2008 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Meets Expectations

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Meets Expectations
By Mark G on


2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Expecting a let down from my 2005 325i w/ Sport pkg, this car is a pleasant surprise. Overall more solid, quieter, more lively, and 1-2 mpg better (22-24 overall, 33 max hwy), this car meets my high expectations. Equipped w/ auto & paddles, Sport, Premium, Cold, & Sirius. Interior is very comfortable and sporty with brushed alum trim and brown leather. Elec turn signal lever/high beams make other cars seem old fashioned after you adjust. Dislike is long reach to driver door window/mirror switches. Exterior and interior lighting effective and exude understated quality. Use 16" snows in winter with no problem. Harsher summer run flats disappoint; handling and driveline are wonderful.

Best Features

Refined and responsive drivetrain, RWD handling, comfortable seats and driving position, interior and exterior lighting, sporty interior, look and feel of Sport steering wheel, Sirius, flexibility of fold down rear seats, very effective climate control and visibility in all weather conditions.

Worst Features

Summer run flats do seem to detract from typical BMW supple ride/handling combination, base sound system is fine but fidelity with CDs is noticeably less than Sirius, reach for driver door switches, miss dipstick for oil level, better storage for sunglasses, experiencing creak in rear seating area.
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