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 $90/hr. But the great thing is that all the diagnostic and repair software the dealers originally used is freely available to everyone on the web. I've diag problems, the VANOS and coil issues we've seen on here are extremely easy to fix. I have a fully loaded 2006 325i with no faults, 78K!
The greatest engine in the industry, its really true.
Great suspension and the adaptive bi Xenon headlights, having headlights follow the road and automatically turn from low to high beam depending on lighting and incoming traffic is amazing, the angel eye feature is also cool
Most of the known issues in this car have been fixed.
Again this was the 1st year in a pretty revolutionary car.
The front and rear spoiler really improve the look of the car.
I recently purchased my black 2006 325i sport package blonde leather seats and lovvvve it. I came from a 06 Sonata and theres no looking back. I test drove the 07 clk 550 and almost got it until i spotted the Beamer and took a test drive, what a difference this thing handles like a dream and german built like a bank vault. It turns sooo many heads and the sound system is crazy. I only wished i had the 330 for the 255hp engine but whatever. Im hooked on BMW and will always own one.
Its A BMW
More base power
In dash changer std
more backseat room
narrow door opening
I bought a 325i 2006, second hand in 2011 it had about 62000 kilometers (not miles). Since then I was disappointed: the grey interior is now on a bad shape, on of the cup holders doesnt work at all, the button for the headlights felt apart and this is just the beginning. I had to change the water pomp ( 1100$) the service department told that it happens sometimes. 85 000 kms cover bolts that i have to change + camshaft and valanos solonoids total 1865 $. Plus many maintenance that I had to do. I will never buy a BMW again. The person who works at the sales department told me that once the warranty expires the real problems begin. Even people who are working at BMW dont trust the company
Once you get past the questionable maintenance costs and the uncomfortable side bolsters the car has a lot of good points.
It's good fun to drive with excellent handling and decent throttle...it just shouldn't cost this much to maintain a 5 year old car.
a rear wheel drive sedan with a responsive engine, a manual transmission, good handling and 4 doors, a combination that's getting quite difficult to find in a new car.
1) Improved electrical components, switches and solenoids.
2) Simpler engineering.
The design on these cars is way more complicated than it needs to be. As an engineer it's fun to look at, but as a backyard mechanic it's a total pain in the as_.
Instead of a $3 dipstick there is a $3000 platinum tipped oil quality sensor package.
Instead of putting a pot-metal filter on the bottom of the engine we have a cartridge filter on the top of the engine that's known to leak oil and short out the $800 alternator.
Instead of a 10 minute tuneup you will be spending 1hr+ removing filters and housings and coil packs and using a special thin-wall socket to remove and replace the plugs.
This is my third BMW 3 Series, and after five years of ownership and 75,000 miles I still love to drive my car. It still handles beautifully, jumps up to 85 mph in a flash, and takes the curves as if its hugging the rail. Gorgeous car in and out. Love it, love it, love it! Every time I think about getting that new convertible, I remember I still love my car and I'm not quite ready to part with it. Maybe next year...
The esthetics and drive-ability. Very responsive and handles beautiful. Comfortable interior, love the terra leather seats. Controls all within comfortable reach
Not a fan of the run-flat tire. The iPod situation is lacking. They should have integrated the controls as a standard feature.