In performance testing, we clocked the 335d from zero to 60 mph in 5. The automatic climate control features separate temperature adjustments for driver and front passenger. Instead they totally stood behind the sale, helped me out big time and made it right. The look is a bit sportier, which is appropriate. It's as if the engineers tried cramming slots for six forward gears into a shift pattern more properly proportioned for five. With its tight, rigid body structure as a foundation, the 3 Series suspension can be fine tuned to provide the dynamic handling enthusiast drivers like without sacrificing a smooth ride that pleases passengers. The 335is coupe and convertible have a twin-turbo engine that makes 320 horsepower.
The diesel delivers the performance-oriented kick that has long been a 3 Series trademark, with none of the smoky, oily, stinky quality that old-time diesels might condition buyers to expect. It was very small but wouldn't hold refrigerant. The result was a loss of power. The coupe is a bit longer and lower than the sedan, and not as wide. The 3 Series cars are based on a rear-wheel-drive layout. Diesel fuel can sometimes cost more than gasoline, though, negating some operating cost savings. The convertible seats four, but it's not offered with all-wheel drive.
Turbo lag is nonexistent, and 0-60 mph comes quickly, just 5. Again though, the slick electronics come with a payback. The Comfort Access option makes everything automatic, and the thinking here is more obvious. Although red isn't my color, it looks phenomenal with the top down! It used to be that the driver and front-seat passenger had to reach way back to find their shoulder belts. Long lauded as one of the best performance cars available, it continues this tradition for 2011 as well. We think our favorite Bimmer is getting mucked up with too much annoying stuff.
After a jump start and letting the car idle for 20 minutes I drove home. Wagon models offer an entirely different package aimed at maximizing cargo space and versatility. On a positive note, the navigation system comes with a hard drive the can store up to eight gigabytes of music, or about as much as the typical iPod. The firmer sport suspension, optional with other body styles, comes standard on the coupe, and these are the lightest cars in the line. The dash is a nice soft, textured rubber. We think our favorite Bimmer is getting mucked up with too much annoying stuff. Either of these engines are smooth and free-revving, and they work well either with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the available 6-speed Steptronic automatic.
In short bursts of say 100 ft, it will accelerate more quickly than just about anything on the road. Aside from subjective price-value analysis, we think the most noteworthy hitch in the 3 Series is the downside of its many electronic gizmos. All 3 Series body styles ride a 108. The recently improved iDrive electronics interface that comes with the optional navigation system is intuitive and one of the best interfaces of its kind. I do notice a slight hesitation when I start in regular drive mode, but shifting to sport cures that.
We found the 328i models fun to drive, with linear power and good throttle response that made us feel a class above other cars in traffic. There are actually two dash designs. In a more aggressive mode of travel, with the throttle down, working the gearchange frequently to keep the engine near its power peak, the 3 Series manual shifter falls short of the car's overall high standard. The wagon's load area is flat, too, which is good for dogs and cargo. A stronger engine improves acceleration and still manages good fuel economy, but seat revisions reduced comfort. The stretched wheelbase makes the interior more roomy and the seats are comfortable on long road trips.
Active safety features, designed to help the driver avoid collisions, include Dynamic Stability Control and the latest generation antilock brakes. Rear-seat accommodations are adequate in all 3 Series models. This was discovered after the turbo was destroyed by the blown engine. The 328i felt very solid, from the moment I got in and closed the door. It gets the same transmission choices as the 328i. Service the transmission and differential every 50k. There is also a diesel-powered sedan known as the 335d.
Alloy rims and good Pirelli tires. It grips well, the steering is communicative, the chassis is composed and predictable, and the turbo-four makes good low- and mid-range power. Coming back down through the gears, drivers must take care if they choose a gear out of its normal sequence fifth to second, for example , as this requires some careful aiming. Remember: this is a compact car, and rear passengers with long torsos will feel their hair rubbing on the headliner. The 3 Series sedans define the term sports sedan and remain an aspirational target for every luxury automaker, from Acura to Volvo. This is a Porsche Exclusive Factory Order 911.
The 328i and 335i Convertibles might be the sexiest 3s, with a fully automatic, one-button folding metal hardtop. The 335is fills the bill. Last serviced and inspected by PorschaCare at 59,400 miles in April 2019. Yep, there's really something for everyone, which partly explains why the 3 Series has been so popular for so long. It's is pealing and cracking. Car is used for all purposes, including transporting grand kids to and from school at times. The 335d Sedan includes a 265-horsepower, 3.
The dashboard has a pronounced horizontal format, with more community and less driver orientation than previous 3 Series cars. The 335 models come with an audio upgrade called Logic 7. I did notice a reflection on the windshield coming from the dash air vents — they are two separate vents up there, and I could clearly see their reflection for much of my driving. The repair shop says the notification has to do with the diesel urea exhaust fluid tank level indicator. The Convertible offers the least cargo space.