2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0 from North America




I had a squeaking noise coming from the passenger side rear wheel. Vehicle is still under bumper-bumper warranty and full maintenance warranty. The dealership was not sure if the rear brake pads were bad or it was the rear brake sensor. The rear pads and sensor were replaced and the cost was ZERO.

General Comments:

Prior to owning the BMW I owned a 2003 Corvette Z06. I needed a backseat, so I began to explore my options. My list dwindled down to the Lexus Is350. I took a test drive in the Lexus and it was a great car. I liked the interior and the power.

After the test drive, I drove a used 2006 BMW 325i, first time ever driving a BMW. As soon as sat in the BMW, I knew I had to have one. Test drove the 325i and what sold me was the way the car drove, the steering and road feel. My gripe with the 325 was I needed more power.

Found my 2006 330i with approx 8000 miles on her. I have had the car for approx 1 year and the only problems were the above listed. Previously owning the Z06, getting into anything and not being impressed with low end torque is a given. After a while I did get used to the 330's power, 255hp.

Where this car feels at home is on the highway. I live in the Las Vegas area and most of the highways are concrete, so you get a lot of tire noise. My (or should I say the Bank's) BMW is very quite on the highway and you definitely don't realize how fast you are going.

I love the interior of this car, it has everything I need. Also has the hands free phone, which links to my blue-tooth phone, and I-pod connect. All seating is very comfortable.

I've been hearing a lot of gripes about the run-flat tires, Ie. harsh ride. The ride is sometimes a bit harsh on my car, but I do have the sports package, so expected?

Lastly, I just wanted to write about the dealership experience which had been good. For the problem the car went in for and routine maintenance, there have been no problems with the BMW dealer. The reason I say it has been "good", is because I used to own an Infinity QX4, and to this date no dealer had been as customer service oriented as they have.

If you are in the market for a vehicle this size, you must drive a BMW. I use this website a lot to do research on cars and appreciate honest reviews. This is one place we as customers can talk about a good or bad experience and can "sway" a purchase. If anyone has any questions feel free to post them, and I will try to answer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2007

15th Nov 2008, 18:34

Hi, I have a few questions with the 2006 3 series. I'm just wondering if it's any good in snow, the RWD version, not the xi. Also, how much does the car cost to maintain? Like oil changes and stuff, heard it was quite expensive. One more thing, how much do you think I can buy one in January of 2010, or next year?

2006 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0 petrol from Trinidad and Tobago


BMW 3 Series - The Ultimate Driving Machine!


The only thing that has gone wrong was the window washer jammed, because when I put the fluid in it, there were some particles that found their way in there. I still don't know how, but yep.

General Comments:

Well, I'm no stranger to luxury vehicles, as I've previously owned 2 Mercedes Benz, and an X5. I was extremely impressed with the X5 and decided to get a 3 Series. I MUST say, this is by far the most well put together vehicle I have seen in my life. Those who argue with me probably own an American made German knockoff (German car assembled in America). The interior is lovely, practical, and really comfortable. My butt doesn't ache after long trips!

The backseat was really impressive, as I find there is a lot more room (and I stress, a lot) in there versus its competitors (Audi A4 and MB C-Class). But that's how I feel, and I should note, I'm a big guy.

The steering wheel is a bit claustrophobic, as I find the racing M Tech steering wheel more attractive with such a sporty car. The only thing I can really complain about is that I have black leather and burr walnut trim, and the leather gets scuffed REALLY easily, making maintenance a task at times, but no complaints. At least BMW uses real leather, unlike other companies using artificial leather. So it's a sacrifice I'm willing to take.

The gauges are simple, and tell me what I need to know, instead of being crammed with unnecessary stuff. If my car needs to tell me something, it will come up on the HUD. That's what I love about all BMW's, everything is simple, and never too much (excluding the iDrive system LOL, but I don't have it).

The only problem I have with the car is the options. The chrome window trim & rail is $505.00 USD! Crazy! That's really pricey for a strip of plastic ABS chrome. But there's nothing else to complain about. I have fallen in love with BMW, and this is the first of many more to come!

"A BMW 3 Series, I think it's a troika of engineering, balance, and heritage: engineering that allows each part of the car to be excellent, balance that means no one part of the car lets you down or distracts from the whole, and heritage that reminds this company that cars are, at their best, a passion, not an appliance." - Brian Cooley.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2007