It’s pretty common knowledge among auto enthusiasts that the F30 generation of the BMW 3 Series is likely the least favorite in the model’s storied history. Complaints range from its vague steering, sloppy handling and poor ride quality, when comparing it to its predecessors. Well, mark the police force of the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany as more people who aren’t fans of the F30 3 Series.
However, the German Fuzz’s complaints have nothing to do with handling or steering. In fact, most of the complaints are size related, which is funny considering the fact that the F30 is by far and away the largest 3 Series ever made. But the size, interior passenger space and trunk space are among the chief complaints for why the German police dislike the F30 so much.
According to some recent police reports from North Rhine-Westphalia, the F30 BMW 318d that they’ve been using has too small of a passenger footwell, often resulting in the passengers knees bumping agains the door panel and police radio. Sometimes, the passenger’s knee will hit the radio so hard that it breaks it, causing the cops to have to go and get it repaired. While bumpy knees seems like a bit of a whine from officers who are supposed to be tough, a broken radio is a big issue.
However, bruised knees are only a small part of the problem. Non-height adjustable seatbelt mean that the belts can get caught on the officer’s gear when exiting the car, which can be dangerous in an emergency situation. The trunk is barely large enough to hold one officer’s riot gear, nonetheless two sets of gear, causing much of said gear to be stored in the back seat, thus limited room for recently caught perps.
Overall, the German police claimed that “The BMW is completely unsuitable for patrol duty,”. Admittedly, some American police officers would tell the Germans to quit complaining, as some American departments are forced into using ancient Ford Crown Victorias that have 400,000 hard miles on them and are in pretty rough shape while these Germans are complaining about having to drive a BMW. But still, the officers should get a car that suits their needs and if the F30 doesn’t have the necessary space, maybe the department of North Rhine-Westphalia should get them some 5 Series’.