2008 BMW 328

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52 reviews
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Available Price Range $6,070-$16,514 Trims7 Combined MPG 21-23 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2008 BMW 328

Our Take

Offered in 328 and twin-turbo 335 forms with different engines, the 3 Series is BMW's bread-and-butter model. This series has a history in the U.S. market that dates back to 1977. Available in sedan, wagon, coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles, the 328 competes with the Infi... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Small cabin, especially in back
  • Slightly too-tall manual shifter
  • Stereo display disappears when wearing polarized sunglasses
  • Split-folding backseat costs extra

Notable Features

  • 230-hp inline-six
  • Coupe, sedan, wagon and convertible body styles
  • Optional iDrive control system
  • Optional Active Steering
  • Panoramic moonroof (wagon)

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in February 2007 about the 2007 BMW 328i. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The critical acclaim the 3 Series has enjoyed year after year is all but unmatched. How does it continue to win over people who write about cars... Read full review for the 2008 BMW 328

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 52 reviews

I've never spent more than 10k on a car. . .

by Just a Regular Guy from Los Angeles, CA on October 29, 2010

Until my BMW, I have been the type of person who buys at $10k family car and drives it for 20+ years. On a whim, I bought a 2008 BMW 328i fully loaded with both premium and sports packages. The car h... Read Full Review

7 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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