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BMW 3 SERIES Saloon 2005‑2011
194 owner reviews for BMW 3 SERIES Saloon 2005‑2011
A real wolf in sheep's clothing
BMW 3 SERIES 330d SE 4dr (Review date: 8th March '14)
You are probably reading this, whilst considering buying an economical version, having owned a 320 D (e46) for 5 years its ticked all the right boxes for me. The 330 D (e90) costs the same in road tax and fuel economy as the 320 D, the real difference is Power. Its really quick and the straight six sounds really sweet on full chat, you just want to floor it everywhere, yet it really does have perfect poise when driving round town. Leave it in a high gear and it just plods round comfortably. Handling is crisp, bit bumpy with the run flats, but those will be changed for better quality non run flats. Best advice just look and save a bit more for a 330D.
I will get rid of the bumpy run flats.
This is standard equipment for the police.
Nice interior not to bling.
0 to 60 = 6 seconds back to 0 in a very short distance.
Sheer 520 nm of torque turns this car into a rocket ship.
Say bye bye to boy racers and 4X4 chancers.
Get one that has high spec.
Im 21 - Makes me feel amazing
BMW 3 SERIES 320d ES 4dr (Review date: 19th December '13)
Ive had a 1 series BMW and loved it but it just wasn't enough car for the money you pay for the badge.
My 320D is perfect! no other word for it. My friend has an audi A3 Sline black edition. His interior is better than the BMW but as soon as you pull away you know which you'd rather be driving. The BMW has more power, more torque, more comfort and style.
The audi is slightly more economical as its lighter and the engine is tuned for efficiency but id trade 5mpg for the performance anyday.
Only critique is rear seats not folding down is a bit cheap and no rear wiper....bmw saving pennies.
All in all a brilliant buy and holds value well!
BMW 3 SERIES 330d SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 26th November '13)
Had a Z4 year ago and a VW Polo in between. This car is the perfect blend of the two - really fun to drive with plenty of torque and looks great but combines really well with practicality with the Polo. Is actually pretty fuel efficient for a 3.0L engine. Plenty of space in the rear seats and the boot and is ideal for a family of four.
Highly recommended and you wont really go far wrong owning one of these.
Driving pleasure for two in comfort
BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 25th November '13)
Having replaced a Skoda Octavia with the Bavarian I am struck by the excellent ride qualities: quiet, smooth, comfortable, everything the Skoda was not. Do not notice the run flats as the ride is good even for 'mature' joints. There is an absence of internal storage, however plenty for two people, a family with children might have problems as to where to put the bits and pieces, this is unlike the Skoda which hade plenty of internal stoarge.
Have had two previous BMWs and most happy to return to the fold for the following treasons:
Drives great (not been in snow/ice yet!)
Economical @40 average - I have a very light right foot.
Good acceleration if needed.
Auto gearbox smooth as silk.
Excellent vision assisted by parking sensor.
Room in the back for two, third would stuggle.
One set of golf clubs and trolley fits easy, by putting in trolly first.
Cannot say about reliablity yet, however it is a machine, due to this I found the vehicle at a franchised dealer and it came with a proper history, low miles, 12 months MOT, 6 months tax, paint and upholstory protection, 12 months BMW warenty and bottle of wine. Also got excellent attention from Lloyd Blackpool after I'd paid the money and a windscreen issue raised its head.
The Bavarian ticks all my boxes.
Great Car when in warranty
BMW 3 SERIES 320d  M Sport 4dr (Review date: 22nd November '13)
I have had this car for 18 months now. It's been very good on fuel and covers long distances without any bother. Only downside is that the timing chain was starting to give trouble, this was done under warranty. A 4000 pound job that is sadly all too common on the 2.0 diesel. Comfort is good even with the M sport suspension maybe the seats could be a bit more generous as they are 2 inches narrower than the older E46 cars. Runflats have given me no issues, you need to keep an eye on the tyre pressures. Power is 184 bhp and this is adequate for today's congested roads. A good car to own but get a good warranty as the timing chain issue can destroy and engine in no time if left to it's own devices. I will go back to a 6 cylinder diesel next - much less bother and fast.
BMW 3 SERIES 320d M Sport 4dr (Review date: 7th October '13)
This is a fun car to drive, it grips the road well and handles like a dream. I got the E90 163BHP 320d, the diesels are the ones to go for as they have strong reliable engines, go like the stink and have a good fuel economy.
If your Mr Practical and like to carry doors in your boot the saloon isn't the car for you. But its good enough for your everyday supermarket shopping. The suspension on the m sport models is firm and the steering wheel is a little heavier, than SE models . Along with the run flat tyres and bigger alloys the ride can get uncomfortable especially with the potholes. However the car certainly looks better lowered with the m sport bumpers, Manual gearboxes are good, heated seats are a must have for those cold mornings.
The running costs are ok, but if it does go wrong i'm sure BMW parts aren’t cheap! But I haven't experienced this as the car is reliable.
To sum up its a good family car!
BMW - it's good to be back!
BMW 3 SERIES 320i ES 4dr (Review date: 6th October '13)
Just got back into a BMW after a six month nightmare with a Renault Laguna! Back in June I purchased a 320i ES Petrol on a 55 plate, even with 96,000 on the clock this car still performs. As with all my previous Bimmers this car is so easy to drive, long journeys are relaxing as the engine eats up motorways, the MPGs are very good (34 to the gallon) and that's with a heavy right foot. Road holding and suspension are excellent too. I use an independent BMW service centre to keep running costs down. One thing I do miss are the rear parking sensors as the bootline is quite high, and the run-flat tyres can make the ride a little firmer than it should be. Still it's good to be back!