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2007 BMW 3 Series Sedan

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2007 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2007 BMW 3 Series Sedan

The 2007 BMW 3-Series continues to be the benchmark against which other entry-level luxury cars are measured, mainly courtesy of its excellent driving experience. Power, braking, and handling are perfectly matched to the vehicle's size and intended usage. The way BMW takes care of business inside the cockpit also has a lot to do with the popularity of this breed. The 3-Series also makes sure no buyer is left behind by offering four body styles, two engines, and both rear- and all-wheel drive.

What's new for 2007?

The biggest news for the 2007 3-Series is the introduction of BMW's twin-turbo 3.0L six-cylinder. This engine, found in the 335 models, produces a ripping 300-horsepower and an identical amount of torque. The base six-cylinder now produces 230 horsepower (versus 215 in 2006). Nomenclature has been changed to reflect these powerplant changes, with the 325 and 330 now being called the 328 and 335.

Model Strengths

  • Driving pleasure par excellence
  • wide variety of bodies and drivetrains
  • the best in-line six-cylinder engines for those who love motoring.

Model Review

BMW's 3-Series has always been an exemplar of how to combine luxury and sportiness, and the 2007 lineup is no different. The 328i features BMW's exceptional 3.0L engine, which uses double-VANOS technology to steplessly adjust both the intake and exhaust timing on way to producing 230 horsepower. New for 2007 is a twin-turbocharged version of the same six-cylinder, which is found in the 335i models. This gem of an engine produces 300 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. Both powerplants are matched with a superb six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is a $1,275 option.

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BMW coupes have been special since that automaker's earliest days, and its new-generation coupe provides sleeker styling, more features and additional power to keep up that tradition.

The redesigned coupe joins the 3-Series sedan and station wagon, which were redesigned for 2006 and thus little changed for 2007. However, the 335i sedan gets the same twin-turbocharged 300-horsepower inline 6-cylinder with a direct fuel injection system offered in the new coupe. The new turbo sedan replaces the 2006 330i sedan, which had 255 horsepower.

The BMW coupe usually follows the sedan by about a year, and the new BMW 3-Series convertible likely will arrive for the 2008 model year.

The high-performance M3 version of the coupe has been dropped for 2007, but returns in a year, likely with a V8 producing about 400 horsepower.

The new 3-Series coupe I tested replaces a 1999-2006 version, and is slightly longer, wider and more rakish than the 3-Series car it succeeds. It's also a little lower, except for the new all-wheel-drive version, which stands just a bit higher. All coupe trim levels look sportier than the sedan or wagon.

Sleeker Appearance
The new coupe has a long, more aggressively sculpted hood, short body overhangs, a new version of BMW's traditional kidney-shaped grille and a low, sleek roofline that slopes seamlessly into the trunk. Body lines flow into one another for a classy appearance. The hood extends beyond the headlights, and thus they appear to have a custom, sliced-off look at the top.

The coupe only holds four adults because rear passengers are separated by a center console between their individual rear seats, bringing back memories of 1970s and 1980s BMW 6-Series coupes.

Athletic Moves Needed
Access to the rear seats has been made easier, but it still calls for athletic moves to get in and out of the back seat area, where there isn't much room for taller passengers to spare. Opt for the 5-passenger sedan or wagon if rear-seat room is important to you.

The 335i has the world's first inline (not V-shaped) 6-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers, aluminum construction, direct fuel injection and dual vane twin turbo technology." The 3.0-liter engine has virtually no turbo lag and produces not only 300 horsepower, but also plenty of neck-snapping torque.

New All-Wheel Drive
The 328i coupe has an inline 3.0-liter non-turbo 6-cylinder engine with 230 horsepower. So does the 328xi coupe, which offers an all-wheel-drive system for the first time in a BMW coupe. The advanced system enhances agility and stability on dry and slippery roads, besides optimizing traction.

All 3-Series trim levels are fast: The 300-horsepower coupe does 0-60 mph in 5.3-5.5 seconds and the standard 230-horspower version hits 60 mph in 6.2-6.8 seconds, with the quicker numbers obtained with a manual transmission.

Notchy Shifter
All 3-Series trim levels have a standard 6-speed manual transmission that is smooth but, as with all BMWs, that transmission's shifter gets notchy when rushed. It works with BMW's typical long-throw clutch, which is reasonably light.

Optional is a 6-speed "Steptronic" automatic transmission that replaces a 5-speed unit in the coupe and has normal, sport and manual shift modes. The 335i can be equipped with optional steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters if the Sport Package is ordered.

The new coupe has sharp steering, a supple sport suspension and powerful brakes with a progressive pedal feel. Nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a new 5-link rear suspension help handling. The rear-wheel-drive sedan and wagon offer a firmer suspension and seats with extra bolstering in a Sport Package if their buyers want to match the coupe's road manners.

Why a Button?
There is a keyless engine start (and stop) feature, with a "start-stop" button that starts the engine when the "ignition key" (actually a plastic radio transceiver) is inserted in the dashboard and the clutch pedal is depressed. But why are all those steps needed just to start the engine?

Estimated fuel economy of the 230-horsepower engine is 20 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway with the manual gearbox and 21 and 29 with the automatic. With the turbo engine, the figures are 19 city and 29 highway with the manual and 20 and 29 with the automatic.

Higher Coupe Prices
The 328i coupe lists at $35,300, while the 328xi costs $37,100. The 335i is $40,600.

Coupes usually cost more than sedans, so the 328i sedan is $32,400, the all-wheel-drive 328xi sedan is $34,300 and the 335i sedan is $38,700. Opt for the 328i wagon and you'll see a $34,200 sticker. The 328xi wagon has a $36,100 list price.

All 3-Series models are precisely built, beautifully painted upscale cars, so they're nicely equipped with comfort, convenience and safety features.

Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard, as are front-seat side airbags and tubular side airbags for both seating rows. All have run-flat tires and a sunroof.

Key Options
Options include heated front seats, leather upholstery, rear obstacle detection and adaptive cruise control. There's also a navigation system, but buyers might be wise to avoid it because it requires that BMW's complex iDrive control system be ordered.

My test car had a rear ashtray, which is an unusual item when even found up front these days.

Supportive front seats encourage spirited driving, and all-around visibility is good from the driver's position. The new instrument cluster is easily read. Cupholders that pop out from the dashboard are conveniently positioned, although one may question their longevity.

Roomy Trunk
The spacious trunk has a wide opening and a lined lid that opens smoothly on hydraulic struts.

The hood also slides open on struts to reveal an engine compartment with lots of plastic covers. Most fluid filler containers are within easy reach, but one is nearly buried at the back of the compartment.

The new 3-Series sedan is an improvement over the previous generation 4-door, and the new coupe has enough differences to make it stand out from the car it replaces.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

BMW Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Every Certified Pre-Owned BMW comes with a protection plan designed to give you the ultimate peace-of-mind.

All Certified Pre-Owned BMW vehicles are exceptional, as are our two tiers of certification:
BMW Certified Pre-Owned
Covers you for 2 years/50,000 miles1 after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 6 years/100,000 miles1. This includes 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.
BMW Certified Pre-Owned Elite
These are newer model year, lower mileage (more than 300 miles but less than 15,001 miles) vehicles. This warranty covers you for 1 year/25,000 miles1 after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty or for a total of 5 years/75,000 miles1. This includes 5 years of 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.

Vehicles must pass a rigorous pre-certification inspection conducted by BMW certified technicians.

For complete program details, visit cpo.bmwusa.com.

1whichever comes first
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection View & Download the BMW Certified Pre-Owned Inspection Checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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