Best Bet
  • (4.6) 69 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,027–$18,051
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Engine: 300-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2008 BMW 335

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 BMW 335

What We Don't Like

  • Top-down chassis shudder on rough roads (convertible)
  • Manual transmission shifter is too tall
  • Polarized sunglasses make audio display's readouts disappear
  • BMW's premium pricing

Notable Features

  • Sedan, coupe or retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Twin-turbo inline-six engine
  • Leather seats with Sun Reflective Technology (convertible)
  • Variable-ratio Active Steering available
  • HD radio capability

2008 BMW 335 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Offered in 328 and 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, coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles, the twin-turbo 335 competes with the Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A new all-wheel-drive coupe debuts this year, but otherwise changes are minimal for 2008.

Paddle shifters are available for 2008 335 models with the automatic transmission and Sport Package, and coupes with the Sport Package can now have 19-inch wheels. Compared with the fourth-generation series, which debuted for 1999, the fifth-generation 335 sedan is larger in almost every dimension. Although its body is 30 pounds lighter than before, it's been stiffened. Front-to-rear weight distribution is close to 50/50.

A number of features are borrowed from the larger 5, 6 and 7 Series in BMW's lineup. Run-flat tires are mounted on all models, and Dynamic Cruise Control can gently apply the brakes to maintain the preset speed.

The 335 features a long hood and short front overhangs. The coupe and convertible look much like the sedan, but they have sleeker styling and a different front end. Xenon high-intensity-discharge adaptive headlights are standard. Alloy wheels hold standard 17-inch tires, and a Sport Package includes 18- or new 19-inch rubber. Active Steering with Servotronic speed-sensitive assist is optional.

Sedans seat five, but there's only room for four in the coupe and convertible. The sedan's trunk volume is 12 cubic feet, and a folding rear seat is optional. The optional sport seats included with the Sport Package have power-adjustable backrest width.

A multifunction remote replaces the conventional key, and the engine fires via a start/stop button. Automatic climate control has a Heat-at-Rest feature to continue moving warm air around the cabin.

BMW's iDrive is available in the 3 Series as part of the optional navigation system. Subwoofers beneath the front seats are included, and Sirius Satellite Radio is available. A power rear sunshade option includes manual rear side sunshades.

Under the Hood
BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder develops 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with normal, sport and manual modes is optional.

Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. In the sedan and coupe, BMW's Head Protection System uses a side curtain airbag system to protect occupants in both the front and rear seats. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are installed up front.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 69 reviews

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Very reliable, but do maintenance when needed

by JPNau from Richmond, VA on October 6, 2017

Great car, drives very fast, super handling, great sound just make sure to do maintenance when needed is all!

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There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

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

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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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