Revs fall quickly between shifts, a welcome change compared to the abnormal amount of time many of today's engines take. I am not sure if this was a communication error or just negligence. Unfortunately, the Sport Wagon is not available with the twin-turbo six. This is my 3rd 335i convertible and I'll probably get another or a Mercedes for my next car. Send Joe an Hide full review.
Fit and finish, eye-catching, performance off the line, cornering, ride,comfort and convenience, it has it all! Gas mileage isn't bad either, now averaging 28-29 mpg combined driving. Our car also had Gray Poplar wood trim, which in my opinion is superior to brown wood in many interior color schemes. Archived from on 27 July 2009. Archived from on 22 July 2010. No matter how successful it becomes, its U. Other performance-minded improvements include a lower carbon fiber roof, a new aluminum suspension, Mdrive to allow driver configuration of the engine control, high-performance compound brakes and a regenerative braking system that powers the electronics. A stiff suspension means the 3-Series is at its best when carving corners.
Then came the 300-horsepower turbo 3. Once you fall into the rhythm, every bend presents an opportunity to drop a gear, buzz redline, and hear the sonorous 3. Several markets outside Europe only offered a small subset of models in the wagon body style. The 2009 navigation is completely differe nt from the 2008. The upgraded rollers and Crimson Red paint highlight the sharp lines of the well-proportioned body. I was told that the run-flats are awful. Most of the attention this year has gone toward the 3 Series' new clean-diesel model, the 335d.
The new xDrive models received xDrive badges on the bumper and both the right and left sides right below the side marker lamps. I drove one a couple years ago on a run from Alabama to Michigan—much of it on twisty two-lanes—and it would be hard to find a car that could equal the 335i in those conditions. One of the greatest things about the 3-series is its accessibility. One observer commented that it sounds more like a hot rod V8 than a diesel inline 6. It's deceivingly smooth -- you'll find yourself climbing well above posted speed limits if you don't pay attention.
Instrument cluster is simple and attractive. It's docile at low rpm, but surges through the tach with immediacy at a squeeze of the throttle. The interior is very good for the most part, including top-notch leather sport seats. The current 3 Series has been around for close to five years, but it remains the target of every automaker looking to make a name for itself in the mid-size luxury segment -- and it's the standard by which they are measured. Power, braking and handling are perfectly matched to the vehicle's size and intended usage.
The Sport Package nets tauter suspension, sport seats and 17-inch wheels and tires. Our test car handled tight corners with aplomb, all the while feeling remarkably balanced and tossable. Why a brand appeals to one person more than another is anyone's guess, and it's just as important as price, performance and quality. It combines the desirable elements of an enthusiast's machine with the comfort and ease that make the daily commute, or the endless road trip, endurable, if not downright pleasant. 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. Arguably, the best-case scenario is for a sedan model to look like a well-adapted coupe.
Quality materials are apparent with every touch, from the plush leather to the dash. The A5's steering — vague and lifeless, even for an Audi — wasn't in the ballpark. The E92 was the last generation to include coupé and convertible body styles as a part of the 3 Series range. It feels rubbery as it slips into each gear — a complaint we've both heard and expressed for years now — but this stick feels disconnected from the works. And, the 6 speed manual transmission provides nearly 30mpg on the highway - a great number for a performance car.
I also wanted the winter package which included the heated steering wheel, but I just couldn't find a car with all of those options and the winter package too! The 335i models were the first time a 3 Series was sold with a petrol engine. 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. Released in 2007, it uses the naturally aspirated V8 engine and was produced in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles. If you prefer a suspension tuned more towards ride comfort than control, want a rear seat with lots of legroom or need a spacious trunk, the 3 Series may be less attractive than some of its European or Japanese competitors — although the Sports Wagon does offer impressive cargo room even with the rear seat up. The all-wheel-drive versions add retractable headlight washers. The 3 Series has lost none of its famed handling prowess, though our 335i felt a bit heavy, and its steering didn't have the feedback of the G37 coupe's in our back-to-back driving test.
For handling, power and creature comforts, this car fit me best. Avoid Nissan 112 unless you want to get ripped off and taken advantage of. This car can run the track or get the groceries. Start-off Assistant Order a 3 Series with a manual transmission and you'll enjoy the benefits of this subtle but effective helper that automatically applies the brakes for a few seconds whenever you're stopped on a hill to help prevent the car from rolling backwards while you engage first gear. The manual transmission has an upgraded clutch compared to the regular 335i. You can toss out every single diesel drawback you've ever heard.
It is not merely an economical alternative to gas engines; it is a serious performer that makes it easy to extract breathtaking performance in more typical everyday driving scenarios while getting hybrid-like fuel economy! The convertibles add memory to the mirrors and power to the seats. Trim levels typically were similar to the E90 sedan, however there was no M3 model in the wagon body style. Flimsy doesn't quite describe these paragons of flimse. It's a sweetheart on the road when everything's ok with the car. The same can be said for the six-speed manual gearbox — the shifter is buttery smooth, and clutch action nicely weighted, erring if at all on the side of firmness. The rest of the 328 and 335 appear to be the same.