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BMW 3-Series Compact 318ti SE 3d (01) (2002/52)

BMW 3-Series Compact 318ti SE 3d (01) (2002/52) - Owner Review

Nothing, car is cramped and far too small if you want to take more than two. Boot is also rather small.

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Review submitted by
Rob Thomas on

BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04)


1 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I should have bought th coupe.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Womans car.

Would you buy this car again and why?
NO WAY!!!!! Ive owned Mercs, Audi, Volvo, Ford, Citroen and Peugeot. BMW 4 cylinder engines are dreadful. DO NOT BUY. Read the online forums, they speak for themselves.

What are you likely to buy next?
Bought a VOlvo s60 D5. Far better.

Buying experience

1 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
June 2011

Did you get a good deal and why?
Not at all, car turned out to cost me over £2000 in repair bills.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Looked Nice.

What was the dealer like?
A total waste of time, trading standards involved.

Driving it

2 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Pretty average, drives alot like a Mondeo (not always a bad thing). I know have an S60 D5......FAR better car.

What's it like to park?
Pretty Easy, due to parking sensors.

Living with it

1 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
What didnt........ -Valve Timing switch -Rocker Gasket -Oil Rings burnt out, using 4L per 500mile (common on N42 engine) - Mass Air flow -Both CAM sensors -Crank sensor -Clutch and flywheel at 84000.

What's most practical about your car?
Nothing, car is cramped and far too small if you want to take more than two. Boot is also rather small.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Parking sensors.

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