2000 BMW 3 Series SE E46 320d from UK and Ireland
Very nice car to drive, but component reliability must be improved
Cracked injection fuel line.
Rear suspension springs failed.
Handbrake shoes and hubs failed.
Steering control arms failed.
Reversing light switch failed.
Front suspension spring failed.
Intermittent fault on sound system.
Very nice car to drive.
Comfortable and fairly quiet.
Very good on long journeys.
Poor size of boot opening.
Disappointed in the number of fairly serious faults, the handbrake failure, which required the replacement of the rear wheel hubs, and suspension spring failures are due to poor design.
Quality of service support from dealer very good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th June, 2005
7th Aug 2007, 14:13
I am delighted to read that I am not as mad as my BMW dealer would have me believe. Both rear springs went on my 2000 318ci at only 24,000 miles and the dealer tried to convince me because I was a young male, that I had an over exuberant style of driving. I paid! But after the mass airflow meter, an interior door handle, and rubber seals around the doors had to be replaced less than 6,000 miles later, I sold it.
I am now happily driving a 2006 is250, which has been faultless, and is arguably better to drive than my BM.
7th Mar 2010, 16:07
The is250 is not a patch on the BMW. The engine sounds like a sewing machine, lacks torque and does a poor job of hauling 1500kg plus of car around. The traction control cannot be fully turned off, and the steering is lifeless.