Best Bet
  • (4.7) 63 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,219–$16,063
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 21-23
  • Engine: 230-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2009 BMW 328

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 BMW 328

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 230-hp inline-six-cylinder engine
  • Coupe, sedan, wagon and convertible body styles
  • Optional iDrive control system
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Optional Active Steering

2009 BMW 328 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Offered in 328, twin-turbo gasoline 335 and new twin-turbo diesel 335 forms, the 3 Series is BMW's bread-and-butter model. Available in sedan, wagon, coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles, the 328 competes with the Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The 335 is listed separately in the Research section.

New for 2009
The 328 receives a minor facelift for 2009 as well as fresh rear styling. Look for a new name designating all-wheel-drive sedans and wagons, which are now called 328i xDrive instead of 328xi.

The 328 features a long hood and short front overhangs. The coupe looks much like the sedan, but it's sleeker. All body styles have a prominent twin-kidney grille.

Exterior features include:

  • New front and rear styling for 2009
  • 16-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels are optional on sedans but standard on coupes and convertibles
  • Run-flat tires are mounted on all models
  • Optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional active steering with speed-sensitive assist

Sedans and wagons can hold five occupants, while coupes and convertibles seat four. The sedan's trunk capacity is 12 cubic feet.

Interior features include:
  • Push-button ignition
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Optional navigation system with iDrive
  • Optional active cruise control can gently apply the brakes to maintain a preset speed
  • Optional Sirius Satellite Radio

Under the Hood
The base engine for the 3 Series is the 328's 3.0-liter, naturally aspirated inline-six-cylinder.

Features for the 328 include:
  • 230 horsepower, 200 pounds-feet of torque
  • Variable valve timing
  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • Optional six-speed automatic transmission with Normal, Sport and Manual modes
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Convertibles aren't available with side curtain airbags like the coupe, sedan and wagon trims are.

Standard safety features include:
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags (not available on convertible)
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints

Consumer Reviews


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Very reliable

by Sean A from Springfield, Ma on November 12, 2017

This car meets all of my needs. It is a very fun car to drive and I love the performance. As long as you keep up with the general maintenance this car can last up to and over 200k miles without putti... Read Full Review

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2009 BMW 328 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 328 i

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 328 i

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 8 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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


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.


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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