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BMW 3 Series Saloon 2008‑2012

4.3 (42 reviews)
42 reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon 2008‑2012
BMW 3 Series Saloon

The Auto Trader verdict:

3.8/5
The BMW 3 Series saloon is top of its class for dynamics, while build quality, ergonomics and reliability are excellent too. However, purchase and running costs are high.


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BMW 3 Series

BMWowner | 20th July '18

1) I purchased a BMW 3 series, 2009 model, Petrol, mostly serviced by BMW. I purchased from a dealer through Autotrader who is currently using the same website on a different name.

2) A year later, my engine light came on and I faced a lumpy acceleration and a shaky car. This will almost cost 2.5k to repair as advised by BMW. Now I need to repair fuel injectors, coils, spark plugs and NO2 sensor.

Autotrader needs to do more to offer good seller credibility. Too many dodgy sellers.

I would not recommend the BMW car, or the BMW car service, or it's performance or driving ability. Please think before you buy. There are many expensive repairs that come with it / manufacturer's defects...

1.3/5

Practicality

2.0/5

Reliability

1.0/5

Running cost

1.0/5

How it drives

1.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

carl | 1st March '18

Get around 70 mpg on my 60 mile motorway journey everyday. It's comfy, spacious, fairly pokey and handles really well. Could do with folding rear seats but other than that it's a great car.

4.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

MrT | 18th February '18

Bought a 320i at an independent dealers with 43,000 on the clock and good service history. Ran the car for just over a year with a few niggles like siezed calipers and broken cabin vents. Then a week before Christmas the engine blew up no warning. £3,500 worth of damage, new cylinder head and re-sleeved bores . It had less than 60,000 on the clock. I heard that the four cylinder models were weak but paid no mind, to my peril. I don't normally write these sorts of things but I feel that people should know. If you want a BMW please please go for the six cylinder models and save money in the long term.

3.5/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

2.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

Asim | 22nd January '18

Excellent solid cars, low emissions, excellent on fuel, far better then VW and Audi, power steering should have been lighter. but nothing comes for free in BMW's,

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

wrongmark | 20th September '17

My first BMW. I've never even had an interest in BMWs due to the reputation of their drivers. Thought I'd share my BMW ownership experience for anyone thinking of buying a used one.

I love the drive and the handling. I prefer it to the Audi A4 and A6 S-lines that I've driven (family owned and test drives). The steering feels direct and responsive. The interior is nice quality with very few rattles that have developed. The level of standard equipment seems to be a bit behind the Audi's of a similar year.

I'm not 100% sure about the M Sport suspension, great handling, but a little firm for everyday. I like all the sporty styling though, especially when you compare it to the SE model which in comparison looks bland.

The boot size is ok, but the opening size is awkward preventing you getting big things in.

I've had two oxygen sensors fail at 65k miles at a cost of £200 for the parts. The Nox cat was saturated which required a special cleaning treatment (£100). Apparently lots of short journeys will prevent the Nox cat cleaning itself.

I currently have a noisy, leaking and rapidly failing rear differential which is about to cost £700 to replace with a reconditioned one.

Average MPG is poor at around 25MPG city driving with occasional motorway use. At around 170bhp, the engine seems sufficient for the occasional bit of spirited driving, but this 4 cylinder version sounds like a can of marbles (even being well serviced with regular oil changes).

Servicing is easy to DIY or relatively cheap at independent garages. I'd suggest avoiding the BMW dealers at all costs as they are expensive and IMO just seem to want to replace parts willy nilly to try and solve problems (from my experience with them). You will need to use them to source some parts though. Genuine spares and replacement parts don't seem to be much more expensive to say a Vauxhall or Ford.

Would I buy another BMW?... probably. Would I buy another 320i?...probably not.

3.5/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

3.0/5

Running cost

3.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

StuartCooper | 14th August '17

Lovely car to drive, smooth and great handling.Looks nice,drives nice and a pleasure to own.

Cream leather seats inside making it comfortable all year round.

Been well looked after,valeted and kept clean at all times, I always make sure It looks its best.

Plenty of space in the boot for all of my golf clubs or the misses shopping!

4.5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

YellowPeril | 16th May '17

The Alpina is an exceptional car. On the one hand a docile ride to the supermarket, on the other a sports car...a very good sports car.. And don't forget that this is a Diesel engine.

The 2.0 litre Diesel engine doesn't work like this in the BMW, nor is the ride, the handling, the mpg, the power and overtaking speed anywhere close in the standard vehicles. Or for that matter the shear pleasure in simply driving a car that feels absolutely perfect.

The Alpina D3 is barely believable, you have to drive one to realise just how good they are. An M3 could not drive away from you, if you didn't want it to. I repeat, this is a Diesel engine which will give you around 40mpg, unless you cane it all the time, when it probably returns north of 30! Truly special cars.

( ps. The vehicle description above is incorrect and not an Alpina D3, as you do not have them. Nothing in that list is comparable)

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

SimonPJ | 25th October '16

I have had a 2010 330dse manual saloon (245ps) for the last 3k miles and am very happy with it. It has a very good mix of talents: very content to float around in everyday driving on its huge torque, or can accelerate with eye-widening thrust and a beautiful engine note more like a tuned petrol 6 or 8 cylinder. Yet I've still got 44mpg average on a mix of motorway, town and country lane driving. Co2/tax /insurance is also surprisingly low given its performance. On paper I'd wanted the 320D for its high economy, but you only live once and the 3 litre diesel is special and driving is more of an occasion. The handling and steering is also sharp, and the brakes powerful. Also opting without the run-flat tyres and non-Msport suspension, can't complain about the ride. The Run flat tyre 3 series has no spare wheel and so if you opt for standard tyres i believe a foam puncture sealing kit which mine came with is recommended. Car also looks classy and sporty but subtle and doesn't date easily. Practicality is also good, and the boot is deep (albeit not hatchback-level accessible). The manual is said to be notchy, and perhaps the auto is the more relaxed option, but it feels smooth enough if you change with a firm hand. Not had long enough to say much on reliability (100% so far) or other costs but am told using a BMW specialist (preferably non dealer for value) pays dividends for longevity. In short, v.highly recommend it.

4.5/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

pilgrim1 | 7th May '16

This car has been supplier maintained and serviced from neww until last

year when I became the second owner.It is maintained by fully trained

BMW mechanics in Redruth now.It was checked pre-MOT in February by them

and was tested in St Austell.The pre-check established that the front

brakes would require attention in 2-3 th0ousand miles,this was confirmed on the MO cerificate at the time of the test.When I purchasd the car I had the get-you-home tyres replaced by new normal tyres.

I am considering selling and reverting to one vehicle,we also have a

Fiesta and due to age our motoring needs are reducing.All in all its a nice attractive car,with many miles left to go on the clock yet.

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4/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

3.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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BMW 3 Series

M19OXY | 13th April '16

I bought the car in August 2015, 80000 miles on the clock with a full service history. The car was in immaculate condition and drove very well.

I drive from Teeside to Portsmouth and back each week, a 620 mile round trip, and after 9 months and 18000 miles I can say that the car has never missed a beat. It regularly returns 54mpg at motorway cruising speed, whilst at the same time being comfortable and refined.

The car is safe and secure in all conditions, I've had no issues with rear wheel drive despite some torrential downpours. It's also an absolute hoot down a twisty B road, with good brakes and a sweet manual gearbox.

It makes me smile every time I drive it, despite being a diesel! I couldn't recommend one highly enough. Expensive to buy, but worth every penny. I will seriously consider another BMW next.

4.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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