2006 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: It's great, when it works

2006 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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330xi Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It's great, when it works
By csarson on


2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


My husband had this car built in Germany to U.S. specs. It is his pride and joy, & has lived up to his expectations as far as the driving experience. We live in PA and the car performs great on narrow, winding roads in all conditions - though the suspension is WAY too tight for Pittsburgh potholes.

Unfortunately it is constantly in the shop, & repairs are not cheap. My husband travels a lot & has been stranded multiple times, and been towed multiple times. He was stranded for two weeks when the steering lock went, but usually it is the tires - one FELL OFF about a month ago on the freeway.

My advice - don't try this without a 100K warranty. And don't expect it to reliably get you anywhere

Best Features

Its performance will save you if you drive like a maniac on icy roads. Heated seats, infinitely adjustable seats - enough said. Headrests need to be able to move further back though.

Worst Features

There has to be something wrong with the car that it eats tires this fast - they wear unevenly, get bulges, and separate from the wheel. The local tire shop has started giving us frequent customer discounts. The worst part of BMW is the dealership. They treat you really nicely when you come in, but as far as actually fixing problems (even one they caused - halogen headlight casing found to be cracked after servicing, causing a rusted and broken motor), it's often a fight. With a car that breaks this much, and costs this much, you'd think they'd be more accommodating.
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By turbogirl2
on 05/04/12 20:05 PM (PDT)

Thank you so much for saving me the time and trouble of even trying or considering this car. Shame on the dealer for treating you so badly! May something nice happen to you to make up for this BMW BS!!!! : )

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