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335d 3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo Diesel 6-speed Automatic - (24 reviews )

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I {heart} this machine
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By Raf
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2011 BMW 3 Series Diesel 335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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I never thought I could love a machine until I found this 2011 335d. It came up on my radar after a trip to Europe, seeing all the diesel vehicles on the road and amazed at German auto engineering. I bought the vehicle used with 60k miles. The car has thus been reliable, no issues beyond regular maintenance and it drives and handles like a dream. The torque provides amazing get up and go. It really is a little rocket. Steering is spot on and responsive. This vehicle really connects you to the road and is so hard to put into words how great it is to be behind the wheel. Every so often I try to push its limits in terms of cornering and acceleration and it handles it all without complaints. No shortage of power and sense of control.


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Best 4 door sedan ever made *
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Louis G.
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2011 BMW 3 Series Diesel 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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Great Driver, But Expensive To Maintain
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By socalh2oskier
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2011 BMW 3 Series Diesel 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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Needs Service
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Tom Hert
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2011 BMW 3 Series Diesel 335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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I am 76 years old, have owned many new cars and this is by far the worst car I have ever owned. It is constantly in need of service. Purchased used with 19k miles. At 45k the carbon build up removal cost at $ 2500 was considered "normal". The particulate filter $ 3000 was considered "normal maintenance". The defective DEF tank, $ 1600, not normal and the list goes on and on. Dumped this car at 120k and never a BMW again!


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335d a keeper
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Dave FL
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2011 BMW 3 Series Diesel 335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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We bought (custom ordered our 335d from the factory) in June 2011 (delivered August 2011). Had early problem with the Urea delivery pump within 1st 15k mi (fixed under warranty). At about 40k miles had problem with electronic control center (located behind dash) had replaced under warranty. We are on our 3rd set of tires - opted for Sport suspension (which adds high speed stability, big rears (lower profile - hence stiffer ride front and back)). Our BMW certified mechanic says our original brakes should be good for another 15k to 25k miles. The car is a rocket ship. We average close to 29mpg combined. Driving to Orlando (Disney) from Palm Beach Gardens and back on 1 tank of diesel. We usually drive in the fast/fast lane and get well over 30mpg on longer trips. We would buy this car again except you cannot get a 3.0 L diesel in a 3 series anymore - only in a 5 series. We it maxed with options (adaptive cruise, look around the corner headlight, nav, backup sensors, sun shades, interior light pkg, high end audio ... sticker was close to 60k). This car will become a collectors item. (previous cars we've bought include: 89 M3 (collector car), 02 WRX, 02 Passat). It doesn't dance like the M3 - but it will leave it in the dust.


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