There are many other options available as well, most of which are available both within packages and as stand-alone options. Fun drive, plenty of power, excellent handling, braking. The 2012 3-Series is available with rear- or all-wheel drive and either a manual or automatic transmission. The coupe, convertible and ultimate-performance M3 will continue for two more model years in their current form. When the top is down, the car turns heads.
Introduction Don't mess with a good thing. Mileage estimates for the manual 328i and all versions of the 335i sedan remain unchanged. Only had to replace the battery while under warranty and a factory recall airbag at no cost. The autotrans is different than any I've driven before, giving a more 'manual' sort of feel, shifting later, and engine braking much of the time. Pleasure to drive but maintenance adds up by M. None of the above include the sedan's adjustable drive settings or Bluetooth, but the latter is an option.
There is also a temporary overboost function that bumps max torque up to 370 lb-ft. I tested all these versions. With the top down every day, I could learn to love my commute but I live in the northeast. For comparison, the most efficient versions of the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are rated 25 mpg, despite their lesser power. The M Sport trim level will bring a more aggressive front end with larger grille openings, M-badged wheels and flared rocker panels. The convertible's available heat-reflective leather does a wonderful job of keeping occupants' posteriors cool.
Water pump went at 41,000. The previous-generation wagon is being sold as a 2012, and a redesign will come within the next year. It's a nice touch that allows a greater amount of customization. What this engine lacks in cylinder-count prestige, it more than makes up for with what might be a world record for vigor per gallon. It hits 60 in 5.
Already ate up half the value of the policy in under a year of ownership. I got the car fixed and ended up having to foot the repair bill myself no thanks to Rami. Glad I bought tire and wheel insurance. The Sport Line adds a few performance-oriented changes, as well. The Sport setting is notably firmer than Comfort, but not as punishing as early examples of this technology. Standard safety equipment includes frontal airbags and side curtains that protect front and rear occupants in side impacts.
The 335i primarily represents a more powerful engine and is available on all but the wagon. Autumn will bring a new trim level, called M Sport, with a more aggressive exterior and sport-themed interior touches. Gorgeous Coral Red Dakota leather, aluminum hexagon trim and 18 inch low profile run flat summer tires added to the package. The handling pedigree is known but the ride quality wand the rear seat and cargo room is very good. Most shoppers will be pretty happy with this engine.
In Edmunds brake testing, a 328i with 18-inch summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 115 feet, an average distance for this type of car with summer tires. Most of the extra items on certain body styles and trims are available as options on the others. The back seat, while very nicely executed, is pretty much unusable behind me, and the trunk is tiny with the top up, and laughable when the top is down. Center cup holder broke, was replaced. Continental ContiSport Contact and Pirelli Cinturato tires were also fitted to test cars; multiple brands are supplying original-equipment rubber.
As far as comfort, New Jersey roads make it a little rough on your nerves as I have learned with 3 tires replaced due to sidewall blowout. Its great on gas, has the power, and people take second looks. Trunk space is average in the coupe, while the wagon offers a maximum cargo capacity of 61 cubic feet. The iDrive multifunction controller is now standard with a 6. Base equipment is the speed-sensitive Servotronic arrangement that has been available in the 3-series for ages. The 335i had the extra guts needed to achieve appropriate speeds. The base seats are comfortable and supportive, while the Sport package's purpose-built seats are even more so.