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Miraculous economy and power
BMW 3 SERIES 320d EfficientDynamics 4dr (Review date: 10th June '14)
After a couple of false starts with a batch of dodgy steering racks (my car had 2 replaced in the first 3 months), which spoilt the enjoyment of owning a brand new car somewhat, I eventually got the car I ordered and was able to start to love it. The 320d ED is a miracle. A limousine when you want it to be and a gutsy sport saloon at the flick of a switch. Great power from the twin turbo deisel, masses of torque. I get 52mpg around town, but I do drive it quite vigorously. Yet, if you drive it like your family is strapped to the bonnet, well I once got 86.6mpg on a combined trip from Birmingham to Bristol, door to door. I just don't know how they manage to get a 2.0L deisel to do that, be both powerful and frugal. Looks beautiful too. Spec'd up its a fantastic toy. Permanent 3G connection allows you to find a quality restaurant local to the car, call them, book a table, all while on the move and be sitting down to dinner within half an hour. It's an incredible piece of kit. Would highly recommend it as a family car. Practical, safe, economic and most of all, loads of fun when you want it to be.
Economy with Performance
BMW 3 SERIES 330d M Sport 4dr Step Auto (Review date: 27th December '13)
After 6 months and 15k miles the 330d M Sport continues to bring a smile to my face. The wheels have been swopped for winter tyres and it doesn't look as cool as it does with the summer alloys, but I am not taking risks in winter with so much torque through the rear wheels.
The car is averaging about 50mpg on mainly motorways, but when I need to move quickly, I know it's has loads of power available instantly. The car is highly spec'd but doesn't have neon lights which is unfortunate. Normal lights are not that bright. However, I do like the fact that the car is understated; it doesn't attract attention and looks like an ordinary 3 series to the observer. The difference is in how it drives; it will out-accelerate most cars, but what I like most is the fact it will cruise at 80mph whilst ticking over at 1700 rpm in comfort mode. In other words the car is hardly working at cruising speed and thus gives 50mpg and feels totally relaxed. That makes for an easy drive down the motorway. I am sure the 320d is great as well, but I wanted the straight 6 because I believe it's the best diesel engine in the world. It is smooth, balanced and has unstoppable torque on tap. Great high speed cruiser in a car that is practical and comfortable.
320d SE Niggles
BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 4dr (Review date: 29th November '13)
Had this pre-reg car since it had 12 miles on the clock and generally pleased with it. Fit and finish good, drives well but let down by the iDrive system either failing completely or the display flickering. Also had the car go into limp home mode on one occasion. Not a problem as I stopped, turned it off and it has never returned. Just a bit unnerving as I keep expecting it to happen again. Good MPG for a car with over 180 bhp. Can't fault the dealer, trying their best to sort problems out. Wouldn't want this particular car out of warranty though.
330d M Sport - Incredible car!
BMW 3 SERIES 330d M Sport 4dr Step Auto (Review date: 25th October '13)
Picked up my new F30 330d M Sport in Mineral Grey w/ black leather + lots of toys last week.
The car is nothing short of a revelation; superb handling, lots of power, excellent 8 speed automatic transmission and some of the best optional extras available currently. The Heads Up Display is surprisingly useful and really helps ensure that you keep your eyes on the road.
Switching between the driving modes; Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+, noticeably changes the feel of the cars suspension, steering, gear ratios and performance. I have had this on other cars and this version is very different. It is like having four cars in one!
If you are shopping around for a second hand model, do try and find an example with as many optional extras as possible, they really do make a difference to the experience.
Huge recommendation from this owner.
Drive the best
BMW 3 SERIES 320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto (Review date: 11th September '13)
This is simply a stunning, enjoyable car to drive that keeps you smiling with every mile you cover. I still want to look for excuses to drive it as it's so much fun even after covering 24,000 miles in 12 months.
It's the first diesel I have ever bought, being a strong petrol head right up to the point of driving this car. I actually asked BMW for a test drive in the 320i but having tried this car first, I realized a petrol version wasn't going to be an improvement and I have owned 5 previous BMW's all petrol.
I bought this car exactly as it arrived in the showroom loaded with £6,500 of extras. Active headlamps with high beam assist is an absolute must, cleverly switching on and off the high beam automatically without ever dazzling other drivers. The automatic gearbox has 3 modes and 8 gears and never gets caught in the wrong gear. I would recommend the Lane change system, another clever device, but the part I can't live without is the 'i' drive system. You send destinations to the car remotely from your PC or use the app' on your iphone making it so easy to plan your journey and download from BMW website on the move. The car is supremely capable of eating up the miles without effort or strain and has a chassis that makes pushing on a rewarding and enjoyable experience across country roads with enough torque for effortless overtaking when you need it. It handles brilliantly and the feedback to the driver is simply a real pleasure to experience. I've had many other top brand cars and they have all been very good, I just find this has an edge over all of them and every mile shows it deserves the reputation as leader in it's class.
BMW 3 SERIES 318d SE 4dr Step Auto (Review date: 14th June '13)
Well, after much research and some time looking for the "right" used car I jumped in with the 318 step auto. And it was not an easy decision to make. I had not had an auto car for many years. However, what a car and what a gearbox, not BMW's of course but ZF, one of the finest auto box manufacturers on the planet, with decades of auto box experience. Gone are the huge capital on cost issues and fuel penalties of the old days. This car is remarkable and able to deliver fuel returns to rival the manual box car.
You can of course drive this car as a manual, if you wish but I'm not sure you would want to. With 8 gear ratios delivering almost indiscernible changes the car is remarkable. Currently averaging a mpg of 58. Not bad for the size of car. I hear all the masochist young guns saying they would never be seen driving an auto box car, well I say to them, you carry on making several hundred manual clutch and gear changes every day and I'll be smiling as we sit adjacent in the traffic cues with my left leg redundant and my left arm free to operate all the other wonderful goodies this car has to offer.
Well done BMW, this is a remarkable all round product and the new shape fits the bill very nicely....
BMW 3 SERIES 320d EfficientDynamics 4dr (Review date: 26th May '13)
I have owned my BMW 320D ED for over a year. The car drives great, but the engine is very noisy. This is certainly not best in class.
I have also had several issues with the tire pressure indicator warning me for a loss of pressure while there was no problem. This has happened a few time on the motorway, which gave me a big scare when it happened for the first time.
Also the info screen died on me once, but revived itself after a day.
320i dream machine
BMW 3 SERIES 320i M Sport 4dr (Review date: 17th January '13)
I have owned my new 320i m sport for two months now, went for met black with red leather heated seats, and a few other pricey options. The car is just out of this world, the drive is outstanding, I owned a 325d m sport before this and I thought that was good, but this is just on another level, the build quality is much better than the old model and the driving position is excellent. The car is quick to, hitting 60mph in 7 seconds and on to just under 150mph. The steering wheel is very sporty and feels excellent on the hand, driving is very smooth and the manual box is a pleasure to use, heated seats are supportive and get warm very quickly, which is a major bonus in this weather. Can I fault the car, no I can't, I've owned new Mercedes,, Audi, and many other bmw's but this is the best car I've had bar none, should I have gone for a 320d, mmm, not a chance, this is much faster, smoother its quiet and the gear stick doesn't shake on tick over, mpg averages around 35 - 44mpg depending how I drive, so no different than the old 325d apart from that its cheaper to fill up. Marks out of 10 is 10
BMW 320d Sport
BMW 3 SERIES 320d Sport 4dr (Review date: 29th December '12)
I collected my 2012-12 reg. 320d manual Sport in metallic black yesterday. This car is six months old and has covered five thousand miles. initially I was gong to buy an automatic but decided a manual car best suited the cars' image.
My only concern is the loud diesel grumble when the engine is put under load. This is by far the loudest diesel I have driven when it is "working", it however settles down when cruising.
The BMW is very well built and has excellent attention to detail. My car runs on standard Sport alloys and is fitted with run-flats and the ride and handling is great. The gear change is also very good and the ratios are well spaced. The car has an excellent turn of speed under any situation.
After a long drive on mixed roads and two further shorter town trips I have averaged over 66 mpg.
I would recommend this car to anyone however I think the five year service pack is a wise investment if you intend keeping the car.
Finally the boot is an excellent size and there is plenty of space for four tall people. The rear middle seat is best suited to a smaller person.