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2008 BMW 3 Series Sedan

4dr Sdn 335i RWD

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2008 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 BMW 3 Series Sedan

The 2008 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 makes sure no buyer is left behind by offering four body styles, three engines, and both rear- and all-wheel drive. 2008 also will see the new M3 in coupe, sedan, and convertible form, adding racecar-like performance to the lineup.

What's new for 2008?

BMW's excellent 3-Series returns for 2008 with minimal changes to the core lineup, save for the addition of the all-wheel-drive 335xi coupe (previously available only with rear-wheel drive). Paddle shifters are newly optional on the entry-level 328 versions. On the 335i coupe, a new 19-inch alloy wheel set is available, and the standard 16-inch alloy wheels have been restyled for the 328 sedans and sport wagons.

Model Strengths

  • Driving pleasure par excellence
  • wide variety of bodies and drivetrains
  • the best inline six-cylinder engines for those who love motoring
  • the near-supercar M3.

Model Review

BMW's 3-Series has always been an exemplar of how to combine luxury and sportiness, and this continues with the 2008 versions. 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. The 335i models are powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the same six-cylinder. This gem of an engine produces 300 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. Both six-cylinder 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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Review: 2008 BMW 335i coupe

Source: MSN Autos

The BMW 3-Series coupe is the benchmark for sporty performance. Basically, it's the sport coupe that all others aspire to be, and has been for years. The 2008 335i is a step up from the basic model, if there is such a thing. Handling is superb, but that's expected; the 3-Series is best known for its ability to hug the road and tear through the twisties like a jaguar zigzagging after small prey. What truly separates the 335i from the rest of its siblings — and its competition, for that matter — is the twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder under the hood. It's simply one of the best engines on the market.

Model Lineup
The 2008 BMW 3-Series lineup is comprehensive. It includes convertibles, coupes, sedans and wagons. The "i" versions are equipped with rear-wheel drive (2WD) and the "xi" models get BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. The M3, BMW's legendary high-performance sled, sits at the top of the line and is fully loaded from the factory. It comes as a coupe, sedan, or convertible (no wagon — sorry soccer moms).

Convertibles come with a power-folding hardtop that retracts into the trunk, limiting space for luggage. Otherwise, standard equipment varies by model and body style. Vinyl upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, an AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack, and alloy wheels are standard on all 328s. Coupes are equipped with a sport suspension that includes firmer shocks, springs, anti-roll bars, and bushings, as well as a half-inch-lower ride height — all of which make the ride feel a little firm. Sedans and wagons come with 16-inch run-flat tires, while coupes and convertibles get 17-inch run-flats. The 328i convertible is better equipped than the other body styles, with power front seats, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, and adaptive xenon headlights.

Standard safety equipment for the 3-Series line includes dual front airbags, front-side airbags, anti-lock brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, traction control, and electronic stability control. All come with head-protecting front- and rear-curtain airbags except the convertible. Instead, it has automatic pop-up roll bars. Manual transmission versions also get a hill-holder clutch that prevents the car from rolling backward on a hill. The only safety option is rear park assist.

Under the Hood
Two engine choices are available. The 328i and 328xi come with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that produces 230 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles are included with the available Sport package. EPA fuel economy ratings are 19/28 mpg (city/hwy) with 2WD and the automatic (18/27 for the convertible and wagon); 18/28 with 2WD and the manual (17/27 for the convertible and wagon); and 17/25 with AWD and any transmission or body style.

The 335i and 335xi come with the exceptional twin-turbocharged version of the 3.0-liter inline six. It makes 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, and is offered with the same transmissions as the base engine. Its EPA figures are 17/26 with 2WD and either transmission, 17/25 with AWD and the automatic, and 16/25 with AWD and the manual.

The high-performance M3 comes with a 414-horsepower 4.0-liter V8.

Inner Space
Hop in the driver's seat, pull the door handle and the first thing you notice is the door closing with a vault-like thunk. The controls are all easy to reach and to move with precision. The materials used to make the dashboard, door panels and center console have a weighty feel and quality appearance. BMW's iDrive control system, which operates numerous entertainment, climate and communications controls, has been criticized by reviewers over the years for overcomplicating many functions. It is optional in the 3-Series, and is only available with the navigation system. Although I've become accustomed to the iDrive, I still don't prefer it because simple tasks such as setting radio stations can require a long look away from the road. An iPod adapter is available, but it's a rather pricey option at $400.

If you have a bad back, you'll probably want to avoid a ride in a BMW 3-Series coupe. The raked windshield and low-slung design make ingress a ducking, twisting exercise that requires some flexibility. Once inside, you may feel somewhat claustrophobic as the front seats envelop you. The sport seats' abundant bolstering does a great job of holding passengers in place during spirited driving, but big people may feel pinched by the sport seats' ample bolstering. Small item storage is limited to a shallow center console, a tiny glove box and a pair of fold-out door pockets for maps and papers.

The two-person back seat has more room than you'd think, and considerably more headroom than the Infiniti G37 coupe. In fact, two adults can sit back there, provided the front-seat occupants aren't very tall. The back seat has a center console with a fold-down armrest. The Cold Weather package adds a center pass-through with a ski sack to protect the leather covering from water and salt damage. The rear seats also fold down, making the shallow but deep trunk's 11.1 cubic feet of cargo volume a fairly useful space for a couple of suitcases or golf bags.

On the Road
The auto manufacturers hold the BMW 3-Series in esteem for its ride and handling prowess for good reason, and the 335i coupe is a special example of the breed. It changes direction like a smaller, lighter car. Grip in turns is tenacious, and the suspension provides a lot of feedback when it is approaching the edge of adhesion. The steering is quick with a lot of road feel, and the brakes are easy to modulate and inspire confidence. The only two complaints involve the steering. Without BMW's Active Steering system, low-speed steering can feel weighty. With Active Steering, which quickens steering response at low speeds, some complain that steering ratio changes can kick in unexpectedly.

The 335i handles and performs better on a racetrack than rivals' high-performance models, namely the Audi RS4 and Mercedes-Benz C63. During a media event comparing all three cars on the 4.1-mile road course at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the BMW accelerated as well as the RS4, which has 125 more horsepower, and gripped in turns considerably better than either competitor. The 3-Series is a marvelous piece of engineering.

The flip side of handling is ride quality. Usually engineers have to sacrifice one for the other; the better the handling, the harder the ride, and vice versa. That's not the case with the 3-Series — even the 335i coupe with its sportier suspension settings. The coupe's ride is firm but forgiving. It doesn't offer a soft Lexus-like ride, but it doesn't rattle your kidneys, either, which is often the case with other sport models. Only the sharpest potholes affect passenger comfort. The base sedans and wagons feature softer rides, so they are a little better on the bumps.

The base 3.0-liter inline six in 328i versions provides smooth, linear power that actually gets you moving faster than it feels. The twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six in 335i iterations has V8 punch and no turbo lag. Quite frankly, this is one of the best engines on the market. It has power at all rev ranges and, unlike most turbos, it even delivers willing muscle when you may be a gear or two too high. Zero to 60 mph comes in a brisk 5.3 seconds. It provides plenty of giddy-up in sixth gear, but downshift a gear or two and you'll blow by a line of cars in the blink of an eye.

Right for You?
If you love the automobile, appreciate masterful engineering, or revel in the experience of driving, the BMW 335i coupe is right for you. For many it will just be a toy. Availability of all-wheel drive can make it an everyday driver for the single auto enthusiast. But its low-slung stance, high price tag and cramped back seat make it impractical for families. If you can afford it, keep one for the occasional break from the daily grind. Trust us, this sled is a whole lotta fun to drive.

Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.

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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.

Driver Crash Grade
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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
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
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
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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