I shopped for 3 years and test drove several cars before deciding on the BMW 328d. I've had the car for a month and I am so impressed with every aspect of it. I have a typical long commute in San Diego - early morning to beat the rush, and a slog in the afternoon. So far close to 39 mpg and >500 miles/tank. Highway mileage is well above the 45 estimated. Car is so sweet and fun to drive. Got the Nav, which comes with a host of other stuff and I say worth the extra $$. For me, this was a momentous upgrade from a reliable 2003 Accord V6 with 145K miles. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a high mpg, mid-level luxury car. In addition, BMW of Escondido treated me very, very well!
328d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
IMHO the recommended intervals for fluid changes are too long. I will change in-between. Also lifetime fluids don't exist once again IMHO. This is a ploy by BMW to reduce their warranty costs for maintenance and gives the false impression that ownership is not so costly. This might be fine for someone who trades often but those used ones that followed BWM's schedule will not hold up as well. This is a fine car. It does everything well and offers great mileage without any sacrifice. We totally love the car. Costs are high all the way around but then again I'd expect them to be from such a fine auto. I'm on my 4th one now without one regret. Loved them all. The 328D offers it all. Don't buy any BMW and expect low costs for anything. If you make the purchase knowing this and maintain them well you will be a very happy BMW owner. We also currently own a 2014 335i and a cheap to maintain 2016 Toyota Tacoma limited for boat and stuff hauling.
Update 1. After an additional 6,000 miles we couldn't be happier with this car. By far our favorite car ever. Good job BMW.
Picked up a 2014 328d a month ago.
Was in dealership looking at a few models and spotted the 328d.
Took it for a test drive.
Some folks comment negatively on the premium for the 328d over a gas model.
However, on a lease you only pay for about 40 percent of the difference which is likely more than offset by the increased MPG.
My first tank averaged about 42mpg, mixed city and country driving.
Second tank improved to 46 mpg also with mixed driving.
I attribute the difference to driving in the Eco Pro mode with a bit more attention to the mpg.
Vehicle seems very well put together and is a blast to drive.
I love the car. This is my 3rd 3-series, -when my last 328i at 180,000 miles started to show signs of costly repairs I thought is was time to trade in.
I was hopping around for fuel efficient cars including hybrids, once used to the driving environment of the BMW its difficult to switch.
The car has been 5/5. The mileage I get has been great. I am a bit of a mpg-geek and think its fun to keep track.
Most recent was a full-packed 4 people trip to NY from Atlanta, including Labor day traffic jams and driving on Manhattan. Coming home after 1750 miles the trip computer showed 51mpg average. -I'm happy with that.
Around town (Atlanta traffic 25-30mph average): ~40-45mpg
MPG "geek" driving (careful driving smooth acc etc): 55-60 mpg
I have now driven the car over 15,000 miles. No issues. I really like the torque of the diesel
Sometimes I get an annoying warning about a malfunctioning parking light. That?s about it.
After my initial ?mpg-craze? I still routinely get >50mpg on longer highway trips. City traffic is probably more like ~38mpg.
Typical highway at 75mph: ~53mpg
Emission light came on at 49k, dealer changed fuel injectors
Had my first experience with run-flats while travelling. Drove 25 miles to a Wall-mart, bought a plier and a plug-kit, repaired the tire on the parking lot. -Great!
No other problems!
We were in the market for a fuel efficient car that can haul our two German shepherds, plus myself and my wife, plus baggage.
We have owned our 328d derive wagon for 6 months now and I have averaged 38.8 mpg.
Average! And I have a lead foot...
If I put it in Eco Pro mode and cruise on the highway I can average nearly 50mpg.
And the car is still a blast to drive.
Does great in snow as well.
It doesn't pin you to your seat like a 6 cylinder Beemer, but the engine pulls really strong when the turbos kick in and it's a blast to drive.
In sport mode it turns into an angry little car.
The handling really is superb.
Never thought getting 40 mpg could be this much fun.