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BMW 3-Series Compact 320td Sport 3d (2003/53)

BMW 3-Series Compact 320td Sport 3d (2003/53) - Owner Review

Sensible running costs.

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Review submitted by
Gavin Sylvester on

BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Hopefully that I'm young, have no kids and have good taste..??

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Well received by friends and family. No negative comments so far.

Would you buy this car again and why?
No...I've heard rumours on the forums about engine problems

What are you likely to buy next?
good question....hopefully a 330ci sport

Buying experience

4 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?
January 2007

Did you get a good deal and why?
Ex-company car bought from auction, so hopefully got a good deal.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Looks superb - sporty and economical. A quality item as you would expect from a BMW. 'Younger' image than 3 series Saloon attracted me.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Torquey diesel engine is easy to drive but lazy in its power delivery. Often needs plenty of revs to pull away, which seems strange for a diesel and unlike many of the other diesels I've owned Sports suspension firm and entertaining.

What's it like to park?
Very easy with parking sensors

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Front wishbone needed replacing but that's a wear and tear item. Rear parking sensors have an intermittent fault.

What's most practical about your car?
Sensible running costs.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Love the factory fitted bluetooth handsfree kit and being able to call and receive calls using the steering wheel controls.

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