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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 1081 Ratings for the 2006 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

BMW Lost its Way

By on Thursday, May 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "good handling"

Cons: "Not a good decision"

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

"Good handling. Everything is optional: metallic paint, rear folding seat, rear view camera. Oh yeah, and it comes with Run Flat Tires (They cost $200 ea more than a regular one, and last 40% of a regular tire), and of course the car doesn't have spare tire nor tools. You learn very quickly that your buying decision was VERY STUPID. The maintenance is real expensive($$$$), and components as coils, brakes including pads sensors and calipers, window regulators, pumps (all of them, yeah, yeah; water pump, fuel pump, wipers pump, steering pump) fail every day. Again, Brilliant Buying Decision. What to do? DUMP IT. It's the Intelligent Choice."

13 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Awesome car!

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, roomy, solid"

Cons: "Not really any"

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

"This is the last of the 6-speed manuals in the Sportwagon format. Fantastic handling with the sport package. Totally the car to own."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great sports sedan but below average reliability

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,451

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Expensive to fix and below average reliability"

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

"The good about the car is the performance. It is a great sports sedan. If you read the published articles in car magazines, it is the bench mark or measuring stick for other sport sedans. The car drives and handles great. It is fun and I enjoy driving it. However, once the warranty expires, it is costly to maintain and based on my experience on owning multiple cars thru the years, it has below average reliability. I have had multiple electrical issues (starter failed, electrical window motor failed, iDrive CCC module failure, and phone communication problems) , automatic transmission leaks (sleave and pan gasket leaks), oil leaks (oil filter housing and valve cover gasket leaks), Faulty /contaminated vanos solenoids causing rough engine running characteristics, a check engine light and low engine power."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Safety

By on Tuesday, April 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had 3 BMW 3 series cars and they all never stop surprising me. One of my cars I was in a very bad car accident and it saved my life, not only are these cars comfortable and reliable they are the safest cars I have ever driven, I highly recommend this car."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

85k Miles no problems, it's a life keep!

By on Saturday, March 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ride, Manual Transmission, GooLooks after 9 years"

Cons: "Haven't found any worth writing about"

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

"I bought this car new in 07 and have 85k miles after 9 years. I got the manual transmission because I am a bit of a purist and I think for other people like myself, this is essential to bring out the true sporty feel of the car and engage with it versus the auto. I am on my 3rd set of run flat tires, which is really the 3rd generation and they have progressed from being not so good to comparable to normal tires in ride and comfort. Plus do not have to worry about being stranded in a blowout or having my wife stranded by the side of the road at night. I have the 6 cylinder naturally aspirated engine (non-turbo) which they don't make anymore, they have downsized to 4 cylinder turbos. This is a really smooth engine and purrs like a kitten at highway speeds. I love this car, keep it in a garage in NYC and wash and wax it about 10 times a year. Also change the oil every 5k like clockwork. Never thought this would be the case, but I will probably keep the car for life. I do not have any fancy options, its just the Ultimate Driving Machine with standard equipment. Hope your enjoy your Bimmer too!"

7 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Wish I purchased a BMW 20 years ago

By on Friday, March 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easily available performance + cosmetic mods"

Cons: "Some of the interior trim easily shreds."

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

"I like to drive. I enjoy commuting and I enjoy tooling up a mountain road. There aren't enough superlatives to describe my four year experience with my 2010 BMW 335i. Corners beg to be accelerated into. The stereo system is so satisfying that sometimes I just sit in the driveway and listen. I feel safe, in control, and extremely comfortable sitting in the cockpit. When I sell this one, I'll buy another...maybe an M series."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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