2006 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Read before you purchase

2006 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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By as28 on


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


Pros: Performance, drive experience
Cons: Reliability, cost to own.
Either lease this car or make sure you can afford to be late to work -
to drop it off at the repair shop a few times a year. Read the common issues on the web from most BMW owners.
- Water Pump, Shift Display unit (sport mode), engine coils, cylinder head (known issue), bushings, differential, tensioner pulley
and on and on.
Issues so common, I sent BMW corp the web links and they paid for the repairs.
Car is not worth the trouble. Due diligence and experience has dissolved any brand affinity I have for BMW.
Good luck with the techs -if the computer doesnt show them what's wrong they have to rely on trial and error

Best Features

Performance.. Hug the road, go cart experience. A drivers car. Suggest looking into other, more reliable vehicles if you are going to own a car.

Worst Features

Use a metal, instead of a plastic engine parts. For $50k you should be embarrassed of the way you cut corners BMW. Spend less time paying sound engineers to create "the perfect blinker sound" and use that money to create a sound vehicle that lasts. Most people don't use 80% of the over-engineered features BMW has wasted time on. As a BMW mechanic told said to me, "We call them The Ultimate Fixing Machine" Shouldn't reliability be a standard feature? Guess not. Practice Quality Control and Assurance, and give us some internal substance.
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