The good news is that noise levels in the convertible are low, top up or down. We will try our best to ensure you drive away with the car of your dream! The connection through the manual allows the driver to more thoroughly exploit the goodness in the 3 Series engines. We like the top models, but we also recommend the less-expensive 328i models. The 328i and 335i Convertibles might be the sexiest 3s, with a fully automatic, one-button folding metal hardtop. Lower the top, and cargo space reduces dramatically. As passengers we might like them less, but as drivers we love them.
Few cars in this class can match the 3 Series for its overall balance of technology, rationality, performance and driving pleasure. The M sport package is well worth it. We found in most cases, it does not. The rear glass opens separately, which is convenient for quickly loading lightweight items. Just like the old N54 engine, the N55 is as smooth as single malt, makes a sweet sound, and is plenty powerful.
The look is a bit sportier, which is appropriate. The 335i comes with a turbocharged 3. Also, it can sometimes be harder to discern whether the car is switched on or off with a keyless pushbutton system, which can lead to dead batteries and increased profits for tow truck operators. The convertibles add knee airbags that help keep front passengers from sliding under the seat belts. Back in 2007, a twin-turbo coupe managed 0 to 60 in 4. For those who prefer not to deal with a clutch, the 6-speed automatic works very well. The coupe, for example, has seatbelt presenters, or motorized arms that emerge from little doors built into the rear side panels.
So after years of Japanese and American cars with no complaints I decided to buy a 3 Series I could finally afford. Clutch-pedal effort makes taking off easy, without having to think about it, and the gear ratios are perfectly spaced for either the base or turbocharged engine. Now occupants just sit down and close the doors, and the belts come to them. With the top down, count on maybe a medium-sized duffel bag, and make sure the top is closed before stowing anything. Many models come with adaptive bi-xenon headlights that turn with the steering wheel to aim into a curve. The difference, of course, is the convertible's retractable metal hardtop, which opens or closes at the touch of a button in just 22 seconds. The large brake calipers and rotors deliver more clamping force than most competitors.
The 335d is quite expensive, so it may not appeal to anyone but the hard-core diesel enthusiast or environmentalist. Tax and licensing are extra. The extra power cuts the 0-60 mph time to just 5. The upgrade turbo six in the 335i is one of the most viscerally satisfying engines in production. They have as much power as most drivers will ever need, and they deliver the same inherent goodness and most of the key features as the 335 models. The driver just pushes the start button, and pushes it again when it's time to get out. We found simple tasks like calling up a map or pre-setting radio stations a challenge.
Active safety features, designed to help the driver avoid collisions, include Dynamic Stability Control and the latest generation antilock brakes. We have financing available for all types of credit history. There are actually two dash designs. In other respects, the 3 Series cabin is more user-friendly than ever. The firmer sport suspension, optional with other body styles, comes standard on the coupe, and these are the lightest cars in the line. The 3 Series cars are based on a rear-wheel-drive layout.
Any of the 3 Series are among the sportiest, most enjoyable cars in a class full of good cars. The standard setup has a single bubble, or hood, over the gauge cluster, while the optional navigation system is installed in a dash that accommodates it with a second hood in the center. With a quick 0 to 60 mph time of 6. It adds wattage and three speakers, with the latest digital sound processing and surround technology. Premium Package Auto-Dimming Mirrors, Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror, Dakota Leather Upholstery, Digital Compass Mirror, Lumbar Support, and Universal.
There are even buttons on the outside of each front seat, so those in back can reach up and power the front seat forward to ease exit from the rear of the car. There are subtle interior differences in the models across the 3 Series lineup. Top up, no surprise, it's as close to a coupe as it can be without actually being one. This ammonia-like substance is stored in an onboard reservoir, and the tank should be filled at typical oil change intervals. We think our favorite Bimmer is getting mucked up with too much annoying stuff. It's about as close as you can get to sports car driving dynamics in a more practical car, yet the fun never comes at the expense of beating up the passengers inside.
If you're going to drive it in the winter check for paint chips as the paint is soft. The Convertible offers the least cargo space. . Rearward, its roofline tapers slightly all the way to the rear of the car, while the bottom line of the rear windows tapers upward slightly, creating a teardrop shape. Tom Lankard contributed from central California, with Larry Edsall reporting from Marin County in Northern California, and Kirk Bell in Chicago.
The 3 Series has the fourth-generation of iDrive, which comes with several buttons around the central controller a large, sharp, 8. In general, these are the largest 3 Series cars ever. Differences lie in body style or exterior design, though the coupe and convertible seat four passengers while the sedan and wagon seat five. The steering is light when it should be, at low speeds, with proper resistance and feedback at higher speeds. Coming back down through the gears, drivers must take care if they choose a gear out of its normal sequence fifth to second, for example , as this requires some careful aiming. Rear-seat accommodations are adequate in all 3 Series models. The coupe's hood looks longer, and it's fashioned with a subtle dome that suggests a powerful engine underneath.