2014 Bmw 328 D
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40.3 lifetime mpg at 12,000mi

by from New York, NY on February 18, 2015

My wife and I bought this car to haul our two big dogs and lots of stuff. Most of our driving is long haul highway driving - which is why we wanted to buy a diesel. This car is amazing on the highway...
My wife and I bought this car to haul our two big dogs and lots of stuff. Most of our driving is long haul highway driving - which is why we wanted to buy a diesel. This car is amazing on the highway… We regularly hit 50mpg while cruising and lifetime mpg for our car has been 40.3 mpg at 12,000 mi!! Despite the amazing mpg numbers, this car moves when you want it to. It's not underpowered at all in my opinion. It may not be an M3, but it's plenty fast. And the handling… WOW. The car handles and brakes like a dream. This is why we chose the wagon over the X1 or X3. The added ride height on those cars takes away from both mpg and handling, and unless you need the ground clearance for going off road (Who off-roads in a BMW? If that's your thing, buy a Jeep) or in deep snow, you simply don't need it. The all wheel drive system is fantastic and has no problem getting us up our very steep driveway when it snows. All this, and the car still manages to look sporty and aggressive… not an easy feat for a wagon. Yes, it's expensive, but as of right now there's nothing that compares to it… The Volkswagon TDI wagon is 2WD, and the Taureg TDI and Tiguan TDI can't touch it when it comes to mpg. Same goes for Audi's Q5 and Q7. If Audi or VW ever brings a diesel AWD wagon (like an Allroad Diesel) to the US, this car will have some competition, but until then... Nice work BMW. P.S. - If you do lots of city driving and want amazing mpg, buy a Prius. Diesels achieve high mpg by cruising at low rpms on the highway.
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Got what I paid for

by from Louisiana on July 31, 2015

Bought this one in August 2014. First diesel car I've owned. Love the MPG's. Averaged just over 50 mpg on vacation. Over 42 mpg the rest of the time. Set the cruise in slow rolling hills are car never...
Bought this one in August 2014. First diesel car I've owned. Love the MPG's. Averaged just over 50 mpg on vacation. Over 42 mpg the rest of the time. Set the cruise in slow rolling hills are car never down shifts like a gas burner. Only 2 complaints. Longer warranty is needed just in case and I can't drive it legally as fast as I want to. Great performance. Very tempting.
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Low Mileage Drivers: MPG not as advertised

by from on July 16, 2014

Caveat emptor. If you drive fewer than 10 miles per trip you will not get the advertised 31 MPG city. We get 23-24. Beware any salesperson who does not take into consideration your personal driving ha...
Caveat emptor. If you drive fewer than 10 miles per trip you will not get the advertised 31 MPG city. We get 23-24. Beware any salesperson who does not take into consideration your personal driving habits. When discussed with BMW corporate, they referred us back to the dealership.
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Love my new car!

by from Oak View, CA on August 15, 2014

Love, Love, Love this BMW 3 series - diesel! It is fun to drive, and the gas mileage is remarkably good. There is a nifty little switch that allows the driver to pick the style of driving each time yo...
Love, Love, Love this BMW 3 series - diesel! It is fun to drive, and the gas mileage is remarkably good. There is a nifty little switch that allows the driver to pick the style of driving each time you turn on the engine. Choices are sport, comport and Eco. You can even switch styles while the car is in motion. I had a 3 series years ago - before I had kids, and that little car was a pleasure to drive - now this one lets me relive my carefree driving days! But with much better fuel efficiency! The interior now includes TWO cup holders, although it is a little deprived of cubby holes to stash anything but your phone. ;(
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Wonderful Commute

by from Virginia on April 15, 2014

Have had a 328d for about two months. Obviously the reason I went with the diesel is mpg. In this, I have not been dissappointed. Overall, I have been averaging close to 45 mgp in mixed city and rural...
Have had a 328d for about two months. Obviously the reason I went with the diesel is mpg. In this, I have not been dissappointed. Overall, I have been averaging close to 45 mgp in mixed city and rural driving. The lowest mpg on a tank was 42 mpg, the hightest 49mpg. I usually drive in the EcoPro mode and I do have a light foot. Certainly the vehicle is a bit pricey compared to available Hyundai and Kia products. However, having a vehicle which an owner looks forward to driving every day is, for some, worth the premium. The 328d is not as quick off the line as a gasoline V6 BMW but, be honest, many of us do not bolt from every stop light. Rather, while we enjoy a nice handling vehicle, we generally drive within the traffic laws. For those who fall within this category, like me, the 328d is heaven. Everything on the vehicle works seemlesly. The interior is very comfortable without too much hard plastic. The sound system is superb. The eight speed transmission is a joy, particulary the manual mode. The seats are very comfortable with numerous adjustments. The start-stop feature is not intrusive and is easily turned off by a push button.
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328d wagon

by from NH on August 22, 2016

After owning a VW jetta TDI, this car feels like a lot more of an upgrade than I expected. The auto transmission is smooth and the motor's torque/power can be accessed from a much broader rpm/gear ra...
After owning a VW jetta TDI, this car feels like a lot more of an upgrade than I expected. The auto transmission is smooth and the motor's torque/power can be accessed from a much broader rpm/gear range. There is substantially less rear cargo space, but with the beautiful styling I expected that. Like the VW, there is enough backseat space for infant car seats or adults. I get 45 MPG easily. I drive mostly highway, but my VW was more 39-41mpg on the same highways. I love the 'dark oyster' (or whatever they call it) interior. I haven't had this car long enough to run into any reliability concerns. It can't be worse than the VW in that regard. This car is run by electronics, which has its positives and negatives. The one thing I don't like is that the radio stays on after I open the doors when the car is off. Locking the car usually makes it go off, but its weird.
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2014 328d So far so good

by from San Diego, Ca. on July 14, 2014

Infatuation and love can often be confusing. After 2 weeks with the car we are able to make a proper review. Ours is the basic model with the full Navigation feature installed. We were taught to drive...
Infatuation and love can often be confusing. After 2 weeks with the car we are able to make a proper review. Ours is the basic model with the full Navigation feature installed. We were taught to drive the vehicle in ECOPRO mode for maximum efficiency. So far including a slightly heavy foot, we are averaging 35mpg in and around city with some freeway driving. The drive is super smooth. The NAV works flawlessly. The Points of interest (gas stations food and just about anything) also works great. Car comes with Run-flats, buy the warranty, they will eventually fail you. Ipod connection with USB is extremely user friendly and functional. All info shows on NAV screen. BMW offers the maintenance up to 50K miles, make sure its in your package. at $37K, great for the money, look, feel, and reliability. I look forward to continuously blowing others mpg.
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16000km review 2014 328D X-drive

by from Netherlands (Canadian Military in Europe) on November 27, 2014

Very good car so far, only one problem with one of the front parking sensor, been corrected under warranty. Very good fuel economy!
Very good car so far, only one problem with one of the front parking sensor, been corrected under warranty. Very good fuel economy!
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very good car

by from Ridgewood, NJ on September 7, 2014

I was leasing a BMW X1 and had an opportunity to trade in early for another BMW I was able to get a 328 XD sedan and very happy with it It is much better designed than the X1 and more comfortable. Bet...
I was leasing a BMW X1 and had an opportunity to trade in early for another BMW I was able to get a 328 XD sedan and very happy with it It is much better designed than the X1 and more comfortable. Better seats, better storage space (the X1 is really limited in what you can haul), more back seat space. The performance and handling are both very good and the gas mileage is in the mid-40's MPG for the first 1 1/2 tanks. In every way it's a more luxurious car The minor complaints are that the option choices are some what limited (xenon lighting is an option, come on for a 45K car) and the steering feel is very very light. Also the tires I got (Bridgestones) are not well rated for the snow.
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Style and fuel economy

by from Fort Wayne, IN on October 4, 2014

I purchased this vehicle about 6 months ago. The smaller body style is great for 1 person to drive to work and errands, but still roomy enough for the family to climb in. I love that it is a very comf...
I purchased this vehicle about 6 months ago. The smaller body style is great for 1 person to drive to work and errands, but still roomy enough for the family to climb in. I love that it is a very comfortable and stylish car, but still gets awesome fuel economy. I get better than the advertised ratings, usually 42 city and up to 49 highway. I usually drive in the eco mode, but the other 2 settings are available to suit your driving style. Even in Eco mode the car has plenty of power and responds quickly for merging, etc. It corners well and shifts smoothly. The passenger cabin is very quiet. The engine does have a little bit of a diesel putter sound at slow speeds, but it disappears over 25 mph. This is my first BMW and first diesel engine car. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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