2005 BMW 3 Series Sedan
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- Good pick up
- bad gas mileage - 16
Excellent car for the price I paid. Engine is excellent when you accelerate it does'nt vibrate.
I will buy next one in 2006 - same 3 series
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- Pre-Bangle BMW style, huge discount, AWD grip, good acceleration, iPod, red effect light
- Sport seats can be uncomfortable, lower gas efficiency than 330i, small trunk, need cold wx package
I rushed to get the 2005 330xi when I saw pictures of the Bangled new 2006 styling. This is an all-around useful, powerful, and tastefully-styled car. I test drove the 330i and the 330xi on the same day, and there is almost no difference in handling and acceleration on dry pavement. The main differences between the xi and i are the AWD, and the xi is slightly higher and has about 1 mpg lower gas mileage. Some people don't like the look of the 0.7" increased height, but I think it gives this car a more sturdy appearance. And the 1 mpg penalty amounts to about $100 per year. For that, you get AWD grip, and if you live in California, you can drive by the CHP chain-checks on the way to the Sierra in the winter.
I would recommend getting the cold-weather package, if only to get the fold-down seats. It's a little sneaky of BMW to make you buy a $1000 package to get something that should be standard. If you put bikes or golf clubs in your car by folding down the back seats, you need the cold weather package.
I would also recommend getting the sport package if you're getting the xi. You get the sport aero trim on the front of the car that nicely offsets the 0.7" height increase and you get nice big wheels that give the car a sportier look. The sport seats can get a little hard on the back after long rides.
BMW is offering huge incentives on 2005 3-series to clear their lots for the 2006 models. I got mine for $4300 under invoice. The car had 15 miles on it. You just have to ask. If you want a 2005, it's a buyer's market right now. You can get a great car for something around $8500 under sticker.
Inside, the car is simple but classy. Easy-to-use radio and air, easy-to-read meters. There's a soft red light behind the rear-view mirror that gives a red glow at night. It's a little cheesy but cool at the same time. The dashboard is angled so that everything faces the driver. It feels like getting into a cockpit. As I'm sure nobody on the planet missed, iPod and BMW teamed up to make an iPod adapter for the 3 series. It's pricey but has come down in the 2 years since its introduction. The interface is very simple yet effective. It really personalizes your car and makes you look forward to driving.
In sum, the 330xi is a solid car for all conditions that looks great and can be had at a huge discount right now. Buy a classic BMW for the price of a loaded Honda or Toyota while the 2005s are still on the lots....read morehide
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- great feeling of control on the road
- My lower back aches and I have tried to make adjustments but to no avail
Car finish is good however mine had two minor issues. I wish there was space for keeping CDs etc in the front somewhere.
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