Many people think of the 3 Series as the quintessential sport sedan. The smooth and quick 328i is a delight to drive, with a refined powertrain, agile handling and a firm, yet supple and controlled ride. Fit and finish are excellent, but the cabin is snug. A stronger engine improves acceleration and still manages good fuel economy, but seat revisions reduced comfort.
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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

"The M3 has fantastic performance, but it's also very practical as a daily-driver."

David S., CO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Sneaky fast and handles like a beemer should"

Norman S., GA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling (cornering) is superb and acceleration with the twin turbos is outstanding."

Anonymous, PA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It is fun to drive but the handling is not as nimble as the bmw sedan I owned before this vehicle. It does not accelerate as quickly as it weighs more being a hardtop convertible."

Anonymous, TX (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Ability to drive long distances without tiring."

Anonymous, MN (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a sports model that has tremendous acceleration, a very smooth and quiet ride at all speeds."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling and acceleration is spectacular"

Anonymous, NM (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Performance includes: acceleration, handling, breaking."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a driving machine"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"My car is a 335 cic (convertible) with a 6-speed manual and is the third 3-Series I have owned. With the 300 hp twin-turbo engine, it has more than adequate acceleration. This is my third 3-Series convertible and is the best handling car I have ever owned and I get over 30 mpg on the NJ Turnpike."

Robert S., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling"

Kathleen K., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"like the way car handles"

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It's fun to drive. Excellent handling and acceleration."

Fred H., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very reliable cornering, excellent road feel."

L H., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is very responsive. The acceleration is there if needed. Braking is very good without being overbearing. Slight roll in the turns which can be solved with a better sway bar."

Anonymous, TX (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"while is like a more updated car, it still. Handles beautifully on the road."

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW handling is top of the line. I fall in love with the car everyday I drive it."

Anonymous, CO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration as it has the inline 6, good low end response, good mileage on the highway 30 plus and up to 32 mpg. Handling is better than most cars and my model has the sport package that gives it a little better handling."

Howard W., WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling outstanding for a family station wagon."

Clifford R., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Styling is great. Convertible hardtop works well."

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"everything"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Have addressed this previous page."

David K., OK (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Hard ride with runflat tires"

Robert B., NY (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a beautiful hard top convertible, which is great to drive on cool evenings. The acceleration and handling is super, as you would expect from a BMW."

Albert D., MS (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Car has good, sporty handling"

Ross H., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"most sure-footed car ive ever driven"

Anonymous, MN (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Was considering trading the 2009 BMW for a more current model but it I like the way it handles. Plus it's a little "Rocket ship.""

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Deacceleration when foot comes off gas pedal"

Anonymous, WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Steering, braking are great. Acceleration is adequate."

Jeffrey M., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This car has no options except heated seats, so totally stock. Love the way it handles. Acceleration is more than adequate."

Larry H., WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very strong acceleration with good handling"

Frank M., VT (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is fun to drive. Excellent acceleration and handling overall. The transmission is always in the right gear in all situations."

Anonymous, MD (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The car accelerates really well. Instant power with the low-end torque. Do not need to wait for the engine to spool up. Handling is very good, but sometimes wish the suspension was even stiffer. This was the case when I first bought it. Overall, have been happy with the handling. Steering very responsive."

Kevin E., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The 3 liter engine still performs very well. Driving is still very fun."

Bradford H., ID (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"throttle lag is a problem (throttle moves almost 1 cm before any engine response) and it often seems to have trouble deciding to downshift or not. handling is great, braking not as good as the 2004"

John E., BC (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has excellent acceleration for merging onto freeways...and has great handling for avoid things in the road."

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Even after owning this car for nearly 9 years, it still a complete joy to drive everyday. It never gets old."

Christian H., CO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"When you hit a bump in the road your teeth rattle and it usually bends or damages the tire and rims. The radio system is very confusing and not user friendly and the cup holders on the dash break easily from normal use."

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very fun to drive. Great acceleration. Fun with top down and top up. Fast. Seems like this car always wants to give a little more."

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Quick handling. Good acceleration."

Anonymous, WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very sporty and classdic BMW handling. Good but not exceptional acceleration"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"I love my BMW 328iCoupe. It is my 3rd BMW. Unfortunately it will have to last me forever since I am retiring and a new BMW will not be in the budget."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Superb handling and acceleration."

Anonymous, PA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very nice tight handling."

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This car, and 2006 version of it I had before, have given me the most enjoyable driving experience of my 50+ years of driving. The car handles precisely, tracks around corners like it is on rails, and the road feel is excellent."

Anonymous, MD (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Tradional mechanical power steering is well weighted and provides continuous road feedback to the driver which inspires confidence in the vehicles cornering performance"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles well and accelerates well when getting on the freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a BMW. Always known for crisp handling, awesome acceleration, and outstanding performance."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Responses well when the gas pedal is hit"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a 335D that BMW made for just a short period of time. This car has very high torque so it is both quick and relatively fuel efficient."

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"A good all round sport's sedan"

William R., IL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"handles great"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Nimble and quick"

JAC M., PA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"After I have driven other cars, it's always amazing to get in this one and feel the pick up and power that the car has."

STEPHEN B., MO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration and handling and great fuel economy on trips"

Anonymous, NC (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"I added an aftermarket control so the convertible top can be raised or lowered up to 20mph. Much more usable now."

GRANT N., WI (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Upon initial acceleration, car hesitates and then zooms off. Hesitation is annoying."

Anonymous, NY (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The car drives like a dream......always feel like the car has good contact with the road surface.....It feels "safe" like it is sturdy."

Anonymous, WI (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very sporty handling. Run flat tires are harsh on bumpy roads and potholes. Waiting for dreaded turbo waste gate issue to happen but so far so good."

DAVID Z., ON (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very brisk acceleration and great handling make this car exceptional."

D G., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Although the majority of my driving is local which affects MPG, when I take on the highway for longer trips, with the 6 speed manual I achieve > 30 MPG. This is great for a 300 hp convertible that is a joy to drive."

ROBERT S., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very well balanced car. Handling neutral and responsive. Good performance"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It's always great fun to drive. The manual transmission and steering are superb."

CHRISTIAN H., CO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The ultimate driving machine - seriously! No other car in its class has the handling of this car. This car has an in-line 6 cylinder engine which makes the car very responsive. Love it and will continue to drive this car as long as I can."

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The feeling of being in control of the vehicle is extremely satisfying. The feedback in steering is the best I have experienced in any vehicle other than other BMW models with the exception of this with electric power steering which I believe may be most new models."

KEVIN F., PA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"I love driving the car; it handles well and still looks nice. I do not like the amount of maintenance the car has needed."

S F., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This car's handling and acceleration is outstanding. Both my wife and I try to find back roads and really enjoy the fun of driving this vehicle."

Anonymous, MD (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Everything is great"

TOM V., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"For basically a sports car, it has a decent ride. Though, with the very responsive brakes and movement from the road, it can make passengers nausious when driving on not ideal roads. The seats are very comfortable, even for long rides, and the car is surprising quiet for a sports car. Yet you can still hear the road a little to get a sense of the handling and the engine."

Kevin E., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"After owning this BMW for eight years; it is still comfortable, quiet and fun to drive"

Bradford H., ID (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Our BMW has the "sport package" and "run flat" tires. The ride is harsh, noisy and rough. It's the worst characteristic of an otherwise great car."

Albert D., MS (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Great car the faster you go the better the ride."

Anonymous, CO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Solid feel of the car on the road makes for a smooth ride, a sense of physical security and very comfortable seating. The car is very quick and this contributes to being able to manage easily in traffic and the open road."

David K., OK (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Unfortunately my seats do not have adjustable lumbar support, so I have to use a pillow. . . Noise levels are acceptable. . . The ride is great."

Larry H., WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is very comfortable, highly responsive and provides an easy ride at all speeds."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"very good seats ride is good for a well handling car, too much road noise, different tires helped a little"

Peter L., ND (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Seat adjustment allows both drivers to be comfortable, Seats a good combination of comfort and restraint. Ride on 18" runflats is pretty stiff on rough streets."

Clifford R., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The M3 is a high performance car that can be run on a track by changing tire pressures and pushing a button, yet it's comfortable, quiet and subtle riding as a daily-driver."

David S., CO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride is very stiff. You bounce down thr road."

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats and ride excellent. Noise poor."

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are not comfortable. Small and hard."

Gerald H., OK (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Sporty, comfortable seats."

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable seats and decent acceleration, but hate the turbo-lag when accelerating."

Keith M., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride comfort is rough due to the ride flat tires"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are breaking down"

Gayle V., ID (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The power seat adjustments allow for a comfortable, safe ride."

Pete S., AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The suspension system provides for a somewhat heavy ride in my 2009 BMW 328xi. This is probably part of the AWD design which I like. I accept the heavy ride as a necessary part of the AWD."

Anonymous, VA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Sports suspension at times harsh, otherwise very good"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"run flat tires that came on car are very noisy"

MALCOLM M., AL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are not padded enough and are too small."

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Quiet ride"

Anonymous, SC (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"All mentioned above"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"When I ordered the car I had a choice between leather and leatherette upholstery. I made the bad assumption that leatherette was some sort of breathable fabric. It wasn't. It turned out to be vinyl and it's very uncomfortable in hot, humid weather. So I'm not really happy with it but it's my fault."

Anonymous, IL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Climate control in BMW sucks!!!!!! A bit hard to get in and out of car - seats are a bit low for my wife. Would prefer more open door "lock" positions. Cup holders have broken and are USELESS!!!!! When car is in SPORT mode - great!!!!"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"comfortable seating, high quality surfaces, quiet ride, good handling"

CHARLES T., NY (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Cannot get the driver's seat to adjust to a comfortable driving position."

Anonymous, NM (2009 BMW 3 Series)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"The car is nearly 100 years old. The quality of the paint and interior leather has held up beautifully."

Matthew E., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"It’s the ultimate driving machine"

Kathleen K., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is solid feeling, comfortable and handles well."

Matthew E., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Depreciation"

James N., VA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Options are expensive,"

Anonymous, VA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Maintenance cos a dealer was exorbitant"

S R., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Would be very satisfied if the maintenance costs were lower."

Anonymous, MN (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Buy a pre-owned BMW. Great value, warranty and drives like new."

PHILIP C., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very poor value. l paid a lot for non-leather seats, no blue tooth, no navigation system. Car is uncomfortable. There are 2 flimsy cupholders for front passengers. Very little room."

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Looks great and runs great after 6+ years and 85,000 miles. Very reliable and very fun to drive."

DAVID M., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Overpriced for what I received."

Anonymous, NM (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Great exceleration for passing and entry to freeway."

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"You get a luxury car, but the options are somewhat old, dated, & not as substantial as many standard class vehicles with all the bells & whistles that are almost just as fun to drive!"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"See previous commeBought car for $10K (BMW used are delaer would have been about $14.5K - $16K) - bought off of friend that sold it to me for what here sister (BMW new car dealer ower) would have given her.nt"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Still a timelessly designed beautiful convertible even as a 7-year-old car"

BOB G., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"REAR SEAT ACCESS IS LIMITED SPACEWISE"

Anonymous, NC (2009 BMW 3 Series)

"Very sporty looking. Looks especially sharp when the top is down. Seamless, elegant lines."

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series)

Would you buy this car again?

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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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