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2015 BMW 3 28i review

The BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark sports sedan for three decades, and this sixth generation, code-named F30, certainly lives up to that name. Recent times have been more competitive for the 3 Series, as the Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4 have taken giant leaps forward. In February 2012, when the F30 was launched in Australia, BMW realised that it had some tough competition...

2004 BMW 3 30ci review

It's been since my high school days that I have had a car-crush on the E46 BMW 3 Series. Whilst I appreciated getting dropped off by Dad in the Transit Van, it seemed like every well-to-do school goer would be dropped off by mum in some kind of E46 variant - probably something M Sport to increase the jealousy! Fast forward to today and I find myself still deprived of 3 Series ownership thanks to having company cars for the past 15 years (I’m in the auto industry)...

2004 BMW 318i Executive review

There's a lot to be said for simplicity. Sometimes it just works. Sometimes you want a more complex affair and that's fine too. Sometimes, however, you want something inherently more complex but with a few generous helpings of simplicity. I like to think that is what my beloved 2004 BMW 318i is all about; simple, efficient, effective. Sensible...

2004 BMW 325Ci review

When you hear the words "Driving Pleasure" you would have to think of BMW. They have done well in making some admirable cars currently, as well as in the past, which is why you would consider one, right? I have owned a few BMWs, ranging from E30, E36, E46, E90 and had thought I was done with them, as I had enjoyed what the brand had to give me within my budgets...

2001 BMW 3 25i review

Everyone has a car story, so here’s mine. I’ll be as truthful as possible because there's a large chance I’ll get into some serious trouble… ahem. It’s 2011 and a lovely autumn day in Melbourne. I’m in my mum’s 1998 red Nissan Pulsar (because my Saab had recently died of clutch abuse) ferrying my wife and what was then my 2 year old daughter back from an extremely boring (for me) trip to the aquarium...

2010 BMW 335i M Sport review

I have always been an E46 fan, having three cars in the family already: 320i, 325ci and a 330i. All great cars and loads of fun to drive. I always dreamed of owning an E46 M3, having test-driven numerous cars. I was scared away by the M-Tax on replacement parts, and so could not commit to buying one...

2010 BMW 320d Lifestyle review

I'd never had to buy a car in a short space of time to suit a unique purpose before, until I bought my 2010 BMW 320d Lifestyle with M Sport Innovations package. I was working in a BMW dealership and had been driving brand-new BMWs every day as company cars. Some weeks I would have the same car, while other weeks I would have up to four different cars...

2017 BMW 330i M-Sport review

Looks? Tick. Sporty performance? Tick. A ride that won't totally destroy your lumbar spine? Tick. The purchase of my 2017-plated 330i was a big change from the cars I have previously owned (Think WRX/Golf GTI), and being an ageing millennial it was time to change into something a little bit more mature...

1995 BMW 318i review

I’m CarAdvice’s senior editor, which means I have the privilege and honour of covering the industry for Australia’s best auto title. As such, I’m never without a new car or three to evaluate. But as amazing as such a job is, I’ve always thought it important to have a palate cleanser. Driving something older, with character, gives a great contrast...

2014 BMW 316i review

I have been driving this BMW 316i for more than 1200 days and upgraded to an Audi A6 a few months ago, so it might be the right time to share my experience. - Driving experience: With a small engine, it is not quick, especially driving on the freeway – not as nailed as a 328i I tried. When you switch to the Sports mode, you can feel the arguably good driving experience in most situations under 80km/h...

2012 BMW 318d Touring Sport Line review

I do not like SUVs. I know that I am in the minority and that SUVs are steadily taking over the world, but between you and me, a station wagon is much better. As SUVs become more popular (and interestingly more car like), I cannot help but think what most people really need, and should be buying, is a station wagon. Of course, I am not talking about off-roading here...