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Review: 2012 BMW 328i Sedan

Classics  /   /  By Alex Kramer  /  By Alex Kramer

BMW 328i iDrive

Also much improved is the interior technology. The latest version of the iDrive system, with a 6.5-inch high-res flat-screen display, is actually not a chore to use, especially since the controller is ergonomically well placed, where your right hand naturally wants to rest. The optional Harmon Kardon premium surround sound system is also commendable, punching out clean sound even at high volume levels.

At this point you might be thinking that the new 3 Series is really quite flawless, but unfortunately there are a few missteps. For one, BMW added a start-stop feature that just isn’t executed very well. Pull up to a red light and the engine will turn off to save gas, which sounds nice, but when you lift your foot off the brake the whole car shudders as the engine restarts with an almost shockingly harsh jolt.

2012 BMW 328i

The new exterior design is also sure to generate some detractors. The pinched headlights and extra creases on the hood give the front of the car a more aggressive, almost angry look, but the sides and rear look like they were lifted straight from a 5 Series.

There is also a nagging question of value. The new 3 Series costs a bundle for what is essentially a smallish luxury sedan. When you include all the optional features that most people want, a new 328i sedan will set you back close to $50k. That’s mid-sized luxury sedan territory, and we’re not even talking about the more powerful and expensive 335i.

Still, this is one compelling car, especially if you can restrain yourself when it comes to the options list. A friend recently asked, “What is the best sedan for under $40k?” After giving it some thought, I realized that BMW has done it again, as there is honestly nothing that comes close.

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22 Comments on "Review: 2012 BMW 328i Sedan"


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Bonnie Hernandez
4 years 2 months ago

How good is the performance on this vehicle??? I would love to have this beautiful car..

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derek
4 years 2 months ago

Performance is really, really good. As mentioned in the review, BMW engineers did some amazing work extracting a lot out of a twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine and still getting surprisingly good fuel economy numbers. The ride is a little softer than previous generation 3-series, but handling dynamics are still razor sharp. Just be careful when choosing options otherwise the price tag gets inflated awfully fast.

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Dave
4 years 2 months ago

Elegant,and sexy,,,yet sassy enough to tame the wild in me,, the thought of her training me ,, makes me purrrr,, oh Santa. Please read my list now , I just updated it

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Duchess
4 years 1 month ago

Dave remember to include my name on santas list too lol you might as well finish your xmas with an enchanting climax.

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Matt
4 years 2 months ago

@Bonnie,
Personally, I was not impressed with the performance on this vehicle. If you want performance in a 3 series, go with the 335i. The technology is amazing though. The eco mode is amazing! The real time performance display is a great feature as well. I personally did not like the engine stop/start when the vehicle comes to a complete stop — however — that option can be turned off. All in all, the vehicle is everything one would expect from BMW — the price, the features, the performance.

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r simon
4 years 1 month ago

r they still using those rotten 20K mile run flat and replace for 1400 bux tires? After 11 BMW’s we are now solid Lexus owners and very happy.

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Tom
4 years 1 month ago

Don’t even get me started!!!! We had the same problem. On our 2008 328xi and our 2010 328xi the tires are rotten! Every time we hit the most mild of bumps in the road it sounds like the engine is going to fall out of the car! Its a flat out shame. Eventually they conceded, in the 2008 models, that Bridgestone had a ‘bad batch’ of rubber that they had used for their tires and the compound was mixed improperly. They wouldn’t give us new tires however so after 11,000 miles we just bought new ones from Tire Rack. How does no one mention this! It happened to our cousins as well. So thats 3 for 3 on the 3 328s I know.

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Tom
4 years 1 month ago

Man, the last line of this story really gets me. I can’t figure it out. I personally have a 2010 G37XS Sedan. My father has a 2010 BMW 328xi. I drive them interchangeably as we basically share the cars. It has always been the case that we essentially fight for who is driving the G37. It is more ‘refined’ in virtually every way possible. It is faster, sounds better, has a better stereo, ergonomics are infinitely better… Why do I have to reach so far to roll down the front windows? Why does it feel like I am being birthed when I get out of the car? Why does the standard model come with manual seats? Now the price tag was a bit different on the two. The BMW had only a few basic options and was around 40k. The G37 came with every conceivable option and hit about 42,000k. I could do without a few of the features in the G37 and it would still, in my opinion, be a far better vehicle than the 328xi. The 328 is no slouch, but the G37 is a truly amazing vehicle.

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Steve
4 years 1 month ago

I just bought a used 328i and I love the looks, perfromance and handeling of the car. But, I HATE the bone jaring ride I get on these Brigstone run flats, everytime I go over the slightest bump. Has anybody swap another brand of run flats and got a smoother ride by doing so? Of so, what brand tire did the job? Or do I have to buy a non run flat tire to get a smooth ride?

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RichReg
4 years 1 month ago

Why does no one mention the tires?
Easy…the F30 uses the third generation run flat tires, which are a massive improvement over previous run flats. The weight of the wheel and tires is now comparable to standard tires and the road noise and ‘banging’ over bumps is eliminated. If you didn’t know they were run flats you probably could not tell.

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Ofelia Serratto
4 years 1 month ago

was the asking price on this