2006 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: new 3 series a big step up

2006 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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325i Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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new 3 series a big step up
By gerard.marciano on


2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


I was at the "coming out" party for the new 3 at Chelsea Piers in New York and fell in love immediately. I traded in my 2002 325 and just picked up my new 3 on May 10th. I got the sport package, and the only down side is the ride is a bit choppy on bad roads. Could be the run-flats. iDrive is greatly simplified; most controls are off the steering wheel. Great seats, much more refined than the previous 3. Much quieter with extraordinary feel and a real luxurious cabin that oozes sophistication. Stereo upgrade is just so so, but the iDrive gives the dash a second hump which looks much better than the regular interior. iDrive is a cinch...no big deal. What an engine; silky smooth, no growl.

Best Features

Sport seats. No throaty growl from engine. Very sophisticated, tight ride. Extraordinary handling. Feels much more expensive. Huge leap up in ride and engine from 2002. A whole new car...better in every way. An immediate feel of luxury and sophisticated performance.

Worst Features

Smoother ride from sport package over severe bumps
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