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

"Drives fantastically."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Drives like a sports car but is a sedan."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Fun car to drive"

JAMES P., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It's FUN! Let's me be a mom around town, but goes when I need it to on the highway."

CHRISTINA R., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The stock wheels were very heavy (cast instead of forged) and the stock run-flat tires were also very heavy, so the ride was miserable, even for my wife, until we changed to forged wheels and Michelin performance tires. Great since then."

C A., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Its a BMW, it's the ultimate driving machine. Enough said!"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is a joy to drive and, with its 4xdrive, incredibly stable under any and all driving conditions."

M P., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This is what you pay for in a BMW, & the 3 series gives it to you, much more than BMW SUVs"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Driving experience is top notch. Gas mileage is "ok". No noises, no real problems. I do fundamentally disagree with the oil change intervals (mine seems to be around 13k miles). But the customer support is very good, friendly, and they strive to make you as comfortable as possible. I mean they have a movie theatre in the place!"

ROBERT C., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles like it's on rails. Amazing acceleration from any speed, especially when you get the turbo's spooled up. Great mid-range torque."

C E., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles well and has good steering feel."

JANE K., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I like my car very much"

RICHARD T., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great handling and accelleration"

RONALD S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Linear acceleration and great body control."

Anonymous, AL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Car has excellent pick up - can-t imagine a need for a turbo."

TIMOTHY N., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Fantastic and fun handling and driving experience. Very smooth engine."

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Plenty of reserve power for special situations. The handling is precise and smooth. BMW recommends not rotating the tires (which I didn't); and the tires are wearing uniformly. Road bumps are handled superbly by the suspension/steering systems."

R H., OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration. Stiffer drive."

CHRISTI C., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Incredible handling. Love to drive it"

DAVID C., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"mine is a manual transmission 335is coupe. It's performance is just outstanding. Please to drive, responsive, good cornering ability, fantastic acceleration and even good gas mileage. Never owned a more fun car!"

COLLINS A., AR (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car drives poorly in snow It was necessary to buy snow tires for winter driving and use them in the winter months. Then each March I remove these snow tires and replace them with all season tires. This is expensive and I would like to have been aware of this situation before I bought it."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Superlative ride-handling balance (I don't have the sport package, which I find makes the right too hard with this generation of the 3 series); steering is highly communicative and exact; ample engine power. With winter tires mounted, it handled winter road conditions (including ongoing snowstorms) with aplomb and confidence."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The engine is smooth and powerful, while being very fuel efficient. Can obtain up to 30MPG on the freeway, and has plenty of power for any situation. The transmission is nearly perfect for an automatic. It seems to select the various gears at the right time for the situation, shifts smoothly, and doesn't try to upshift as fast as possible in an attempt to save gas. Very well programmed. Handling is tight, precise, and well controlled without being harsh. Nearly perfect, and allows the car"

VINCE T., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This BMW has sports suspension and it is brilliant. Highway cruising, cornering and balance are superb."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Typical BMW performance and handling ... very good!"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It gets on the freeway without hesitation and never hesitates. The handling is tight and feels like a real sports car."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration could be better in the 328 , engine seems underpowered"

KERRIGAN S., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very comfortable driving love the Harmon Kardon sound system 6 cyl enging not turbo but happy with acceleration and power nice maneuverability when needed"

E B., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Fantastic driving machine"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"really quick and sporty acceleration with balanced handling"

ROBERT W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"If you have never driven a 300 hp twin turbo BMW you need to try it to believe it!! I have owned a BMW since 1988 love the brand! no significant problems ever!"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles like a dream. Accelerates and stops with ease."

ALICE L., DE (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Accelerates great esp. With merging traffic"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"ultimate driving machine. Fun and responsive."

MICHAEL W., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I like driving. Driving is exciting and meaningful with this car. Everything is in tune with the driver, from acceleration, cornering, braking, interior amenities, and noise. It's well thought out."

FRED K., OR (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Superlative and true to BMW form, always in the right gear (auto)"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"To me, it's the perfect car for people who still value precise handling and efficient performance."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"With 265Hp and 420 Ft.#'s of torque this thing screams and get fantastic gas mileage. A win win car from any standpoint."

STEVE K., OR (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling"

KARL T., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very nimble and comfortable for its size, extremely swift and easy to handle"

PAUL A., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration and very good fuel economy for the level of performance."

LEE H., OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Nothing short of a Porsche two-seater drives as well as a Bimmer."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Had a go-cart as a boy. Always wanted a BMW to experience the same driving experience, and have not been disappointed."

S G., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration on the highway. Fun to drive, great handling"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great and fun to drive"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car handles like a dream. I had a large SUV tailgating me as I entered an off-ramp with a 270-degree turn. I accelerated into and through the turn exited at 70 mph with the SUV nowhere in the rear view mirror. Don't try this at home."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Diesel engine has lots of torque."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is sometimes a bit too touchy (accelerates too quickly from a stopped position)"

RICH R., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very responsive engine, in either automatic and shifting transmission. You can feel the road under you feet, very sporty manuevering on sinuous roads."

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling is tight and completely different to the newer BMWs. I love this characteristic."

Orson W., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Love everything...needs more road feel."

Paul B., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Wonderful car to drive. Handles great, plenty of power and road feel. The new BMW's don't come close."

Lee C., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great handling and good acceleration."

Nick S., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"IT IS JUST A FUN DRIVE AS IT HANDLES SO WELL. LOW TO THE GROUND, IT HUGS THE PAVEMENT AND RESPONDS TO CORNERING AND FLAT OUT DRIVING. IT ALSO HAS THE PICK-UP WHEN NEEDED WITH THE LITTLE TURBO."

Joan E., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are great."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"See previous answer re handling, acceleration more than adequate for any situation I have encountered."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The last 328 series with an inline 6. My car is basic and thats what makes it great. The car is about great handing, a great feel with the inline 6. It's all about the driving experience. Something BMW seems to have lost in later modules and has focused on added technology that distracts from the real driving experience such as electronic steering."

Robert G., WI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great handling, fun to drive."

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Tight confidence quick"

Anonymous, WI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Fantastic handling and response especially on curved roads"

Charles W., KY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration is great and it handles like an arrow!"

Anonymous, QC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"exceptional power and acceleration and handling. This car is secure and safe during any road condition and maneuvers well in critical situations. It also gives better tan average mpg both city and highway."

Bill F., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Awesome handeling"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This BMW delivers its brand value in exciting performance and excellent handling. It is also comfortable for long distance travel."

Richard A., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"plenty of power, handles well and it is a convertible. A fun summer car."

John H., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It has all the acceleration and handling I would ever need. Great to drive."

Thoms S., HI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Instills confidence in any driving situation and provides very enjoyable drives, especially with the hard top down."

Ben S., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Drives great, handles beautifully, lots of power"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It's the balls."

Nathaniel S., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is more than adequate. Merging onto a freeway in traffic is comfortable. Handling is adequate but I would have expected more excitement from a rear wheel drive BMW. It is a fairly staid driving experience. The car always feels safe and the driver is always in control but it is not particularly fun to drive."

Joshua A., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"drives like a performance car"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The handlling and power are of a sports car."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling and acceleration on BMX makes it fun to drive. It is hard on the bumps as the car is lower to the ground."

Nancy P., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The best handling car I have ever owned"

Anonymous, OK (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"A lot of punch at any speed with the high torque engine. Razor sharp handling, just point and shoot!"

Barry D., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling and acceleration is awesome."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The twin turbo is quite frankly exhilarating. , the handling is what one would expect in a BMW"

Alan B., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW is fun to drive and handles better than any other vehicle."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent and responsive handling and very good acceleration."

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Smooth"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It is an absolute dream to drive, cornering as though on rails thanks to its 4wd system."

M P., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Don’t buy it will leak oil!!!"

Dalton F., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very quick and handles great"

Bret J., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"excellent handling"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is very competent with more than adequate power. Handling and steering is dependable but not particularly fun. It is not particularly a "driver's" car."

Joshua A., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I've owned a few high -end autos & my BMW is the most fun & easiest to handle in ALL circumstances."

Anonymous, MO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is a xxxx of a lot of fun to drive. It’s quick, really hugs the corners and feels very solid in any kind of road condition."

Frederick G., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling is tight and the car is fun to drive. The all wheel drive system handles almost as well in snow as it does on dry pavement."

Anonymous, IN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The driving experience is really nice. Tight and sure handling, very good acceleration, excellent at cruising speeds."

Gregg S., GA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration of the 335d is excellent."

Rachel P., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Tight steering control, tight turning radius, excellent acceleration."

Sheila C., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles exceptionally well at cruising speeds. It accelerates quickly from a stop."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It is an absolute pleasure to drive. When you step on the accelerator, the car just goes. 80 mph feels like 60 mph in other cars that I have owned. The steering, handling, and braking are exceptional. Unlike anything else I have driven previously."

John F., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling perform like a true bmw."

Warren W., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Driving Experience overall is superb..."

Anonymous, PR (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"secure feeling on curves and ramps"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Love the older model BMW's driving feel--firm, road-connected, and engine directly connected to right foot. Firm seating results in poor long distance driving comfort, but that's the tradeoff for great handling."

E L., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Plenty of zip for a 4 cylinder. Handles quite well."

Douglas C., UT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration in Sport mode and great handling feel."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Turbo diesel has fantastic torque and very good mpg"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The engine is smooth and fairly responsive although you need to keep the power band in the upper RPM range to best utilize the available power. It doesn't feel fast considering its HP rating and 6 cylinder engine. Handling I will say is very good."

Marc C., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car accelerates very adequately. The handling is tight; it feels like I'm in complete control. Very solid on the roads. I currently live in Germany and the car has no trouble cruising at 110+ mph on the autobahn. It still feels solid and is reasonably quiet in the cabin."

Adam P., AE (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Good pep & great tight handling"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"handling & acceleration"

Luis Y., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles extremely well on curves; very responsive."

David S., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"proper acceleration & handling"

Luis Y., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Responsive, grips the road"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The performance is so good and intuitive. The only "problem" is that when I drive my husband's SUV or another sedan, I realize how bumpy and slow they are."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Smooth, sonorous 6-cylinder engine; smooth, efficient automatic transmission; perfect combination of handling precision and riding comfort; precise steering; excellent brakes, still on original pads and rotors; still on two of original tires; excellent body construction, no rattles or squeaks."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"One of the best handling cars I’ve ever owned. Acceleration is excellent (0-60 in 4.2 sec the last time I measured it at the track). Having hydraulic steering allows for real road feedback. This car loves to go fast and straight. It’s a fantastic highway cruiser n a small enough chassis to allow nimble left to right transitions when I’m driving up one of the many mountain roads near my home. I will drive this car into the ground. I don’t want to ever give it up."

Gregory G., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Feels Solid and Stable Enjoy driving 323i ."

Manjit P., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The handling on these cars is second to none always has been I've had probably 5 or 6 of them over the years."

Jacqueline A., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Well balanced and adequate power, handling (Sport Package) turns the 3-series into a real car. My previous 3-series without the Sport package was just another car."

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Overall satisfied but steering is a bit hard and requires too much effort. I understand this is specific to the model year."

Francine F., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are excellent. The engine puts forth a lot of torque at low RPM, which is very helpful in urban driving"

John P., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Quick, responsive, stable, accurate, tracks extremely well, never hesitates, has never responded poorly to driving"

Michael G., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Four cylinder is smooth and responsive, providing more than ample power in all situations. Variable driving modes allow for adjustment of handling in different situations. The "Eco" mode is probably a waste, however."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I love driving this car! The pick-up and handing are great, and it’s easy to park!"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling, acceleration and agility"

Nick S., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a fun car to drive on back roads - plenty fast and corners well."

Reuben T., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Outstanding acceleration especially in Sport mode. Handles as well as a Miata sports coupe I had."

Bil B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I can make changes while on the go; not so good is the expense of updating the nav system.."

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It has sufficient power for a car that gets around 25mpg. Plus the driving experience and handling is amazing for a convertible"

Dion B., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car handling is on the sporty side, with a bit stiffer feel to the steering. You have sense of confidence with the acceleration and breaking. It handles tight turns at high speeds exceptionally, and is a well balanced car."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Even this more "economical" BMW, the 328i, has excellent driving characteristics; agile, quick and sports car-like. Makes a trip to the grocery store a fun experience."

Philip L., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Quick acceleration and connected yet supple ride quality."

David P., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great highway car"

D M., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has hair blowing acceleration and torque. You feel in command of their entire road."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good crisp handling, flat around turns, more than sufficient power."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great handling along with powerful acceleration. The 335 is a great sports car with a luxury look and feel. The body style still looks hot without any modifications. Only changes I made was to change the exhaust to the M exhaust. Also replaced the run flats with Michelin Pilot Sport and really helped in road noise and better handling"

B M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling (with sports package is magnificent. Acceleration is very good."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"A dream car when it comes to driving. Acceleration is great and handles great. I hate to get out the car."

Alice L., DE (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Front cup holders are a poor design"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Car handles like a BMW, need to drive one to understand."

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration when not in sport mode has some hesitation, but in Sport mode the acceleration is very good. The handling is always excellent and tight. The car is a 4-wheel-drive model."

Stuart M., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles great, and nice comfortable ride"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"very secure handling"

Anonymous, AB (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent engineering, fun to drive"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car handles precisely and the acceleration is strong. The naturally aspirated in-line six cylinder engine is smooth and potent."

John F., GA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a manual transmission vehicle. I purchased it for that reason and I tremendously enjoy the handling and acceleration through the manual transmission experience."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"performance"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"sharp styling"

James A., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent performance and handling."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Absolutely love the way my car handles, especially on curves. I live in a dry climate, so not impacted too much by the rear-wheel drive. Have to get back tires more often due to the chamber, but I've just budgeted for it because I don't want to adjust it and lose performance on curves."

Christine B., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration of my car, its quickness and response makes it a fun and fast car to drive. The handling is exceptional!"

Anonymous, RI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very sporty and always feeling confident with control of the car."

Richard S., ME (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It just goes. It can scream on the track or bump along in traffic. I've had a few surprises on the road, but it makes wildlife and other hazards pretty uneventful."

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Controls are very easy to use. You can upload around 12 GB of music and or videos o the HDD. Hard buttons on steering wheel make using system very easy. If you search a song it will return to playlist as a default."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Good, immediate acceleration. However, the experience can be jarring on broken city roads"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Holds the road well, makes one feel safe"

Paul S., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Love the handling (M suspension package.) Corners well and little leaning. Wish we had the full M-3 ( desire more power/acceleration.)"

Arne H., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Superlative ride/handling balance and steering feel. With winter tires mounted, it handles snow with aplomb (even with RWD). Engine performance is good, but falls short of the great performance of the 335i."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Brisk acceleration, rwd makes handling secure & fun, great front end grip."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration, minimal wheel spinning, really holds the road in rain and on dry pavement"

Charles W., KY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very responsive control, acceleration when needed, and an overall enjoyable driving experience"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Performs amazingly well. Handling, acceleration. A real;ly fun car to drive."

Michael P., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It is fun to drive!"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Adaptive Transmission is very interesting as it continues to learn your driving style . My daughter always says she can tell who has been driving it the most, from gradual acceleration to wicked aggressive."

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration and crisp handling with lots of steering feel"

Michael P., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"All good."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The acceleration is amazing and quick. Handles perfectly and very responsive. Very enjoyable to drive."

Tonya M., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration in this car is stupendous. The turbo screams above 3500rpm and the exhaust growls. When you let off the gas the exhaust burbles a satisfying snarl. Turn in is precise and the car tracks well on the highway. Braking could be better but it does have 82,000 miles so it is time for some new brake hardware."

Nick-Jess M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It’s great esp steering feel and feedback"

Anonymous, BC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very fast Great steering feel Well assembled"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Amazing vehicle - 10/10 driving experience."

Brianna P., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Fun to drive! Likes twisting roads."

Charlie B., ND (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is very good. Handling is very good, steering is accurate if a bit dead."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It is truly the Ultimate Driving Machine! Handling and acceleration are excellent, so much fun to drive, just not quite as comfortable on long trips as our other car, which has cloth seats."

Curt C., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Does everything I ask it to do and goes everywhere I have the guts to point it. Outstanding vehicle!"

Layn S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Holds the road beautifully. A joy to drive!"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW is just fun to drive. It has great acceleration and can sustain high speeds with no appreciable squirreliness. On curves it holds like a vehicle with a much lower center of gravity. It handles emergency braking in a straight line, but can also deal with steering even when in hard braking."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride is a little bumpy and the seats are thin."

LORRAINE R., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"There are never any squeaks or excessive road noise. Everything feels and sound solid. With that said it is still easy to remove and put on interior panels and trim. The leather seat fit well without sliding around on them to much. The automatic climate controls and automatic wipers seem to function much better then other vehicles I driven in."

ALEX R., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"there is a rattle in the driver's door"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable seating good legroom in front but insufficient cargo area"

ZAKARIAH A., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats, which are standard, are not as comfortable as we expected."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"These seats fit me. I am short, and I can find a comfortable setting."

CHRISTINA R., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats too low and doors too heavy for people our age. 70+"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride comfort is good, firm but not harsh. Road noise is low."

JANE K., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Outstanding seats, climate control, noise control"

CHARLES M., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The vehicle is very low and tight for room. It's an effort to get in and out."

BRUCE M., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Not very comfortable for long trips, but then it's a sports car."

JOHN K., IN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very harsh ride, intrusive road noise from anything other than perfect pavement. Seatcomfort is average, quality of materials is mediocre. Fast air conditioner"

JUDY L., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Inside a bit tight Cup holder location awful"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Extremely comfortable, with many seat adjustments. Very good control/insulation from outside noise. So far very good air conditioning. Car has the M sport suspension which is firm but soaks up the New England poor roads with ease."

DEBRA P., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Was surprised that the seats were not as adjustable as the Mercedes. Also could not create a setting for the front passenger seat."

M L., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Overall the BMW has great driving characteristics !!! However, I cannot get the drivers seat to be comfortable. After 10 to 15 minutes of driving the car, the seats become very uncomfortable and my back starts to hurt especially in the lower back."

JAMES M., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Driver's side seat is too low to see out well."

CAROL W., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Extremely comfortable even after many hours driving"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats could be better"

MARK B., OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The air conditioning system was fully serviced, but did not cool the car very effectively. During a routine system flush, the dealership offered an "Artic Upgrade" which significantly improved the cooling, at an additional cost of $85 above the normal service cost."

RALPH M., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excessive road noise at certain speeds; ride brittle over road imperfections"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great driving feel"

KARL T., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride is very hard and you can feel every bump in the road"

Pieter O., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is small, but for daily use feels like a glove. It has sports car performance that can pick up the children with the reasonable back seat and drive through a snow storm."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It is just a really nice car to drive."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Overall, the 3 series is exemplary. Solid and comfortable"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a good car for long drives, which, as a diesel, we frequently use it for. The seating in the front is comfortable and does not feel cramped. The ride is quiet and controlled. With new generation run-flat tires, the previous stiffness and rough riding has subsided."

Joshua A., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great handling car. Good acceleration and styling. Expensive to repair."

Nick S., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Driver's car. Feel secure and in total control. Ride excellent for a firm suspension. Sporty exhaust note dissipates with speed unless power applied."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Rattling noise in driver side window from day one."

John K., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles well, quiet, durable seat covers"

R H., OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The ride is what you would expect in a BMW perfect"

Alan B., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The ride on freeways is noisy."

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling is stiff and ride critical"

Steven H., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats fit me very well. I love the way the car handles."

Jim F., VT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are somewhat firm without much padding. However, long drives are not uncomfortable. Overall, the interior feels small and confining. Only a moderate amount of road noise is discernable when driving."

John F., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seat belts are remarkably uncomfortable, especially when wearing a light shirt. Steering and suspension are tight in a good way."

Jeff A., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are hard, but supportive. They can get uncomfortable over long drives"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"comfortable sets; excellent handling"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"quiet environment."

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Sport seats are OK, could use more support. Ride is lacking due to inadequate dampers (shocks). Noise is appropriate and acceptable."

Heinrich G., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Run-flat tires are noisy in the cabin"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I Enjoy driving this car , when I press the gas pedal it moves without the noise , Travelling at 160 kms feels as it is doing 80 kms. BMW 323i ."

Manjit P., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I can never find a comfortable position for the seat and it is so low that when parked next to a high curb, it is extremely difficult to get out."

D M., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Stiff uncomfortable ride & seats"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Exceptionally comfortable, very quiet, and great ride"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Smooth but firm ride, positive handling, great steering & road feel."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats (with M Sport package - not an M Series vehicle - are excellent. Multiple adjustment options and supportive but comfortable. Ride is the reason to get this car. The ride and handling are as good as it gets, firm but comfortable, responsive yet smooth. A true driver's car, even when driven and city streets and at normal freeway speeds."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Luxurious ride, still quite and firm . Seats are easy to adjust and the memory feature works great"

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Not a lot of road noise, leather seats are comfortable and easy to clean with plenty of adjust-ability. Seat and mirror memory function work well. Dash display is simple and easy to read, not a lot of flashy colors that become distracting like other cars."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Car is well insulated from outside noise. The ride is smooth and car easily responsive. Very comfortable seats that adjust well."

Tonya M., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Very comfortable ride; good (if not great) noise levels. Seats are generally comfortable, but bottom cushion is somewhat narrow."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"With the Sport Package and low profile tires the ride is hard and road noise high. The Recaro seats are great."

Reuben T., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I enjoy the quietness quality of the interior cabin. It is very quiet. The seat's multi-level adjustments are excellent, providing comfort on long rides."

Anonymous, RI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are VERY firm and perhaps could use some extra padding for comfort on long trips. The ride can be stiff on bumpy roads but that's the price you pay for the great handling."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"While there are multiple controls for the front seats, they are not as comfortable as they should be. There is very little room in the backseat too. I’ve enjoyed driving this car!"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are comfortable, the car is a bit noisier than I would like, especially the level of road noise."

John F., GA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Wonderful, smooth, sonorous 6-cylinder engine"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Ride is extremely hash and lots of road noise penetrates into the car's cabin."

Peter L., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Newer Michelin run flat tires are far more comfortable than the ones the car came with"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Main problem the ride which is overly firm and harsh with the run flat tires. We feel every little bump in the road"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I can drive for 8 hours and when done, feel great. This is in contrast to other vehicles where my body feels beat up."

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Comfortable seating. Ride is a sport ride, not luxury, but I don't mind."

Christine B., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW should offer standard lumbar support for driver seat."

Abdelhalim B., QC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles well, feels tight, and decent space for commuting - not longer trips"

Douglas C., UT (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The fan is abominably loud. The car is too big for me. I loved my 1996 328I that I drove for 17 years -- perfect. The 2011 car is too wide. It took me over a year to feel comfortable driving it whereas when I got my 1996, I pulled off the lot feeling as if I were still in my 1985 328i with regards to perfect fit and familiarity. My 2011 was my first used car EVER. I would have bought a new 2013/4 except it was so overloaded with gizmos and multi-connected parts so that to fix one problem one has to buy 3 parts."

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are very comfortable (for driver and front passenger) for long rides and the car is very quiet."

Stuart M., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"good"

Layn S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Sport seats are very supportive with lots of adjustments. Ride is smooth, noise levels low."

David P., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats fit well and cradle you for excellent security especially on turns, low noise level, great feeling of the road and EXCELLENT response from the steering wheel"

Charles W., KY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Several things needed replacing, every service very expensive. Value for cost of car has been poor."

LEIGH F., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW failed to tell us bio-diesel will cause carbon buildup in the engine. Original cost to fix was $4700. This occurred with only 48000 miles on the car. Over 90% of Illinois fuel stations only very bio-diesel because of state sponsored subsidies."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Service realibilty"

HARRY W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It only had 19,000 miles when I bought it used in March 2014. Unfortunately I have needed to take it to the dealer multiple times since then for various problems, mostly related to radio malfunction, electrical warning lights malfunctions and a body piece that came off. Fortunately everything was covered under warranty."

MICHAEL J., IN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"BMW charges for a lot of options that are standard on other cars in class and implementation of some options is less satisfactory than other cars, both in class and in lower grade cars."

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"We bought the car when it was 10 months old with 1500 miles and almost 4 years of warranty including maintenance for a very fair price."

LOIS L., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I bought this as a certified pre-owned vehicle (2011 purchased in 2014). Therefore, the price I paid for the vehicle provided excellent value for the money. I may not say the same if I had paid the new car purchase price for the BMW."

RAYMOND H., KY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"lots of car for the money, especially when you buy a "CPO" car."

DAVID L., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Vehicle has many features that are generally found in more upscale models from BMW. A couple folks asked if this was a 5-series."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent certified program which includes all maintenance costs."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"We got a great deal on the car and the extended warranty from CarMax"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Bought as certified pre owned...looks and drives like a new vehicle at half the cost."

ROGER R., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"I purchased the car for its safety ratings, value in the long term, and performance. I have always maintained the car per the BMW recommended schedule. However after the initial warranty period, there have been many expensive issues. In its 7th year I have spent thousands on issues that are typically experienced in a much older car to the point I have considered selling it because the fixes are getting to be more than the worth of the car. For the price, I would next time get a less expensive more reliable car. Disappointed."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"My particular model is the last of the 6 cylinder Sport wagons sold in the USA, BMW only imports 4 cyl engines now. :("

Alwyn H., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The DMV requires this car to be smog tested every 12 months, which is a pain and a hassle. Engine lights are always on and it is constantly in the shop being repaired. We have put much more money into this car than the value of the car. It is not uncommon for annual repairs to cost $8,000 or more per year."

Rachel P., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Bought it eight years ago. Just had a guy jump out of his car at an intersection to give me his business card if I wanted to sell it. Kind of unnerving, but that and occasional compliments happen. I bought it for me, but it turns out that others love it, too."

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Classic style (for a coupe) with great lines. Much better than newer 3 series models. The "angel eyes" DRL's are a nice touch and really set off the front of the car most any time of day."

VINCE T., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The issue is the black trim pieces and steering wheel are peeling"

HARTMAN J., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"the only thing I don't like about the BMW aer the cup holders"

RICHARD C., OK (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"still a great looking wedge design and sporty"

ROBERT W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Nice character lines."

LEE H., OH (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Great looking, great grill"

CHRISTI C., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Outstanding lines that last forever because the BMW styling is never out of date."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"doesn't look as good as our 1992."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Every thing is fine."

GAIL J., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"What can I say. It's a BMW 3 series. Very good looking car, well designed sporty appearance."

RAYMOND H., KY (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are not very comfortable, hard to drive for eight hours."

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a good looker fast and solid but it's not a Benz"

PATRICIA U., SC (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Well-proportioned, clean styling, looks similar to 2016 model. It's interesting the way BMW evolves their styling vs. complete revamps."

Anonymous, CA (2011 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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