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


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I hesitated before purchasing the 328i. In fact, I opted for a 2007 MB C230 Sport for my wife after test driving the then-new 335i in 2006. Realistically, I do not see how a daily commute needs 300+ hp. The 328i provides adequate handling even w/o the sport(y) package when compared to the RX8 I traded in. Unfortunately, the 16" runflat all-seasons are a poor compromise. Highway expansion joints are much more noticeable than the MB. The MB has 17" performance tires w/ lower profile. BMW also worked diligently on cost-cutting when packaging the E90. Where is the standard alarm? Where is the jack? How about a real cup holder? Still, the 328i puts a smile on my face every morning.


Best Features

Bluetooth


Worst Features

Cupholders! It does not matter if it fits a 0.2l cup in Europe. I am in the drive-thru lane and need a spot to put my 16oz "SMALL" soda.


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Absolute bliss
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By gottadrivebmw
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Picked up the car this past march. It was sitting in the lot, so the sales person gave us the car for invoice price, so I couldn't resist the offer. Got the car in monaco blue on beige. Absolutely gorgeous. The car is a beast, even though it goes 0-60 in 5.7 secs, give or take, you'll outrun 90% of the cars on the road. Gas mileage is superb as well, averaging 24 mpg with mixed driving. I just filled up my car and I have 440 miles on a full tank. If you're looking for a fun and somewhat economical car, the 335i is it.


Best Features

Exhaust note, hands down. Makes the G35 sound puny.


Worst Features

Get rid of the partition in the trunk. Make the memory function on the driver's seat work. Leather is too thin, it started ripping already. iDrive was annoying the first day I got the car, and it's still annoying.


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2008 328i Auto/Metallic/IPOD
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By lipsmasher
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2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Handling is awesome. Power is incredible. I tried the DS mode and the steptronic and car left in a hurry. Fuel economy so far is about 24 MPG 75%/25% highway/city. Seems to do badly in stop and go traffic. Test drove a C300, IS250, and C230. BMW was far superior in all categories.


Best Features

IPod adapter, handling, braking, comfort. Looks great, inside and out. BMW all about the drive. Dash and computers are relatively easy to read.


Worst Features

Window switch a bit far. Radio is hard to read in the day. Owners manual is long and confusing. MPG could be better in this market. Leatherette gets a little sticky when car is hot.


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2008 335i Cpe Auto RWD
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By joe
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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I previously owned an '07 Cayman S. This car is a beautiful compromise between a sports car and a luxury car. It is tight, fast, and comfortable. It is easy to drive. The gas mileage is surprisingly good if driven conservatively. I was leery about the run-flats, but I have to say I don't notice a harsh ride or excess noise (especially compared to the ride of the Porsche in sport mode, with conventional tires). The options do push the price up.


Best Features

Performance of the twin turbo engine. Stereo. Good looks. Crisp shifts when driven in sport mode. The readability of the dash/nav in bright light is excellent. I actually like the cupholders.


Worst Features

Limited slip differential would be nice. Improve the ease-of-use of the nav system (think Acura RL).


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BMW 335i
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By Kurt
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2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Car is fun to drive, but unreliable at times. In my opinion, this car has a fuel management problem. Don't like the run flats, but oh well. Recommend waiting two more years until BMW works out the bugs or you'll be spending more time in the shop than expected. Have a second car available. Lease, do not buy this car so you can get a good feel for the car until you are ready to buy.


Best Features

Looks, driving and interior. Car feels great when it's in the zone.


Worst Features

Fuel system needs upgrading. Fuel pump is probably the biggest weak spot. Allow to opt out of the run flats.


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