Product Type: BMW cars
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Best Car I've owned to date
Member Name: Review_Boss
Advantages: Good fuel economy, classic style and look , comfortable, good for tax cost, will last a lifetime.
Disadvantages: very poor in the snow
I've owned my 2005 bmw 320d for 3 years now.
I bought my car when it was 3 years old and had 87k on the clock from 1 previous owner. The first thing I can say is dont worry about high milage bmw's if your thinking of buying one.. They really are built so well and will last you far longer than a lot of other cars.
The first thing i noticed other than the looks is the car is so comfortable and quite to drive. You can tell they have put a bit of luxuary into the design.
Second thing i liked is and I know this may sound silly but I really like the current MPG dial . I find myself driving far more economically now than i ever did knowing what my current consumption is, and on that note I'm getting around 40 miles to the gallon around town and up to about 50 mpg on a motorway run, which in this day and age of petrol / diesel prices is quite good...
Third thing is its actually quite quick and powerful when you need it. Don't get me wrong this isnt a sports car by any means but it does have a little bit of "ooomfff" about it. (notice the technical term there ) . Bear in mind i've owned subaru impreza's, toyota mr2's astra sports, clio sports, and i've driven quite a few others including porsches. So i've had some powerfull cars in my time.
Styling wise its a classic look, simple but comfortable interiors. Nothing too sexy but very functional. The boot is large enough but can be a little tight getting the golf clubs in at the right angle.
Tax is cheap compared to most other 2 litre cars I know of as well. I was paying about £220 a year for my 2.0 litre impreza and this 2.0 litre bmw is only around £150 for the year.
Downsides, its rear wheel drive.... which basically means its fine most of the year but in bad weather like we had this winter with the masses of snow and ice its a nightmare. Basically don't use a bmw in the winter.
Which is a shame really because the rest of the year it really is a top car.
Summary: overall it is a really good car its just a shame its rear wheel drive and thus poor in the snow