2007 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Had an 06 550i and after reading the reviews, I went ahead and got a black/black with 6 speed. Had her for a month. RFTs are abysmal, changed to Michelin Pilot Super Sports. Wow what a difference. Quieter and grip feels like it's doubled. Also installed a JB4 module. She now has an extra 100 hp and 100lbs of torque at the crank. M3 fast and gas mileage is wayyyy better city driving (19 vs 12). Seats are comfortable, miss the 20 way power seats of the 5 though. Used to the Idrive (use voice). Sound system is ok.
I'm dreading the unnecessary trips to the dealer, but for 28k plus an extra 1600 in upgrades I gotta car that is stupid fast, fuel efficient, luxurious, and inconspicous.
Manual tran, gas mileage, JB4 upgrade, interior qualtiy, comfort access.
Get rid of the RFTS, 20 way power seats, upgrade the sound system (Audi's Bang & Olufsen is unbeliveable). Crossing fingers I do not end up at the dealership unexpectedly.
2007 BMW 3 Series 335i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Its a true ultimate driving machine, and you MUST have one to understand this. I had Nissan Maxima (2), 08 Audi A4, E46 BMW M3, and now have 06 S2000. My 07 335i was great ! Engine is not as nice as in M3, but still very good. Reliability-wise....I only had to replace turbos under warranty....but then I only had the car from 32k to 47k. Its a shame that reliability is always a problem with German cars, thats why smart people get CPO warranty and stupid people pay CASH for service.
GET CPO !!! AND ENJOY THE CAR !!! (thats if buying used)
Some plastics are cheap and scratch easy, GET RID OFF STUPID RUN FLAT TIRES ! They make the car ride like crap (I switched as soon as I bought mine), seat-belt presenters are stupid and cheap too.....they are fine when they work....
The steering is perfectly weighted. It is simply sublime to drive around any sort of bend. The car is reasonably powerful. More power from a 335i or an M3 is almost completely useless unless one plans on breaking the law on a consistent basis. The gas mileage can be quite reasonable if the car is driven with care (which is difficult to do because it's just so much fun). Lateral stability at high speed is incredible. The suspension is stiff yet forgiving. The "fit and finish" of the interior is astounding. I've put 10,000 miles on the car (starting from 27,000) and I've had absolutely no problems with it. This car puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. Buy this car.
The coupe, especially from the rear, is quite aesthetically pleasing.
The quality of the interior is of reference quality.
The headlights are wonderfully bright (bi-xenon).
The driving dynamics are perfect in all areas.
Gas mileage is good.
The sport mode makes the car noticeably quicker.
Reliability, so far, has been spotless.
The standard stereo is surprisingly nice, and I am quite picky about audio quality.
It seems as if every part of the car, from the bluetooth, to the stereo, to the engine, to the suspension, to the interior, seems as though someone took quite a lot of care in seeing that everything was perfect or nearly perfect. Best in its class, bar none.
If it's possible, make the suspension a bit softer without sacrificing performance in the corners.
Improve the styling of the car from the side views (it's just a bit bland, not poor in any way).
Make the shifts in manual mode (I have the automatic, despite what the review says) a bit quicker.
Maybe they could offer a transmission with faster gearshift times for a higher price?
The electric motors that operate the seats could be a bit more powerful i.e. just move a bit faster, but this is nit-picking.
For the most part the car is pleasing to drive, look at, and own in every conceivable way.
I bought mine SPO a year ago and it is still under warranty. I understand the big gripe on BMWs is cost of maintenance as they age. Since mine is newer and I haven't owned if for long, I can't comment on that. However, I read below that the sunroof makes noise? No such thing. The car is a joy to drive, it is relatively economical, it works well on regular 87 fuel, workmanship and materials are great quality, it hugs the road and loves to fly, and is very quiet and comfortable to drive. I'm not a big guy (5'8") so it is roomy enough for me. If you're big, you may want to opt for 5-series. I've driven it at just over 110 mph going from San Diego to Vegas and it sticks to the road like glue.
Driving a BMW is absolutely the most fun. You never get tired. the in-line engine makes for smooth accelaration and a feeling that no other car has. Auto transmission is cool and funky...Looks are great, too...
Long term reliability and cost of ownership is something I have heard becomes a problem. But I haven't experienced this myself.
2007 BMW 3 Series 328xi 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I just recently upgraded from a '97 Saturn SL2 to a '07 328xi AWD and I have to say that I LOVE this car. This car was obviously designed for people who LOVE to drive. From the drivers seat, everything is easily accessible. The ride is a tad rougher than on other luxury models I've ridden in, but it only enhances your connection to the experience. This is also a very mean car, from the aggressive lines, to the growl of the inline 6. If you're looking for a daily driver that requires minimal effort and a smooth ride to get point a to point b, I'd look elsewhere. But if you love to drive and want to feel in tune with the car and the road every time you sit down, this is the car for you.
All the tech (auto head lights, auto wipers, great cruise control, push button start), cup holder placement, seat warmers, moon roof, stereo, sporty 6 speed manual transmission, AWD, and 230 horses of nothing but love.
The ability to have stereo information available on the dash display (station, song, etc.). Other than that I think that BMW has gained a long time customer.