2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan User Reviews
- $17,251 - $22,482
- No trim specified for this review
- Enjoyment and comfort enough
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Benz C, Audi A4, Lexus IS are all good car, but also boring comparing to BMW.
Benz is comfy and good handling, Audi in white is a looker and Lexus is luxury and nice, but BMW is what you would enjoy to take out everyday in any journey. You won't be wrong for any of them as they are good in someway and you are certain about what you are looking for. BMW is good in all areas in this class if you can agreed that one should consider Benz E, BMW 5 ....for more luxury...read morehide
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- Great interior, excellent iDrive with Nav etc.
- This car is not for everyday driving. Its not really a "luxury".
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I have been wanting to buy the best entry level luxury car. Have been doing a lot of research and test driving cars. I narrowed down my final two choices to the 328i and the Mercedes C300. I drove both of these cars extensively (rented both).
All online reviews about the 328i will tell you that it is "more fun to drive" and has better performance etc. After I drove the 328i, I kind of understand what they mean. But I feel that for the average buyer looking for a luxury car, the 328i is not what you are looking for. The Mercedes C300 is truly a luxurious drive. It drives so smoothly and the 7-speed transmission shifts so softly that you can hit the gas pedal as hard as you want and it will shift very smoothly. The 328i on the other hand has a very jerky shift. Sure it may do 0-60 faster than the C300, but it will be a lot more jerky too. The suspension in the C300 is orders of magnitude superior to the 328i. The engine noise in the 328i is terrible compared to the very quiet C300.
The steering wheel of the 328i is terribly stiff. The purists will tell you that that is typical of BMW and sports cars. But for the average driver like me looking for a great luxury car, the steering is too stiff in the 328i. The C300 on the other hand has a steering that is so smooth that I could turn 90 degrees using one finger at great speeds. Sure the BMW may be slightly better if u are driving atop winding hills at 90 mph, but that is not average driving unless u live in Montana.
The brakes are another thing that the C300 beats the 328i by a long shot. The C300 brakes from 60-70 mph to 0 absolutely smoothly with a very good feel on the brake pedal. The 328i on the other hand will brake, but u can tell the car is struggling to do it, the vehicle shakes a bit and the pedal vibrates quite a bit.
Also try doing a very fast U-turn on the 328i versus C300. You will instantly see the superior performance of the C300. The BMW on the other hand struggles to get back in a straight line and swerves.
Bottom line is this friends. If you are looking for a truly luxury car, then at a minimum you HAVE TO test drive the Mercedes C300. Don't just trust the online reviews and BLINDLY buy the 328i. What you are looking for may be very different than what the reviewers were paying attention to.
Don't buy the BMW without at least test driving the C300. And if possible rent both cars for at least a few hours of driving rather than the courtesy 10 minute test drive. Most dealers, if you insist will let you loan a car for a couple of hours.
And don't just make your decision based on the jazzy interior of the BMW, look at the driving performance of the C300. You dont want to make a decision of this magnitude based on a fancier dash etc....read morehide
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- The Torque is incredible!
- I don't hear the turbos whistle as I step on it
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As soon as I stepped on the gas (or diesel pedal in this case...haha) I knew I had to buy this car! I haven't experienced such power and smooth acceleration. I am suprised so few people are educated about Diesel powered cars...the efficiency, durability and power a diesel motor produces, blows away gasoline motors. The ride is super comfortable and handles no like any other car I have ever driven. Overall a top notch car and you won't regret you bought it....read morehide
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I like everything about the car, but am I the only one that has a problem with the air. For cooling it only drops to 60 and it doesn't seem to push out much. It takes a while to cool....Anyone else feeling this?
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- Reliability, performance, appearance
- Cup holder locations
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I had my new 09 328xi in Feb 2009! Wow that car is really an ultimate driving machince, the car handles great!! excellent performance, sporty look, very fast! very stable on the road! The only little tiny complaint i have is the cup holder location and the tight space in the back seats! Otherwise I am very very happy with my purchase!! I don't think i will ever be able to drive anything else but a BMW!...read morehide
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- Handling, styling, quality of materials, power, driving position, automatic transmission
- Premium pricing, too many options
Purchased As Used
The Mercedes Benz C class has the prestige and a beautiful exterior styling. The Audi A4 has the best interior. The Lexus IS has a ton of standard features. The BMW 3 series has none of that, but it has something the other cars do not have which is the best driving experience. BMW with this car has found the best compromise between comfort and handling. The driving feel is really its strong point. This car can do anything; slow or fast, it feels great. The driving position, the steering, the response from the engine, the suspension, no other car makes you feel as in synch as it does.
I chose the 328I with the premium package and the 6 speed automatic transmission (I could not justify the extra expense for the 335I). This car is perfect for what I do with it. Just enough power, the auto transmission for ease in long traffic jams, the option of manual for more fun when I feel like it, comfortable and quiet for long drives on the highway, great gas mileage for a 6 cylinder inline. This car puts a smile on my face any time I drive it.
The only negative I have found is really more toward the BMW options policy than anything with the car itself. Without the premium package, this car is not worth of the term ?premium?. The standard fake leather (vinyl) seats are really unacceptable on a luxury car and even with the premium package, the car is really not that well equipped. Yet, BMW makes you pay a premium price for it. BMW need to look at other offers out there and include some more standard features on its cars. In the DC area, I see as many Lexus as I see BMW and the reason is that Lexus includes everything as standard (heated and ventilated leather sets, xenon headlights, autodiming mirrors, 6 CD changer, keyless entry?). Yet, if you can live with fewer features, the BMW will give you a much more satisfying experience than its competitors....read morehide
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- Excellent power, good fuel economy, high-level technical options
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I took delivery of my 335d the end of May. I have about 1,000 miles in the last month of travel. In town mileage is about 28-30 mpg and on the inter-state about 32-34 mpg. The ride is quiet, the handling is excellent particularly in demanding weather conditions. The navigation, radio, and CD/DVD integration are easy to use and do not require much loss of visual contact with the frontal views. The acceleration particularly above 30 mph is astounding and I have raised the audible speed limit to 105 mph; at 85 mph it was annoying....read morehide
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- Fuel Economy, Looks, Suspension, Xenons, Base Audio System, Manual Transmission
- Weak A/C, run flats wear too fast, iPod interface, Heated mirrors cannot be turned on manually
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I love this car, I just broke 10,000 miles a couple of days ago. It drives wonderfully. The non-sporty seats are comfortable but they may be too firm for some people's tastes. The suspension is quite firm even though i don't have the sport suspension. some may complain that the suspension is too firm and transmits too much turbulence to the cabin. it is however a sport sedan. If you are looking for driving comfort rather than driving performance, (in this case, by performance i am talking about maneuvering, suspension, steering etc.) look at a 5 series.
I Have a 6 Speed Manual and it is great. The initial shift from 1st to 2nd is a little clunky, but from there on its smooth shifting. This car has great fuel economy for a 6 cylinder engine. I Get 23.5 mpg and i drive about 60 or 65 percent highway and the rest is stop and go. I do accelerate pretty hard and still get decent mileage. i'm sure if i tried to drive more efficiently, i could avg 24 or 25 mpgs.
The New facelift design on this car is beautiful. I absolutely love the new hood and the replacement of Sparkling Graphite for Space gray in the 09 Sedans. The interior controls are quite intuitive but some of the controls take some getting used to such as the radio. The standard steering wheel has radio controls right on on it.
The suspension is great for quick and sporty driving. it handles wonderfully and there is little body roll when cornering. I almost hit a cat once and had to quickly swerve around it and at night. when i was swerving i felt like i had complete control and did not skid or slip.
The xenons are optional on the 328 sedan and standard on the coupe. If you get this car i highly recommend getting the xenon option. it illuminates everything so brightly in front of you. and the xenons turn with the steering wheel so you can see whats ahead when cornering or curving at an exit.
The audio system sounds pretty good for being the base version. I do think it could use a little more bass
The Only major complaint that i have for this car is the Air Conditioning. I live in Miami. and right now it is really hot and 90 % humid. The air conditioning is not capable of comfortably and quickly cooling down the cabin on days like this. I have 20 Percent Tints and i can't imagine how much hotter it'd be if i didn't have them. The MAX button on the AC unit doesn't feel like it cools the car quickly enough. If you live up north, this shouldn't be a problem. It's not that big of a deal for me. But this is my only real major complaint about the car.
The iPod interface is too basic. it takes forever to navigate through songs and artists and you can only play songs from your playlists or look them up by artist. I had to create a playlist that includes all of my songs so that i can just shuffle that list.
My Last complaint about this car is that the heated mirrors are only activated automatically below a specific ambient temperature. However I'd like for them to be manually activated or activated with the rear window defroster. when i leave the house in the morning it could be 80 degrees but the air is always so humid and condensation appears on the outside of all the windows and mirrors. Sometimes i have to get a paper towel and wipe off the condensation before i drive off....read morehide
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- Powerful..!! Sleak..!! Gorgeous..!! Insanely FAST..!!!
- You're kidding, right?!?
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I bought my Beamer (bright red!) in Amarillo, TX and I'm here to tell you that this vehicle is pure German genius on wheels!! I don't even know where to begin. I drove everything under the sun, over a period of 7-8 months, before making my decision... and nailed it with this car. Mine is loaded, with both the sport and premium packages... so the price tag was hefty at $50,000.... but SO worth every penny. And talk about a head turner. Can't even lure anyone into giving me any driving "smack" in traffic. Everyone backs off... won't even pull up next to "Red" at a light hardly. Very intimidating car, let me tell you. Very fast (0-6 in 4.8 seconds) and rock solid, but nimble, even at the top end (I've had her up to 130, but felt a little chicken and backed off before she topped out). Tremendous power!! I've fed dirt to the likes of Stangs, RLs, G37s (oh pleeeeze!!) and even the new sport Caddy's, Mercedes C-Class, and Camaro SS (yawn...). This is it folks. I've done your homework, no YOU go buy the car. It truly IS the ultimate driving machine and you won't be sorry you own one!...read morehide
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- Appearance & performance
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Yesterday I was in a head on collision with another car and my Beemer was completey crushed. The design of the car kept the impact from pushing the engine into the cab where we were & both front air bags deployed perfectly. The car is totalled & my wife & I feel very fortunate that we walked away from the accident without a scratch on us. I loved that car & I am going shopping for another one....read morehide
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