. It must be about the brand. Ride and handling are perhaps the 3-Series' most outstanding features. ConsumerGuide wrote that both transmissions were adequate, but that the 6-speed automatic hesitates to downshift sometimes when pressed to pass. Nearly all 3-series come with a standard six-speed manual and offer a six-speed automatic as an option, but the 335d is automatic only.
Edmunds wrote that the five-door wagon holds the most gear, thanks to more vertical space from the tall hatch. It could possibly be a factory defect. With 414 hp from its 4. Has the engine ever had cooling problems? So why devote more space to it? All 3 Series models are fitted with extended-mobility run-flat tires, so no spare is included. Some of the 2002 interior amenities were better and the 2004 had killer brakes, but this is definitely more refined and more efficient. As the other user said, fight to get a new engine. Other than the really pathetic cup holders and God-awful array of warning lights with symbols that are impossible to de-cypher this car is easy to recommend.
Both Sedan and Sports Wagon variants are offered in two trims: the 328 and 335, with the later powered by a twin-turbocharged engine. Less impressive engineering includes the preposterous retracting cupholders — both on the passenger side. Verdict The 3-series continues to be the very definition of a sports sedan, offering spectacular sports-car-like handling and impressive straight-line performance in a luxurious package. The car was a great deal and has been wonderful so far. For daily drives, the 3-Series is a standout in most respects, but the coupe lacks cargo capacity to be all things to all people.
New for 2009 is the diesel-burning 3. Show full review The 3 Series sedans, coupes and wagons are excellent performers, which is why I've always liked them. Because all that overexposure still hasn't diluted it. Coupes and convertibles soldier on into 2009 with few changes. Click to compare different versions of the and. It is pretty good on fuel albeit premium grade. Sure, the 3 Series seems overhyped at times, but that's because, simply put, it's a very good car.
It's deceivingly smooth -- you'll find yourself climbing well above posted speed limits if you don't pay attention. Very impressed with the nice power of the six cylinder and the brakes strong and transmission very precise. Fortified with abundant power and torque, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, in either body style and with either transmission, are plenty fast from zero to 60 mph and easily capable of coping with any kind of traffic situation. Too bad the rightfully maligned iDrive ends up on many editions; the base edition's unbroken dash and simpler operation keep it focused on devouring every foot of tarmac it traverses. If you're a genuine driving enthusiast who still believes that there's just something special about German automotive engineering, virtually any selection from the 328i and 328xi menu could be just what you're looking for. Start-off Assistant Order a 3 Series with a manual transmission and you'll enjoy the benefits of this subtle but effective helper that automatically applies the brakes for a few seconds whenever you're stopped on a hill to help prevent the car from rolling backwards while you engage first gear. Convertible versions add automatic rollover bars.
Gas milage has been great so far. In the 335i, operating the shifter is about as involving as throwing a switch. That's why the current generation remains the benchmark in its class, some five years on. The base engine is found in 328 models, and produces 230 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, reports Cars. Even though the standard-issue materials are lower in monetary value, they're of good and consistent quality in the 3 Series. It can also block oil passages which can cause the engine to seize again. The ride is plush, planted, and secure, and it's difficult to fluster in corners.
Most notable is its use of leatherette — which is a nice way of saying vinyl — as standard upholstery in all trim levels, including top ones like our 335i with xDrive. If it were all about price and performance, the G37 would overtake the 3 Series in a year's time. Aside from that omission, Cars. The base engine yields 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque; it feels far more powerful than those ratings suggest. It feels rubbery as it slips into each gear — a complaint we've both heard and expressed for years now — but this stick feels disconnected from the works. An overheated engine can cause internal parts to warp. Aside from the choice of body style, the 3-series buyer also faces several powertrain choices.
Brand equity is a critical aspect among luxury cars, which are purchased to make a statement as much as anything else. Again, it's not just about the numbers. In the 328 models, an ultra-smooth 3. I believe the model's long-standing success comes in large part from its driving experience. Exterior Styling My opinion of design is of no greater value than anyone's, but over time I've come to recognize when a model has broad appeal.
The 335i coupe is the fleetest among the 3-Series range, and ConsumerGuide noted its 4. Torque freaks might find the 335i irresistible. The manual transmission is not quite as impressive as the engines. The ability to select the ride's softness is becoming widespread and is typically appreciated by our drivers and passengers. The car was a great deal and has been wonderful so far. Bits of Bangle's flame-surfacing add interest and flair, but here they are restrained and fitting with the 3-Series' mission. Audi has held some performance cred with its Quattro all-wheel drive, and now that the company has modified Quattro to bias torque to the rear wheels, its 3 Series challenger, the A5, has a feel sport enthusiasts can embrace.