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2008 BMW 3-Series Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by Ajax

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Reviewed: 2008 BMW 3-Series

2dr Coupe 414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2008 BMW 3-Series?

Powertrain performance

While it still can't be described as a torque monster, the S65 motor spins up quickly, and the car flat out flies. As a previous E46 M3 owner who wasn't thrilled with the 'new' look, I was sold on this car as soon as I drove i

Handling

Despite the staggered tire size, the handling is fairly neutral, and it's easy to get the car to rotate with some throttle lift. When the traction does break, it does so predictably. Lots of fun to drive.

Safety & braking

Safety features galore, as you'd expect at this price point. Brakes in combination with summer performance tires are more than adequate for every day driving, but BMW is not known for great brakes in a track or autocross event (fade.)You'll

Front seat support & comfort

Power seats are very comfortable, even for long hauls.

Warranty, maintenance cost

Always a plus when someone else picks up the bill.

Why Not the 2008 BMW 3-Series?

Fuel economy

While you might say 'why bitch if you can afford the car?' the mpg can be SHOCKINGLY bad. I knew what I was getting into, and yes, I can afford it, but wow. My True Delta average is 16.5mpg but that can dip into the 12's bumper to bum

Reliability & durability

I have never had major problems with my BMW's, but I have never kept them out of warranty either. M cars are ridiculously expensive to repair. The only car company where the coolant is designed to outlast the radiator. When they break, they brea

Quietness

While I bought a new muffler to actually make it louder, if you want a quiet car, you should look somewhere else.

Discounts & incentives

BMW is proud of their cars. The local BMW mafia is notorious for not offering very large discounts.

Price or payments

This is a problem with most car companies, but by the time you add the options you would actually WANT on your car, you've easily added $7k-$12k to advertised MSRP. Often times things you want are bundled with things you don't want or care

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