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BMW 3 SERIES Estate 2005‑2012
79 owner reviews for BMW 3 SERIES Estate 2005‑2012
A great car to drive, reliable and versatile
BMW 3 SERIES 320i SE 5dr (Review date: 8th April '13)
This is my second BMW, I am only selling it because I have been given a company car.
A real pleasure to drive. Versatile and loves cruising on long journeys. Fun on steep winding country roads.
I you want it for short urban journeys, it is a bit greedy on the fuel, BUT you have have the comfort of heated front seats in the winter and a niffty gadget to keep the car warm , if you stop for a bit you cand stop the windows freezing. Fantastic air con - cools in seconds on the hottest of days.
Quite low mileage for it's age.
Most of it's miles have been on the motorway.
Alloys could do with some attention.
I will be sad to see it go.
bmw 330i tourer 2008
BMW 3 SERIES 330i SE  5dr Auto (Review date: 29th January '13)
please help I have heavy right foot
BMW 3 SERIES 330i M Sport 5dr (Review date: 5th January '13)
Like the 330i, wife does only 4 miles a day so economy is not a problem, when I do get to drive it, its very good, and quick, makes a great noise. When we go out, it can take our little boy, the dog, the pram, our stuff, shopping etc. Try fitting that in a golf.
Had several parts from bmw under warranty including new rear box as has flap to open/ close depending on how vigourous you are driving. this failed and happily was replaced, also water pump replaced. door handels stick sometimes. so not been as reliable as would expect but really good to drive, great all round family car, and breathes fire when I am on my own.
Great drivers car, but uncomfortable and unreliable
BMW 3 SERIES 320d Edition SE 5dr Auto (Review date: 11th September '12)
Good: handling on a smooth A road is phenomenaly good. Auto gearbox is much better than my old C Class, and in sport mode it is fast and fun. Nice to drive around town and parking sensors in the rear help. Felt tight and well built. Looks cool too.
Bad: Reliability, mine ate its own engine at 155000 miles (not high for a premium German car). Standard leather seats were comfy for 40 mins only as there was no lumbar or tilt or thigh adjustment (just up/down) and were flat and hard. Suspension that is so brilliant on sweeping A roads is harsh the rest of the time. Susceptible to side winds and tramlines over ruts. Tyres on 17 inch alloys make a din on the motorway, Efficient dynamics switches off power steering on motorway, so steering becomes heavy and all those tiny inputs you have to make are heavier than on a normal hydraulically assisted car, again, this is tiring after a few hours. Stereo sounded like it was made by fisherprice.
If you have the mythical empty A road commute then this is a good drivers car, If you have a normal commute, this car is uncomfortable and restless.
TERRIBLE LONGEVITY for a 30 grand car !
BMW 3 SERIES 330d M Sport 5dr (Review date: 20th August '12)
This is my 28th car (in 36 years) and I can honestly say that it is easily the best to date. This is the first BMW I have had and I can see now what all the fuss is about. I intend to stick with this marque from now on.
I bought the car with nearly 90k on it and I need not have worried. With regular servicing they just run and run and it still feels like its done 20k.
It is superbly built and feels like its built first and priced second not the other way round. No spares after 2 years.
Size is good, equipment great (especially if you can find one with all the options making a £40k car!) and I love the wood and beige leather interior on mine.
The 3.0 litre Diesel engine, gearbox, brakes and handling are brilliant and I get a regular 38 mpg with 42 mpg on a run. Roadtax at £215, insurance (on the West Coast of Scotland) at £360, long lasting run flats and great value retention make it quite cheap to run actually.
Only crits are around the pretty hard ride and heavy gearbox and I would definitely consider a 335D Auto next.
Do yourself a favour, get one!
335d touring "07"
BMW 3 SERIES 335d M Sport 5dr Auto (Review date: 5th June '12)
This is by far the best car I have owned. When I was thinking about getting one, all the comments I heard was oh really bad in the snow. Well the snow came, I had 4 winter tyres on the car and it never missed a beat (I stay in the highlands of Scotland), I obviously drove with a bit more care but it never moved i honestly could not think what all the fuss was about......that was in the winter, in the summer when it is dry (very rarely I know) this car is brilliant. Stayin in the highlands there is a lot of single A roads, A9 bein the main road, this is where this car does the business. It's built for over taken the acceleration from 40-70 or above is brilliant a little gap appears no need to wait for the turbo to kick in is there in an instant......just a couple of things when it is wet it can get a little bit twitchy when cornering but that's driving extremely quick and the road tax on mine 07 plate £245 I know slightly newer models are a bit cheaper, but I can''t speak highly enough about this car it's great.
BMW 330D MSport
BMW 3 SERIES 330d M Sport 5dr Auto (Review date: 8th May '12)
BMW 320d SE Touring
BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 5dr (Review date: 5th March '12)
I have owned this 2006 BMW 320d SE Touring for about 18 months.
I purchased it when it was 4 years old with 110k miles on the clock, it has proven to be reliable with one issue which meant the front door acutaor needed replacing (under warranty from the garage I purchased from).
The car is well equipped in the SE trim with all mod cons, it is economical on motorway runs average 50mpg and town driving 35mpg with a heavyish right foot. I have overed 20k miles since owning and does everything i ask of it. It is quick enough to be interesting but not so quick that insurance and economy becomes expensive.
The Touring (estate) is brill with dual opening boot so it opens at the rear window for quick access to things at top of the boot, it stops all your shooping falling out!
The car feels very well built and have considered other cars to replace this one but nothing feels as good for the money.
BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 5dr (Review date: 24th February '12)
The BMW 3 series estate is a stylish yet practical car, well suited for those with children and pets, who need to transport large amounts of rugby kits, shopping and wet muddy dogs. Its looks are often admired and it is practical and reliable, although as with many BMWs can be a bit nerve-wracking in snowy/icy conditions.
The 2 most frustrating aspects of this particular model are a) the idle speed - it is unforgiving in the wrong gear and stalls if not revved sufficiently (which some may feel is over-revved) and b) the indicators which are so sensitive they flick from left to right when trying to turn them off, causing irritation to you and confusing those around you.
powerful car with good running costs.
BMW 3 SERIES 320d M Sport  5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)