The recall began on December 2, 2014. While near the end of its product cycle, the 3 Series received a number of visual and functional updates in 2011. In the past, the balanced good looks, excellent handling, luxurious features, and usable interior space. I know it has precedence and all that, but as someone who used to have a poster of an E46 M3 on my wall, to me the inline-six has always been synonymous with the 3 Series. Particularly of note are the 335is coupe,. The M Sport trim level will bring a more aggressive front end with larger grille openings, M-badged wheels and flared rocker panels.
The way the headlight assemblies flow into the more three-dimensional grilles gives the car a broad look that belies a slight decrease in width compared with the 2011. Each of the body styles is offered in 328i and 335i variants, with the 328i including a 240-horsepower, 2. This one has the engine stopping as the default. They told me I would have to take the car to Jersey and they kept giving me the run around. I called the dealership right away within the week of me buying the car.
And the M3, now endowed with a V8, has lost most of the subtlety in its sheet metal. The Dynamic Stability Control system helps maintain control either near the limits on sharp corners or on slippery surfaces, and it's tuned to allow a little more slip--and driving enjoyment--than most systems. The trim on the lower air intakes also varies among the three. It allows you to cycle through the various modes without pushing a bunch of separate buttons. The car even has a proper hand brake. Menu structures in the new iDrive system are new, with a better visual stacking of the menu structure on screen and symbols. The M3 is available in coupe, sedan and convertible forms.
Within the first 3 days I started having problems with the car. Bear in mind that we're talking about the 328i here, not the more powerful 335i, whose drivetrain is unchanged versus 2011 but for the eight-speed automatic replacing the earlier six-speed. And when you're not concerning yourself with surrounding traffic or scenery, you'll enjoy the comfortable access, relatively clean layout, informative instrumentation and high-quality materials. It hits 60 in 5. The 3 Series has historically been known for its exceptional handling, and we expect the 2012 3 Series sedan to continue that tradition.
Mileage estimates for the manual 328i and all versions of the 335i sedan remain unchanged. The 3 Series sells almost as many units annually as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined, and I see no reason to expect a change. If you have any intention of driving your 3 Series on a racetrack, this is the better one. As noted, the car is quicker than ever. The coupe, convertible and ultimate-performance M3 will continue for two more model years in their current form. The stability control system will even function like a rear differential and help channel power to the wheels with the most traction, for improved handling. Autumn will bring a new trim level, called M Sport, with a more aggressive exterior and sport-themed interior touches.
The full-color head-up display is handy and appreciably hi-res. Modern splits the difference with a brushed-aluminum look. Those demanding higher levels of performance or who may reside or drive at higher altitudes benefit from the added performance of the 335i. V8-powered M3 models carried over unchanged from 2011. The optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sees a price reduction in the 335is coupe and convertible.
The 335i sedan gets the turbocharged 3. In addition to a full roster of airbags, the 3-Series comes with standard front active head restraints, to help prevent whiplash injuries. For comparison, the most efficient versions of the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are rated 25 mpg, despite their lesser power. I got the car fixed and ended up having to foot the repair bill myself no thanks to Rami. Standard automatic climate control cools it. Inside, a new steering wheel and revised center stack layout sets the new model apart from what was available in 2011. I wouldn't say it's quite as good as the old standard in terms of , but the assist level isn't erratic with speed changes, as some electric systems are.
Braking is good, but the previous owner warped the rotors a bit, so I don't push them too hard - their time will come. The V8-equipped M3 takes the equation, of course, just that much higher, with 414 horsepower beneath your right foot. In fact, it pretty much falls flat around 6000 rpm, neither gaining or losing power on the rest of the climb to its 7000 rpm redline. A 3-Series clean-diesel engine is only available in sedan form. The front seats have nice, long travel for plenty of legroom. However, you do have to consider the price tag. It includes performance tires on 18-inch wheels, plus sport seats, aerodynamic extras, upgraded trim, and a higher top speed.