2007 BMW 3 Series 318 2.0 petrol from Northern Cyprus

Summary:

Totally unreliable

Faults:

Total lock up of steering wheel, car ignition and transmission one morning while parked at home.

The car had to be towed to a mechanic; they say CAS system or something is faulty, and this is a chronic problem of the E90 of year 2006, 2007.

Mechanic is not sure if the steering wheel column must be replaced also.

How can this happen in a car that's supposed to the "ultimate driving machine"? Shame on BMW.

General Comments:

This is totally unreliable car; how can BMW make a faulty steering wheel locking system and put it in an upper class sports sedan. I do not understand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd June, 2012

2007 BMW 3 Series 328i Sedan 3.0L Straight 6 from North America

Summary:

Total package of performance, refinement and fuel economy

Faults:

Synchronizer for 3rd gear appears to be failing - redline shifts from 2nd to 3rd need careful, deliberate execution, otherwise it's easy to grind the gear.

Speedometer always seems to read quicker than the car is actually moving - anything over 110 clicks seems to be off by 8 or so km/h.

General Comments:

This was my first car for a couple years after owning a 2007 Tacoma (and a Matrix before that which I had totalled). The first things I noticed, which made me a convert to BMW for life, was the smoothness and metallic wail of the straight six engine, the perfect weight distribution, exceptional power delivery, quick gearing, minimalistic luxury, and the comparatively heavy controls (I later bought an E36 M3 which has even stiffer controls).

This car is very smooth, very quiet, and the 6 speed manual, coupled with more than adequate torque, which happens to peak at less than 3000 rpm, means the car is very quick around town without needing to be pushed hard AT ALL! Throttle response, however, is a little disappointing with the electronic gizmos dialing in some serious lag.

Steering is very heavy and weighted, but this is a welcome touch compared to my experience with Japanese cars, where the controls and steering feel un-necessarily light and "detached".

Highway cruising is exceptional - balance is flawless, wind noise is drastically reduced compared to my Tacoma, and cruising at 140 clicks can only be described as feeling natural (which has gotten me a couple of expensive tickets I might add). The funny thing is that the faster I cruised, the better my fuel economy seemed to get! I could easily get 730 clicks on a 60L tank of gas while cruising at 120 km/h. According to the OBD, I could get up to 40 mpg on any given run. Now, to think that this car outperforms most traffic, packs 230 HP, is plenty quick, and still gets this kind of mileage, is miraculous and a dream come true. The folks over at BMW sure know what they are doing!

Interior is reserved with typical minimalistic BMW luxury. My car was equipped with a lot of generous features such as triple-level seat warmers, MP3 player, automatic climate control, residual heat function (VERY handy in the winter months), dimming rear-view mirrors, etc. Fit and finish is top-grade with tasteful use of high-quality plastics and aluminium accents. The only thing I didn't like was the leatherette upholstery - while supple and durable enough, it simply did not "breathe", and consequently long trips on hot days meant sweat build-up on the seats.

This car made me a convert to BMWs, and I can't imagine being satisfied driving any other type of car as a daily driver. This car is the total package of luxury, sportiness, practicality, reliability and fuel economy. Why oh why are there not more cars like this? :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2010

7th Jul 2014, 18:29

The BMW E90 sucks, and they are 90% lemons. Faulty CAS, very high oil consumption of engines, uncomfortable suspensions, rock-hard run flat tyres, very high petrol consumption, very high engine and turbo noise. What is left for being a upper class sports sedan? Can you answer me?

8th Jul 2014, 19:46

They are 90% lemons? Really? You've just had a bad one. Oh - you must also be in America - where all the versions are the complicated, petrol-drinking variety with all the options the rest of the world doesn't bother with.

15th Jul 2014, 10:22

The USA always gets the worst assembly and will have the most problems. The luxury cars there are half the price, so cheap can be expensive.

15th Jul 2014, 19:40

Actually, I never thought of that - their luxury cars ARE half the price of everyone else's. Taxes or otherwise. While not perfect, BMW can't have survived by making consistently bad cars, especially when Japanese cars are also available in Europe.