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The BMW 335d Is an Amazing Used Car

Of all the vehicles in the long, exciting history of BMW, I think we’ll look back on the 2009-2011 BMW 335d as the brand’s single and greatest all-around, do-everything, one-vehicle-for-all-jobs car. And yet, you may not even know they made it. See the BMW 335d models for sale near you

The 335d was sold for 3 model years (2009, 2010 and 2011) before being phased out when the E90 BMW 3 Series was redesigned to become the F30 model in 2012. That’s when BMW dropped the 335d in favor of the smaller engine and better mileage of the 328d, which they still make today. But for those few short years, the 335d offered it all: BMW styling, sharp handling, excellent acceleration and 36 miles per gallon.

Here are the details: The 335d used a 3.0-liter turbodiesel 6-cylinder that made 265 horsepower and an enormous 425 lb-ft of torque, which meant it was just 35 horses behind the sporty 335i and 125 lb-ft of torque ahead. The result was a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of 5.8 seconds, along with Environmental Protection Agency-rated fuel economy figures of 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is 6 mpg better than the 335i in the city and a whopping 10 mpg better on the highway. In other words, the 335d was a similarly fast, more efficient version of the 335i.

Admittedly, the 335d had a few flaws. The biggest was that it only came with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which is a major reason why enthusiasts ignored it when compared to the 335i. It was also only offered as a 4-door sedan, which means you couldn’t get all the wonderful gas mileage and performance with station-wagon practicality.

These days, the BMW 335d is a pretty good deal, and there are currently about 130 listed on Autotrader with an average price of just $18,200. Not bad for BMW’s best all-around car. Find a BMW 335d for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. Okay, I dropped a highly modified & dyno tuned 2011 V6 Mustang because of Premium fuel prices & my speed mod’s dropped the economy to below 20 M.P.G. (with the way I drive). My used 2011 335d has comparable performance, especially because I am always running a fuel additive with added Cetane (think added octane) and an every day detergent as well as a four time per year fuel injector cleaner. I’ve had it for 23 months now, 20K in miles, and no signs of any carbon issues. I use Power Service’s PS Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost at every fill-up, except for four times a year when I use Stanadyne’s Fuel Injector Cleaner + Cetane. Stanadyne makes fuel injector cleaners so they ought to know what cleans them. I use the Diesel Kleen at 120% of the minimum, treats up to 100 gallons at 940 milliliters in the bottle. So I called it 9.4 ml per gallon, and I actually use a small glass measuring cup to put in 120% of the minimum. For example, 16 gallons Xs 9.4 = 150.4 Xs 1.2% = 180.5 ml. Also, no need for the expensive oil changes. Any auto parts store sells the Effluent, so every 6 months I pop the body-cap by punching the rear side. Then it has a couple of clasps to completely remove it. Then a cap unscrews, and you can refill the reservoir. Do this with a hose or bucket of water handy for a quick rinse once the cap is screwed back on. The effluent crystallizes fairly quickly when it is splashed in open air. If you do this, then your once a year oil changes can be done anywhere for just the correct oil and filter.

  2. We bought a 2010 335D and have had it for 9 years now…BMW paid for the replacment of the DEF tank…otherwise it’s been a solid car nearly reaching 100K miles now….originally we thought we’d keep it for 4 yrs and get a new one, unfortunately BMW didn’t come up with a comparably awesome car, so we’re just continuing onward and upward with this one!

  3. MINE HAS BEED MODDED DELETED ALL THE EMISSIONS, RE TUNED THE ECU AND 4 DYNO PULLS FOR A PERFECT TUNE, THE RESULTS? 412 HP AND 614 FT LBS OF TORQUE  27 MPG CITY 41 ON THE HWY AND ABSOLUTELY NO REPAIR BILLS WITH EXCEPTION OF USUAL MAINTENANCE , rock hill sc. usa

    • Keith. Sounds like a beast of a car you’ve got there. Did one of the local shops in SC do the work? Mine has been totally reliable too. Had the injector code problem, but fuel additives made that go away in time. No emissions test for diesels in NC, anyway. DEF systems can be replace under warranty to 120K but I haven’t bothered. 

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