Product Type: BMW cars
Newest Review: ... of 44mpg. The pedals are very responsive and feels a great car to drive. Being a BMW it has a fairly stiff ride so passengers are not so w... more
Looks and drives great and at realistic prices!
Member Name: mowbray
Advantages: reasonably fast at accelerating for a diesel, good fuel economy, comfortable and quiet drive
Disadvantages: parts can be expensive
There are some great deals around on the BMW 3 series at the moment if you shop around. I got an 05 plate during 2008 for £8500.
I was a bit unsure of getting a diesel assuming that there would be too much of a 'drag' compared to petrol but its really pretty good when it comes to pulling away, obviously it's no M3 but the 2 litre turbo diesel 135bhp engine gives you enough in most driving situations.
The engine is exceptionally quiet for a diesel and there is considerable comfort in driving, on longer distances especially when you can cruise along in 6th gear this is really noticeable, like chilling in a nice armchair!
I've got a dark blue one, it was that or black for me, both look really classy and of course are proper mens' colours!
Fuel economy..I spend a lot of time sitting in traffic in low gears but even so my 125 miles communting to work mon-fri plus a few miles at the weekend costs only around £25 (current diesel price 97p per litre)
One small downside if you are switching over from a petrol bear in mind that you will need to be in a comparative lower gear at low speeds..I got into a habit during the fuel crisis of driving my petrol car in 5th at pretty much any speed!...if you do this and stall the BMW, which I have a few times its not that easy to restart because of the start/stop switch...so don't try and save a few pennies by being in too high a gear!
Summary: An affordable classy looking car that ticks all the boxes