2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0 I6 from North America
This is the quintessential sport sedan for a reason
Nothing major to report so far, just trivial little stuff:
- One xenon headlight had to be replaced.
- Rear seat squeaks (common problem?)
- Passenger side door takes a couple tries to unlock.
This car is amazingly planted and firm; I prefer a car with a lot of character and steering feel, and this definitely does not disappoint. The ride is pretty forgiving; it can get choppy over really bad roads, but for the most part it is comfortable (I have low-pro's too).
Car handles wonderfully, feels RWD for the most part, AWD system makes it an all weather warrior. Initial turn-in is great, steering feedback is amazing, and the brakes are incredibly solid and refuse to fade. DSC isn't really intrusive.
It isn't crazy fast, but the speed comes effortlessly and acceleration is relentless. I'm constantly surprised by how fast I'm actually going :P.
However, the rear seats are pretty cramped. The front seats are great, but even shorter drivers really cut into rear leg room. LOTS of brake dust. Could use more torque in the lower revs. but that can be compensated for by driving Steptronic. The XI models have a bit more clearance than the RWD cars, but I wouldn't drive it in more than a few cm's of snow.
As with all BMW's, dealer charges are really expensive for servicing. Options are really pricey.
Overall, this car is a great driver's machine that doesn't sacrifice all practicality for sheer driving pleasure. Got a good used one for a great deal, never looked back.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2010