2006 BMW 3 Series 325i mSport 2.5 straight six from UK and Ireland
Brilliant all rounder
I had a warning light on the dashboard, which after some research, looked like a traction control issue. It was raining heavily at the time. The fault disappeared and hasn't been back since, leading me to think that it may have been a damp sensor.
Quick and smooth engine mated to a good gear change and sublime chassis. The car handles like a smaller hot hatch. There's loads of grip, but when the back end steps out on wet roundabouts, it's so easy to get back. It's fun without being scary for drivers who are not professional racers!
The ride isn't great (coming from a Honda Accord exec) but it's the mSport version with hard suspension and run flats. Saying that, it's not as bad as some people make out.
Seats are superb, with plenty of support and adjustment options.
I love some of the features like the door handles lighting up, button press folding mirrors, near side mirror automatically points to the curb when in reverse, and overall, the interior quality is just better than the alternatives from Japan and France.
Things I don't like: The radio isn't great for a prestige car, the sound is average at best. The computer is not the most intuitive. I can reset the average MPG from the stalk, but I'm yet to discover how to reset the trip computer!
Overall, I love this car. It's the RWD handling, smooth engine, and sporty feel. I couldn't go back to an executive type car unless I had the money for a toy as well as.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd November, 2011