I had been looking at the 07's as they were Certified Pre Owned with an extra warranty. Shopping online and increased my distance to cover more then 100 miles I found a great deal on the 09. The interior difference is mostly with the lay out of the idrive and controls. They made it more user friendly and easier to use overall. Very easy to hook up my phone with the blue tooth as well. The ride is amazing, very smooth. I did not get the sport package, as it does go through tires quicker, and the ride is still sporty, just a bit smoother. Love the parking assist as well. Basic stereo package could use more bass, overall I LOVE THIS CAR!
Absolutely the best. I wanted a surf car, dog car, with the 3.0 sport package to race down the autobahn and this wagon rocks. Tiptronic transmission provides everything. Paddle shifters just add that much more capability for driving fast and low. Sport Package a must. Love this wagon. Snow will not stop this car. Can't wait to drive it in the USA on the beach at Cape Hatteras. You win when you buy this car!
A well-balanced, practical and fun car. Adequate but not generous space, but no significant difference from competitors. Even 5 series wagon has little additional room. The technology is amazing. iDrive much improved.
We purchase our 1st BMW in December 2008. We test drove Audi A4, Infiniti G35, Lexus ES 359, Cadillac CTS and chose the BMW. My wife and I like all the features of the BMW 2009 model wagon down to the handling, The iDrive is not that bad once you get use to it. We currently have 600 miles and plan several trips this holiday.
Sport Package ($2,150 -- includes 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, shadowline trim, sport-tuned suspension, sport steering wheel, sport seats); Beige Dakota Leather ($1,450); Satellite Radio ($595); Heated Front Seats ($500); Comfort Access System ($500); Fold-Down Rear Seats ($475); iPod/USB Adapter ($400); Sport Steering Wheel With Paddles ($100).
All those glowing reviews from overseas praising the diesel-powered 3 Series were right. This car will change your mind about diesels. Low-end torque but it also revs to 5,000, gearchanges are a bit slow compared to the gasoline-powered 3, but the map and gears are spot-on for this engine. I don?t think the novelty of a high-performance diesel will ever wear off. You must drive this car.
Typical, excellent BMW brakes that are (artificially) fade-free but always trustworthy. Feels like it could do 109s all day long.
Skid pad: Again, typical 3 Series goodness with a whiff of understeer on the tires' limits. Good steering feedback and predictable responses. Slalom: I never tire of slalom testing in a BMW (or Porsche) because they do what they're told to do -- just be sure your intent is clear and you stay ahead of it. Moderate turn-in and slowish steering ratio are hallmarks of a non-M, but are still sportier than most. Interesting wheelspin on the exit from all the torque that is still available at 70 mph.