With fob in pocket, the doors unlock automatically as the driver approaches, and the seats are waiting in their proper position. These are rear-drive cars, though all-wheel drive is available, and even the optional automatic transmission is tuned for crisp, sporty shifting. Approximately 500 miles later discovered that system had not been air-purged by dealer. All in all, this is the perfect car for my wife without crashing our bank account. The passenger side has a sloped, vertical door pull, while the driver's door lays the door pull horizontally in the arm rest. The small things that really work - wipers that know when the windshield is wet, front seat heaters, ski bag cold weather package , gas milage meter, incredible standard sound system I'm a musician only enhance this beautiful ride.
You just don't feel that you're going that fast. The fob slides into a slot next to the steering column, and you push the button to fire up. The car runs like brand new. No problem with shift response when you do it yourself, and the steering-wheel paddles mean you can manually shift the automatic without removing hands from the wheel. The automatic climate control which comes standard features separate temperature adjustments for driver and front passenger.
I replaced it with a 2006 325i, dark gray; automatic. I live in the South, so I don't have snow to negotiate in winter. This is a very common problem and occurs without warning. The luxurious interior is tasteful and high grade. Clutch-pedal effort makes taking off easy, without having to think about it, and the gear ratios are perfectly spaced for either the base or turbocharged engine. We'd probably do without navigation. Automatic transmission is second rate.
How does it continue to win over people who write about cars for a living? The brake calipers and rotors are larger than ever, delivering more clamping force than most competitors. I was wary of the cup holders after reading so many complaints about them. What happened to a simple tuning knob. We've encountered few people who remotely like iDrive. Now occupants just sit down and close the doors, and the belts come to them. Finally, after the warranty expired, they diagnosed the problem as being the brakes.
But aside from subjective price-value analysis, the noteworthy hitch in the 3 Series is the downside of the electronic gizmos. The pump failed and had to be replaced. There are actually two dash designs. The Sport suspension may be jolted by potholes, but it responds immediately and maintains a level ride rather than seesawing up and down. Wheel size varies from 16 to 18 inches.
The 328i and 335i Convertibles might be the sexiest 3s, with their fully automatic, one-button folding hardtop. The convertibles add knee airbags that help keep front passengers from sliding under the seat belts. The comfortable seats have firm backrest and seat cushions and include power-adjustable side bolsters and manual cushion-length adjustment the latter will be appreciated by tall drivers. Options are plentiful, though most are grouped in three packages. Lot's of nice features make sure you read the owners manual.
The pads also lightly sweep the rotors every few seconds if it's raining, just to be sure there is no significant moisture build up. The difference, of course, is the convertible's retractable metal hardtop, which opens or closes at the touch of a button in just 22 seconds. Good value with all the extra bells and whistles already standard. There's the slightest whistle from the seams between the top's pieces, but the thick headliner quiets almost all of the outside rumble. Parts are not currently available.
This is trick stuff, but it's nothing compared to the electronics that manage everything. The trunk is largest in the sedan, though still smaller than many comparably sized competitors 12 cubit feet capacity. The 335 models get power adjustments with three memory positions. Even with the firmest suspension, the ride in all 3 Series models remains reasonably supple. If you want the luxury and smoothness of a luxury sedan and still have the sports car feel, this is the car to get! For cargo hauling, the Sport Wagon is easily the best choice in the 3 Series line. The smooth and quick 328i is a delight to drive, with a refined powertrain, agile handling and a firm, yet supple and controlled ride. The similarities start with a shared 108.