The Diesel Driver – BMW 335d 12-Month Report and Review

3-Series | January 3rd, 2011 by 14

The Diesel Driver shares with us their 12-month report on the 2010 BMW 335d. Here is an excerpt from their review: “Having now spent 12 …

The Diesel Driver shares with us their 12-month report on the 2010 BMW 335d. Here is an excerpt from their review:

“Having now spent 12 months behind the wheel, I have found the 335d to be a unique offering, one that combines certain traits that typically aren’t found all in the same vehicle. These are sports car-like acceleration and handling, superb fuel economy, excellent ergonomics and passenger comfort, and Teutonic attention to detail.

The 425 pound-feet of torque propel the car forward like a rocket ship; indeed, there’s simply no other way to describe the feeling of the raw power this car has. It handles as if it’s on rails, whether at 250 km/h (155 mph) on the Autobahn or at a slower tempo on a winding mountain road.

Fuel economy has been exemplary. For highway driving, the car has consistently averaged 6.2 l/100 km (37.9 mpg). As contributing editor Paul Riegler noted on an 800 km (498 mile) drive from New York to Washington and back, “No need to stop for refueling.”

The Diesel Driver   BMW 335d 12 Month Report and ReviewThe best sustained fuel economy we’ve recorded was 40 mpg (5.9 l/100 km), although we’ve seen as high as 42 mpg (5.6 l/100 km) for brief periods of time.

On a recent drive to New England, the 335d used only 6.4 l/10 km (36.8 mpg) in mostly highway driving with an average speed of 99.3 km/h (62 mph). The return trip, at the slightly faster speed of 100.7 km/h (63 mph) used only 6.3 l/100 km. In total, the 335d consumed a mere 25.27 liters (6.68 gallons) of diesel fuel, making the total cost of fuel for the journey under $20.

Earlier in the year, it used 6.0 l/100 km (39.2 mpg) on a drive from Philadelphia to New York at an average speed of 105 km/h (65 mph). Driving conditions such as traffic can greatly impact average fuel economy and the drive from New York to Philly saw fuel usage of 6.8 l/100 km at an average speed of 106 km/h (66 mph).

Driving from Munich to Lindau to Berchtesgaden to Roßfeld to Graz and back to Munich, the 335d used 6.3 l/100 km (37 mpg)

In the city, fuel usage has been roughly 9.5 l/100 km (24.75 mpg). The EPA rated the 335d at 23 mpg (10.2 l/100 km) for city driving and 36 mpg (6.5 l/100 km) on the highway.

By means of comparison, a similarly equipped BMW 335i (petrol version) is rated at 17 mpg (13.8 l/100 km) in the city and 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) on the highway. It’s worth noting that these numbers make the BMW 335d the most fuel efficient car ever sold by BMW NA.”

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  • RobTexas

    Have a 335D 2011 purchased June 2010, 20K miles. Vehicle has been in the dealer now 14 working days in an attempt to solve a no start issue. Turn key to start engine, starter  will turn engine will not start. Dealer has been interfacing with BWM factory service during this period to resolve issue trying a number of fixes including changing the fuel pump, check for fuel system leak, etc., etc.  Basically the dealer / BMW do not know what the issue is and are trying a number of fixes. The most recent cause per the dealer is bad diesel even though when the vehicle first went into the dealer the fuel was tested and found satisfactory.

    In additon  to the starting issue there was a loud squeaking when the car used to start for which the dealer had to order a replacement part.  At this point am exremely dissatisfied with the vehicle and BMW teutonic engineering. Dealer advised BMW had significant fuel pump issues with 300 series models.

    Am expecting the Dealer/BMW are now going to claim that the entire starting issue is due to bad fuel to avoid having to do all the repair under the maintenance warranty. Am preparing to contact a lemon law lawyer. Am also asking what future problems are in store with this vehicle. Historically have owned three 500 series gas BMW’s with no major problems and grew up in a family automotive sales and service business.



    • Tallyman3

      I sympathize.  However, be glad u didn’t get the 335i.  They seem to have lots more problems than the d owners.  Then again, lots more of them out there.  Here in FL, very slow 335d sales.

    • BOB DFW

      Rob, can you advise what dealer? I also have a 2010 335D, 15K miles. It has been towed twice this year due to exhaust system problems. 3 days after the last tow, the car is back in the shop with an exhaust system problem. This was after they finally corrected problems with BlueTooth, IPOD and garage door openers. I also live in TX (DFW area). Although the dealer (my 2nd on this car) is helpful, they have admitted that they do not have parts for the -D and are relatively unfamiliar with the car. 
      Bob, DFW

    • Khakis31

      I would urge you to think and investigate carefully before considering purchasing a Benz. Having owned two new ones in the past, I switched to a Japanese make and will never return to Mercedes, or any German maker for that matter.  The comments in Consumer Reports concerning Mercedes, based on the survey responses of large numbers of owners, reflect my own experiences.

    • Auto Engineering Student

      The diesel and petrol will use very different fuel pumps. “Dealer advised BMW had significant fuel pump issues with 300 series models” is a blanket term making it sound as though they’re talking about petrol versions. It makes sense that your dealer service is relying a lot on headquarters as intimate knowledge of diesel systems is probably lacking with the weak sales of diesel in North America. I’m actually really pissed that we can’t have nice diesel cars in North America because the majority of people don’t understand the benefits

  • Hassen Sheikh

    My 335D has been in the shop for almost 2 months for a check engine light. After many replacement parts they are now replacing the engine. I only have 30K on the car.  

    • Bob, DFW

      Mine spent 98 days in the shop in 2011, all check engine light and emissions related. The car has 17K miles on it in 2 years. Not surprising with it spending 1/3 of last year out of service. Depending on where you live, I urge you to pursue remediation through your state’s “lemon law”. I did so, and am awaiting the court’s decision. I had no other options and nothing to lose by pursing lemon law, as the car is not driveable most of the time, when it is driveable we only drive short distances as it will most likely die shortly, and the car is worthless from a resale standpoint due to it’s service history. 
      Bob, DFW

      • giovanni

        i have had my 335d for 7000 miles now has 23000.. had exust problems the whole engine compartment was black ..service was terrible at 3 dealerships . they told me is was as clean as bran new he lied when i put my hand under the engine cover ..was never touched …. they just lied…i am selling it very soon take my loss and move on ..its a great car ,,but now worth the aggravation..

  • sjs

    My 2010 335d has only been at the dealer/shop for routine maintenance. Just broke 25k.

  • Smiling all the time

    I’ve owned a 335D for almost 19 months now. I have had 0 problems, gotten great MPG, and smiled every time I step on the accelerator, and rocket to highway speeds. The one downside is I’ve probably worn out the rear tires a little sooner than normal:)

  • Kevin ATL

    Thank all for their comments, you saved me from buying a headache. The performance claims of the 335d romance a would be owner but all the headaches and expense are not worth it. We own a 2013 passat TDI and are happy with it, no problems thus far with 4000 miles. I’d like a little more torque for myself.


    2011 335d ,70,000 miles been to the shop many times,dpf issues. Bmw needs to address this lemon car. When its running,great car but not worth the headaches. A class action law suit is in order,this is a defective vehicle.