2008 BMW 3 Series Coupe
There are 10 user reviews for the 328xi trim shown below
- sleek and sexy, good MPG
- off the line acceleration
Purchased As Used
i love this car! this is my first "luxury" car. I got my 328xi with all the bells and whistles. It handles great! Love the exterior and the interior is very comfortable and nice. I love the iDrive, only took a couple trys to get get fully adjusted.
My only complaint is the gearing(?) and torque. I'm used to coasting more in my previous GM cars i drove. The BMW seems to slow down extremely fast when i take my foot off the pedal. I dont know if its because its AWD or the gears in the rear end. It seems to be a little slow off the line as well but as soon as i get going, i'm at 80+ MPH without realizing it lol. Shifts really smooth.
The run flats arent that bad and BMW offers a pretty good protective plan on the certified vehicles.. I payed 1400 for 5 years of coverage. If i bend a rim, i get a brand new OEM rim, sensor, and tire from BMW for free..cant beat that considering if you mess up your rim once, its about 1400 dollars down the drain to fix..no limits for replacements either, i can bend a rim every week and get a new one lol....read morehide
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- Great car
- Not enough time to drive it
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The BMW 328Xi coupe is a true pleasure to drive. It is one of the best cars that I have ever owned and I've owned over 100 of them. It is stylish, handles well and gets acceptable gas mileage. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a medium size luxury coupe. When I decide to step up it will be to a 335Xi twin turbo to experience a little more horsepower. A great car, fun to drive, you need one..........................read morehide
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- Fantastic design, solid driving
- ergonomics, the front light water sprayer, tires, etc.
I have been a lexus driver for a long time. After seeing 3 series coupes starting to appear on the streets around mid-07, my wife and I figured that it's time to give the bimmer a try. So by Dec we bought a 08.
Compared to lexus, this car is a lot more difficult to handle. The steering is a lot heavier. This gives you more control and confidence, but for people who don't like to drive the lexus is a lot easier to manage. Most of the people I talk to say that this is exactly why they like to drive bimmers, but then my wife said for long distance driving she still prefers the lexus.
The interior design for this car is pretty cool. The curves are sexy and there is this orange line which lights up at night. The light under the door handles and above the trunks are fantastic touches. However, this car is difficult to get into! In the city you don't get a lot of space so you can't open the doors that much without hitting the neighboring car. You have to bend yourself 30 degrees backwards to get into the car. I have to apologize to friends who get into the backseat of the car because of this.
Since I have the winter package, the front light water sprayer has been a constant problem. I don't think it works period. I should come out every 5 times you use the windshield wiper but sometimes happens every time. Recently it stopped working period....read morehide
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- Best looking car on the road, superb handling, good fuel economy
- Tranny is weird, seems underpowered off the line, unless in sport mode
I ordered this car and when I got it, it was beautiful. It still is. I get compliments everywhere I go. It handles well, it cruises like nothing else, and gets good mileage, around 20 around town and about 29-30 on the highway.
I hate the run flat tires. They are hard and noisy and I am paranoid to take a road trip due to stories I have heard.
The transmission is weird....it will hardly move when accelerating off then line, unless you gun it or have it in sport mode. Weak.
Lots of niceties, that I love. have both sport and premium package. I love the car but they need to swap out the bogus run flats....read morehide
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- Good looking car...
- Not comfortable, breaks down a lot, major electrical and performance problems
Good looking car but thats about it.
The car was seriously underpowered and the so called performance was nothing short of weak. The bluetooth feature had terrible reception and was difficult to program.
The service department was good but I was always taking my car back to them to get fixed. The windows didn't work nor did the locks. I almost got creamed on the highway because i hit the gas and didn't go anywhere.
The sport transmission is a joke.
For buying a brand new car and paying what I did I expected a lot more. The dealership I bought from (Russell BMW in Maryland) was terrible. Once they got your money they do not care at all about you. I have never dealt with such unprofessional people.
My advice is don't get caught up in the hoopla of BMW, if you really want to know how good a car is go and look in the service shop and see how many new cars are getting worked on....read morehide
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- Fun to drive, tight body, crisp handling
- Expensive run-flat tires, auto xmission not nearly as good as Audi DSG, harsh ride
Several minor annoyances. If you squeeze the owners manual into the glove compartment, there isn't room for anything else. Mine is now in the trunk; not very convenient when becoming aclimated to a new car. The center console doesn't have notches to allow my laptop cord to reach the laptop. Power outlet in center console doesn't leave room to close lid when laptop PS is plugged in. Rear seats are pretty useless although I knew that when I bought the car.
Run flat tires are not readily available unless you happen to live in a large metro area or near a BMW dealer. As a result, it is not a car to travel cross country in. (I had a sidewall failure on a Sunday, and had to drive 150 miles at 50MPH to get home on the run-flat. The tire was coming apart by the time I got home. BAH!) I'd much rather have a donut....read morehide
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- Overall quality, fit, interior
- Original tires not meant for winter driving
I would first note that many of the complaints from reviewers are not about this model. It is a new model, and complaining about maintenance costs in a 2000 model would not seem applicable. The 328xi is almost as comfortable as my prior A8. Obviously a smaller vehicle, this car makes sense in the era of $3.50 gas. All maintenance covered, my dealer picks the car up and drops it back after service. The interior is beautiful with the dark wood and the gray leather. Other than a dummy light that went on and stayed on when it should not, I have had not one problem with any aspect of function of the vehicle. Great car for the Northeast. Just buy a set of winter tires for the vehicle, the ones that come with the car are inadequate for snow. My first BMW(owned 5 Mercedes, one Jaguar, one Audi, lots of Toyotas, a few American cars I regretted). Will not be my last....read morehide
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- Build quality, road handling, driver feedback, pure class...
- Hard to find faults, but the bite in the low RPM range (sub 1500) could be a notch stronger.
I have owned several BMW's, including 2 M3's from the mid-late 90's and a 528 sedan. These cars a simply great, no questions asked. I recently traded my 2004 Corvette Z06 for the 328xi. Two very different vehicles and they should not be compared, but what the heck!
The Z06 had absolutely insane acceleration. 0-60 in 3.8 secs. The 328xi will get you there in 6.8. Guess what, I can live with that - in fact, I have more fun running the RPM's up on 328xi knowing that I can do so without the risk of having my license revoked on the spot or endangering the lives of others.
The Z06 was flat out scary to drive aggressively. In the almost 5 years that I owned it, I took it to 160 once, and accelerated hard through the first three gears maybe three times. When driving it hard you hit 60mph in 2nd gear and the feeling is probably similiar to a shuttle launch. Unfortunately, not very practical. The 328xi on the other hand is just as capable at higher speeds and much tamer during local driving. It is civilized, but I would never call it slow. After you break it in you can start driving it harder (safely) and learn how to make the most out of those 230 ponies. This is a car that is meant to be driven.
In terms of accomodation, the 328xi is simply superb. I highly recommend getting both the premium and the sport packages. If you need to save, just get the leather with the sports. This car is all about "feel" and for me, the sports package brings the seating, steering wheel, and wheel/tire combination that simply works. The premium package brings a bunch of conveniences - but the value of BMW Assist service should not be understated.
Finally, I test drove both the 328xi and the 335xi. In the end, I resisted the urge for more power and made what I think to be the smarter/more practical purchase. No doubt, the 335xi twin turbos would be nice to tap into from 1400-5000, but I am not so sure that I need the tickets that inevitably follow. The 328xi handles as well as my older M3's and delivers enough power to challenge even an experienced racer. Just a great, great car from a company that knows how to make cars. You can not go wrong.
PS- I absolutely loved my z06 - maybe a bit too much. It spent most of the year in the garage and when it was on the road, It occupied the right lane - 55mph the whole way....read morehide
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- looks, power, comfort, customer service, all wheel drive
- run flats not option, options add up, auto. slugg off line
purchased new in Jan. built in Germany, (Custom built is cool). The more I drive, more I lover it. I am in Mass. and the AWD is great in snow, and ice. I have read the 335 is more powerful, but 328 is plenty for me. Keep eye on speedometer, you can fly with ease. Should make speedometer with big digital display to remind me how fast I am going. I have the coupe, and trunk roomy. Run flats should be optional. It came with Continentals which is better than the prior year brand, but still like the option. The back of my pant legs get dity everytime I get out which is annoying. No regrets, worth the money, and wait while saving up for it. It is the feel of a racecar. The Audi was fun, but not quality. Acura was nice, but no awd. Lexus was ok, but the 250 was ok styling and performance. Cost little more than rest, however the customer service, quality, and handling is worth the peace of mind....read morehide
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- Sporty Looks, Good Handling, Comfy for a coupe
- If you live in Potholes, ul feel em.
I dont what people are crying about, if you buy a New BMW you are covered for 5 years/50k. TRUE BUMPER 2 BUMPER!! I even insured my Tires and RIMS!!! I mean everything is covered on my car, Brakes, Rotors, winshield wipers....etc etc etc.. TRY THAT WITH MERCEDES!!!
Sure there are cheaper coupes in the market, but this is BMW. I've leased and owned Benzs b4, but I truly say that BMW service is a lot better. So far I've owned the car for 13 months, and i only had to change a flat. (by the way they are Run-Flat tires)
FORZA MILAN, ALE!!!...read morehide
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