2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Picked up in Munich - drove 1 mo in Germany, Italy, & Switz during the World Cup. Only options: Sports & Cold Weather Packs (no iDrive). Car handled well typically driving 90-115 mph (Autobahn). Steering weight - just right (backed off @ 130 mph - front end felt light - the added height of the "xi"? ) Brakes fantastic. 6 spd man./ clutch operation were just right. Averaged 24.6 mpg - 3,850 miles with a full load (4) . The 325xi w/the manual had good enough "pop" to keep up w/95% of the Autobahn (PS. Navi - would not drive in Europe without iDrive or a GPS. I had a Nuvi 350 w/memory card of Europe in lieu of iDrive/Nav. It was awesome & ran sitting on the console!)
European Delivery saves $$$, no rental needed, & a nice test drive! A nice (albeit expensive) souvenir! Steering/brakes, sport seats (a must!), engine response, 6 speed manual shifting, room for 4, & trunk space relative to car size. Gas mileage is good for a fairly quick AWD vehicle.
Cloth seats option - as they are in Europe. Car is very comfortable & designed for 4, w/nice armrest & good leg/head room. With 5: you sit cockeyed - pretty uncomfortable for all - OK for a short drive.
This is the first BMW for us. It has about 16,000 KMS (10K miles). Average 38 to 40 MPG on a Canadian gallon. I drove Mercedes cars for 24 years. This new 06 325i is solid, fast, comfortable, very economical, handles with amazing flexibility, has great load space especially with seats down, and is a better buy than the C Class MB for the money. Mercedes seems to be failing to provide their historically good quality. My C Class was only average in quality. The 13 speaker Harmon Kardon Logic 7 stereo system is amazing. Buy one. Don't settle for less. PS: I have driven all sorts of vehicles in about 30 countries overseas
Programmable garage opener and the ability to have the alarm light set to flash without buying the alarm system
I've had to have the entire electrical system replaced twice now in 9 months. Because of the electrical system meltdown I lost the ability to use lights, windshield wipers and turn signals among other things. Average time to replace is 1 week. As a result, I have major concerns about the reliability of this car. Drives great, but I'm not sure it is worth the constant headache.
Love the drive - accelerates well and roomy enough for four passengers.
Fix the electrical system! Dealerships do not know how to fix these cars yet. Flat run tires are noisy. Cup holders are a joke.
This is car is a pleasure to drive. It handles well in the corners. Get the 330. If you have the extra cash then spend it on the best automobile. This car inspires confidence in the corner.
Handling in the corners. You have to own this car to experience the BMW magic. Great car that stands out from the competition.
Idrive is so s-l-o-o-w. It is infuriating! Vinyl seats, with no spare tire or telescoping steering seems like a joke. Everything is an option such as power seat, lumbar, automatic, alarm? The run flats last about 4 to 5k miles.