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Motor bike on wheels
Performance excellent. Handling ditto. Run flat tyres noisy and rough. Replaced them with Pirelli P Zeros. Sound system excellent. 21000k in 6 years. No problems. Dealers too dear for servicing. Oil etc $550??!!!
Midas $150. Condition based servicing schedule a good system. Paint outstanding. Soft alloys. Insurance $750/annum. Roof no leaks.
330i great sporty drive
The new 330i sedan with the M Sport package is a great drivers car, can be eco for great fuel economy or click sport depending on your mood or the road.Heaps of power with the twin turbo and very good handling
Fabulous for long distance driving, no stress driving, good sound system and quietness
Quiet, luxury with all the safety features of active cruise control and more cameras than a Hollywood movie
A dream to drive. Sports and luxury combined.
2010 BMW 320i 4 door sedan is an absolute pleasure to drive. Quick, efficient and very responsive I love driving this car. The steering is a little heavier than usual but this gives you great road feel, responsive driving experience. Love the leather interior but above just love the solid feeling and safety of this car. This is especially important when your family is on board. Great value for money secondhand. Quality product.
LOVE MY BMW320D M SPORT "STORM TROOPER" HIGH GLOSS WHITE SEDAN and BRISBANE BMW
SIX MONTHS UPDATE - MAY 2017 - STILL LOVING THE BMW320D SPORT :) STILL DRIVES, FEELS AND SMELLS LIKE IT DID THE DAY I DROVE IT OUT OF BRISBANE BMW SALES YARD. GREAT FOR SHORTER PEAK HOUR CITY TRAFFIC AND TOTALLY JOYFUL ON THE WIDE OPEN HIGHWAYS. UP TO 1000 KILOMETRES PER $80 DIESEL TANKFUL MAKES THE WALLET JOYFUL AS WELL.
I bought my BMW320D M Sport in October from Brisbane BMW and both the buying experience and the BMW car have made my 2016.
The buying experience ...Love the car 100 per cent and Sales Manager Ed Mabrouk and the darlin...
My Favourite Car!
The driving experience is great, sports steering and handling when in sports mode. The exhaust opens un in sports mode and sounds pretty sporty for a BMW, very deadly. I love the interior to the maximum! I have a 2009 320i M Sport with Oyster Interior, exterior color is Le Mans Blue. The leather is quality although the air con adjuster plastic bits always break! I broke two of them in 2 weeks although it's not much of a vibe kill. It's a reliable car to me, never broke down. Only the time at the traffic lights when I realized you need your foot...on the break to get into drive or any gear for that matter, that would have looked like a break down from behind haha. The running costs are very economical, I use about 5 liters going 80kmp/h. I decide to run her on U98 which is expensive although you can use any fuel you like, depends on how long you want the engine to last and how much performance you wish.
Bought my 328i M Sport new in February 2013 and really happy with the performance, economy and sporting looks of this car. This is my fourth BMW and although my previous (E46 330Ci Coupe Special Edition) was a fantastic car, this one is almost as good. No problems apart from having the washer bottle filter cleaned as the tap water was causing the filter to clog up - now use de-mineralised water. Car looks fabulous with Individual paint (Tanzanite Blue) and optional piano black trim and matt alloy surrounds and black leather. Getting approx. 10....0 l/100km around town and 7.00 l/100km on a trip. 8 speed auto is very intuitive and with 'flappy paddles' and sports modes, is a joy to drive. O/E Bridgestone run-flat tyres were replaced on the rear (mainly due to a puncture which could not be repaired) but fronts are wearing well after 30,000 km. Service costs are very reasonable from BMW dealer and although CBS says that car does not need to be serviced, it is taken in every year. Four cylinder turbo motor sounds a bit ordinary at idle and revs out beautifully but still does not sound like an in-line BMW 6 motor.
I went from having an e46 which was the best car I'd ever had prior to owning two Saabs. It was my 21st present to myself. I got to 115,000kms and it was a cabrio 325ci. I paid 37 and sold it for 23. Not bad for 3 years of ownership and over 50,000kms. This was not my first BMW experience like this. I then fell in love with the styling of Audi A5 and the handling felt like silk. I owned my A5 and paid 46K, barely did any kms in it and the price plummeted in 12 months. The engine mount fell out at 30,000kms, oil leaks you name it, the window reg...ulators even dropped. I then decided to get an F30 which I ordered from Sydney to go back to what I knew as familiar and reliable. WHOLLY MOLLEY! this car had better economy then my Moms Honda Jazz!. The technology was simply amazing, the bluetooth was crystal clear, the sat nav was incredibly reliable. However voice command was about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. All in all this was the BEST car i have ever had. I sold it at 92,000kms for 29K after paying 37 for it with 50,000kms. Once again they maintained their value. Only reason I sold it is I get bored of cars quickly however this car was maximum customer satisfaction! NOT 1 problem up to 100,000kms, cheap parts cheap to run. Only thing I didn't like was the interior was slightly less quality than the e46. I do read that most of these are South African assembled however when I opened the door handle it said it had german compliance. Maybe that had something to do with it. PROS - Incredibly reliable, economical car, longer wheelbase = plenty leg room in the back, mind blowing technology, cheap to run, cheap for parts, comfortable to drive, easy to use cruise control system, good value for money. CONS- Interior quality has suffered, gear shift trim and door ware. The car is a bit slimy looking. It has a real slick look to it which i found embarrassing and a bit ostentatious, this was my main reason for getting rid of it. I work in real estate and im really sick of people looking at my car and making comments like " you're a shark" or "I bet we paid for that".
Great car to own pleasure to drive. Parts are easy to obtain I deal with Clickable Auto in Melbourne for my parts. Just the common issues and are easy to fix once you understand the design. Running costs are normal parts and repair are easy to obtain, but always check with guys at ClickableAuto.
July 24th 2017 Update: Great after care
Great customer care , I believe I am the 3 rd owner and I was impressed they found me through the car registration to replace airbags after TANAKA recall. Its great to see they care about a driver who is in one of their cars even after 13 years of purchase.
I recently purchase a 320i F30 Msport.
Amazing to drive. The gear change is so smooth.
The exterior is sleek and eye catching.
The interior gives you a sophisticated feel.
Running costs are a bit higher due to the type of vehicle however if you're worried about this then you probably shouldn't own a BMW.
Probably the best car I've ever owned
I bought this car with 186,000 kms on, much more than I would have liked but the car was in such immaculate condition I could not resist it for the price I negotiated. I love this car, the performance, the smoothness of the the transmission, the fantastic roadholding and handling and the huge brakes and did I mention the looks - best BMW body design ever and with big CSL replica mag wheels, it just grabs me every time I look at it. Down side is that I did have to have the air con evaporator replaced but my usual workshop did it for almost half ...what the dealer quoted. The door lock actuator failed and the engine still has a slight oil leak despite two attempts to correct it. In the first 12 months of ownership it has cost me about $3000 in repairs and maintenance but the pleasure this car gives me every time I drive it can't be exaggerated and I've owned some very nice performance cars in the past.
Don't want to let this car go
Bought this car brand new; drives beautifully; great road holding and handling. About to update to a newer model, but hesitant at letting this one go (I'm very attached to it). Never had a breakdown or needed major repairs, so repair and running costs have been minimal. Found a local BMW specialist mechanic who keeps my car in tip-top condition (anything that he doesn't know about BMW's isn't worth knowing) and charges a fraction of what the local dealership does to service the car.
Love my amazing 320d
For long time, when talking about a diesel car, I would think of van or truck. But when I test drove my 320d, it's just amazing, smooth, really give you some more kick compare to normal 320i, and fuel economy is much better. The sports line I got which add some more stylish trimming and better leather. Front and back leg room is enough for 4~5 ~180cm guys to sit reasonably comfortable, but don't expect as generous as 5 series. The down side would be the stop-start on the 320d give quite noticeable noise and kick when restarting, another one is the suspension is pretty firm given that it's a sport line, not comfortable enough if doing a long drive.
BMW 2005 320i E90
These cars are and absolute pleasure to drive, magnificent but don't purchase one, they are a nightmare mechanically. Just ask any mechanic: water pump, radiator, cat converter, sensors, the list goes on...
Their appearance is second to none but beauty with these machines is only skin deep: I loved looking at my BMW but I was afraid to drive it anywhere.
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
320i 2007 - don't bother
I've had a 320i Executive sedan with innovations pack since new and have had nothing but trouble. Had to replace the thermo fan at 26,000km's and now the auto transmission has failed at 57,000km's and $10k to replace! BMW Australia want nothing to do with it - clearly a known fault with the car. A luxury sedan having this many major failures = no more BMW's for me!
Too many faults and expenses just out of warranty
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.
Nice drive but BMW in denial about some known faults with 3 series
I purchased an ex-demo 2007 325i sedan from a BMW dealer. One hot summer the Air Conditioner blower fan just turned on by itself and ran on full power until it completely drained my car's battery. I returned the vehicle to another dealer for the replacement of the FSU/Air Conditioning Blower Resistor Control Unit whilst the vehicle was still within the BMW warranty period. They replaced it because it was found to be faulty. After a further few months the exact same unit failed. This time out of warranty. BMW refused to replace it even though it...had previously failed. I found out from various BMW forums around the world it is known to be a common manufacturing fault. BMW conveniently denied they knew about this. The part costs $350 from BMW but a genuine part can be purchased from the web for $190, including delivery. This part takes just 5 minutes to replace. Big money making rort from BMW Australia, especially if you have to keep replacing the same faulty part every year. It's time to sell my BMW and look at buying other makes. Overall quality, styling, prestige, smooth drive, more power than a 320i (taxi pack which most owners try to disguise as a 325i or 335i) Poor warranty service response from BMW in denial about known faulty component
Bought a 1993 model 318i BMW earlier this year (2010). It seemed ok when I test-drove it. But I regret buying it after having to fix a few parts on in (from normal wear and tear). Parts cost 4 or 5 times (or more) than other cars types. All the electric gadgets are starting to fail and the airconditioner doesn't work any more. In its hey-day it would have been a nice car to drive for sure. But I think these are a bit too old now. Also if you're after fuel economy and a car that's economical to run in general... avoid buying this car.
Sturdy car. Handles well on turns/unsteady conditions. Electric options. Sunroof.
Parts are way too expensive. More likely to have maintenance problems with these older models. Too sluggish. Bad fuel economy.
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.
Expected a lot more from a prestige car
I purchased the car in one day loved the look of the car and it was time to downsize from a 4wd, the kids had grown and the petrol was so expensive for the use it was getting. I have to tell that my previous 4wd was a Toyota so that I can address this issue, the windshield wipers when activated stop right in front of my eyes on the return action and this happened every time, the action is repeated as much as every 10 seconds or so. Extremely distracting and annoying, like with all matters of financial gain if you wish to sell the product in Aus...tralia do so by converting the parts that make a big difference to comfort. Also the navigation system for this car including voice command is dated, I think that if they purchased a Tom Tom and placed it in the Innovations pack they would have had a better result all around. For e.g The Tom Tom has voice commands that work, red light camera and traffic alerts and its only $300.00 dollars compared to $85000.00. The Runflat Tyres thump on the ground and transfer into the cabin, they are such a hard compound rubber that your ears will hear the road way after you get out of the car. You even get to have a phone connection that eats up the centre console for free and its not useable with the mobile phones we have. The shape and the name and my 5 series 1997 BMW was a great car and I thought the 3 series would match. There are cars out there with more to offer at half the price. Can't wait to trade this car in.
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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