2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Car has been reliable, has just needed regular maintenance. Run-flat tires are awful - have replaced several and now have Continentals. No space for spare tire, but have taken long road trips over 800 miles. Performance and dynamics are excellent - brake feel, steering, acceleration are all top notch. Interior - though good for this class. Excellent ergonomics and materials. Maintenance and repair are expensive out of warranty but that's ok for this level of luxury and performance (it is a BMW). No rattles or shakes and road noise is minimal, though it is a sports sedan - ride is stiff and choppy with larger wheel size. Overall top notch sedan, few compromises.
- It's all about the performance
- Easy to comprehend interior - simple dash design
- Comfortable for 1-4 average sized people
- Excellent in bad weather
- No more run-flat tires BMW - put a spare in somewhere
- Wheels get dirty easy due to caliber placement
- Not as eager as a 335i
2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Third BMW I've owned. BMW got a lot right but they also got a lot wrong. The engine, transmission, styling and handling are all incredible. But everybody knows that.
The ergonomics and interior leave a lot to be desired. BMW really lost the form follows function on this one. The cup holders are obvious but where do I put my sunglasses? I don't have keyless start so what's the point of the start button? Instead of putting in a key and turning, I now have and extra unneeded step to start the car. And iDrive? Everything on there could be replaced by a $40 burner phone from Walmart. It's pretty useless although it does look pretty.
Engine, transmission, power, drive, handling and styling are all spectacular! I can't overstate this, the car is amazing to drive. They got all the hard stuff perfect. It's frustrating since the mistakes are all the easy things they should have down by now.
Ergonomics stink, interior design needs a lot of work. Constant warning lights for everything. Run flats are horrible! Seriously, what was BMW thinking? We are going to take a perfect suspension and add the worst possible tires to it. Bouncy, rough, loud. The BMW dealer where I am isn't very good which is unfortunate since I'm at the dealer for something or another every few months like... the top hasn't stopped rattling since I bought it.
I have owned BMW since 1991, a 318is with a m42 motor that got me 355,000 miles (Still Running Strong). I now have a 2009 328i that is a perfect driving machine. Yes there will be some repairs but BMW is an icon not an interloper like Acura and Infinity that is still trying to copy the BMW, yes copy the BMW. The Germans conceive and build the automobile as the Japanese attempt to perfect the automobile for a cheaper price. I also own a Harley Davidson that is the real deal not like the interloper of all the metric bikes.
The Japanese Motorcycle industry make motorcycles that look like a Harley but Harley copies no one nor does BMW. Do you want a interloper or the real deal for less...?
Handling, sport ride, performance and knowing I'm driving the Ultimate Driving Machine.
The cost of maintenance and parts that arise from time to time.
This car is great to drive! Loves to get out of traffic and run on the open road...just let it go! Run flats are fine (standard tires, not low profile) and I'm getting over 31 mpg on the highway (@75 mph). Quiet interior. Great road feel. Just point and go.
Responsive handeling, quick shifting and comfortable ride. Looks great, nice fit and finish. 5 years old and no rattles or squeaks.
A slight improvement over our 2006 325i.
Slightly better looking, a little more power, good navigation system, nice stereo controls - though a bit confusing and I love the speed warning feature (makes a noise and light comes on when set speed is hit or passed).
The Bluetooth works well.
The Navigation is much better than the Toyota version.
Great visibility, great balance, superb handling, comfortable, spacious front seats, great looking, smooth, the right balance of power and fuel economy, comfortable seats, nice quality materials, doesn't feel cheap anywhere in or out of the car, back seats are tight, trip computer is nice feature.
This car is the perfect entry level sports sedan!
Precise steering, great suspension, perfect amount of power, good gas mileage, reliable, quality materials, nice choice of features, great visibility, smooth at highway speed, good looking body, comfortable supportive seats, 4 years free maintenance, not too big, not too small, window/sunroof operated by key fob, push button start, quiet inside, luxury feel.
No Japanese cars can match the comfort and performance.
On the European side, VW is cheap feeling and underpowered, Audi cars are expensive to keep running, the C Class is nice, but not as sporty, Volvo isn't as engaging and Jaguar is on another planet.
For the niche market they are in, BMW 3 series is the benchmark.
The back seat needs a little more leg room.
Truly a 4 passenger car - the back seat drive shaft hump is tall - nobody can sit in the middle seat.