Black leather interior with electrically adjustable front heated seats. Now, to be truly a contender in this niche market, they must offer a hardtop convertible, one that replaces the traditional folding fabric top with a retractable hardtop. Coming back down through the gears, drivers must take care if they wish to take a gear out of its normal sequence, as this requires some careful aiming of the shift lever to land in the desired slot. Window switches are now clustered near the driver's arm rest, where they're easier to locate without glancing, rather than spread around the shifter on the center console. Lighter poplar trim and aluminum are available as no-charge options. It's almost like sitting in a small limousine.
The hood line continues past the windshield pillars all the way to the rear, while the roof line is rounder than before. The 3 Series sedans no longer have a keyed ignition switch, relying instead on a slot-type key fob and a starter button. The shifter seems to have slightly shorter throws between the gears than before, and its operation is appropriate to a world-class sports sedan. Not so much in stopwatch-measured quickness as in smoothness, precision and ease of use. They're more than two inches longer and three inches wider, and wheelbase has increased 1.
By using standard Xenon headlamps, its front light fixtures are smaller, and are nicely set off above the deep front fascia with its wide array of air inlets to feed the powerful twin-turbocharged engine. You should keep tire inflation at recommended levels in any weather conditions. The passenger side has a sloped, vertical door pull, while the driver's door lays the door pull horizontally in the arm rest. Again, we found the car very responsive even when we let the transmission shift on its own. It sounds great, with an emphasis on clean mechanical noise from the engine bay rather than the tone of the muffler. In fact, the only exterior component the coupe shares with the 3 Series sedan is door handles, and the coupe needs only two of them, so right there, one segment of component weight is cut in half. Low tire pressure will result in tire underinflation, and high tire pressure will result in tire overinflation, which can compromise tire safety, cause tire blowout, decrease fuel efficiency, cause uneven tire wear and reduce tire tread life.
The rear seats are adequate only for short stature adults or children into maybe their early teens, especially with anybody taller than 5-foot-6 in the front seats. Nonetheless, spared is not a word we'd use. After driving a 335i with a manual transmission in the morning, we switched after lunch to a 335i with the automatic transmission, one equipped with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The wagon's rear gate opens electrically, with a switch on the key fob or dashboard, and swings high for easy access to the load floor. On the other hand, the system can't seem to leave things well enough alone in normal driving, abruptly adding pressure, for instance, as the car slows to a stop quite independent of how the driver is attempting to feather the pedal to achieve a stable, non-rocking stop. The current 3 Series sedans are the roomiest ever, with more standard and optional equipment and more sophisticated electronic controls.
Drivers intent on rowing their own can use the Steptronic to pick and hold a gear, but this is hardly necessary. The orange readout on it is almost invisible when wearing polarized sunglasses on a sunny day, even though similar orange readouts for the climate control are perfectly readable. While the two vehicles share their 108. The trunk lid features compound hinges, not gooseneck hinges that can crush your luggage. Instruments are the picture of unfettered communication. Use a small turbocharger, which spools up relatively quickly, to get the power boost started early on at lower engine speed.
The instrument panels have a pronounced horizontal format, with more community and less driver orientation than before. For one thing, the rear seat is designed for two people and thus provides them with good space, and even a lot of leg and head as well as shoulder room. It's easy, simply find your vehicle year in the links above, pick your rims, and buy instantly online. The automatic's brain does a masterful job of choosing the best gear, whether it's to power out of a tight corner or to squeeze the most miles out of a tank of premium fuel on a relaxed Sunday drive. We found it to be an extremely responsive and pleasing car, with none of the turbo lag associated with turbochargers. This is especially true of the sport seats, which left us squirming in quest of a relaxing position less than two hours into a daylong drive. For use as a trunk it opens normally, hinged at the front and with an impressively low lift-over height, making it easy to load and unload groceries and heavier cargo.
The 328i comes with the normally aspirated engine, while the 335i comes with the turbocharged engine. That's an increase of 45 hp and 80 lb-ft for the 2007 335i sedans and wagons. The hood line, which actually starts down in the front apron, leads up and back toward a roofline that is long and smooth and inches lower than that on the sedan but don't worry, there's plenty of headroom even in the back seat. When the top's up, the car is as close to a two-door hardtop in ride, handling and interior comfort as is possible with a removable roof. The front doors host hard plastic, flip-out map pockets. We found the 328i fun to drive, with good throttle response that made us feel a class above other cars in traffic. But the latter is no slouch, and is, in fact, all most everybody will ever need.
Safety features include dual stage front-impact airbags that deploy at different rates depending on the severity of impact, front side-impact airbags and full-cabin head protection airbags. Turbocharged engines often have what is known as turbo lag, a period of hesitation between the time the driver tips into the throttle and the time the turbocharger spools up to boost the power. Ensure your tire pressure sensors are working properly to stay alert and enjoy a safe ride. More rapidly, of course, in the 335i, with its twin turbos, than in the 328i. Rest assured, this remains a true sports sedan, but its sporting heart is a little more difficult to find under all the stuff.
A broad, multi-faceted bumper tops a three-segment, sharply edged, lower air intake with fog lights parked at the extremes. The benefit of this design? Either engine delivers quick acceleration by any standard: 0-60 mph times of 6. The x-Drive delivers most of the power to the rear wheels most of the time, maintaining the sporting feel associated with rear-wheel drive. It's light, powerful for its size and fuel efficient. There's more torque down low than before, but the new engine pulls like a sprinter all the way to its 6800-rpm redline and never misses a step. The automatic we liked a bit less, but it's hardly disappointing.