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2008 BMW 3 Series Review

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It's hard to make a name for yourself when your big brother's always the center of attention. Just ask the 2008 BMW 328i sedan, which seems doomed to toil in relative obscurity while its steroidal 335i sibling gets all the press. That's a shame, because the 328i is an unequivocal pleasure to drive. It's also roughly $6,000 cheaper than a comparably equipped 335i.

Rather than dismissing the 328i as BMW's entry-level sport sedan, it's best to think of it as a 335i with less motor. These Bavarian brothers are essentially the same everywhere except under the hood. Is the 328i good enough to make you forget about the 335i's extra 70 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque? Not a chance. But it's still a world-class sport sedan in its own right, and its buttery-smooth 230-hp inline six-cylinder engine provides enough power for all but the most demanding drivers.

What really set our 328i tester apart was its optional sport package, which provided a magical mixture of handling and compliance. We were treated to the best of both worlds, with a ride that was never harsh, and cornering capabilities that were downright exhilarating. You'd never guess that our 328i had the sport package from its supple composure over bumps and ruts, yet it carves through the canyons at a pace that would put some purpose-built sports cars to shame. Few vehicles at any price can match the all-around excellence of this sport-tuned chassis.

Of course, the 328i's worth can't be measured by its performance alone. Sport-sedan shoppers want athletic driving dynamics in a practical package — and on the latter count the 328i comes up a little short. This is literally true of the backseat, where headroom and legroom are tight for even moderately tall passengers. The functionality of the stereo and climate controls also leaves something to be desired, and while interior materials are generally top-notch, storage nooks for cell phones and such are few and far between.

If you love to drive, though, the sport package-equipped 328i has no equal in this segment. The only question is whether it's worth ponying up the extra cash for a 335i. That's not for us to judge, but we will say this: We wouldn't blame anyone for pocketing an extra $6 grand along with the keys to a 328i.

Used 2008 BMW 3 Series Overview

The Used 2008 BMW 3 Series is offered in the following submodels: 3 Series Sedan, 3 Series Coupe, 3 Series Convertible, 3 Series Wagon. Available styles include 328i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 335i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), 328i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 335i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), 328xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 328i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 335i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), 328xi 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 335xi 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), 328i 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 335xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), and 328xi 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M). Pre-owned BMW 3 Series models are available with a 3.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 300 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2008 BMW 3 Series comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2008 BMW 3 Series comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2008 BMW 3 Series?

Price comparisons for Used 2008 BMW 3 Series trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi is priced between $8,990 and$9,995 with odometer readings between 113274 and125147 miles.
  • The Used 2008 BMW 3 Series 328i is priced between $11,999 and$11,999 with odometer readings between 60000 and60000 miles.
  • The Used 2008 BMW 3 Series 335i is priced between $15,899 and$15,899 with odometer readings between 93321 and93321 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2008 BMW 3 Series?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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