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BMW 3-Series Coupe 318 Ci 16V 2d (2002/02)

BMW 3-Series Coupe 318 Ci 16V 2d (2002/02) - Owner Review

Brilliant driver's car. Direct steering, balanced handling and effective controls. Difficult to fault.
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BMW 3-Series Coupe (99-06)

Value

4 out of 5

Reasonable value. Considered rivals before purchase and few had as much for the price. Still a BMW though so not cheap and discount difficult to get.

Costs

4 out of 5

Decent fuel economy - 35mpg over 40k miles and I don't normally spare the horses. Servicing not cheap but not extortionate either.

Driving

5 out of 5

Brilliant driver's car. Direct steering, balanced handling and effective controls. Difficult to fault.

Performance

3 out of 5

2.0 engine smooth and surprisingly quick if you keep it above 2000rpm. Gutless below this though, which can be embarrassing if you are in the wrong gear exiting roundabouts etc.

Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues at all so far, though I have had more punctures with this car than any other. May be just bad luck.

Image

4 out of 5

A little common these days and can get poor reception from other drivers. However, the coupe is a superb looking car, especially with big alloys.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Sport suspension and 17" alloys give a hard ride, but the car handles poor surfaces well considering sporty setup.

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Insurance group: 29

Security

5 out of 5

No issues so far, all the usual features.

Service

4 out of 5

Good service generally, though not cheap. BMW Assist Breakdown service excellent the one time I have used them. Dealers often don't take buyers seriously initially and can come across as snobbish.

Problems

Bodywork
Paintwork glitch on delivery seemed to solve itself after being parked under an aircraft flightpath for a week (spent jet fuel is a great polish, it appears).

Engine
No problems - gets better with age.

Gearbox
No problems, though leather on gearlever seems to scuff easily.

Other
None, though lots of punctures, for some reason.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
Yes

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes