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Better than I thought it could be
Pros: Engine / transmission
Cons: The cup-holders are a little funky, but I'm willing to see them as part of the charmI went in to the dealer to pick out a late-model 3-series; maybe something that had been returned after a lease. The dealer was letting me look around the lot unpressured (don't you love that), and I happened upon a 530i, 6-speed manual. Now, everyone who loves driving a manual knows they're getting harder and harder to find without special ordering, but there it was. Just over 32,000 miles on it, the body and interior in great shape and a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. The price was where I needed it to be and the deal was struck. Driving this car has been fantastic. No wonder Consumer Reports raved about this engine. Plenty (and I mean 'plenty') of muscle out of the blocks, but upwards of 30mph on the freeway. Great audio, seats, performance, navigation and all of that, but the car is just flat out a blast to drive. Whoever broke in the engine on the first 30,000 miles, thank you! The car drives like a dream and the transmission shifts like butter. I suppose one could always be happier, but I'm at a loss as to how I could be with a car purchase from what I saw out there.
Pros: The way it stays put on the road and the all wheel drive feature!
Cons: The P6 Pirelli tires. BMW should have put a better tire on the car. They were fine in the beginning but leave a lot to be desired later!
Advice: Check out their certified car program!!There isn't a lot out there that equals the value of the BMW. 50000 mile warrenty, full maintainance. The treatment at BMW service is top notch. They always have a BMW loaner for you. They survey themselves and they take your responce seriously. The car handels the road very well. It stays very tight in corners. It's the ultimate driving machine.
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