I bought this car through the BMW Premium Selection Programme a few months ago.
The car drives wonderfully and has plenty pace. The cabin is refined and very comfortable, although maybe a little lacking in headroom.
Unfortunately, I am less unimpressed with the reliability of this car. I've been back to the dealership 3 times with mysterious warning light problems. Two weeks ago, the car died in the fast lane of the motorway. I got towed to a local dealership where they replaced the ignition coils and fuel pump under warranty.
Great to drive and not too sluggish either for a 318d. Good seat position. Rear room is better than I expected On the whole I am really pleased with this car.
This is the first BMW that I have had, and it will be the last. the failure of all four ignition coils over a period of 6 months ( the first at 18 months old) and the aggravation of 4 warranty visits does not inspire great confidence in build quality. Fuel consumption is nowhere near what is quoted and the handling apart from in dry conditions is apalling.
Previously have had Jag X types ( 4x4 and FWD versions) and the build and reliabilty was much better. Handling was also execellent in all road conditions - shame they are stopping production!
It is a "Driving Machine", no question about it. Build quality is second to none. It is a company car and it is cheaper for the Edition version, which provides a lot of extra, comparing to standard SE version.
The only disppointment is mpg, I can only do 37-38 mpg on motorway (average 65 mph) and less than 30 in town. A combined 200 mile motorway and 200 mile around London would give 31mpg only.
The storage space is not great, I am struggling to put my CDs in the car.
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