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Pros: The silky smooth engine!
Advice: Buy it once and chances are you'll never own another brand.Truly the Ultimate Driving Machine! When sitting in the driver's seat you are well supported yet comfortable. The steering and stick feel like a handshake from an old friend. The engine is silky smooth and the transmission is flawless. The sport suspension is very tight, however, the standard suspension is comfortable for those not interested in high performance driving. A well rounded vehicle and definitely the pinnacle of sports sedans.
Pros: bluetooth capability
Cons: tiny wheels
Advice: Get the Sport Package, and the Zenon LightingApproaching the vehicle, you look for the sex appeal. Or any appeal of that matter. You click the unlock button. The car doesn't respond audibly, because the Anti-Theft system was not standard. Ok, fine. You look at the wheels and think geez !!! 1 maybe 2 inches would make quite a difference. After all I paid $38k for the car. Finally, I open the door and enter the cockpit. Ahhh... Now you feel understood. Now you remember why you fell in love with the car. You put in the key, and hit the start button like I do in the 750LI. I put the car in drive, (Actually DS mode) the car comes to life. Gratefull I didn't choose the complicated iDrive. I put on my playlist from my iPod. It's on for 30 seconds, until my tach exceeds 4,500 RPM. iPod off. Roar of the Inline-6 calls all the attention. Neck thrown back, knuckles white, Engine screeming. You never consider infidelity with another vehicle. Car & Driver are tuned in glorious harmony. If a car has ever had a soul. It's the new 3 series. Let's just say beauty is on the inside. Conclusion... 06' 325i is perfectly unpretentious, and a little too subtle from the exterior. Yet when you get behind the wheel and join in one accord. You know you made a sound decision when you bought the car. Great quality car, but prefer the previous 3 series styling.
Cons: Not enough storage space.
Advice: Don't go by all the reviews, this car is good not great, test drive one, then decide.The engine combined with the automatic transmission is very responsive and smooth. Handling is very good, you can take on curves without fear. The ride is not too bad for a sports sedan (then again, if you want a really smooth ride buy a grandma car like a Buick). MPG is quite good for 200+ hp V-6, I am averaging about 23MPG in the city, not bad.
Pros: None yet
Advice: Buyer be aware! This car has major defect and BMW service is not as good as it claims!My car ('06 325i) is only a little more than 4 months old and I had a flat tire yesterday. I then realized that it doesn't have a spare tire. The run-flat can only last 50-100 miles and can't go above 50 miles/hr. Since I was more than 30 miles away from home, I called BMW roadside and had the car towed to a local dealer (OpenRoad BMW). The people there told me that I have to replace the tire and it costs $320. Remember, this is a car with only 4000 miles on it! Worse yet, people there were very unfriendly and at the beginning refused to give me a loaner car so that I can go home. When I bought this car I didn't expect to buy into this kind of experience!
Pros: the comfort access
Cons: Drive is a little rough but worth it.
Advice: Don't get one without the comfort access. If you can drive a manual, go for it.I got my 325 with the sports and premium package and I have to say I am more than impressed. The comfort access is unbelievable. I read lots of reviews but half the time when you get in the car it’s all hype. With the BMW 3 Series its all true. The best I have driven. Oh for you speed enthusiasts you are in for the drive you've been waiting for. I tested the 0 - 60mph time, all I have to say is you have to try it out. Oh one more thing get the manual transmission you won't regret it. I'm loving it
Pros: Push button ignition
Advice: Take the sport suspension packagePurchasing the new BMW 325 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had a Mercedes C-class and let me tell you, the performance of the BMW is miles ahead. The engine is very smooth. The handling is unbelievable especially I took the sport suspension package. A great combination of power, sport, luxury and performance.
Pros: The looks of the car.
Cons: Very very poor quality
Advice: Buy the 5 series or find another manufacturer.The appearance of the car is beautiful and that's where it stops. The first thing you notice is the whiney transmission. It sounds like an old Ford pickup. The road noise is very loud. The car was using oil every 1200 miles and finally they replaced the engine at 10000 miles. I had the car back for two weeks and they had to replce the steering rack. I talked to BMW USA and asked that the car be replaced and they claimed that I should wait and see if other problems come up. Is this the BMW experience they talk about in their ads. The dealership has been very accomodating, but trying to get BMW to live up to commercials will not happen. This has been a horrible experience.