old.

    If you like to listen to music (most do) upgrade the speakers. I have the Logic7 which is outstanding. The standard hi-fi is a disgrace. Most don’t road test the stereo so take your favourite CD and try it. I would also opt for the USB if you have an iPod. With the aux plug under the arm rest you can’t change tracks when on the move.

    I have had no issues with the run flats. I have Michelin Pilot Sports, which lasted 28,000 miles but all 4 need replacing at the same time (perfect balance) to the tune of £900! I have not noticed any tramlining.

    I get 30mpg day to day and 34mpg on a run. Check out the opening rear screen, a real benefit when fully loaded with holiday stuff.

    I have had a few glitches, but it has never let me down. Service from Sytner Solihull is very good, although charging for cleaning after a service is a rip off.

  • 325i SE 5dr

    Jean Irving , West Sussex . Date: 31/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the car for 2 months now and I love it ! Typical solid BMW build with those extra little thoughtful additions e.g. small lights under each door handle which come light up enough to see the keys / short out coins etc. I usually buy BMW diesels - but this petrol engine was so economical -v- the cost of the diesel that I opted for the petrol. For the power and engine size the car tax is good too. I usually go for the M model, but the SE is great as they seem to have sorted out the annoying 'tracking' that the wider tyres of the M caused. Also pleased they have sorted out the I-Drive - I am a technophobe and even I can work it ! Its menu driven and very easy to use. A great BMW which is great to drive and own.

  • 320d Edition SE 5dr

    Lex Le Feuvre , Moray . Date: 27/08/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    Bought this June '08. Lots of extras, bluetooth phone, memory heated seats, comfort (keyless) access, upgraded stereo, xenon cornering lights with auto dipping, rain sensor, auto lights on, headlight wash and auto load adjustment. Full leather, paint, better wheels, M-steering wheel are standard with the edition. And overall cost me only £28.5k. Which I think is really good value. If you are thinking of buying one, now is the time half way through the model's life with the edition offers. I had a Volvo V50 before and this is really in a different league in every respect. It does look a wee bit odd and the rear is a bit boring, it is low slung and access to the rear is low too but I do kind of like it's sleek looks. I like the new Audi A4 outside but never liked their interiors and can't understand comments here about the superiority of the Audi cabin - which has always felt and looked naff to me and targeted at those on the wrong side of 50 - which actually I am too but the BMW makes me feel younger - when I drive it! I have done a couple of thousand miles in the BMW, it drives superbly, is tight, corners very well, great responsive direct steering, smooth, powerful and quiet. Run flat tyres have not been any bother even on some of the rough roads up here in the Highlands. The gear box has loosened up and is now quite slick. Economy is very good - I got nearly 60mpg on a tour to the West Coast of Scotland and about 45mpg on short commutes.

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