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Never would buy another BMW 2008 320i E90
Well I bought my BMW from Rockhampton at a 2nd hand dealer. I drove out of the dealership, 5 days later my car decided it doesn't want to start, only when it felt like it cause: there was a crack in the water bottle for the windscreen wipers so the bottle was dry... 2 week's after that I had smoky particles flying in through my air con vents and chocking me and my children cause: vacuum seal at the back of the engine... Lucky I had my whole 3 month used car warranty (sarcasm). 5 months later I keep blowing my central locking fuse and then the b...ig fault came, my car's dash lights go haywire then my car shuts down completely: engine, transmission everything... So as BMW is the closest dealer with a diagnostic machine (500+km away) I got my BMW towed to find out I have a failed dsc module and they want to charge me $5800 to fix!!! I would have to say this model of BMW is rubbish. Buy a 96 Commodore and you'll have better luck and reliability! If I had Googled common faults for this type of car I would never have looked at it. I am not happy with the fact of a luxury car under a good name can be built so horrible with so many faults. BMW should have recalled this model as my dad says BMW stands for Bring My Wallet. Never again in my life will I spend big money on BMW again! Fuel economy was good. Bad make of car too many faults, Google it!
Best car I had ever owned
My mother bought this car brand new, a 1993 model, I purchased it from her when I turned 18 and it proved completely reliable for 21 years. All parts and repairs are completely affordable and realistic if you can do things yourself, but we never had a single problem at 320,000 ks, no engine issues, no transmission issues.
With cars like this, they must be maintained well, an oil change is the most important thing you can do for a car, and if you buy second hand, try buying from a reputable owner. These cars were designed great, care for it and it will care for you.
A little underpowered
Never buy out of warranty
I purchased a 2006 320i with 100,000km and full service history. In 14 months ownership I had multiple problems and estimate I would have spent $8,000 on services and maintenance issues including multiple oil leaks. I understand and accept that a second hand car will have faults but I have driven cars with over twice that mileage before that were a lot more reliable - I think it says a lot about BMWs build quality - the BMW specialist mechanics I took it to said this model was notorious for oil leaks. The driving experience was nothing special either. Much happier now I have got rid of it and purchased a Lexus.
The perfect upmarket executive vehicle
I don't about you but when I buy a new car, I want it to work in every way but also to have style and to make me feel good and everyone I get in it, and the 320d does that for me. Plenty of power with frugality thrown in, size is ideal for 2-4 people and the fact that nothing goes wrong is a real bonus for me.
Not hassles, frugal on fuel, stylish.
Initial costs maybe?
I bought the 320i executive new in 2008. It's just gone 4 years old and 70K and has not missed a beat, everything works as intended and still on the original battery. Great handling and nice and easy to maneuver and park around town and holds the road beautifully at high speed.
The only downside is there is no wheel well in the boot should (and I would!) you wish to change from runflat tyres to standard type tyres. The runflats are a piece of mind safety feature but wear out way to quickly (on my third set). I've had a few nice cars including Mercs, VW, BMW's, Audi but my next purchase will be another Beamer.
Equipment level, build quality, handling, fuel consumption.
I would prefer not to have runflat tyres.
Best car I've ever owned
I've owned a Mazda, four Audis and an HSV, and this 3 series is my favorite car of all. I was lucky enough to get a German-built version when the 2009 model first came out. No problems at all with build quality, not a single thing has gone wrong in 2 years.
I don't find the run flats to be too hard, but I came from an HSV with 19" rims, so anything was going to be softer.
320d engine has ample power and great delivery. Economy isn't flash - around town 7.5l/100km and low 6s on freeway trips, versus official combined figure of 5.4L. That's the only downside (other than purchase cost, of course).
Reliable, smooth, great build quality, good styling (with sport pack)
18" rims make for expensive tyres
My father recently purchased an '09 325i Coupe and it is a fantastic piece of machinery. It looks stunning, much better than the 4 door and sits beautifully on the road. It has so many features theres to many to list. The car sounds fantastic and the engine + transmission work great together. To achieve the sporty looks of the car it has firm suspension and big wheels which cause a harsh-ish ride but it feels extremely solid and hugs the bends because of it. There is plenty of room in the back for passengers which is a suprise and the seats hol...d you in quite well. BMW have not gone cheap on the interior with beautiful leather trim and polished woodgrain. One tip I would give to prospective buyers: The 323i has the same 2.5L motor as the 325i however in the 325i the engine is tuned providing it with much better performance than the 323i. The 323i felt sluggish and slow compared with the 325i. Great looking machine. Very quick. Sounds great. Interior is a beautiful place to be. Room in the back for passengers. Slightly harsh ride comfort (big wheels and low suspension cause it). Run flat tyres.
What a fantastic car the quality and finish is fantastic and the driving experience is exceptional if you have the money to spend you will not be unhappy with your choice.
I have been the very happy owner of my 323i for just over 1 year now and I would only ever sell it to update to another BMW. To be very honest I was a big believer in you pay for a badge, how wrong I was. This car is a dream to drive I have the M Sport kit on mine so not only does it look fantastic with options like the sports steering wheel you feel in control at all times. ...
This is an older but still beautiful car 1998 328i, and goes well, 2 door windows tension wiring broke twice but on different windows, and cost a lot to fix but I guess thats to be expected. Tried getting it serviced at the local garage a few years ago, but it wasn't happy so back to the BMW dealer again and it purrs every time it comes out of servicing, Hope it will last me forever. I think it is the best classic looking BMW series car around.
Cost of servicing
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