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Best 4 door sedan ever made *
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By Louis G.
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2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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No other 4 door sedan has ever offered the blend of performance, comfort, fuel economy, and driving enjoyment that this car does. 36MPG, 425 lb-ft of torque, a 550 mile range, comfort, handling, etc. It really does have it all. The question you have to ask yourself is, do I feel comfortable turning a wrench from time to time? Is this car reliable? No. No it's not. Get yourself a good code reader, spend time on message boards learning about the car and you can manage most repairs on your own if you are a decent backyard mechanic. If you keep up with the maintenance it will reward you with a sort of relaxed confidence that only an engine like that inline 6 torque monster can provide. You don't need to rev it out. By 1800 rpms it's at a full boil and the asphalt starts to ripple as the mountain of torque is released. No fanfare, no screaming engine, just a light rumble and off you go. Its comfortable enough to drive all day and has the fuel economy to drive from Philadelphia to Boston AND BACK on a single tank. Seats 4 adults comfortably. Headlights that light up a stadium, a stereo that has a rich full sound. I mean it really does have everything. Don't say I didn't warn you about the reliability . One more thing.. .once you get to about 150k miles or so, the particulate filter will reach the end of its life. The dealer will want 3000 dollars to replace it. There are other options if you look into it a little.


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Loving it so far
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By Jake
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2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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I looked around for a while. Found this one that was well maintained with excellent service history. The car is a blast to drive and pretty quick for stock! Ride is alot stiffer but it's also alot smoother than my previous car. Long road trips are alot easier cause the sport seats are that comfy!! Only downside is the charge pipe did break (a common issue) but it was mainly do to me having a little too much fun. Would highly recommend the n55 335i to anyone if they can afford it!


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Beautiful and fast
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By Bil Butts
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2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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55,000 miles and no failures except a leaky plastic radiator overflow container.


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Great Driver, But Expensive To Maintain
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By socalh2oskier
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2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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I have owned nine BMWs, and the 335d is by far the best all-around driver. It gets great mileage (36-38 hwy), handling is sharp, steering is communicative (much better than newer models with electric steering), and the ride is a perfect blend between sport and luxury. The diesel pulls strong. It is quick. The torque is amazing. But maintenance is a bear. The SES light comes on every month or two. Invariably, it is related to the diesel pollution control. It also seems to have a lot of problems related to the glow plugs and the glow plug control module. Unfortunately, every time the SES light comes on you can expect to pay around $1,000-$2,000 in repairs. And this doesn't account for the additional expense of approximately $2,000 or more for a walnut shell blast cleaning every 40k-50k miles that they don't tell you about when you purchase the car. My wife absolutely loves driving this car (as do I), but I cannot recommend it. The expense and hassle with all of the repairs is simply too much. Also, be aware that if you drive a lot of short trips, the problems for this car multiply. This diesel is made to get out and gobble up large chunks of pavement, but is ill-suited for short trips across town.


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Long Term Ownership review - 4 + years
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Ed C
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2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought this car with 18,000 miles on it in August 2013. It currently has 107,000 on it in January 2018. The acceleration is really good! Cost of ownership is terrible, still owe $9,000 on the principal loan and it's starting to fall apart. Things that broke: 4 ignition coils (2 separate occasions), costing me about $25 / coil per time (DIY repair), 2 complete sets of tires. Currently the car has these problems: 2 bad rear wheel bearings, a failed DISA valve (engine rattle on acceleration) , serpentine belt tensioner pulley is slightly squeaking, rear upper control arm bushing is worn, and oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets are leaking. The DISA valve is a known issue and a problem solver repair kit exists on Ebay for $80 (a new DISA valve costs about $250, and it will break down like the original). I'll be replacing the valve and wheel bearings as soon as the cold weather breaks. I love the way the car looks and handles so I'll be keeping it after it's paid off.


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