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BMW 3-Series Touring 330d SE 5d (2008/57)

BMW 3-Series Touring 330d SE 5d (2008/57) - Owner Review

5 door estate. No need to say more.
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Review submitted by
Andrew Ross on

BMW 3-Series Touring (05-12)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Not much I hope. It is restrained looking.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Couldn't give a .....

Would you buy this car again and why?
I don't know really. It was obviously designed by a man [awkward shaped door pockets; rear doors with no pockets although there is space; seat fabric shows every mark going; front door pillars too low]. The run-flat issue worries me. However, for what I paid - not much more than an equivalent Golf 2 litre, it's in another world.

What are you likely to buy next?
No idea.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
-

When did you buy the car?
September 2008

Did you get a good deal and why?
Great deal from car supermarket. Located it by chance before it had been fully advertised. Someone else took a real beating in depreciation costs to cover 3500 miles.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Reputation; engines and driveability. Always wanted a 3 litre diesel manual.

What was the dealer like?
Good. Who cares about going to franchised dealer showrooms to pay top dollar when you can go to the nearly-new market, get treated well and save a ton of cash. Push salesmen, flowers on delivery, extras 'thrown in' - forget it.

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Fabulous car to drive - a real beast when you push it with immaculate pinpoint road holding and handling and huge amounts of torque. Quiet and refined at 80mph doing 2,000rpm! A true driver's car.

What's it like to park?
Not that easy. I would like more glass. The rear sensor helps and & I am always worried about kerbing its alloys.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
The actuater on the tail gate was not working when I got it. BMW fixed this under warranty - it took some doing as the electronics for the whole car had to be re-set.

What's most practical about your car?
5 door estate. No need to say more.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
The windscreen wiper sensor.

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