I have become a fan of rear wheel drives after driving this, however electronics have become a nightmare. Two of the rods that guide the front section back over the middle remain in view when the top is closed. As with the others, when it works correctly, it is fantastic. The Sport Package specifies a firmer suspension on convertibles, sedans and wagons, along with larger wheels, performance tires, sport seats and a higher top-speed limiter. Steering is light when it should be, that is, at low speeds, and with proper resistance and feedback at the elevated speeds the car constantly tempts drivers to explore. Short front and rear overhangs distance between the tires and the ends of the car's body bear eyewitness to the car's standard-setting handling.
My Grandkids ask for rides every time they come over. The 335i and 335xi models come with a heavily modified version of this engine equipped with twin turbochargers and direct injection. Coils go bad randomly, I've replaced 3 in a year and a half. Coupe and convertible versions of the 328 come with slightly more equipment, including 17-inch wheels and xenon headlamps; the coupe also has a sport-tuned suspension while the convertible has a power-retractable hardtop. Our main complaint with the interior centers around the push-button start and stop. . Update: the rear upper control arm bushings were jello, allowing dynamic camber and toe changes while driving.
The new top mechanism consumes very little rear-seat width, so shoulder and elbow room increases by 3. It is a fun car to drive. The front doors host hard plastic, flip-out map pockets. Watch the speedo, it will easily get away from your attention span. The critical acclaim the 3 Series has enjoyed year after year is all but unmatched. The thing turns like it's on rails. The car turns harder at lower speeds than it does at higher ones, for example.
Data Unavailable Spare Bolt Pattern Data Unavailable Spare Tire Size Data Unavailable Interior Passenger Area Convertible-328i Select Trim to compare. Side airbags front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags Wheelbase 109 in. The audio and climate controls on the center stack could be positioned higher for easier access, and the rocker buttons for station presets and assorted functions demand more concentration than they should, but beyond these minor wishes, that area is faultless. Standard safety features include , side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats and an. Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim. You can also replace the standard walnut interior accents with either light poplar or aluminum trim at no additional cost. The car had not been washed in a while.
At the same time, the 3 Series is an ideal long-distance cruiser, delivering both a comfortably controlled ride and a quiet cabin environment. Data Unavailable Cargo Area Convertible-328i Select Trim to compare. My Grandkids ask for rides every time they come over. When it doesn't, it breaks your heart and wallet. Standard on the top-line 335i convertible, coupe and sedan which supersede last year's 330 models , this force-fed 3.
Other convertible highlights include an accessory windscreen that can be installed by one person from the driver's side of the car and leather upholstery treated with an infrared-reflective pigment that can lower the temperature of dark-colored seats by almost 30 degrees. Summer tires, All-seasons, doesn't matter. The hardtop itself is comprised of three folding steel panels which, mechanisms and all, pad on an additional 450 pounds over the 3 Series coupe. The wide track distance between the tires side to side pushes the tires to the outer limits of the body, giving the '07 a solid, planted stance. Much the same can be said of the late-arriving convertible, as its retractable hardtop gives it much the same look as the coupe with the top raised. Now rated for 230 hp, base 3 Series coupes, sedans and wagons are renamed 328i and, when equipped with all-wheel drive, 328xi. That includes a fuel pump, fuel injectors, water pump and twin turbos.
For those extreme times, the brakes, too, stand ever ready to add vital safety margins. The steering is every bit as direct and telepathic, allowing an unfamiliar driver to acclimate right away and explore intuitively the limits of its adhesion. Up front, the new 3 Series easily passes what some automotive stylists call the rearview mirror test, whether a driver can recognize a car's brand from a quick glance in the mirror. This thing is a blast to drive, it's just as fast as an M3, and has a much smoother ride. We think it's a gimmick that adds complexity without adding value to the driving experience. That's largely because the blowers are small and tucked away down low in the engine compartment. At the same time, the 3 Series is an ideal long-distance cruiser, delivering both a comfortably controlled ride and a quiet cabin environment.
Then, as that unit begins to top out, bring in a larger turbocharger that's been spooling up and hits its stride about the time the smaller one fades. Put more plainly, the 3 Series Convertible, like the 3 Series Sedan and Coupe, is a joy to drive. The automatic's brain does a masterful job of choosing the best gear, whether it's to power out of a tight corner or to squeeze the most miles out of a tank of premium fuel on a relaxed Sunday drive. Front-seat occupants get as many as three cup holders, one which the iDrive displaces in the console between the seats and two wimpy contraptions that pop out of the dash on the passenger side above the glove box. And the 3 Series Convertible has not been immune to this creeping plague of numbing isolation. For them only a tin-top will do these days.
Safety features include the usual array of front and side airbags, plus lower dash-mounted, anti-submarine knee airbags. Instruments are the picture of unfettered communication. Standard features include leatherette upholstery; automatic dual-zone climate control; cruise control; heated outside mirrors; remote lowering of the top; tilt-and-telescope steering wheel with spoke-mounted, secondary audio and cruise controls; a 10-speaker including two subwoofers , multi-media audio system; multi-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, including two driver-memory settings for seat and mirrors; and choice of four interior trims, three with wood, one with brushed aluminum. Unless you drive sparingly, or simply have unlimited funds to feed this thing, I cannot under any circumstances recommend this car to anyone. On a recent road trip, my wife was cruising at 100mph, she was very surprised. Not so much in stopwatch-measured quickness as in smoothness, precision and ease of use.