Used 2017 BMW 3 Series Sedan Consumer Reviews

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Dorothy G, 01/05/2017
320i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
20 of 21 people found this review helpful

This is my second 320ix BMW and I love them. They hug the road, pick-up is remarkable, the interior is roomy and the design is the best around, but of course design is subjective. I like the smooth flowing lines of the interior and the classic outside shape. Road noise factor is pretty good but I wish it was better, I like a quiet ride. I like the AWD so I can get around in the snow and ice. Option packages are good but I think a bit pricey. I do wish it took "regular" grade gas and not mid grade for obvious reasons.

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Fantastic 340xi

Billmcp, 10/19/2016
340i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

I have just had my 340xi a couple of days. Estoril blue, beige interior. The manual transmission is like butter. I even like the rev matching after getting used to it. New I drive is much better than previous versions. Only slight negative is the steering, the feel of my old 2009 328 was better. Every thing else is a definite upgrade. I will update later after more time with the vehicle. Now after 3000 plus miles, the car seems better than ever. I am using the sport mode more that causes the car to respond more like my old 2009. The gas mileage is pretty good at 27 combined. The only negative I have found is sometimes the trunk seems to open by itself, I do not know if it has to do with the sensor. It turns out to be the remote. I got a case for the fob and it has corrected the problem. After 8 months, this is the best car I have owned. I now have owned this car for over 4 years and have 48000 miles plus on the car. This is the best car I have owned. No issues to the car whatsoever. Only routine maintenance and one set of tires since taking delivery!

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Very impressed with 2017 320i XDrive

Joe Pitt, 06/29/2020
320i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

I purchased this used with almost 17,000 miles on it. I had always wanted a BMW so why not start with one which was very affordable and well taken care of. This was a lease vehicle with one owner, and you can tell it was treated well. Everything I read about the 3 Series is to stay away from the 320i because of it's "lack" of power. I've owned this vehicle for four months now, and never once did I think it needed more power. I understand that true BMW enthusiasts would never buy the 320i, but having more power for me on a daily driver vehicle is absolutely not necessary. More power would mean more speeding tickets and a higher likelihood of killing myself. I've seen too many YouTube videos of people crashing their higher horsepower BMW's. Almost everything about this car is perfect. The handling (especially in sport mode), the transmission, the smooth sounding engine, the solid feel on the road, the premium feel to EVERY button in the cockpit, and just the overall excitement I have when I get behind the wheel makes me happy every time. My two biggest complaints are the halogen headlights (I have the LED driving lights which is a plus). Why would BMW even think of using halogens in a vehicle which competes with Audi and Mercedes? My other complaint is no back-up camera. Seeing out of the back when in reverse is very difficult, and it just doesn't make sense to me why a back-up camera isn't standard on the 320i. Both of these are reasons why this is a four star rating vs five star. If you're thinking of purchasing a used 320i as a daily driver, I highly recommend it! Update after 15 months Still loving my 320i xDrive I have over 27,000 miles and the only issues I’ve had were present when I purchase it used. Blown fuse in cigarette lighter and horn was quiet. Horn was replaced under warranty and the fuse replacement was $10. I’ve also replaced the tires with OEM Pirelli run flats. Car still drives like a dream and very happy with it.

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Great car, but an Audi A4 is better

Sam, 10/02/2017
330i SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
8 of 9 people found this review helpful

I got a manual transmission 330i. It's a great car that is actually addictive to drive, but it's that comfortable and it's technology is lacking a little and you pay too much for options that are usually standard on much cheaper cars. As an example, you don't get Android auto at all, you don't get easy access or lumbar support unless you buy the premium package. You don't get a blind point assist as well.

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going with a stick was definitely a mistake

John F., 03/30/2018
330i SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Well folks, I have wonderful news: at 14,000 miles (and after 28 lease payments) the transmission is finally shifting smoothly. The shifter isn't nearly as rubbery and Mattel-like, and the tranny has stopped hanging up between gears. German engineering! I drive a 2008 Corvette Z06 for fun, so I haven't put many miles on the 330. I wanted a daily driver with a stick so I wouldn't get bored, and I wanted the four because the sixes felt big and lazy, more like an early-2000s E-class Benz than a Bimmer. This is my fourth BMW in six years, and while each has had its strong points, they don't feel like BMWs of the '90s. Given the customer take rate for sticks of one percent (Edmunds doesn't even offer a user review category for 3 series with stick) I can understand why BMW didn't put much effort into refining the clutch and shifter. They did refine the rest of the car, however, to the point that it feels like an aloof Benz of two or three design cycles back--you can beat good performance numbers out of it, but isn't particularly happy doing it. Now I get my kicks hypermiling in Eco mode. The computer wants me to lug the engine at 1400 rpm, confirming that the B48 is a superbly-engineered truck motor that for some inscrutable and probably uniquely German reason winds smoothly to 7 grand even though there's no point to it. This torque monster just wants to be bolted to an automatic, left in Drive and puttered. Besides giving great fuel economy, Eco also mitigates the turbo lag just off idle that the automatic's torque converter masks. Instead of Comfort mode's off/on power delivery, with nothing just above idle, then a burst as the smaller turbo starts to spin, Eco makes power delivery consistently flaccid throughout the rev range, improving driveability. How's service? I saw one dealership try to give my car to another customer (I'm not sure why I objected) and the service writers look like high schoolers earning extra cash. Another dealership told me that, sure, a tech could try to diagnose that balky transmission, but if he didn't think anything was wrong ("could not duplicate") they'd charge me $250--this for a "premium" car under warranty. I get better service at the Chevy dealership. Do I sound disillusioned? BMW lost another purist. It'll never miss him.

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