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BMW 3-Series Compact 318ti 3d (03) (2004/04)

BMW 3-Series Compact 318ti 3d (03) (2004/04) - Owner Review

Its such a smooth drive and good to be seen in. When I first bought it I would drive about going nowhere in particular as its such a dream to drive.
5

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Review submitted by
Monica Grunsky on

BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04)

Summary

5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
That you have come into some money! Second-hand BMWs aren’t in reality expensive to buy but they will always have that top of the range factor and feel.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
That I have come into some money! A lot of oos and ahs when I turned up in it!!

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes yes yes, there is nothing apart from perhaps Mercedes to match the class and kudos of driving a BMW, plus the smoothness and power. I am smitten!

What are you likely to buy next?
Happy with the one I have for the present time. Would ideally like a BMW X5 if I could afford it.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£2,800

When did you buy the car?
May 2013

Did you get a good deal and why?
A reasonable deal.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I always aspired to buying a Bavarian beast!

What was the dealer like?
Bit of a flash wide boy but pleasant and friendly.

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Where do I begin? Smooth, powerful, the kudos of driving a BMW is second to none. My 1798 cc engine seemed much more powerful and yet was quite good on petrol,.

What's it like to park?
OK, the compact version is pretty easy.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
After only having it a month or so, there was a coolant leak which was the expansion tank which had split which is a common problem with these models. Thank goodness I have a fantastic mechanic. It still set me back £200 though.

What's most practical about your car?
Its such a smooth drive and good to be seen in. When I first bought it I would drive about going nowhere in particular as its such a dream to drive.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
None really.

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