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BMW 3 SERIES Saloon 2005‑2011

4.6
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BMW 3 Series Saloon

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aj_93

320d Efficient Dynamics... Almost Perfect

BMW 3 SERIES 320d EfficientDynamics 4dr (Review date: 28th October '14)

4.8

Let's start off by saying if you have a need for practicality then forget the saloon. Especially if it doesn't have folding rear seats like mine. I find it scandalous that company's charge for something which should be standard in my eyes. Can't see how a family could live with the 3 series saloon, but it's fine for me who doesn't have a family.

That's the only bad point about this car. The rest is pretty much perfect.

Economy is no what BMW claim but it still does 51mpg around town and 70-80mpg on a run which is superb. That's better than my friends 1.4tdci fiesta..!!!

Performance is strong from the 2.0l 161bhp engine. Not electrifyingly fast but still fast enough to show boy racers where to go. Overtaking is a piece of cake with plenty of torque. It handles well. Plenty of grip, which gives you confidence on B roads.

The 16" alloys certainly don't do the car any favours in the styling department like the halogen headlights, they look cheap and tatty. Defiantly go for a 3 series with xenons.

But the wheels do contribute to the smooth ride and the tyres are cheap to replace for a car of this side.

(Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance- £69 per tyre)

Reliability is sound. Mines done 63k and passed its MOT with no advisories. Servicing may look expensive but it does last 2 years.

At the end of day there is no disputing that this is a quality product. It doesn't disappoint.

One thing I would say is to find one with xenon headlights leather, and the professional sat nav. They really do add to the value of the car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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barbour

My 2010 BMW 318d manual se

BMW 3 SERIES 318d SE 4dr (Review date: 24th October '14)

2.3

In the 18 months of owning this car it's been back to Stratstone BMW for many repairs and problems issues with electrics - full new suspension and gear box faults this was the final straw was when the gear box went completely on it last week and it went in and I've left it there it's been replaced under warranty but at a cost of £3800 it's a good job it was under used car warranty , I've told bmw to keep the car as after this I don't want it back, they have offered to buy the car back from me for market value witch is good of BMW I suppose. this car had only covered 56000 miles it should not be having those sort of problems . It would have to be something very special to ever tempt me to buy another BMW

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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benji87

318d ES 2008

BMW 3 SERIES 318d ES [143] 4dr (Review date: 14th September '14)

4.5

Everyone should own a BMW. This ES model is basic and doesn't come with any extras, however the drive is second to none. Sitting and driving a BMW vehicle compared to any other I have test driven, oozes quality.

Despite the model being entry level, it still looks great and engine is obviously the same as any other trim and fuel efficiency is great. I am in the process of buying a newer one with more toys but in my desperation to not see the back of it, I convinced my partner she should have mine and get rid of hers. She had a decent drive today and agrees with me totally.. Nothing compares to driving a BMW.

The whole experience is amazing so even if the budget is restrictive, buy an old one. Don't settle for something else!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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hussainahmed

Excellent driving

BMW 3 SERIES 320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto (Review date: 18th June '14)

4.8

This is an excellent car. Very smooth in driving and reliable. I owned for 18 months and used it for daily commuting and had no major issues with that.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dejau

bmw

BMW 3 SERIES 320i SE 4dr (Review date: 13th April '14)

4.8

Is it smooth on the road, a pleasure to drive, fast on the road,Is it sustainable for long periods and well-built.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jackiemaria

320D SE 2006

BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 27th March '14)

5

FANTASTIC CAR/SPEC..A MUST HAVE,VERY PRACTICAL,SPORTS,FAMILY CAR. VERY GOOD FUEL CONSUMPTION,GOOD BOOT SIZE,.STYLISH CAR.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jeremyshere

A real wolf in sheep's clothing

BMW 3 SERIES 330d SE 4dr (Review date: 8th March '14)

5

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.

Negative's first

I will get rid of the bumpy run flats.

This is standard equipment for the police.

Positives

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.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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minter_bmw

Im 21 - Makes me feel amazing

BMW 3 SERIES 320d ES 4dr (Review date: 19th December '13)

4.5

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!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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aaloo

\Super Car

BMW 3 SERIES 330d SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 26th November '13)

4.8

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.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jjretre4d

Driving pleasure for two in comfort

BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 25th November '13)

4.5

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.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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