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Better than expected
By Navig8 on
2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Not a BMW fan in general, but bought this after a test drive. It's no sports car, but is fun to drive. Much more importantly the refinement is peerless. Interior reviews for this car are so-so, but I personally love the mixture of simplicity and great build quality - it fits my definition of 'luxury' more than lots of buttons or extra decoration. For me, it was the refinement and composure that won me over, but the gas mileage (25mpg so far) is a bonus. Worst aspect is the attention. People think buying a BMW says something about you (either good or bad) - and either way it's totally out of proportion with reality... It's just a sedan for crying out loud!! My $40K Nissan got no attention.
-Amazing dual purpose character - total refinement at moderate throttle turns to pleasant snarl at high RPM; -Semi-auto is push-forward for downshifts - perfect! -DSC allows a little tail action, even fully engaged; -lights on exterior door handles are one of those great touches -Bluetooth
-Car drinks gas in slow moving traffic or at idle at an alarming rate. Why not bring the Euro-model's auto shut- off? -Steering wheel has hard leather and rim is too thin. New TSX has it beet in both thickness and leather quality -Too much throttle travel in regular auto mode before car moves off