Like all 3 Series, this version of the 325i is fun to drive. It has more room than the previous 1999-2005 version. Responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. The engine delivers lively performance and the smooth transmission contributes to a sporty feel. Some controls, however, can be difficult to use.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Drives/handles beautifully. A pleasure to drive."

Anonymous, WI (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Run flat tires are expensive to replace, take bumps/potholes as if you do not have shocks and bmw did not provide a place in boot for a spare so you cannot change over to conventional tires -- would never do this again."

DEAN H., RI (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles well and has great acceleration. It looks good and is comfortable. There is a year-old air bag recall but BMW does not seem to be putting any effort into getting me a safe air bag despite many requests. Manufacturers love to tell the press that owners ignore recalls. That is BULL SHIT! They just want you to buy a new car."

BARRY W., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Once the acceleration catches up the drive is fine, but generally to merge into traffic the initially pressing the accelerator, it would seem as if the car hesitates then the you'd have to increase accelerating or "stepping more' on the accelerator to finally respond."

Anonymous, VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Owned many cars over the years but never one that was so smooth and responsive while still being quite quiet and comfortable."

Anonymous, AB (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"A great experience driving in Summer."

Anonymous, AB (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride smooth, accelerates fast, and handles like a go kart. Just so much fun to drive."

DON T., NH (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I've owned over 16 cars in my lifetime, the BMW is truly the ultimate driving machine."

Anonymous, CT (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Good handling. Good gearbox"

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration and handling... a little turbo lag. Tires could have been better from the factory. Would have wanted a full size spare... but this has not been an issue. Water pump went out and did cost $1,000 to repair."

BRIAN S., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Great drivers car, good handling, braking, acceleration. Dealer service is too expensive and parts pricing is outrageous. Changing a window regulator mechanism is over $350 and the $1.00 plastic part is all that breaks. Any simple work on the engine, changing the valve cover gasket is $500. Nice car but sell it after the warranty expires. One of the only cars that purchasing an extended warranty is worthwhile if you are going to keep the car five years."

JACK F., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This car handles wonderfully. It is the first automatic I have deliberately purchased in decades, and I am very happy with its performance."

KRISTIN P., WA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Quick and agile response; perfect front/rear weight balance with low centre of gravity = unbeatable handling; tight cornering; smooth acceleration. Altogether a joy to drive, especially with the manual transmission."

LESLIE N., ON (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"handling, and ease of operation."

LOUISE T., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I was surprised that even a minimal amount of snow would render the car unmovable."

Anonymous, MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Stealth, does not stand out, understated."

Anonymous, TX (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This is what I love most about my 328i."

DAVID P., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This care is just fun to drive."

Anonymous, TX (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"great perfermance"

Anonymous, PA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The most "fun to drive" car I've ever owned. After 9 years, driving it still puts a smile on my face!"

DANIEL B., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling (turning) and breaking is excellent."

Anonymous, NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles very well, l feel that I am part of the car or that it is part of me, it is easy to park and has great acceleration when needed. It has a great. Sound system and is just a great car and easy to maintain."

ROBERT W., PA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling and ride are fantastic."

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent handling car with good acceleration,braking and comfort. Designed to go over 200km/hr on the Autobahn all day long."

CARL H., BC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This model has laser sharp handling and control in all weather conditions. It accelerates smoothly and effortlessly even at high altitude with its twin turbos. A joy to drive."

T A., CO (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent all around. Fast, precise, balanced. Nothing better out there in the class."

DAVID C., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Great grip and a sporty feeling. Great in curves."

PABLO C., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"THE WORST THING IS HITTING A POTHOLE SINCE THE RUN FLATS AND THE SHOCKS MAKE YOU THINK IT WAS A BOMB UNDER THE CAR. HOWEVER, ACCELERATION LIVES UP TO ITS NAME AS A DRIVING MACHINE!"

JAS M., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are both excellent."

DEREK T., MT (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW is an excellent handling car, giving the driver confidence in all situations."

Anonymous, NY (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Drives like a dream even after 11 years. BMW handling and smooth acceleration. Power is available when I need it."

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Eleven year old car still handles and accelerates like new."

Jack F., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Like it’s on rails! This normally aspirated 6 gets great gas mileage (I’ve gotten 31 at 75+ w a full load of people and luggage), and the acceleration will push you back in the seat when you need it. Like they advertise, the ultimate driving machine."

Anonymous, GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Very quick with added chip. Handles very well but also smooth over most roads"

Anonymous, AB (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is a blast to drive on the twisty bits of road,and does a decent job at the local Autocross events."

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"There is an annoying lag due to the early version of BMW's drive by wire throttle connection. That said, once accustomed to the delay, the driving dynamics are exempliary."

David V., BC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I like everything about how this car drives. Great acceleration and handling. Good braking system."

D V., MI (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Very precise, spirited driving experience. After owning the car for over ten years, driving it still puts a smile on my face. Love driving this car! Great acceleration, and phenomenal handling!"

Daniel B., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The performance and handling of this older model is very good. I'm very satisfied with it."

M C., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is extremely fast with the twin turbo 6 and handles like the sports car it is"

James M., DE (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I have had the car for 11 years and it is still one of the best driving cars on the market."

Anonymous, CT (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I have a degenerated L5-S1 disc in my back, and isolation from road shock is critically important. That is why I sold my Porsche. The BMW has excellent shock isolation yet retains decent handling. Acceleration and braking are also superb. In fact, to me, the braking is superior to the Porsche due to more boost."

A M., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"EXCELLENT ACCLERATION, VERY GOOD TRACTION FUN TO DRIVE. AFTER 10 YEARS WE STILL "LOVE" THIS CAR"

Anonymous, GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is very fast."

Jose S., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Neck snapping acceleration and fantastic handling response."

Anonymous, CT (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"1. acceleration is fairly good, but there is a hesitation when accelerating hard, or when you need it the most, i.e. to change lane on a highway or to merge into highway."

John K., WA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Phenomenal acceleration & handling, it feels like a small corvette."

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Inline 6 engine performance"

Anonymous, FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration is merely adequate with the automatic transmission-feels about 7 seconds from rest to 60 mph. The handling is amazing for a mid-sized, fairly heavy car!"

Howard P., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"3 liter 6-speed manual AWD. Outstanding sports sedan. Truly a driver's car, more like the 2 series is now, but with the naturally aspirated 6 cylinder engine.."

David W., PA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling and celebration are remarkable even with runflat tires"

Paul K., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration, good handling, a lot of fun to drive"

Anonymous, MO (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Feel the road, exceptional handling and power from V6, hugs corners - gonna miss it when it "retires" in 30 K miles"

Anonymous, VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I love driving my little car, and while several issues were costly to resolve, I am hopefully over the hump. I hope no other major issue come up in the 12 month period. The latest (non maintenance) was replacing the starter which failed last March. All that said, Audi is a rival to BMW in my mind."

Anonymous, RI (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles almost the same as the day we got it. Great"

Anonymous, ON (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The driving experience is what BMW is all about and why I have had 4 of them over the years."

Carol P., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles really well. This is my wife's car. It is too low to the ground for me personally. She loves having a convertible."

Anonymous, NC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Good: very happy with acceleration and handling of this vehicle"

Kirill B., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"With 300hp, it gets up and goes when needed (merging onto freeway, passing). Handling is also excellent. Fun car to drive."

Gary S., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and braking are very good. Handling is very good. The steering is precise, with excellent road feel."

Randall S., SD (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The brakes on this car haul you down to stopped in an incredible short distance. I drive 3 other cars so this comparison is retested frequently"

Anonymous, ON (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"It is an enthusiast's car. The acceleration is much above average and it handles amazingly."

Thomas W., IN (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This car has the non turbo 3 liter inline 6,but still has adequate acceleration for freeway merging and two lane passing. The handling on twisty roads is superb,with excellent steering feedback and great grip."

Mark K., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is just FAST!! And on the back roads, it's fun to drive on the curves - it just sticks to the road."

Maureen W., NC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This vehicle has superb acceleration and handling. It doesn't have electric steering so you really feel the road. Best driving car ever."

Lee M., DC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfort and handling and of course the styling,it is till the sharpest car on the road."

Robert W., PA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Fast and sticks to the road very well."

Douglas A., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Perfect balance, decent acceleration and wonderfully responsive in the handling category."

Derek O., NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"best handling car I've owned. Accelerates quick enough for me with 6 cylinder."

James T., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration is still terrific. I love having that available."

Henry H., TN (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"An absolute joy to drive (top up or down)!"

Cheryl-Brian F., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The 335xi manual provides the driver with a keen sense of the road and engine. You can truly partner with the vehicle and enjoy the driving experience."

Samuel G., NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Strong acceleration and great handling. Responsive steering and very little roll in corners. Quiet. Down-side: Uses run-flat tires which only last about 30000 miles and are expensive."

Gary S., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"drives very well"

John D., NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Best sports car I've ever driven. It is solid and grounded when you accelerate."

Jenay R., NC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Best driving experience I have ever had in a car that I owned."

Anonymous, MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"drives very well, but not as good as the BMW 335"

Anonymous, MO (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Precise handling"

Gary P., NY (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Accelerates very well, handles like a sports car and is in to drive."

Anonymous, CT (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Good acceleration and handling especial on sharp curves"

Anonymous, NC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"complexity of idrive system"

Anonymous, RI (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Very smooth and torquey engine sounds great while delivering what must be above advertised power. Famous BMW handling with hydraulic steering which took a step back on later models with eps."

Kevin F., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"terrific handling and performance, not super-car fast but does everything you'd want"

David C., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Accelerates and handles well despite its weight and OEM runflat tires"

Paul K., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"While there are certainly many faster cars, the acceleration and handling of the 328 are very usable and make the car fun to drive. It's always a blast to drive this car."

Steven C., GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This vehicle is fun to drive. It feels like you are floating above the road even though you are only inches off it. The acceleration is great at any speed."

Jason L., TX (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Effortless accelerating; short braking distance; nimble maneuvering"

Anonymous, CO (2007 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Great seats, good ride with non-run flat tires, solid AC, good phone integration for a 2007 car."

DAVID C., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"We both love the seats, climate control, great ride and driveability."

LOUISE T., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The ride is very rough"

JAMES S., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I am tall and the seat cushion is too short, while I am unable to stretch my legs. Longer trips my legs tend to cramp."

Anonymous, BC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"my seat is very uncomfortable"

JOHN D., NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The bucket seats are really comfortable"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"the sports seats are very comfortable"

Anonymous, IL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Great sport seats-so comfortable. Terrific legroom. I'm 6'2"."

HOWARD P., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I have had many near misses. This car is dangerous for tall drivers like me and my son. The manual transmission gets stuck in my feet (size 16), and brake. It is impossible to Change gears without missing the gear that is desired. The previous Rebucion that I had had an automatic transmission. I have had to run off the road to avoid hitting other cars. I can't find the brake. Please give me some advice before I get killed."

JOHN W., NY (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Hardtop convertible is very enjoyable. Handling is nothing like the Porsche Boxster I had, but is far more comfortable"

A M., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Air conditioning is challenging, really not satisfactory compare to a Standard car, the ride is rough, the steering like a truck in th city"

JOHN M., ON (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Refined. Fit and finish is excelent."

ALFRED J., IN (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling, ride, seats"

JAMES D., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are too low which makes it difficult to get in and out of the car. Back seat has poor leg room."

RICHARD P., IL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are uncomfortable over extended trips."

Fred C., CO (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Leatherette seats crack, paint comes off centre console, plastic on door handles scratches easily and is hard to keep looking clean."

John M., ON (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"hard top convertible is quite and isolated in bad weather and on highway, but a fantastic cruiser on back roads, or quiet residential areas"

Anonymous, ON (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Like a Volvo, BMW has seat comfort down pat. Long drives are not a problem in this car."

Anonymous, GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I have a degenerated L5-S1 disc in my back, and isolation from road shock is critically important. That is why I sold my Porsche. The BMW has excellent shock isolation yet retains decent handling."

A M., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The best seats ever! So comfortable. Also, has adequate rear seat travel for me at 6'2". There is no noise. I ordered the sport suspension, which was probably a mistake, because the ride is too firm-going over railroad tracks is too jolting! Even coming out of my driveway-when I hit the street is very uncomfortable."

Howard P., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Good lumbar support Smooth ride"

Anonymous, GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"1. ride comfort is poor (probably due to run flat tires). 2. road noise is also too loud when driving on highway--there needs to be better noise insulation. 3. seats are fairly comfortable, but it is offset, meaning seats are slightly facing away from the center of car."

John K., WA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I do a lot of long drives and the seats are really up to the task. This car is really quite quiet on freeway driving up to around 90MPH."

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The sport seats are supportive and comfortable"

Paul K., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Good feel for the road, great driving experience"

Anonymous, MO (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Sport suspension is a bit too rough, and as I have become older, it is less comfortable for me. The seats are fantastic, with multiple adjustments and an extender which supports the thighs - especially good for longer trips. This is a hardtop convertible making it quieter than the rag tops,"

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent ride experience relative to connection to the road and steering response with minimal noise intrusion."

Anonymous, CT (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This is an identical question"

Gerald O., IL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Not as comfort as I like Very good handling"

Anonymous, NC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Bad suspension"

Anonymous, CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I just love this car, a convertible is noisey and I really don't mind it, but it is not as safe as my truck, the BMWX1."

Robert W., PA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Great seats"

Anonymous, NY (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"The 3 series has the perfect blend of comfort and ride. It feels like a sports car but doesn't rattle your teeth."

Steven C., GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"great seats, moderate but aggressive sounds, firm, sporty ride"

David C., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"seating is very uncomfortable"

John D., NJ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Until out of warranty the vehicle was flawless. After warranty many engine and ABS brake issues occurred which should have never happened with a car so expensive. I am speaking of engine O rings and seals that have never failed in 280,000 miles in my previous BMW. This is a direct injection engine and as such the intake valves have suffered from carbon build up do to poor engineering to design the intake to prevent this. The Bosch designed ABS was a disaster that caused significant expensive all"

BRADLEY P., FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW options are very expensive and I don't think they are values for money"

PETER M., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Purchased with 50k miles only $15,000 New it was $42,000"

SHAUN D., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Seems like a lot of money for a small car. However, if driving is your forte it will put a big smile on your face on your commute."

Anonymous, TX (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"As the car gets older, now almost 10 years, repairs and maintenance are very expensive."

ALAN S., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"I have not had to repair much of anything on this car. I have driven it for 150000 miles and I have put brakes on it and repaired two oil leaks since I have owned it."

RANDALL B., WA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Cost 10% over government mileage allowance (long term average)."

WARD F., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Expensive to repair"

STEVE D., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This 328xi wagon has features which can now only be obtained by special order such as straight six engine, six speed transmission and sport suspension. It has no safety sensors, low profile tires blow out in pot holes, and BMW Assist has been cut off due to out dated on-board GPS technology with no remedy."

Anonymous, NY (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"As I look at possible replacement vehicles, I am very impressed with the quality built into this car even though it was one of the least expensive BMW models in 2007. 11 years after purchase it is not outdated in any significant area. If I could buy it again today, I would. The dynamics are great in every area, good for cross country trips with lots of gear, gets good gas mileage for the performance, level it offers, and I still like the styling."

Anonymous, FL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"My car is almost 10 years old. I bought it off the showroom floor so I got a really good deal with many features. Because of BMW's four year car warranty, you know whether or not you have a car that will last for the long haul. Also, their styling doesn't change dramatically from year to year, so I don't feel like I'm driving a dated car appearance-wise."

Anonymous, IL (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"SOMEWHAT EXPENSIVE BUT THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE ARE WORTH THE PRICE."

Anonymous, GA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Would never buy BMW again. Poor quality for the money and to costly service work. If you get an ABS error you also lose cruise control."

Nathan M., NC (2007 BMW 3 Series)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's my wife's car. I don't drive it. I relax and smoke a cigar. I have 30 cars...mostly classics."

JOHN W., NY (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Still looks sharp and up to date after 9 years."

A M., AZ (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"styling is sporty but refined and makes a statement that is is "the ultimate driving machine" subtly but clearly. though 2007, car does not look dated."

DEAN H., RI (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"It's uniquely BMW"

DEREK P., VA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Classic coupe styling with no trendy lines"

SHAUN D., CA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a sweetheart of a car, it is small, close to the ground no road noises, for a convertible very quiet, it has as smooth ride and even though I have 164,000 miles on the odometer it drives like a charm"

ROBERT W., PA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"EVERYONE COPIES IT. iT IS AERODYNAMICALLY PERFECT AND HANDLES SO WELL. ONLY DEFECT ARE THE SHOCKS AND RUN FLAT TIRES WHEN YOU HIT A HOLE."

JAS M., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Clean look, no trashy add-ins,"

JAMES D., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a beautiful car and it makes me happy to look at it."

Anonymous, WA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

"Still timeless styling."

WARD F., MA (2007 BMW 3 Series)

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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