2008 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2008 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 75 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"power" 38 reviews
"ride" 33 reviews
"handling" 26 reviews
"fuel economy" 16 reviews
"brakes" 9 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 9 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"high maintenance" 7 reviews
"seat" 5 reviews

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Sean writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi Coupe Review
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The car.

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The stock run-flat tires are a little stiff, replaced them with ultra performance
all seasons and it feels great.

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Fell In Love Fast, — Great solid car, much more solid luxurious feel than the previous 3-series. Terrifyingly great handling, 6 -speed manual trans, quick little car!

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legaleagle4 writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi Review
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acceleration, braking, gas mileage, free maintence, power seats

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too many warning symbols. Central locks don't open when turning car off. Garage door opener won't work when engine is off.

legaleagle4
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I Smile Every Time I Get In. Watch Out 4 Tickets. My Daughter (princess Leadfoot) Keeps Borrowing It — I bought this as a CPO with about 17,000 miles. Performance and handling are fabulous. Road feel is solid as can be. 40 Mile round trip commute mileage is 22 MPG - long trips about 26 MPG, running on 89 octane. Most fun since my 1966 Shelby GT 350. Paint and interior are great. Traction in snow is terrific.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 328i Coupe Review
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You gotta have it

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Although BMW covers all scheduled service, it's still costly to maintain. Just four tires cost me almost $1500

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3 Series Is King Over The Road — Great car just a lil demanding maintance wise, i do drive a lot so i have to service it almost every two months just to keep it in top shape. The gas mileage is amazing, on the highway i get almost 33mpg. The only problem i 've had has been with my tail lights, the car blew several lights bulbs & now the problem has moved to the front end. Other than that it's an amazing car.

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ajaf316i writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi Coupe Review
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4

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Power, handling, general driving abilities and feel

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price, maintenance

ajaf316i
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335xi — This is a driver's car, and while I have rated it average in some aspects, let's remember that those ratings would only hold true compared to the average car. In other words, this wasn't designed to be a cost efficient family car. It's a thoroughbred sports car. So the only stuff that matters is what it does well that a sports car should, everything else is a bonus. Superb on gas btw, if you feel like just cruising on the highway at around 60 mph, I have seen consumption as good as 38 mpg for a trip. I did a 50 mile drive once just cruising, slapped it into 6th and let it go at just around 60. Extremely enjoyable because of how well it settles on the road, mind you, it is a stiff ride and is not comfortable in the city. Again, it's got the features of a thoroughbred sports car, so don't compare it to your camry or heck don't even compare it it's sedan counterpart, because the only thing the two share are the name. Their purposes and parts other than (barring the engine, gearbox etc.) are completely different, which is sort of why now BMW decided to slash out the 3 coupe and just call it the 4. Maintenance is painful, it's German and everything about it is expensive. Spark plugs set me back 350 dollars. You get the idea. Overall, if you want driving reward, close your eyes and buy one. If you have other things that matter just as much, test drive it a couple of times, you may just end up with the sedan, definitely wouldn't recommend this for anyone seating more than 2 adults all the time. The backseats are good compared to other coupes, but unless everyone in your family is young and under 5'10.. things get tight.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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sionlim writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 335i Convertible Review
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killer looks, handles well. red leather,. interior and sound system off the hook.

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expensive, really low keeps hitting the curb when i park. small interior. electrical on motors seem to be a german problem.

sionlim
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A Drivers Car — Confident in its corners and passing. the looks are incredible, people really like the car. Makes your jump a beat everytime you hear the engine. everything about this car is perfect. The Hard top convertible adds structual integrity, The hard top is a feat of mechanical engineering. DId i mention if looks could kill!. Please remember that BMW has a bumper to bumper warranty for 4 years and my advice is to get the extra warranty when making the purchase to 6 its worth it as brakes alone costs 1000. So u cant imagine if anything serious goes wrong. Also They have a problem with the HVTP system from the Turbos and the car can die at anytime when pushed hard, A 10year warranty comes with the 07-08 due to the lemon law act. Many who have the N54 engine experienced it. other than that its still a phenomenal feeling to drive in their twin turbo machines.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jackie writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 335i Coupe Review
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Everyone gets out of my way in the outside lane of the motorway!

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Fuel economy.... but who cares?!

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What On Earth Will I Go For Next....? — Love it! Better than the porsche! Not so good in the snow mind you - but it's faster, more comfortable and better fun to drive than the porsche. Love the colour too - will definitely be keeping this car for a wee while yet!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andrew writes:
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Engaging driver's car...

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Miss my big petrol engines...

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My Views On My 3-series Diesel M-sport... — M-sport handling is fantastic, makes it a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging drive. Typically excellent BMW build quality throughout. Sporty coupe looks with sensible rear seats. MPG from the diesel engine is excellent as well. Very pleased with the car overall.

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Kristoffer writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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STEERING. Engine. Ride quality on the freeway. Value.

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Cup holders. Brake Dust.

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I Understand Why Enthusiasts Are In Love. — I used to think that the 3 series was severely overrated and way too common. But after test driving one, I finally understood why auto journalists and enthusiasts constantly praise this car! Coming from a '98 GS400, I was used to swift acceleration, but a numb driving experience. This 328i accelerates just as well as the GS, which had 300hp, but lets me feel like I am connected with the road. PLUS! Driving on the highways is a smooth and SOLID experience. And I actually like the run flats. I thought it would be harsh especially because I came from a Lexus, but they're not bad at all. Plus driving on LA-area freeways did not prove to be punishing at all, so I have no complaints there! The only options I got were the iDrive, iPod adapter, and the Steptronic tranny, and I got an amazing price. Plus it's fuel efficient (I'm averaging about 22mpg combined), and coupled with the 4 years/50K miles free maintenance, this was the better value compared to the Lexus IS I almost considered. I definitely recommend this car! If you love driving, exhaust notes, and a good value, this is the car to buy. One of the few downsides I have with this car is the so-so cup holders and the brake dust that constantly accumulates! But I have a strict no-drinking/eating in my car and the brake dust just wipes off, so really the downsides are minor. I recommend!

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Mark writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 328i Coupe Review
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To many to name

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Will add one when I find one

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The Best So Far — Doesn't even feel like I'm driving it. Tells you optimum gear for fuel consumption, even hands you your seat belt.

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Jake writes:
2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi Review
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One of the highest quality cars you'll find on the road, perfect for the
driving enthusiast.

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It costs more than a Toyota or Honda and I'm sure I'll now be subjected
to inaccurate stereotypes.

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I Have Found My Perfect Daily Driver — An unbelievably balanced car, it has performance when you need it, and it is always a smooth drive, whether you're pushing the car or not. Everything about the car feels solid and driving it is so effortless, it quickly becomes an extension of your body. The 6-speed manual transmission is the smoothest I've ever used, and I tend to forget that I'm driving an all-wheel drive car. Also, I admit that I love tech and gadgets, and this car is full of them: GPS, iPod adapter, bluetooth connection for hands-free cell phone calls, auto climate, auto headlights, auto windshield wipers, voice commands, RFID in the key fob (I never have to take the key out of my pocket to unlock the doors or start the engine), iDrive system, etc. The list goes on...

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2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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2010 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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