2006 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Still the best but has lost so

2006 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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

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Still the best but has lost something.
By allan adderley on


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


This is my 3rd 330i after a 2001 and 2002. Like the others this car had the Sports & Premium packages. Extra CPO warranty and bought tire & wheel insurance. Got an automatic after having 5 speeds because of my wife and regretted it immediately. New automatics are better but still don't have that "connected" feel of a manual. The handling is even better than previous models but didn't feel as fun to drive somehow. The car has definitely gotten bigger and heavier and you feel it. Some systems have almost gotten too complicated. Would have probably kept the car if it had a manual transmission but sold it at 38,000 miles. Now thinking about getting a 135i but the styling puts me off.

Best Features

Incredibly smooth, powerful, and fuel efficient motor (how do they do it?). Very tight and neutral handling, awesome brakes as usual, tight turning radius, xenon headlights, bluetooth package, comfort access option (keep the key in your pocket), great styling except for back end, and build quality.

Worst Features

Make room for a spare tire for option to ditch the run-flats! It doesn't make sense that this is a bigger car and now doesn't have room for a spare tire! Put the cruise control back on the steering wheel. The new "joystick" is confusing and unnecessary. Make radio controls bigger and simpler.
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