This high-tech engine is the first in mass production with a magnesium alloy engine block, to trim weight. Top-Down Performance The retractable-hardtop roof is made of steel, and its three sections stack on top of each other in the trunk. There's a precise feel to the steering and the well-sorted suspension provides exceptional confidence through even the most challenging corners. That doesn't leave much space for things you might want to bring with you on a top-down cross-country drive, but if the rear seats aren't in use, the backrest can fold down to make a parcel shelf. Turbocharger whine, waste-gate woofing, and the exhaust system are all agreeably muted. We aren't completely enamored with everything inside, but we have few real gripes.
The 335i's wide torque bands meant that it delivered admirable pick-up in almost any gear, although howling all the way through second was by far our favorite maneuver. It was well worth the effort, as the 335i is one of the best-looking retractable hardtops available today. In fact, open-road motoring in a 335i with sport suspension feels like you're driving up the garden path. An interior that still looks low-rent compared with the beautifully crafted cabin of the old 3-series. Then the 335i coupe came along, and suddenly the plan became clear. Less is certainly more here; it looks striking and nicely chiseled from every angle, although the big round exhaust tips frenched into the valance look more Japanese than German. New for 2007 is a twin-turbocharged version of the same six-cylinder, which is found in the 335i models.
Besides the suite of power equipment like windows, locks and mirrors, there's a master power-window switch that lowers and raises all of the windows at once. Nonetheless, spared is not a word we'd use. The engine overheats for no reason. What's best is its linear quality, or the steady supply of acceleration-producing torque at any speed. Things that I had to have repaired is : Oil pan gaskets,windshield washer neck filler replaced, broken gas meter replaced ,transfer case motor replaced, radiator sensor replaced,and the replacement of the gas tank. Data Unavailable Front Leg Room in.
The 2006 330i in our long-term stable regularly gets about 30 mpg on the highway. The 2007 3 Series sedans are true to their predecessors, with a couple of caveats, in our view. Now rated for 230 hp, base 3 Series coupes, sedans and wagons are renamed 328i and, when equipped with all-wheel drive, 328xi. Rest assured, this remains a true sports sedan, but its sporting heart is a little more difficult to find under all the stuff. We paired our Treo 650 successfully on the first try without cracking a page of the owner's manual.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard across the board, and a six-speed automatic with a manual mode is optional on all 3 Series models. The only caveat for track use is that when the 335i's stability-and-traction-control system is turned off, the open differential sends power to the tire with the least traction, leading to time-consuming wheelspin. Our tester was equipped with the optional Sport package, which gave us sport seats with power-adjustable backrest width, 18-inch alloy wheels with W-rated run-flat tires, and an increased limited top speed of 155mph. The emphasis, through items such as supportive seats and clean analog gauges, is on driver comfort and involvement. While a number of less expensive models have a tall rear quarter, the 3 Series doesn't, and that makes a big difference in terms of the car's aesthetic appeal. Unique headlamp and taillight treatments help define the 3 Series' character, and the 17-inch wheels that are part of the optional Sport Package impart an even more aggressive stance than the standard 16-inch alloy rims.
Fortified with more power and torque for 2007, both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, in either body style and with either transmission, are quicker from zero to 60 mph and even more capable of easily coping with any kind of traffic situation. 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 was as fast, or almost as fast as the M3, which had a V8. And you could look at it this way: the 335i delivers performance comparable to a current M3, with a lower pricetag, the added convenience of four doors and a more civilized persona that's easier to live with day in, day out. The Bad The 335i's manual gearbox can be notchy, and the seatbelt presenter takes some getting used to.
The premium has been determined based on annual premium data for defined coverages liability, comprehensive and collision from a major insurer. In wet conditions the tires will not break free unless you turn off the traction control and stability systems. The current 3 Series sedans are the roomiest ever, with more standard and optional equipment and more sophisticated electronic controls. To get all the way there you are supposed to upgrade your intercooler, downpipes, air intakes and filter, etc. The new twin-turbo engine provides the kind of acceleration formerly associated with the high-performance M3, launching the 335i coupe and sedan to 60 mph in close to 5 seconds flat.
It felt good and was tight. The automatic can be a bit slow to react with an appropriate gear change in Normal mode, but leaving it Sport mode pretty much solves the problem, with a slight payback in more abrupt shifting. The other half of the 3 Series equation has always been ride and handling. Yet what characterizes the current 3 Series sedans as much as anything is its high-technology. We venture to suggest, however, that those wishing to muck around in the new 3-series coupe in the snow wait for the launch of the all-wheel-drive new 328xi later this year. Granted, it is fair to say we exploited the newfound power with the restraint of a Somali warlord, but even on highway jaunts the 335i returned fuel economy in just the mid-20s. A central rear dividing console means that the 335i is only a two-plus-two, but the fact that it is a two-plus-anything is commendable.