2006 BMW 3 Series 320d SE Touring 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Overpriced prestige car built on the cheap
Remote locking failed due to faulty seal on receiver letting in water. New clutch and flywheel due to distorted flywheel. (both faults known to BMW and fixed under warranty.)
New driver door latch (rattles) New throttle pedal assembly (rattles)
Build quality is inferior to the previous E46 320d Touring.
No water temperature gauge.
Plastics are hard and feel cheap.
No storage for rear seat passengers (seat nets/door pockets)
Run flat tyres expensive to replace, cannot be repaired and make for a hard ride. No spare or jack supplied.
Radio/CD, poor sound quality.
Poor quality leather seats/trim.
Silly cheap cover over brake fluid reservoir.
Cruise control stalk too close to indicator stalk.
Don, t forget that with metallic paint, panoramic sunroof, xenon lights and leather this car cost over £30,000 new. Not good enough BMW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th July, 2008
21st May 2010, 07:10
Agree with all the comments. Have just changed from 2001 manual 320D - 120k trouble free and quiet miles - to 4 year old 23k miles 2006 auto 320D touring and am shocked at noise level from road and in back seat area (from transmission?). Run flat tyres are not an improvement and fuel consumption rate is terrible. After 6 BMs and 30 years, maybe this is the end of the road for BMW and me. VW is getting the plaudits these days.
13th Sep 2010, 11:56
Had an 06 320d M Sport manual. Note, had.
This was the most unreliable car I've ever owned. Transmission failure at 21k, two dual mass flywheel failures, ESP module failure, and various rumbles and clonks from underneath which I don't believe were "normal".
Not a patch on my 320d E46, which covered 130,000 miles without a hiccup, and felt as fresh at the end as it did at the start.
24th Nov 2010, 14:53
With all this talk about the plastic breaking, did you folks know that BMW uses recycled plastic? It is a cottage industry and it's on their website. My 1995 Bimmer has tough strong plastic that has stood the test of time. Why cheapen a luxury, sports car? It's like shooting yourself in the foot. BMW has a reputation to uphold, Right??? If it ain't broken, don't fix it!
25th Nov 2010, 17:43
BMW is not the only carmaker to use recycled plastic. Many of their rivals do too, but do not publicise it.