Black exterior with grey leather interior. The new instrument panels have a pronounced horizontal format, with more community and less driver orientation than before. Top features include Premium Package, Sport Package, Sunroof, Logic7 sound system, Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Remote Trunk Release, Climate Control. Titanium Silver Metallic over Black Dakota Leather with Aluminum Trim. If you're not too big or too tall, the optional sport seats are outstanding, proffering plenty of lateral support and a well-contoured foundation for long-haul comfort. Our Performance-package 330i sprinted to 60 mph in 5. The water pump and the thermostat were replaced.
Moreover, the trunk opening is considerably larger, making it easier to get things inside, and the additional trunk volume does not count a new divided storage bin under the load floor where a spare might have gone, if not for the new run-flat tires. There's real magic inside those wheelwells. . Car has treated me amazing since I bought it. Indeed, we wouldn't recommend some of the options like Active Steering or Active Cruise Control, except to die-hard fanatics for the absolute latest technology. All 3 Series sedans are equipped with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic; xDrive all-wheel-drive variants are available on the 325 and 330; the new body style is longer, wider and taller than the 2005 models; and trunk space has increased by 20 per cent. Of course, there's none of your hard-edged M3 go power, either.
The most obvious change is the starter. The 330i can be distinguished from the 325i by more than its wheels. Vettraino filed this report from Spain. Without iDrive, the 330i cabin proved a generally fine partner for the business of driving. Going to be hard to say goodbye. Nonetheless, spared is not a word we'd use for the 2006 3 Series sedans. The high-tech theme that permeates the 2006 3 Series sedans is even visible from the outside.
So, I purchased from the other dealer! And forget about the dash-mounted cupholders: Though the slide-out design is cool, they're too shallow to securely hold even a bottle of water, much less a Big Gulp. Styling aside, this is still the leader in the class in terms of overall sophistication, and my does it handle. The 325i carried a 2. There's also a new mist sensor that measures moisture on the windshield and automatically adjusts the defroster, as well as a heat-at-rest feature that keeps the cabin heating for a time after the car is turned off. These days, a 0-to-60-mph sprint of 6. Most of the increased exterior dimensions translate into more interior space, particularly in the back seat. Overall a really clean 3 series I did new coils spark plugs and front brake pads and rotors less than ten thousand miles.
With fob in pocket, the doors unlock automatically as the driver approaches and the seats are waiting in their proper position. At their core these remain true sport sedans, but their sporting heart is a bit more difficult to find. But a little more thrust and shorter gearing do pay off at the track. I feel sorry for owner of the lot with this sales team! For the first time, the 3's automatic climate control features separate temperature adjustments for driver and front passenger. The wheel-a wonderfully meaty three-spoke design-responds to your hands like a.
Moreover, the joy of a straight-six isn't hidden under the high tech. There are new lightweight magnesium six-cylinder engines with horsepower increases over 2005: the 320i becomes the entry-level 323i, while the 325i and 330i now share an engine with different horsepower outputs. We feel its absence, but in its wake now lies an even greater appreciation for one of our all-time favorite cars, the propeller-badged 3. The 330i gets power adjustments with three memory positions coded to the key. The 10-way power seats that come with the Sport Package are outstanding. More contact patch pays off on the skidpad, where the Performance-package Bimmer pulled 0.
But you do get a nice uptick in all-around performance, with virtually no sacrifice in comfort, and of course four doors, for about seven grand less than you'd have to pony up for an M3 coupe. Would we enjoy spending a year and then some evaluating the ongoing performance and reliability of one of our all-time favorite sport sedans? The 3 Series sedans no longer have a keyed ignition switch, relying instead on a slot-type key fob and a starter button. The car buying public expects technology in its products. This is not an automatic transmission per se, and if you put an emphasis on smooth shifts, it should not be your choice. The competition has closed in, and though our 330i had the silk, it lacked the sizzle.
The automatic we liked a bit less, but it's hardly disappointing. They are roomier, with more standard and optional equipment and more sophisticated electronic controls. The engine tweaks don't add up to much-the redline goes up 300 rpm to 6800, peak horsepower goes up 10 to 235, and torque goes up eight pound-feet to 222. We'd have no problem living with it, but the 330i automatically gets an upgrade called Logic 7. Power Lumbar Support For Front Seats, Automatic-Dimming Inside Rear-View.
They're more than two inches longer and three inches wider, and wheelbase has increased 1. The 330i's windows and grille slats are trimmed with chrome, while slats across its lower front air intakes are body colored rather than black. The 325Ci Cabriolet receives a fully automatic soft-top as standard equipment. When there is zero follow up, or you can't reply to an email with questions for the customer, my only conclusion is that you don't really care to sell a vehicle! Engine speed, and therefore acceleration, is varied by how far the intake valves open. Less successful are the radio display-which you can't see wearing polarized sunglasses and almost disappears with any sunglasses at all-and the smallish switches and dials.
The shifter seems to have slightly shorter throws between the gears than before, and its operation is appropriate to a world-class sports sedan. Cosmetic elements include a so-called aerodynamic package deeper air-dam and rocker-panel extensions , Alcantara faux-suede seats and steering-wheel cover, black-anodized interior aluminum trim, and gauges with red needles. What's best is its linear quality, or the steady supply of acceleration-producing torque at any speed. Certainly the approach with the 3 Series has been more conservative, and it's easy to understand why. The soft vinyls and plastics in the new 3 Series sedans are an improvement in both touch and appearance, and they put the car more closely in line with the best cars in this class for materials and workmanship. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-831-1117 -. The straight six presents more packaging challenges, but its unique performance characteristics and smoothness make it a favorite among enthusiast drivers.