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BMW 3-Series Saloon 320d (177bhp) SE 4d (2008/08)

BMW 3-Series Saloon 320d (177bhp) SE 4d (2008/08) - Owner Review

5 seats, good space, good boot, blue tooth Rubbish in the ice and snow.

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Review submitted by
Richard Purnell on

BMW 3-Series Saloon (05-11)


2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
That I fell for the hype about german car quality and main dealer service- this is the only car that's ever left me stranded with engine failure, and far less reliable than a 15 y old peugeot diesel with >250K miles.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Generally like it - but would recoil at the running costs (service, repairs, tyres).

Would you buy this car again and why?
No. The timing chain issue spoils a good engine, and the ridiculously long service intervals make the turbo's prone to failure (2.5K to fix). Trainers BMW are a nightmare to deal with.

What are you likely to buy next?
MB, Jag or Lexus.

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?
May 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
Yes, a good deal on a locally owned low mileage car which had been well looked after and services.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I wanted a quality, relaible and sporty compact exec saloon, to do a 25 mile commute twice daily - this was reported by the motoring press to be the best in class.

What was the dealer like?
Private sale.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Excellent car to drive very good handling but a hard ride engine now sounds very noisy due to timing chain design fault.

What's it like to park?
A doddle, thanks to good visibiltiy, power steering and reversing sensors.

Living with it

1 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Yes, a lot. Timing chain issues, turbo hose failure, blown turbo despite proper BMW servicing, my first experience of an AA low-loader to get home, numerous punctures on the run flats, with no spare and always needing a new tyre; most recently heater failed.

What's most practical about your car?
5 seats, good space, good boot, blue tooth Rubbish in the ice and snow.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Blue tooth hands free mobile phone excellent stereo/CD good air con.

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