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BMW 3-Series Coupe 318 Ci ES 2d (2006/06)

BMW 3-Series Coupe 318 Ci ES 2d (2006/06) - Owner Review

Rear seats fold - otherwise it's not practical. Front seats are comfortable and spacious.

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BMW 3-Series Coupe (99-06)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
More money than sense!

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
It's sporty and looks good.

Would you buy this car again and why?
No. Far too many problems - and expensive ones at that - even on a car of this age. A Ford or Toyota would be far less troublesome. In fact, my 2002 C5 was trouble free by comparison.

What are you likely to buy next?
A Ford.

Buying experience

3 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 2015

Did you get a good deal and why?
I got a reasonable deal. 2006, spotless car, 60K miles, service record.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
It looked nice. Good reputation and handling.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Very responsive engine, likes to rev and the VANOS makes a difference. Very solid handling and it's sure footed.

What's it like to park?

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Where to start. For a premium brand that is supposed to be well engineered, there are some serious issues and engineering flaws with this car. The top guide on the timing chain is broken - needs a new guide and tensioner and I'm lucky the chain didn't jump or come off. Hopefully the chain is ok. Wishbone bushings are gone. Rear brake pipes are badly corroded - expensive and awkward fix. Brake vacuum pump is leaking and there are several other items on the list. If this was a FIAT it wouldn't surprise me but its a supposedly premium German car.

What's most practical about your car?
Rear seats fold - otherwise it's not practical. Front seats are comfortable and spacious.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Leather seats. Otherwise, it's gadget free.

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