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Pros: Amazing power and handling.
Cons: Bit bumpy on bad roads (know the bad ones and stay off them, no big deal)
Advice: Get the Dinan racing software installed.The M3 is far above and beyond all my expectations. Be sure to get the Dinan racing chip installed, once you do this the acceleration and throttle response will blow you away. I was able to get up to 184 mph and it still felt comfortable. I know the saying is overused, but it corners like its on rails. Pick one up if you can, it will take you for the ride of your life.
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.
Pros: Can't think of one
Cons: So unreliable
Advice: Buy Japanese vehicles- I traded a Toyota Avalon (70,000 miles- no problems) for this BMW- big waste of money.This car is overpriced and over-hyped. It is not that comfortable, and is certainly not reliable. 3 out of 4 windows have malfunctioned at the cost of $350 ea., radiator, air conditioner, lights have had to be repaired at great cost. A relative gas hog for the size of the engine. Be cautious buying the sport package- the tires are noisy and wear down fast- with repacement costing around $1100 mounted.
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: the engine
Advice: life is shortA fabulous machine. The competition package is worth every penny. The nav system is extremely helpful on a trip. The SMG transmission is a hoot and my wife and kids can drive, too. The 333 horses under the hood are always ready to run. My 2 children can fit into the back if needed. A dream car that works for me.
Pros: Insulated soft-top
Cons: ground clearance of front end
Advice: You will scrap the front of this car when parkingI love how this car handles. It starts off the line very quickly. Even when not intentionally driving aggressively, you'll leave most cars a quarter mile behind you or further, it just accelerates that quickly. It is truely glued to the road, I haven't chirped the tires yet. It's a fairly comfortable ride, though over longer distances it can get a little uncomfortable. There isn't enough leg room for the 6 footers out there. However, I drive it on 250 mile trips quite frequently and its doable, so for a weekend get away car, its great. Plus, if you hit those mountain roads, with the top down, the view plus the handling, just can't be beat.