It is an effortless acceleration to 60 mph and triple digits come with just as much ease. I found usable passing power as low as 1,300 rpm. I drove an all-wheel-drive, stick-shift 335i coupe. The interior receives new upholstery choices and new shift paddles for the automatic transmission. Following the introduction of its successor in 2009, the N54 began to be phased out. Wipers have a mind of there own.
The car has had credible rivals for years, however, and its faults are starting to get pesky — a sloppy manual shifter here, a tiny glove box there. Evan McCausland The turbo whine is indeed very faint, but at full throttle, it sounds almost exactly like the wail of a closing police siren. The seven-speed double-clutch gearbox shifts gears without the slightest interruption of power and torque and offers the driver the choice of either automatic transmission or a manual gearshift. Of course, that could just be my paranoia at work, since so much of my time in the 3-series is spent above the speed limit. Instead, the focus has been on improving economy up eight per cent to 33. Searching diligently, I did find a trivial flaw: the left-front floor mat that had torn free of its attachments to foul the clutch pedal at the bottom of its travel. The company builds good products, but does it really deserve wave after wave of gushing prose in every car magazine? Couple that with an impeccable manual transmission and the exemplary chassis dynamics that have become synonymous with the 3-series, and you do have one outstanding car.
Logic7 surround-sound audio is an optional upgrade. My test car had a well-weighted clutch and decent gate placements, but the shifter had longish, rubbery throws; even with practice, upshifts took far too long. I now have to sell to start my serch again. The N54 has won five straight awards and three straight awards. Thrilled is probably more accurate! Our tester came dipped in Le Mans blue — a dark metallic paint that makes every crease and curve pop no matter the lighting. David Zenlea Standard Equipment: 3.
If all-out punch is what you want, the 335i delivers more of it at any speed than its competitors. The position is good, especially for reaching down while not taking your eyes off the road. This one did the deed in five flat. Convertibles add front knee airbags and head extensions for the side-impact airbags, while the coupe, sedan and wagon have two-row side curtain airbags. These warranty extensions only apply to the United States.
Even more troubling, does the 3 Series deserve its honored position as the benchmark against which all other mid-sized sports sedans must be measured? The real difference came in mileage. What kind of engine is available in each body style varies, but you can get a 3 Series in coupe, sedan, wagon or retractable-hardtop convertible layouts, most of them with rear- or all-wheel drive. Our observed figure improved even further, from 18 mpg overall in the 2007 model to 21 in the 2011. The steering wheel unwinds to center naturally, with none of the pockets of inexplicable numbness or sudden resistance that many European cars exhibit. As a result, you can't help but think that if this car could speak, it would do so in a series of guttural grunts and growls. The owner was very friendly and was willing to work with us on another vehicle.
This kind of technology allows infinite adjustment of valve stroke and valve timing on the intake valves. The listing was accurate to a T. I want another one of these cars in the future to come. The diesel-powered 335d, meanwhile, comes only with a six-speed automatic. The entertainment system takes a little more to get comfortable with. Accelerating from 0 — 60 mph in just 5.
With all four tires biting the pavement and 300 turbocharged horses on tap, the 335i xDrive is seriously capable. We say that almost against our plebeian nature, but if you've come searching for a scathing tear-down of the bread-and-butter 3, best point your clickers elsewhere. The power front seats — optional on most 328i variants and standard elsewhere — have exceptional adjustment range, but taller drivers may find headroom tight. The car turns so many heads when its clean and even when dirty. The close, sporting increments of the seven gears ensure that the optimum transmission ratio is always available in all situations.
Last but not least, the double-clutch gearbox is controlled with utmost convenience either through the newly designed gear selector lever or by gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. They were able to accommodate my request to see the car that same day, after work. Rear end damage rear window leaks. A combination of dry sump and injection lubrication serves to further optimise the efficiency of the engine through a supreme level of oil supply. The seven-speed double-clutch gearbox with Sport Automatic shifting gears without the slightest interruption in power and torque, is likewise designed and built for dynamic performance of the highest standard. Although xDrive comes straight from the factory with a rearward power bias, the system can jostle power to the wheel with the most grip.