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BMW 3-Series Touring 320d SE (08) 5d (2008/58)

BMW 3-Series Touring 320d SE (08) 5d (2008/58) - Owner Review

Fuel economy.
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Review submitted by
Gareth Collinson on

BMW 3-Series Touring (05-12)

Summary

2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Looking for a cheap car to run, but still want to enjoy driving and have a reasonable amount of boot space.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Nice looking, well equipped car.

Would you buy this car again and why?
No. Although it claimed 57mpg combined, I was lucky to get 50 on a combined cycle (I drive very gently). Small boot for an estate car. It did feel like a try-hard car, i.e. people only buy it because they can't afford a better car...

What are you likely to buy next?
Volvo XC70. Had to sell an XC90 to buy the BMW on the grounds of running costs - unfortunately a mistake in retrospect!

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£13,700

When did you buy the car?
December 2011

Did you get a good deal and why?
Good deal as the car had lots of extras above the SE specification.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Looking for a cheap car to run.

What was the dealer like?
Superb - The CarShop. No hassle, honest transaction.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Good driving experience. Corners well, not too uncomfortable on back roads with the bumps. Only complaint would be the wind noise - this is one of the worst cars I've had for wind noise.

What's it like to park?
Very easy, although low profile tyres make it a little tricky with parallel parking next to high curbs.

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Handbrake started rubbing when cornering and the clutch has high-spots meaning it judders on pull-off.

What's most practical about your car?
Fuel economy.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Heated seats - very quick to heat up / Panoramic sunroof - feels like a soft-top!

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