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2010 BMW 3 Series

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2010 BMW 3 Series Review

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Now in its fifth generation, BMW's 3 Series carries on as one of the world's premier driving machines. Both Sedan and Sports Wagon variants are offered in 328 guise, while a fuel-efficient diesel engine can be had with the 335d. Even the more affordable members of the family – rear-wheel-drive 328i Sedan and Sports Wagon and all-wheel-drive 328xi Sedan and Sports Wagon – offer an impressive roster of comfort and convenience touches in addition to their crisply-tuned suspension packages, standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), powerful anti-lock brakes (ABS) and handling characteristics that continue to win rave reviews from driving fans everywhere.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a genuine driving enthusiast who still believes that there's just something special about German automotive engineering, virtually any selection from the 328i and 335i menu could be just what you're looking for. Even at its entry level, the 3 Series package provides an engaging mix of character, quality and performance.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you prefer a suspension tuned more towards ride comfort than control, want a rear seat with lots of legroom or need a spacious trunk, the 3 Series may be less attractive than some of its European or Japanese competitors – although the Sports Wagon does offer impressive cargo room even with the rear seat up.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, the power moonroof is now optional on the 328i Sedan models, while both the 328i and 328ix Drive Sedan and Wagon gain new wheel designs and HD Radio. The newly available Automatic High Beams feature also can be ordered as a stand-alone option.

Driving the 3 Series

Driving Impressions True to tradition, even the entry-level 3 Series offers a full measure of BMW's legendary driving DNA. Fortified with abundant power and torque, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, in either...

body style and with either transmission, are plenty fast from zero to 60 mph and easily capable of coping with any kind of traffic situation. There's a precise feel to the steering and the well-sorted suspension provides exceptional confidence through even the most challenging corners. While some may find the ride a tad too taut – particularly when fitted with the optional Sport Package – we think the handling advantages more than offset any minor comfort tradeoff. BMW's excellent xDrive all-wheel-drive system also makes dealing with inclement weather considerably less stressful.

Diesel Engine
Unique to this class, BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine provides the performance of a V8 with the fuel economy of a frugal four.

Optional Active Steering
This high-tech adjunct to the standard power steering varies the effective turning ratio to correspond with vehicle velocity, making it easier to maneuver at low speeds while enhancing stability under freeway cruising conditions.

2010 BMW 3 Series Details
Interior

Although slightly roomier than any of its predecessors, the 2010 BMW 3 Series remains a compact sedan that provides better accommodations in its firm but comfortably supportive front bucket seats than in the rear bench – where six-footers are apt to feel a bit confined. The clean, elegant look is highlighted by standard leatherette upholstery set off by Burl Walnut, Poplar Natural Wood or aluminum trim. Legible white-on-black instruments and a multifunction steering wheel on a tilt and telescoping column reinforce its driver-centric character, while models fitted with the optional navigation package get an alternative "double-wave" dash to accommodate the central video display. The latest iDrive controller features preset keys to call up menus for the navigation, radio, CD and telecommunications.

Exterior

A relatively long wheelbase coupled with short front and rear overhangs, plus a slight wedge shape, gives the compact 3 Series a dynamic flair that reflects common styling cues with the larger 5 Series and 7 Series, elements that are further reinforced by the signature twin-kidney grilles. New headlamp and taillight treatments added last year signal the direction of future BMW sedan styling, adding more curvaceous features and softer lines. The 17- and 18-inch wheels that are part of the optional Sport Package impart an even more aggressive stance than the standard 16-inch alloy rims. All 3 Series models are fitted with extended-mobility run-flat tires, so no spare is included.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In keeping with its performance heritage, the 2010 BMW 3 Series emphasizes precise handling by augmenting its well-tuned suspension with the comprehensive Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. DSC interfaces with the car's powerful anti-lock brakes (ABS) as well as with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) on rear-wheel-drive models or Hill Descent Control (HDC) on all-wheel-drive vehicles. In addition to the expected power assists, the 3 Series offers numerous comfort and convenience touches, including cruise control, 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system and a dual (Sports Wagons) power moonroof. All models feature run-flat tires, dual front and front-side airbags plus BMW's front Active head restraints.

Optional Equipment

Key single extras include a six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission, eight-way power front seats with driver memory, power moonroof, corner-following Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Automatic High Beams, Comfort Access keyless entry and start, distance-maintaining Active Cruise Control, Active Power Steering that varies effort and ratio with vehicle speed, a navigation system with real-time traffic information and iDrive integrated multifunction controller, Dakota Leather upholstery, Logic7 Sound System, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Cold Weather Package includes headlamp washers and heated front seats, while a Premium Package brings leather plus a subscription to BMW Assist that includes real-time help and concierge service at the push of a button. The Sport Package nets tauter suspension, sport seats and 17-inch wheels and tires.

Under the Hood


{Although the 328i and 335i share the same 3.0-liter engine displacement, how BMW tweaks each engine makes all the difference in the world. In the 328 models, an ultra-smooth 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine makes a respectable 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. In the 335, twin turbochargers up the output to 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Another welcome touch is BMW's sophisticated Double VANOS variable valve-timing system that bolsters low- and mid-range responsiveness while helping make the engine even more efficient. The turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel features BMW AdBlue urea injection, which allows it to remain emission compliant in all 50 states. Generating a massive 425 pound-feet of torque, the 335d can sprint to 60 miles per hour in six seconds and is reported to achieve around 36 miles per gallon during highway driving.

3.0-liter in-line 6
230 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
200 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (Sedan), 18/27 (Sports Wagon, automatic), 17/26 (Sports Wagon, manual), 17/25 (AWD)

3.0-liter in-line 6 Twin-turbocharged
300 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
300 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26, 16/25 (manual, 4WD), 17/25 (automatic, 4WD)}

3.0-liter in-line 6 Twin-turbocharged Diesel
265 horsepower @ 4200 rpm
425 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/36

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2010 BMW 3 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 1061 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Not bad till warranty is up

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Looks great, not bad fuel economy"

Cons: "Expensive up keep, rides like a 3 legged donkey."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Got my 325xi as a certified pre-owned from my local BMW dealership with 55k on it. Nothing major had to be done except normal things, oil, tires.... Once I hit 80k things went down hill....Windows stopped going up and down, suspension was worse then my riding lawn mower, driver mirror started to get a strange brown haze over it and my radio display only works when it feels like it. Addressed all these issues at over $2800. Now at 113000 miles the water pump is leaking, AC has stopped working and the cup holders for some reason wont extend from the dash. Cannot justify dumping more money into it with it being 9 years old and only worth 8g on a good day."

Love this car

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 335xi when it had 14k miles on it. It now has 55k. I love this car. I've never had any problems with it, and it's great fun to drive. It has plenty of power and also has great features. I have no plans to switch vehicles anytime soon. In fact, I think the 2011 was the last "drivers" model year as 2012 and beyond have electronic steering, stop/start, etc., which really takes some of the feel out of the car. I would buy this car over and over again."

A fast car to drive and it still turns heads!

By on Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, i drive is easy to operate"

Cons: "ride could be smoother, must use premium unleaded"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My last car was a m-benz and I regretted ever buying it but my BMW although pricey is worth it. The 335 ix drive has lots of power and the AWD is a must for the winter. The ride isn't as smooth as preferred but expected because of the run flat tires which is a great safety feature. I have had no mechanical problems to date. Maintenance is costly but a must....after all it is the ultimate driving machine"

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

It's a sporty car and it's close to an M3

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Power, handling, fuel efficiency, comfort."

Cons: "2 doors."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I remember the E36 M3 from 1996. That car was perfect for handling, but the power was missing. Fast forward to 2010 and the 335 is loaded with so much more power, fuel economy and comfort it's easy to forget this is a coupe. Plenty of power, and luxury for anyone."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love driving this car!

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I paid a fair price because I shopped around."

Cons: "Love driving in the BMW 328i. No complaints!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Hi,I rented a 328i BMW on a trip out of the country.I drove around for over a week in the car . I fell in love with driving the BMW 328i.I loved driving it so much I bought one when I came home.I studied up on the BMW for months before buying one.I don't want to give the impression of jumping into buying one because I studied up on the BMW 328i model and read too many reviews to count.I couldn't be any happier with the deal I made for my awesome car.I can tell you the most important thing was to buy extended coverage plan.Everyone I read about said they were happy with the car except the people who had no coverage and had to pay out of pocket.It may cost more but the car is worth every penny.People who wrote their reviews about their BMW 328i helped me to decide to buy my BMW 328i.The most things that were negative about the car from others in reviews were trunk room being kind of small and back seat is kind of small for three adults.Hope this information helps you to decide in your car purchase.Take care."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Consumer Reports was correct

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "engine, handling"

Cons: "cup holders, rear visibility when backing up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought this car because it was only one of two cars from any brand that had all wheel drive for winter driving in NH, enough room for wife, kid, 2 large dogs & luggage and a manual transmission. CR described he car as an excellent vehicle except for the cup holders and rear visibility. No one can say enough nice things about the inline 3 liter engine. The only reason for a more powerful engine is the inability to drive a manual transmission. Unfortunately 2011 is the last year the xDrive wagon could be ordered with a manual transmission."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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