2000 BMW 3 Series SE 320d from UK and Ireland
Economical and fast
Air Mass Sensor, EGR Valve controller, Rear Diff Bushes.
Fantastic handling, great comfort and drive within town and motorway, something for that person who wants a great all rounder, as expected from a BMW. The steering is sharp and responsive, though is a bit playful when braking hard over a bumpy road. Economy is probably the best I've ever seen. £10 BP Ultimate will give me 100+ miles. Since this is the 136bhp model the only thing I could complain about is the power, unlike other turbo diesels this turbo is slow and doesn't kick in straight away like normal turbo cars. Saying this though the turbo is integrated within the engine to simulate a petrol car. I have outrun 330ci's, 325ci's, honda Civic Jordan, the list goes on!! 0-60 isn't great, but once you've got the car moving the torque is immense. Watch out for little problems like Air Mass sensor (£200) from BMW. EGR Valve sticking and bushes. Make sure you do regular oil service as the Turbo on these cars are quite sensitive and a new turbo will cost you more than a thousand pounds. They can take quite a pounding. The manual version is better suited in my opinion as the auto transmission lacks the pure fun of driving the car. Brakes aren't the best and the car does chew through brake pads. Overall though, a fantastic car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2007