The I-6 loves to rev up to its redline, all the while feeling smooth and amazingly refined. The same can be said for the six-speed manual gearbox — the shifter is buttery smooth, and clutch action nicely weighted, erring if at all on the side of firmness. Paddle shifters can be added to the auto. Fantastic to drive and handles unbelievably. The coupe and convertible have been left alone this year, and that's fine with us, as the sedan and wagon were the only members of the family that needed some cosmetic surgery. The current 3 Series has been around for close to five years, but it remains the target of every automaker looking to make a name for itself in the mid-size luxury segment -- and it's the standard by which they are measured. Except from that, it's been problem free.
A rigid chassis and the responsive suspension are equally capable of aggressively tackling corners or damping broken pavement at high speeds. In government crash tests, the sedan and wagon received four out of five stars for frontal collision protection and five stars for side protection. We'll miss the twin-turbo's stout powerband and overall tractability. It is a very happy experience. Finally, all-wheel-drive models are now badged xDrive, and a handful of features are new or revised. It's an engine that's not long for this world, as a more fuel-efficient, single-turbo version is in the offing from Munich.
I enjoyed driving this car; in the rain and adverse conditions this car offered incredible and confident road handling, great visibility and solid performance. A redesigned iDrive controller debuts for the optional navigation system, which is now hard-drive-based and features real-time traffic. The rear seats are adequately roomy for adults on shorter trips, but taller passengers will wish for more headroom. When I feel like gunning it on every turn, I get anywhere from 22. Sure, the 3 Series seems overhyped at times, but that's because, simply put, it's a very good car.
All gas-powered models come standard with a six-speed manual shifter, while a six-speed automatic is optional standard on the 335d. The 335d should be similarly equipped. Interior Design and Special Features The 3 Series interiors provide a restrained show of luxury. The clutch, which can feel light at first, offers the right feedback, while the shifter slots neatly into each cog. For example, on the first service visit after the contract ended, they advised spark plugs and wheel alignment.
All come in base rear-wheel-drive 328i trim, while the coupe, sedan and wagon also come in all-wheel-drive 328i xDrive guise. Very great performance, would recommend to anyone who has the time, money and experience to buy this car. But then it would be hard to get the extras just right. Now, it fills the driveways of the suburbs, the streets of L. I think that If I do this again, I would lease and make sure the lease ends before the warranty does. Drives and handles like a dream. Although we thought this turbocharged 3.
. The 335d will be powered by a twin-turbocharged diesel engine rated at 265 hp and a pavement-rippling 425 lb-ft of torque. The engine and gearbox are sublime, inviting you to constantly toy with the clutch, shifter and gas pedal. The navigation system itself is now hard-drive-based and features real-time traffic information. It is a fairly sharp looking car. There would even be demand for that car with a six-speed manual! Materials and build quality are exceptional; even the standard leatherette vinyl upholstery looks and feels better than one would expect. The convertible offers a reasonable cargo hold when the hardtop is up, but it predictably shrinks considerably when the top is lowered.
One of the greatest things about the 3-series is its accessibility. The trunk was deep given the lack of spare and provided ample storage for a coupe. I sort of expected it was going to cost a lot once the warranty was up. The convertible lacks the side curtains, but the regular front side airbags extend up to head level, and there are also pop-up rollover hoops. And it's a little too easy to mistake the cruise control switch for the turn signal and flash the high beams at innocent motorists. Even with that, I really like this car.
The premium stereo is best sounding I have owned. I get varying mpg depending on how I drive, when I go smoothly and just cruise, I get anywhere from 26. This year's revised iDrive electronics interface that comes with the optional navigation system is improved over its confusing predecessor, but it still complicates the stereo controls. It's docile at low rpm, but surges through the tach with immediacy at a squeeze of the throttle. It combines the desirable elements of an enthusiast's machine with the comfort and ease that make the daily commute, or the endless road trip, endurable, if not downright pleasant. The coupe worked surprisingly well with an adult in the back seat, but ingress and egress obviously suffer in all coupes. On a good road, it handles and accelerates really well.
Bottom line is : you will enjoy the car and it is a better option over many newer vehicles however it will cost you to maintain and watch those potholes. Only complaint is I have had to have 4 recalls preformed so far, which is annoying. Interior styling puts the emphasis is on business, not glamour. A redesigned iDrive controller debuts for the optional navigation system, which is now hard-drive-based and features real-time traffic. Meanwhile, the late-availability 335d provides face-flattening torque off the line while using the least fuel of the bunch. My friend Aaron races sprint cars and daily drives a but instantly made fun of me for driving a 3-series for the weekend. Passing was always a breeze.