2008 BMW 3 Series Sedan User Reviews
- $14,291 - $19,080
- Best 6-cylinder/small sports sedan out there, Great handling, Being able to drive it in Germany
- Minor road noise from run-flat tires
I've read a few reviews saying there's all kinds of problems with this car. Specifically electrical and iDrive issues. My take on it is, why would you want to add all those electronic devices/features that take you away from the pure joy of driving a BMW? The active steering and active cruise should not be offered on this vehicle because the normal steering is so good and you would only use "active" cruise maybe 5% of the time...once you figure out all the torque available throughout the rpm range, you would want full control of the speed all of the time anyway. Everyone complains about the iDrive ever since it came out, so why get it? If you want a "luxury sports sedan" then buy a Benz. If you just want the best handling "sports luxury sedan" then get this car. I got my US spec 335i with the Sports package, leather and split fold-down rear seats. I probably should've bought the premium package but I couldn't use some of the features in Germany so I chose to add some of the features of the premium package at a later time. I've driven it for about 4k miles now on both Summer and Winter tires. This car's handling and capabilities are what sets it apart from all the others. The run-flat tires are a bit heavy, but you can't complain too much because the 335i is so balanced with respect to weight distribution...that's part of the reason the car handle so well. The brakes will startle you because they work so well. I just can't say enough about this car...I just have this big stupid grin on my face every time I drive it. The grin gets a lot bigger as I take it up to about 140mph...can't wait until Spring when I'm going to try 155mph....read morehide
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- Fun to drive, iDrive doesn't lag anymore, gas mielage isn't bad, comprehensive maitenence plan.
- Nothing really...got a great deal so price wasn't an issue.
I have been deciding on a car for over a year, I am a huge car fan and I have analyzed every car possible that is within my price range. I compared this car side by side with the C-Class, the G35 Sedan, and even the new CTS. I have calculated the pros and cons of each car and the 3 series sedan is just overall the best buy that you can get. Car and Driver 10 best for countless number of years, Car and Driver compared it to the exact same cars that I compared it to and it won the overall comparison! Great car!!...read morehide
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- Engine, handling, acceleration, braking, no I Drive interface (w/o Nav.)
- seats need more lateral support, standard wheels too small
The benchmark for all wheel drive luxury sport sedans. Simply the most rewarding car to drive in its category. Superb drivetrain delivers all 230 HP efficiently so well, it feels much more powerful. Six speed auto transmission is smooth without being sloppy. Suspension is tuned for aggressive driving, yet absorbs most road imperfections. Compared to the 335xi, the 328xi was much lighter feeling and felt almost as fast off the line. I researched and drove cars up to $40,000 and determined that this is the best drivers car for the money. More fun than most sports cars with the practicality of a sedan. My other car is a Porsche Carrera S and the 328xi puts a smile on my face every time I drive it....read morehide
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- liked eveything about it, terrfic ride and handling, top notch styling
- cant really say anything i didnt like maybe seats a bit hard
my test drive confirmed what i had suspected, it performed to my highest expectations. i had driven others in its class but this one exceeded them all in almost every catagory from handling to pure driving joy. i could drive this car and never get tired of it. it is pure engineering delight.
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- Flat, powerful torque from 1500rpm. Great handling and being able to drive it in Germany.
- Some road noise.
I bought this car for the combination of size (fits four very comfortably, but small enough for European parking spaces), power, handling and looks. I hear a lot of complaints about electrical systems, but I purchased the vehicle with minimal "extras" so I can get more of the sporty feel rather than load up on techno/luxury items like the iDrive, Nav and iPod integration. I was warned about the iDrive from multiple sources (e.g. Car & Driver and Yahoo auto reviews)...so I didn't get it. You're better off with a portable nav anyway because the extra bulge ruins (in my opinion) the clean interior lines. I also didn't get the active cruise nor the active steering because why would you want a computer to drive for you...I bought a BMW because I wanted to be the driver. I've had the vehicle now for 4 months and have driven it every chance I get. I used a 1,000 mile break-in period; limiting my rpms to below 4,100 (still able to go above 110mph on the Autobahn). I've now taken the car past 140mph and it feels solid (i.e. lane change or turns at that speed felt comfortable and precise). I'm getting an average of around 22 mpg on combined Autobahn and local driving. (Note: you get about 17 when you're going 130mph). The car is not exactly perfect mainly because of the road noise and I couldn't get lumbar support without the Premium package...which I really couldn't use in Europe. (The car is in US specs with leather and sports package, 18" wheels). The road noise is probably from the run-flat tires, which I'm not sure I like at this point. However, you can't argue the lack of a spare and a jack provided BMW engineers a clean way to distribute weight evenly over all four tires. I highly recommend the car IF you want to keep things simple. For gadgets, go with Lexus IS350, for luxury, go with C-350 or A-5 (if 2 door fits your style better)....read morehide
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- Excellent engine/transmission combination, super brakes, sport pkg was free
- Strange noises and vibrations, 16.6 MPG in city/highway mix, some unexpected surprises and iDrive
My fiance and I picked up a 2008 BMW 335i September 6th from a local dealer who gave us an early wedding gift, yeah a car we both like. After test driving a few cars we picked the BMW in a close call mostly because the lease was so cheap ($309/m $0 down) and because he threw in the Sport package with Active steering, 19" wheels, navigation with iDrive and some other things for free. Thanks Dani!
So far in its 4th month we already found things we like and things we definitely do not like. For instance we both love the power the engine makes and way the car drives in general...excellent brakes. We also like the comfortable seats and large navigation screen. Overall the car drives excellent and we can't say enough about the way it drives but there are a few things we don't like. The look inside and out is very classy indeed. The trunk is big for a small car and it feels like a high quality car, on the surface.
The Active Steering is a minus- you never know how much to turn the wheel. In slow traffic a little bit moves the car more than you think, then speed up a bit and it's not enough. We test drove the car with this system and found it to be ok but after 4 months its very annoying.
Another big minus is the iDrive. We love the navigation screen but the controls are not very intuitive. Both of us need to refer to the owners manual to change a basic setting or address. Another strange problem is that the dealer added 3 quarts of oil since we had the car when the engine light came on. The dealer said it needs time to be broken in. We will see. Dani, our salesman said several other clients have complained but they are not doing anything about it at this time except a computer update. Unacceptable in our book. My fiance also pointed out a couple loose bits we find unacceptable: the rubber seals on the moonroof are loose and after going to a car wash noticed a few drops of water on the console. There is a very annoying whistling sound just around 70 miles per hour. Below 70 or above is fine but just at 70 its annoying. The glovebox latch is broken and the drivers side power window motor is stressed, closing very very slowly and causing the window to not close properly. The HID lamp is already burned out. Warranty covers all thank goodness. Already 3 times in the repair shop and you would think they would fix these things before it leaves the factory.
We are not happy with the gas mileage either since we do a lot of highway driving we think we should do better than 16.6 in this small car. By comparison our GMC Yukon averaged 17+ combined. Big difference since thats a 3 ton SUV that fits 7 people.
In conclusion we are not 100% satisfied. It's a super driving car that could be much better. The customer service center at the dealer is good and they try to make us happy but even so its really all about the car. Maybe we are picky but we think a new car should not already have problems. We think we will pass on another BMW when the lease is up....read morehide
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