. Although I have taken it in for issues as minor as the electric drivers seat not worki. Less impressive engineering includes the preposterous retracting cupholders — both on the passenger side. But good luck finding one like that at the dealer. Or something from their M class, perhaps? A large component of it is the feeling of engagement in the driving process — not just because you're doing much more than you would with an automatic, but because you are, in effect, part of the machine.
Like most luxury entries, the 3 Series has six airbags and an electronic stability system as standard equipment. In a two-door, the shoulder belt either blocks passage to the backseat or slides far enough back that it's hard to reach — a task that gets more onerous as we age. Brand equity is a critical aspect among luxury cars, which are purchased to make a statement as much as anything else. I worked very hard to get this car and I do tend to baby it. Would it be their 3-Series or 7-Series? If you look at the horsepower specs alone, it appears that it's happened again in 2009 because Infiniti now has 330 hp in its G37 coupe and sedan.
The A5's steering — vague and lifeless, even for an Audi — wasn't in the ballpark. I was most able to feel the system work on the autocross track, with the tarmac wet from a light rain. The 3-Series is available as a coupe, a retractable hardtop convertible, a sedan and a wagon. The belt-feeder seems a nice feature to grow old with. The positives in our coupe included the belt-feeder, a motorized arm that grabs the shoulder belt from the B-pillar and moves it within reach after you get in and close the door. The Audi and Infiniti models mentioned are hit-and-miss.
If it were all about price and performance, the G37 would overtake the 3 Series in a year's time. Power, braking and handling are perfectly matched to the vehicle's size and intended usage. Then there's the stereo display, whose characters disappear completely if you wear polarized sunglasses. My wife and I decided to go with this dealer over others because of their warranty. I really dislike that line for many reasons. Where the 3 Series doesn't live up to most competitors is in its standard equipment, from the materials to the features.
Each of these attributes, when lacking, brings the transmission another step closer to being an automatic. The 3 Series obviously has that, but what some people might call classic, I'm starting to see as outdated. The 3 Series sedans, coupes and wagons are excellent performers, which is why I've always liked them. For perspective, we're talking top-tier stuff here, where the differences are minor. I am not sure if this was a communication error or just negligence.
More on-board computer chips are layered over the other systems mentioned with Dynamic Stability Control, which monitors speed, steering angle, yaw, and brake pressure, to keep the car and driver in the comfort zone. And there is a great feature that slides the seatbelt forward after you close the door, making it easy to grab it and buckle up, instead of having to contort yourself to reach back to the mounting point. Arguably, the best-case scenario is for a sedan model to look like a well-adapted coupe. For your own safety Maintenance and repair Advanced technology, e. The convertibles add memory to the mirrors and power to the seats.
It feels good, it sounds good and. The fastest way to find specific topics is to refer to the detailed index at the back of the manual. While they did contact me back, Every time we scheduled an appointment with them, they would send the car into service causing me to have to take two separate days off of work and then not be able to even see the car. The layout remains simple, in a good way. Suffice it to say, the system works as advertised, and you can tell that it will save your bacon in the real world if you get too aggressive when the weather is less than ideal. In profile the 3 Series coupe looks like a poorly adapted sedan.
Send Joe an Hide full review. Audi, Cadillac and Infiniti hovered around 20,000. Show full review The 3 Series sedans, coupes and wagons are excellent performers, which is why I've always liked them. It must be about the brand. We wish you an enjoyable driving experience. The big news for 2009 is a new clean diesel engine now available in the 3-Series. It makes it easier to see curbs when backing up.
The 335i's gear ratios are right and the clutch is satisfying, if a bit light. Flimsy doesn't quite describe these paragons of flimse. The experience includes feeling the resistance of the clutch through the pedal when it engages, upshifting based only on the engine's sound and, yes, feeling a physical connection to the drivetrain. All that power is put to the pavement via a 6-speed manual transmission an automatic, with paddle shifters is available that shifts as finely as a Swiss watch. Few, however, can match the smooth, seamless power delivery. The 328 model's 230-hp normally aspirated 3.