My BMW is a maintenance night mare. I absolutely hate my car b/c it is as reliable as the wind. The craftsman ship of the 3 series is poor at best. My car started to pour not leak oil at around 59,000 miles. The entire cooling system failed at 90,000 miles. The car is a big money pit. The electric water pump on the car costs around 600 dollars and the thermostat is 150 at a discounted auto parts store. I paid 1200 at a indy shop to get the starter replaced. BMW is nothing but an over priced piece of junk.
The car looks nice but that is where the buck stops.
The car suffers from major reliability issues. The car is very cheaply made for the huge price tag. BMW's are not every day driver vehicles.
I purchased this 325i new in Oct. 2005 as a 2006 model. High on fun to drive meter but too many serious repairs. The car was great until about 75K miles. From 75k to 129k ignition coil failures, head bolt replacements, chipping paint, window motor failure, radio LED failure and sticky door handles. However I still love the car but not inclined to purchase another. I also had a 94 325 and a 97 525 which had less electronics but were more reliable.
Handling, smooth reving engine, excellent braking
Get rid of half the electronics and focus on durable drivetrain and suspension.
I owned the car for two years. The warranty and maintenance plan will help you not worry about its bills. It is an engineering marvel, it shows unmatched performance. It is in a level no other car in it's class could match. On the negative side, the interior is poor and has no sense of luxury. especially the door panels. Anywyas, keep in mind when buying from BMW dealers, that BMW Financial services is such as disgusting company to buy from! If not really into the car, I'd suggest opting for Mercedes C class, on performance it falls much shorter than the Bimmer, but it has a nice interior, it's more comfortable and Mercedes dealers and MB Financial service know how to treat people well!
Brakes, Steering, Cornering capability, abundant grip, beautiful engine sound, more efficient than it's competitors and a true definition of a production driving machine and driving pleasure.
The interior needs a touch of luxury, especially the door panels. You can see the body color through the gap between the door when the doors are closed. The interior of this car is not in line with the excellence in rest of it.
This is the entry point BMW, the 2006 325i.
You can get them cheap.
But this was the 1st year of the E90.
This model was ambitious, alot of new technologies were introduced.
The exterior redefined what cars look like.
This car has a huge battery for the mind numbing amount of electronics.
So the thing to keep in mind was it was the 1st year.
Also know that BMW mechanic rates start at $90/hr.
But the great thing is that all the diagnostic and repair software the dealers originally used is freely available to everyone on the web.
I've diag problems, the VANOS and coil issues we've seen on here are extremely easy to fix.
I have a fully loaded 2006 325i with no faults, 78K!
The greatest engine in the industry, its really true.
Great suspension and the adaptive bi Xenon headlights, having headlights follow the road and automatically turn from low to high beam depending on lighting and incoming traffic is amazing, the angel eye feature is also cool
Most of the known issues in this car have been fixed.
Again this was the 1st year in a pretty revolutionary car.
The front and rear spoiler really improve the look of the car.
I recently purchased my black 2006 325i sport package blonde leather seats and lovvvve it. I came from a 06 Sonata and theres no looking back. I test drove the 07 clk 550 and almost got it until i spotted the Beamer and took a test drive, what a difference this thing handles like a dream and german built like a bank vault. It turns sooo many heads and the sound system is crazy. I only wished i had the 330 for the 255hp engine but whatever. Im hooked on BMW and will always own one.
Its A BMW
More base power
In dash changer std
more backseat room
narrow door opening