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The Ultimate Driving Machine
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By BMWFamily
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2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I recently picked up my 328i Sedan with Sport and Cold Weather Packages and as with the other BMWs in my family am supremely impressed. BMW still is able to capture that essential quality that makes a car the Ultimate Driving Machine. From the good gas mileage to the silky smooth 6-spd manual, the 328i with sport package captures BMW's excellent handling characteristics at a relatively affordable price. All in all I am hugely impressed with the 328i and would in fact take the weight savings and naturally aspirated engine over the turbo motor (having only owned naturally aspirated BMWs in the past and having a very bad experience with a 1986 745i Turbo).


Best Features

Handling, gearbox, standard stereo (10 speakers - I didn't even know I had that many), engine, gas mileage, styling, tires.


Worst Features

Tires - I say tires here as well as in favorite features because the standard Potenza RE050A's have great grip, but their runflat nature is simply too harsh for beat-up roads like in suburban NY where I live. The only let down are those run-flats for their unrelenting harshness.


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335xi Coupe
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By B
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Got the car last October. Nothing but issues with it. Shifts hard, constant jerking. Also experiencing issues with the oil sensor. Today my car has been in the shop for 5 days because of a bad fuel pump apparently. Waiting for BMW to send the part! Not happy with it !


Best Features

Powerful engine, bluetooth, the stereo system is really nice.


Worst Features

cupholders, and the iDrive. Needs a user friendly navi.


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An engine with a drop top to go with it
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By Hoo pics
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Wanted a convertible; got a rocket ship without a roof. The 305 hp engine mated with a 6 speed ZF auto trany is a masterwork -- smooth power and precise shifts in all situations. The 3-part roof is a miracle of modern engineering; owning it out of warranty would scare me (est $20k+ repl. cost). My biggest gripe on the roof is it leaks in pressure car washes; even so it is dry in rain and quiet on the road. Sound system is ok, and clear even with the top down. The standard (non-sport) seats are excellent, with fantastic seat heaters. Gripes: car without sport package is mushy in the corners. Run flat tires are a stupid joke. Interior fit/finish not great. A/C weakish. 16 mpg city.


Best Features

Driving with the roof down / the comfort access feature to lower the roof from key. With the optional wind blocker for the back seat (a must buy) you can hear the radio, not feel blown away, and have a conversation with the top down up to 80 mph +. It should be illegal to drive with the roof up.


Worst Features

Paint quality isn't perfect, with some eggshell texture. Offer XM sat radio instead of the inferior Sirius. Build a larger pass-through to the trunk more like sedan. Replace the nets on the backs of the front seats with pouches. Allow the center AC vent to angle further twds driver. Offer an xi.


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BMW, It Is the Ultimate
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By locdoc
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Just leased my 5th BMW, a beautiful 335i sedan with the turbo. I traded in a 2007 Cadillac STS with the Northstar V-8. The BMW is heads and shoulders above the Cadillac in every way. It is more stylish, faster, better handling, and much better quality.


Best Features

What's not to like?


Worst Features

Better cup holders


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Love It
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By Kelly
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Just received my car, have had it in my possession for 48 hours and I cant leave it alone! I read the reviews on this car daily before I bought it and I couldn't be happier. The Germans make a fine machine. It handles like a dream, has amazing pick up, very quick little car and is just everything I hoped for. The leather soft and not sticky, the interior is beautiful. A lot of comments were made regarding the run flats- they are for purpose and safety but I think they make for a smooth ride.


Best Features

premium package: folding mirrors come in handy on tiny streets; the side mirrors adjust when in Reverse and again in Drive (when backing up). Bluetooth is very convenient! Heated seats, comfort access. EVERYTHING.


Worst Features

IPOD/USB adaptor- regular iPOD USB cable does not work in BMW (dealership said so, and we tried)- you have to buy THEIR cable, specific for BMW ($50)


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