2006 BMW 325 Review

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BMW 325

2006 BMW 325

2006 BMW 325 Review

The redefined.

By J.P. Vettraino

I s there a driver anywhere who recognize the BMW 3 Series? The 2006 3 may require a double-take, at least we get used to it, because BMW has launched the all-new 3 Series models in six

The 2006 BMW 325i and 330i comprise the fifth-generation of a car that a concept, or at least cemented concept indelibly in the buying awareness. For 40 years the 3 Series had a special mix of sporting performance, and European luxury in a compact It#39;s the car that defines sedan, and the benchmark every car maker from Acura to aims at when it develops a sedan or a smaller luxury

Above all, the 3 Series is a car: accelerating, turning and with remarkable agility and without seriously compromising or common sense. Finally, the 3 has embodied consistent product and values, defining what has one of the most respected brands automobile enthusiasts. Given reviews following the launch of current 5 and 7 Series sedans, for the 2006 3 Series might be only by the potential for disappointment.

As consumers we certainly are not disappointed, but as drivers we#39;re pensive the 2006 325i and 330i At their core these true sport sedans, but sporting heart is a bit more to find.

If we characterized the new 330i one word, it might be stuff, if BMW would prefer technology. is everywhere in this compact some of it first-in-class and some not applied in any BMW. The 2006 BMW 3 offers Active Steering actually turns the front without driver intervention, not to 150-mile run-flat tires, bi-xenon headlights and an optional interface inside.

It#39;s the car in its class to offer radar-managed cruise control, and even the cruise control will apply the brakes if the 3 picks up too speed going down a

Technology is not a bad thing, mind The 3 Series accounts for 40 percent of sales worldwide and BMW is a high-tech The car buying public expects in its products.

Yet after a good drive we#39;re left to how much technology is appropriate in a 3 and at what point it detracts the car#39;s original pureness of

For this year at least, have the unique opportunity of the new with the old. The tires-up for 2006, including new exterior and interiors, more powerful all six-speed transmissions and redesigned applies only to the 3 Series Coupes and convertibles are still but for now they are built on the previous-generation 3 platform, and are more closely to the 2005 models.

Make no The 2006 BMW 325i and 330i accelerate more quickly, shorter and turn with lateral grip than the models. They are roomier, more standard and optional and more sophisticated electronic

For entry-luxury market shoppers who put a on driving satisfaction, the BMW 3 Series the place to start. We simply that you compare these with and without all the new stuff.


Since its introduction in as a two-door sedan, the BMW 3 Series has into a range of sedans, and convertibles. For the 2006 model the line should include at 10 different models, and the opportunity for may be even greater than That#39;s because through the of 2005, only the 325i and four-door sedans will be the 3 Series, codenamed E90 by BMW.

The six 2006 coupes and convertibles are the E46 3 Series that#39;s been in since 1999. True to BMW the 325i and 330i sedans are powered by a 3.0-liter straight engine. Yet their engines are and different from those in the and convertibles.

In the 325i sedan the new engine generates 225 horsepower, for an of 40 over the 2005 model. The BMW 325i comes well with automatic climate and control, a climate-controlled center headlight washers, rain-sensing a power moonroof, 12-speaker and the trick new self-braking Dynamic Control. Burr walnut is standard, though the standard is BMW#39;s Leatherette vinyl.

poplar trim and aluminum are as no-charge options.

The 330i ($36,995) has a more powerful of the 3.0-liter six, producing 255 or an increase of 30 from 2005. The comes with more equipment than the 325i, eight-way power seats memory, an auto tilt-down for the right side mirror reverse is engaged, xenon headlights that turn a curve with the car, and Logic 7 stereo with two and surround-style digital sound

Vinyl upholstery is standard.

features that come include dual stage airbags that deploy at rates depending on the severity of front side-impact airbags and head protection airbags. BMW no offers rear side-impact on the 3 sedan, on the basis that few took the option, and that the benefit does not exceed the of airbag related injuries.

safety features on all 3 Series include Dynamic Stability anti-skid electronics and the latest antilock brakes. The ABS preloads the pedal when the driver lifts off the gas pedal, and includes a that lightly sweeps the discs dry every 1.5 seconds its raining.

The most popular will no doubt be the new six-speed transmission ($1,275). There are three major option The Premium Package adds leather upholstery to the 325i and 330i ($2,200) along other conveniences, including a cellular phone interface, the right side mirror on the power folding side a digital compass in the rear-view and hardware for BMW Assist, the telemetric that provides safety, and concierge services.

The Sport Package ($1,600) sporting suspension calibrations by BMW#39;s M performance division, sports seats (power in the 330i) and a wheel/tire upgrade: alloys with V-rated tires for the 325i; 18-inch W-rated tires for the 330i. The package and BMW#39;s SMG electro manual transmission will be for the 330i ($1,500) in the fall. The Weather Package ($1,000) electrically heated seats, headlight washers and a split-folding seat with ski sack.

Active Steering system and radar-managed Active Cruise ($2,200) are available as stand-alone for the first time on the 3 Series. Satellite Radio hardware and power rear-window and manual rear-window sunshades ($575) are as stand-alones, as are most of the individual of the three packages, including the rear seat ($475) and BMW ($750). BMW also offers dealer installed accessories.

In there are 624 choices in equipping the 3 Series sedans.

Prices for the 325i and 330i sedans increased $1000 and $600 Not bad, and BMW claims that common option choices, an automatic transmission, leather and paint, the 2006 325i is $150 more than the with more standard while the 330i is actually less.

A wagon and an all-wheel-drive version of the E90 should be available by October Yet through 2006, the 3 Series and convertibles will be based on the E46 platform.

The 2006 325Ci ($30,100) and 325Ci convertible are powered by a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter Standard equipment is roughly to the new 325i sedan, with exceptions, including the power The 330Ci coupe ($35,600); and convertible ($42,900) have a 3.0-liter engine that#39;s from the newer one in the sedans.

the 330i sedan, these get a similar upgrade in standard compared to the 325s.

Finally, are the wickedly fun M3 coupe ($46,500) and M3 ($54,900). These deliver a level of performance than the 3 Series models, starting a 3.2-liter engine rated at 333 These cars approach the 911 in acceleration, braking and cornering, in a practical package that five.

They are based on the 3 Series.

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