great handling, suspention, poor qulity and reliability
By pux on
2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
'06 325xi 6sp in '10 with 62k. Its fast, handles great, holds road great, design is superb. May be a short on space for families, and bigger people. Very pricy to maintain especially if you don't know much about cars or prefer dealership service but the car is intended for richer audience hence the costs. But its very poorly built(German assembly), front handles began sticking and you can't close the door after you already got in, so you have to reach out to push the handle!! every time!on a Bimmer, come on!sticky buttons inside!i mean you have to push with all your power! within 1st year 3 check engines.2 times parts sending electric impulse to sparkplgs, anothr VANOS problem.
design, good fuel economy for a 6 cyl car. Cons.: , assembly quality, reliability of some parts, pricey service.
automanual tranny could think quicker.
though its a luxury car all service is the same as for not premium segment cars, so don't overpay just because it's a bimmer. it takes more oil, but replaceing it is not more labor or time consuming than doing it in civic or corolla, the same about brake pads or battery. diy will save lots of money for you. But better yet buy a japan alternative, same room, about the same performance less headache. no need to overpay like 8-10k for leather and look. or buy new:)
I've had a 3 series now for seven years. Car rides like a dream. I even took out GEICO breakdown insurance which I never got to use.
If you buy wisely and don't get unnecessary options it's a bargain too. I can't speak to the repair complaints since I've not had any. If there's one complaint is that the maintenance charges are too high, but isn't that an issue with the industry in general.
My advice is buy a 3 series, skip the options and drive it as long as you can.