Every so often the right people inside a car company get just the right amount of freedom, time and budget to create something out of nothing. The leather-covered steering wheel tilts and telescopes for optimum adjustment. Driving the sedan, coupe, convertible or sport wagon is a joy. Happiness through better breathing, in other words. There's a good reason for that. A second notice will be mailed when an adequate supply of parts is available, currently anticipated to be in October 2014. Great acceleration and road response.
So, would I recommend this car? It shares its styling and most of its bodywork with the sport wagon. The wheels fill the fenders wells to the flares and the body work seems wrapped tight, like it's stretched over muscle. It really depends, If you can get your hands dirty, and do the repairs by yourself? Parts are expensive as I replaced a simple sensor already. As it turns out the accountants in Munich simply looked at the market for the four door, the tooling and engineers costs associated with bringing it to market and said no thanks. Everything can be felt through the steering wheel. The size class for cars is determined by the interior passenger and cargo volumes. As far as the ride is concerned, I thought that it was quite good for a sports sedan, soaking up small road irregularities with ease, while never giving up on that solid, planted feel Beemers are famous for.
Bushings were replaced, but the rotating system on the shock is still binding and rattling. Each morning as I walk to my car, a smile crosses my face. To downshift, you push it forward. The dashboard and door panels are rich in appearance, and appealing to the eye. The 330 models add a lot of performance to the equation. Interior changes are limited to a revised climate control panel. The transmission tunnel rises nearly to the height of the seat, and the short-straw passenger in the center sits with legs straddled in the outside passengers' space.
That makes the E46's status as King of the Teutons more secure than ever. And free is good, right? In addition to the increased power, 330 models come with more standard equipment and mechanical upgrades. Mechanic sometimes able to fix but always temporary. Now, you don't even think about it. Rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and hands-free wireless cell phone capability are now standard features on the sedan and wagon.
Snow tires advised or, more preferrably, I'd advise taking off the road for the winter. It only has 63,000 miles on it, so still like new!! So they went about creating a hybrid of sorts. The instrument cluster panel even went out. Data Unavailable Front Leg Room in. And thanks for reading Autoblog.
That doesn't mean the driver will operate safely at this speed, however. And that's for a car I bought with 116,000 miles on it. In the automatic mode, shifts were all but imperceptible for relaxed cruising. The person in the middle needs to be a kid for any chance at comfort. Unlike last year, this package is now available with the Steptronic automatic transmission as well as with the 6 speed manual transmission. My car was worth every penny I bought it for.
Two examples: V-rated tires in place of the 325's standard H-rated tires, and larger brakes. Properly maintained, it has remained problem free! What does that tell us? I-4 and V-6 refer to the configuration and number of cylinders. There is a third transmission available for 2004. The higher price of coupes and convertibles includes a slightly higher level of standard luxury equipment than the sedans and wagons. Dealer tried to reprogram it but could not.
As others have stated, this is not the greatest car for winter driving. I took a 6 year long and sure enough I owe nore than the car is worth. The shifter uses longer throws than that in a sports car, but its movement befits a world-class sports sedan. After that, they had to order two latches that had failed. Using the autostick was even more fun just not quite the same as having a clutch. Requires a quart of oil every 500 miles.
The coupe and convertible are mildy restyled, front and rear, and there's more of just about everything: More technology, more standard equipment, more wheel design choices. My car is a 330ci convertible. All 330i sedans get a revised grille -- a new black grille instead of silver, with a lower grille combination of body color and black. Some people find orange backlighting easier on the eyes than other colors. They blend luxury and sport with high levels of quality, making living with them joyful as well. The top speed extends to 155 mph, which is the voluntary limit adopted by most German automakers. Similar to the theme set by the new 7 Series, the headlamps now tilt up at the trailing edges of the wraparounds, rather than tilting down as they have traditionally.
The blindspots are difficult to get used to, particularly when backing up and this requires extra caution on the part of the driver. This is typically measured in liters 3. Automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers are standard on 2004 models. Winding roads gave you the impression that you could thread a needle better than any other car in this class, or any class for that matter. This was by no means a foregone conclusion.