BMW 328i Coupe
BMW 3 Series - Coupe - Petrol
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Review of "BMW 328i Coupe"
This is a review of my BMW 328i Sport Coupe (E36).BMW describe their cars at “the ultimate driving machines” and with the 328 coupe, BMW certainly does not disappoint. With stylish good looks, breathtaking performance and smooth, precise handling, the 328 coupe is a car that brings a smile to your face every time you drive it.
With BMW’s legendary, smooth 6-cylinder, 2.8 litre engine and 193bhp, the 328 coupe is a pleasure to drive. For those interested in performance figures, 0-60 is quoted at a little over 6 seconds and top speed is limited to 143mph. But those figures don’t tell the entire story. In the 328, power is delivered in such a smooth way and, whilst acceleration is very quick, you don’t realise how quick you are going until you glance down at the speedometer! But that’s not all - the 328 just keeps on accelerating through the gears and just never seems to stop!
Steering is precise and being rear-wheel drive, cornering is smooth and effortless. Power assisted steering means that you do not have to be a weightlifter to get this car around corners and the suspension and steering are very nicely balanced. The 328 is not fitted with a limited slip differential, but BMW have included a system called “Automatic Stability Control (ASC)”, which is designed to get you out of trouble if the back end of the car loses control. This is useful because if you are not accustomed to driving a rear-wheel drive car (and such a powerful one at that) it could be quite easy for the back end to slide on a corner, particularly on a wet day. But, in my experience, feedback through the steering wheel in the 328 is very good, and you quickly feel that the back end is sliding and are able to make adjustments with ease. Of course any high-powered, rear-wheel drive car could potentially be a handful on wet, slippery roads, so under those circumstances you just need to treat your 328 with respect and drive with a little extra care. And, if you like to experience drifting around corners, you can turn the ASC off if you want to have extra fun when driving!
I have always loved the styling of the 3-series and in my opinion, the E36 model is a classic design. When it was first released, many people criticised the coupe for looking too similar to the saloon model. But I think that the phrase “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is appropriate because, from every angle, the design of the E36 is a winner. In 2-door guise, the coupe looks stylish, sporty and even menacing and the 328 looks fast even when it is not moving. My car is a 328 Sport model and this comes with BMW’s “M” styling, including lowered suspension, cross-spoke BBS alloys, M-Sport spoilers and sill extensions. It really looks fantastic and still turns heads almost 10 years after it was made!
You shouldn’t forget that the 328 coupe is essentially a sports coupe and as such, size is not usually a priority for buyers. That said, the 328 is not small and can easily take 4 passengers in comfort. I am 6’ 4” tall and I find the driving position to be excellent. The front sports seats adjust in all directions and the steering wheel has plenty of vertical adjustment. With the front seats pushed right back, there is not a huge amount of legroom for rear passengers, but with a small amount of front seat adjustment I have comfortably carried 4 adults on long journeys without problem.
My 328 has been extremely reliable and in the 3 years that I have owned it, I have only had to replace a radiator and an ignition/steering lock. That said, when things go wrong they can be expensive. The radiator replacement cost £200 and the ignition lock cost £250 and had to be ordered from Germany with a 1 week wait.
The only slightly negative thing I can say about my 328 coupe is the running cost.
Fuel consumption is not great as you would perhaps expect from a 2.8 litre engine. These cars are at their best on long journeys, and on a motorway I average around 40mpg. However around town this drops to around 28mpg and typically I need to fill the tank once a week at a cost of around £50.
To keep your BMW in good shape you need to service it and this will also help to maximise the car’s resale value. Servicing at a main BMW dealer is usually good but often expensive. I have found that it is better to use good independent BMW specialists to service the car. The 328 has 3 different service categories – an oil inspection, an Inspection 1 and an Inspection 2. At my independent specialist, these range in cost from about £120 for an oil service to around £300 for an Inspection 2. The length of time between services depends on your driving style as well as your mileage but I have found this to typically be 6-8 months between services.Conclusion:
People choose cars for many different reasons and everyone looks for something different when buying a car. For me the BMW 328 coupe ticks all the right boxes. It looks great, it’s powerful, it’s fast, it’s reliable, it’s very comfortable, and it’s fun to drive…but most of all it never fails to put a smile on my face! BMW’s target market is probably the young, style-conscious professional who has lots of expendable cash. But BMW shouldn’t just keep this gem for young professionals. I say this car would appeal to anyone who loves driving and wants to be engaged by their experience; anyone who appreciates good styling, fine engineering and smooth, powerful engines; in short, anyone who is serious about cars. Yes it can be expensive to run and it may not be the most spacious of cars, but if you want a car that gets you to your destination much quicker than expected, in perfect comfort and with lots and lots of fun, then look no further than the BMW 328 coupe.
Product Information : BMW 328i Coupe
Manufacturer's product descriptionBMW 3 Series - Coupe - Petrol
Body Type: Coupe
Fuel Type: Petrol
Range: BMW 3 Series
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