Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. But a car is more than an engine and four wheels, and the refinement and handling balance offered in the 2006 3-series is simply unparalleled. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? It also produces more horsepower while being more fuel-efficient. A cold-weather package includes a headlamp-cleaning system, heated front seats, and split-folding rear seats. This has been a problem since the car was new. Categories, menus, and actions are selected by a combination of fore, aft, and sideways motion; twisting; and a mouselike click of the iDrive control. I've owned this car for 2 years and 3 months yet I don't have any complaints.
An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. This is preferable for quickest acceleration and on appropriately twisty secondary roads, but shifting, particularly downshifting, is still relatively slow. Industry brake service experts agree - when brake friction materials are ready to be replaced, the hardware is too. Clean History report, Fresh Trade!! An interim notice was mailed to owners in September 2014. It also caused damage to thermostat, reservoir tank, and water pump. Its springs and shocks are relatively soft, offering good ride comfort on smooth surfaces or gentle undulations, but the ride is compromised on sharp bumps by the sidewall stiffness of the standard run-flat tires.
From a safety standpoint, electronic traction and stability control and front, front-side, and full-length head curtain air bags are all standard. Leak was found in the evaporator located near the fire wall. Other brands don't have this problem. Simple, straightforward controls are wrapped in flowing shapes and high-quality materials. Active safety features on all 3 Series models include Dynamic Stability Control anti-skid electronics and the latest generation antilock brakes.
And this price is so good. The 330i engine has a three-stage variable induction system rather than the two-stage intake of the 325. Both 325i and 330i models are offered. The Good Toned-down exterior styling; simplified iDrive interface; adaptive headlights and pressure-sensitive taillights; valve-controlled throttle. The pan was replaced once. Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology that connects mobile phones enabled with Bluetooth to a vehicle for hands-free calling.
For the 2006 model year, the line should include at least 10 different models, and the opportunity for confusion may be even greater than usual. All engines are teamed to a manual six-speed stick, but a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is available. There is an auxiliary input for portable audio devices, and Sirius satellite radio is available. Actuator does work to lock the door, however. The standard trim material is a dark burl walnut, with lighter poplar wood or aluminum trim as no cost options. It has more room than the previous pre-2005 version.
Yet after a good test drive we're left to wonder how much technology is appropriate in a 3 Series, and at what point it detracts from the car's original pureness of purpose. It makes extensive use of aluminum to decrease unsprung weight and improve handling and responsiveness. It does not contain any nitrites, amines or phosphorous containing additives. Even through off-camber turns and through the pothole-infested roadways of southeast Michigan, the suspension never lacks composure. However, three-across occupancy has limited appeal, even for kids.
You can leave the key in your pocket or purse. The Bad Limited Bluetooth phone compatibility; pricey; run-flat wheels make for a bumpy ride. Rear-seat space is marginally increased and good for the size of the car, but it is still a relatively small vehicle. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. The 2006 3 Series is slightly larger than its predecessor in almost every dimension for greater passenger and trunk space, but weight has increased by less than 100 pounds, partially because of the design and from the use of lightweight materials. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment. These shock absorbers and struts provide improved handling and stability, without sacrificing ride comfort.
Didn't seem to care that we had concerns of things that were not listed that were wrong with the vehicle. The structure is lighter and more rigid than in the previous model. Three different six-speed transmissions are available, and the all-new suspension makes extensive use of aluminum components to save weight. They pressurized the system and found that I had a leak in some hose or another. The longer wheelbase and wider track contribute to the improved driving qualities of the new Bimmer, which also uses a new front axle with MacPherson struts and a new five-arm rear axle.
The climate, communication, navigation, vehicle information, and audio system displays are all controlled through the big iDrive knob on the console. The M3 gets standard leather upholstery, plus a power rear sunshade and 19-inch wheel options. Near-perfect six-speed automatic and manual transmissions transfer power to the rear wheels. That structure was designed to transfer impact forces around the passenger cabin for maximum occupant safety. So far no major problems in over 30,000kms of spirited driving. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay.