The straight six engine has plenty of power. The roofline is long and gracefully integrated into the rear deck. InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. These cars offer a truly satisfying driving experience. In design, the dashboard is a more open design that feels less like a cockpit. There's a small top-speed penalty—the wagon is redline-limited to 132 mph vs.
It's new only here in the U. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. The 3 Series Sedans are roomier than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Audi A4, according to the government standard for measuring interior volume. The payback for this added element of control can be a skittish rear end, particularly on slick surfaces, a condition known as oversteer. A glance down is required to operate the windows.
They turn winding roads into amusement parks. This car goes exactly where you point it. With a black on black color scheme, it still looks slick but is still pretty conservative looking. The coupes also add some standard equipment that's optional on the sedans, including a sport-tuned suspension, cruise control, leather steering wheel, a trip computer, and a front-center armrest. And after all, where does it say that the need for a little extra cargo capacity should automatically sentence one to understeer, wallow, and generally somnambulistic motoring? Well, all that history probably won't move you one micron closer to a contract, right? At highway speeds, the 323i is extremely stable. Automatic climate control and a microfilter ventilation system are standard. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter.
Its adaptive controls take note if you're a leadfoot or a 'fraidy lady, and tailor shifts accordingly. You may have noticed that almost every station-wagon introduction in the past few years has inspired observations about wagons making a comeback. Occupants are treated to elegant, businesslike interiors. The center seating position, whose seatback doubles as a console cum armrest, is better left unoccupied, unless the prospective occupant is someone you don't like very much. A pair of new coupes was launched last summer as 2000 models. Even though the car is now 17 years old, it still looks great and handles very well. In the meantime, I still want one.
The wagon's standard suspension calibration is slightly firmer than the sedan's, and the brakes four-wheel vented antilock discs, of course are slightly larger to compensate for the extra weight. We're all in favor of this sort of proliferation. No old-days wagon frumpiness here — the 323 wagon's proportions and styling make it look almost as sporty as the 3-Series coupe, and sportier than the slightly bulbous 3-Series sedan. I thoroughly enjoyed my recent week with the 323i wagon. Fortunately, I found repair shops willing to replace parts purchased off the Internet.
Between the coupes themselves, the visible differences are limited to wheel designs, badging, and the chrome exhaust tips on the 328Ci. Webster rated between fair and good for lateral support based on his experiences at the test track. A tilt and telescoping steering wheel is standard. If driving satisfaction is top priority, one of the 3 Series models should top your shopping list. The differences between the coupes and sedans are fairly striking. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter.
Two vehicles from one company sharing one platform? And it'll seem positively anemic when the 225-hp, 3. It is the perfect enthusiast option, and balances sharp handling with civilized comfort. The Blaupunkt and Harmon Cardon stereo system puts out impressive sound This is an 18 year old car, yet most everything works well. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. The instrument panel features orange backlighting. Rear side-impact airbags are optional.
They weren't really an enthusiast's car but were more a rig built for those who wanted to at least play the enthusiast when pulling up for valet parking. An extra 198 lbs of weight due to the wagon body makes very little difference in the car's handling abilities on the street. Where the smaller 170-hp 2. It is based on the 3-Series sedan, one of the benchmarks of the sports sedan class. The 323i wagon doesn't have the ferocious power of the larger, more expensive 540i sport wagon, but with 170 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 181 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm, it is energetic and willing. So let's take a look at the tangibles. Perhaps the company could use a new stylist or two? The stiff chassis structure allows the suspension to dampen irritating road vibration, reducing the chance of squeaks and rattles.
It is the best reliable car I have ever driven! The suspension is tight, feeling like fine machinery. Xenon high-intensity discharge low beams offer much better visibility on stormy nights and we recommend them as an option. At the same time, they are highly refined sedans that provide comfort and a strong sense of well being while cruising along. This car has been one of the most reliable cars I have had. I am fortunate to be car savvy, so I did all of these repairs myself. These cars corner, accelerate and stop swiftly. We were pleasantly surprised when the wagon hauled mass to 60 mph in 7.