Pros: "Great car, fun to drive, engineered to last"
Cons: "seems too small in the front passenger seat."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I ordered this car and picked it up in Spartenburg, SC great experience at the performance driving center. Basically I never had any issues with this car. After two weeks of ownership I had installed the performance programming which dramatically bumps the power and torque. Despite the added power hwy mileage stayed at 26 mpg cruising at 80+ mph and all the options including the active cruise still works flawlessly and much better than my newer 2013 infinity QX a testament to BMW's engineering."
Pros: "Styling, stance, engine power, fun to drive"
Cons: "Interior designed for smaller people, beware"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This 2011 328i xDrive is my first BMW. I waited 20 years to buy one. I've owned three Saabs, two classic VWs, and a handful of Chevrolets. Last car was a reliable 2007 Chevy Impala with a V6. I bought this 1-owner BMW two years ago from a certified pre-owned dealer with ~27K on it. Daily-driver. ZERO mechanical issues so far. Oil changes, wipers, brakes, etc. all covered by my warranty, zero maintenance cost so far except two new rear tires. The inline 6-cylinder is a dream. No turbo, no gimmicks, just power. The 2011 is the last model year with this engine, for what that's worth to you. Car looks great - front fascia, rear lights, hood shape - the 2011 looks better than the 3's before AND after it. The only complaint I have is the backseat - it is small and tight, and that's with the front seat positioned forward for a short guy like me at 5'7". Tall people look elsewhere, front or back seat. Thankfully my wife and I only have one child, and she's short too. Fun to drive, great styling, great engine."
"I had 3 series since 2000. The first one, a 1987 model was very good, a daily driver. The second was a 2002 model, very good that my son now drives, at 151kmiles. Then I bought my wife a 2011 328 which now has 55kmiles and I drive a 09 335i. Both Late models consistently eat a quarter of oil every 3000 miles. They also like chewing on spark plugs and ignition coils. The 2011 had plugs replaced at 50kmiles, completely worn, along with a 5th cylinder ignition coil. Water pumps go between 45k miles and 70 k miles, expect to spend around $1,200, and don't delay replacing these, they are plastic made and will fail. If you drive on a failed pump your engine will fry. Window regulators are made of cheap plastic, expect to replace them after 50 k miles. A/C compressor used to fail at 120 k miles, the E90 models start growling at 60 k miles. Also, the heat in Texas makes the interior panels peel off. In summary, it seems like BMW currently makes 60k mile cars. I doubt I will have another one. I will miss the sharp driving but it is just not worth the hassle."
"I bought it with 32K a year ago. Today it has 54K miles. I had to replace two coils, other than that only regular gas (24 MPG) and premium oil change (Each 17K miles). I will get a temporary spare tire so I won't use anymore run flats, they are very expensive. The car handling , acceleration, brakes and general performance are very good.
The rear seat do not fold down, there is no rear view camera. Can you believe it? They are standard equipment on any Ford. I won't buy any car without them as standard equipment. Are you listening BMW."
"My 8 year old car drives better than it did when it was new because I'm running Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires instead of run flats. I still love driving it, it's tight and according to automotive journalists, it drives better than new 328s! And reliability was excellent until about 100K miles, I've never been stuck on the side of the road and nothing major has gone wrong.
BUT based on personal experience and extensive research, quite a few items need to be repaired between 100K and 200K miles that cost $500-$1,000 each. So the question is: "Do I keep this great sports sedan with a smooth in-line 6, sports and premium packages and manual transmission or do I sell it to avoid fairly high maintenance costs?" I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell me what's going to need attention during the next 80K miles so I could make an informed decision. As it stands now, I'm spoiled. It would take $50K to replace it with a better car (like a M235i)."
"I had a 3 series x drive from 2003 - 2014 and I LOVED that car. Loved it! When the miles racked up, I knew I had to let it go. So based on my experience with my old BMW I bought a 2011 328x drive. I have never hated a car as much. Now, compared to other brands, perhaps it's not the worst, but compared to every other car I've had, I hate this one. Run flat tires! Whose brilliant move was that? Drives like a truck and there is no spare! 4cyl engine? Who knew? I thought they were all straight 6's -my fault for not researching better. It is the most gutless thing I could imagine. where are the manual shift BMW's? What's the point of a BMW with an automatic. The heater/AC fan is so poorly designed that it makes so much noise when on(even low) I can't hear rear seat passengers. No back seat storage bins at all. Did I mention how much I hate this car? I'm going to lose about $10k but am trading on an Audi. At least there is a spare tire, and a reasonably quiet fan."