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
My 2006 BMW 330i Sedan auto is a lot of fun to drive when it is operating without problems, Repeated ignition coil breakdowns, bad bushings, oil gasket leaks, run flat issues - all in 47K mileage range - I long for the '04 Jaguar X Type 3.0 which was totaled by another driver - it never broke down and was great on ice and snow too with the stock All Season tires.
I do love the 330i, Black / Black Leather Premium Package and very quick, but it is just sad how the so called superior Bavarian
Engineering is a joke. Then again, our 2002 Benz has been perfect to 87K, just tires, oil and brakes. Next time, I go Acura, Lexus, if Germanic - Audi or another Benz. BMW stands for Break My Wallet.
Engine response, 255 HP, Sport Mode 0 to 60 breaks 6 seconds,
Steptronic, Ergonomics, Leather.
Quality, Reliability, Durability, Battery Replacement Requirements, Needs Dipstick, No pushbutton w/Key Fob - just Push. Direction signal stalk needs to be normal, run flats need to go away, paint should not be so prone to chipping, and the list goes on...
2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Pros: Performance, drive experience
Cons: Reliability, cost to own.
Either lease this car or make sure you can afford to be late to work -
to drop it off at the repair shop a few times a year. Read the common issues on the web from most BMW owners.
- Water Pump, Shift Display unit (sport mode), engine coils, cylinder head (known issue), bushings, differential, tensioner pulley
and on and on.
Issues so common, I sent BMW corp the web links and they paid for the repairs.
Car is not worth the trouble. Due diligence and experience has dissolved any brand affinity I have for BMW.
Good luck with the techs -if the computer doesnt show them what's wrong they have to rely on trial and error
Performance.. Hug the road, go cart experience. A drivers car.
Suggest looking into other, more reliable vehicles if you are going to own a car.
Use a metal, instead of a plastic engine parts. For $50k you should be embarrassed of the way you cut corners BMW.
Spend less time paying sound engineers to create "the perfect blinker sound" and use that money to create a sound vehicle that lasts.
Most people don't use 80% of the over-engineered features BMW has wasted time on.
As a BMW mechanic told said to me, "We call them The Ultimate Fixing Machine"
Shouldn't reliability be a standard feature? Guess not.
Practice Quality Control and Assurance, and give us some internal substance.