Of all of the BMW 3-Series models available in this model year, the 2012 BMW 335d is one of the most powerful and subtlest on the road. This 4-dour sedan may look mild-mannered enough, but under the hood it’s packing a serious punch with 265 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. It’s the perfect car for those looking for a luxury sedan that will also appease any car enthusiast.
When you choose a 2012 BMW 335d, you can choose between a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive model, depending on where and how you’ll be driving and which conditions you expect to encounter the most. This model also offers you BMW’s famous, high-performing diesel engine, so you won’t have to sacrifice gas mileage for performance.
Changes for 2012
The body design was updated with a few tweaks and a little bit of fine-tuning for 2012, but other than that we didn’t see a lot change from 2011.
What We Like
It’s difficult to find a luxury car that really makes you feel like you’re connected to the road when you’re driving, but you’ll find just that when you drive a 2012 BMW 335d. It’s a smooth-driving machine with all of the features you could wish for, but it also has a very responsive ride that car enthusiasts really enjoy.
What Concerns Us
If you’re planning on keeping this car for years to come, you should prepare to get to know your mechanic. BMWs are known for being maintenance-intensive, and their parts aren’t cheap.
Unlike most other 3-Series models, the 335d is available only as a sedan. Like most other models, it has only one engine option:
- Engine – 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder diesel
- Power – 265 HP at 4200 RPM
- Torque – 425 lb-ft at 1750-2500 RPM
- Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 23/36
There have been no major recalls specific to the 2012 BMW 335d.
While most 2012 BMW 335d owners don’t have a lot to complain about with their cars, the most common issue may be that they depreciate faster than other cars. That can be a deal breaker for a lot of buyers looking at cars in this price range, but it also means that you can probably find a used 335d at a really great price now.