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2009 BMW 3 Series Coupe

2dr Cpe 328i RWD SULEV

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2009 BMW 3 Series Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2009 BMW 3 Series Coupe

The 2009 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. 2009 sees a new twin-turbo diesel form of the 3-Series, providing excellent fuel efficiency on top of world-class performance.

What's new for 2009?

BMW's excellent 3-Series returns for 2009 with mild styling refreshing inside and out. The big news for 2009 is a new clean diesel engine now available in the 3-Series. It's a 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine that makes 265 hp and 425 lb-feet of torque, and available on the 335d model. It achieves up to 36 mpg on the highway, according to BMW.

Model Strengths

  • Driving pleasure par excellence
  • wide variety of bodies and drivetrains
  • the best inline 6-cylinder engines for those who love motoring
  • the near-supercar performing M3.

Model Review

BMW's 3-Series has always been an exemplar of how to combine luxury and sportiness, and this continues with the 2009 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 6-cylinder engine. This gem of an engine produces 300 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. Both 6-cylinder powerplants are matched with a superb 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is optional. A new 3.0L twin-turbo diesel engine joins the lineup for 2009--available in the 335d in rear-wheel drive sedan-form only, it generates an astounding 425 lb-feet of torque and still achieves 36 mpg on the highway.

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Finally, you can get a Diesel engine in a BMW. Why is this significant? Well, think zero to 60 in six seconds combined with 27.6 miles per gallon. And boy, this car feels different from the usual 3 Series cars thanks to its prodigious low-rpm torque.

Diesels haven't been available in significant quantities or in some states at all (including California) because of emissions issues and low buyer demand. However, the arrival of clean Diesel, with the sulfur removed, has made these cars suitable for sale and more desirable once again.

My gleaming Alpine White test sedan featured 15-inch high lettering along the side advertising BMW's EfficiencyDynamics program. Despite this billboard, nobody approached me during my test week, which surprised me.

All 2009 3 Series cars receive some mild midcycle styling and content changes. The headlamps get chrome tubes so they pop visually. The side sills are refined and the taillamps incorporate their backup lights more subtly, while maintaining the odd break in their upper edge at the trunk line, a BMW design trait. My Audi-driving wife didn't care for that.

Inside, you'll find slightly upgraded materials. The instrument panel, doors and console interact with the panel in a play of interconnected surfaces that alternate from convex to concave. This is a remnant of the controversial but popular styling of former chief designer Chris Bangle. My tester's standard black Dakota leather seats were very supportive and attractive.

The 335d drives pretty much the same as any other car. You do hear a little "clatter" at startup, but not much else during travel. The 3.0-liter engine has 265 horsepower versus 300 in the gasoline 3-liter engine in the 335i, but its massive 425 lb.-ft. of torque yanks it forward when you place your foot on the accelerator.

Diesels work at lower rpm than gas engines, so the engine reaches maximum torque at 1750-2250 rpm versus 1400-5000 rpm for the gas engine. The final drive ratio in the six-speed automatic transmission is much lower, too-2.81:1 instead of 3.46:1-for the same reason. So, an automatic transmission is perfect for the Diesel 3 Series, and there's no manual available.

Diesel engines use pressure rather than spark plugs for ignition, so the engine's compression ratio is 16.5:1 versus 10.2:1 in the 335i. That means the engine has to be stronger, and as it turns out, the 335d outweighs the 335i by 220 pounds.

I was pleasantly surprised to purchase Diesel fuel at 10 cents per gallon less than regular--$2.49.9. The new clean Diesel is nearly odorless, so using the special pump at my local Chevron station was no big deal. Gasoline and Diesel fuel are refined differently and are not interchangeable.

The EPA gives the 335d fuel economy ratings of 23 City, 36 Highway (27 combined), versus 17/26 for the gasoline version. That's significant. The Air Pollution score is just 4, but the Greenhouse Gas score is a well-above-average 7.

I had an easy time using the upgraded iDrive control system. Starting in 2002, BMW debuted iDrive, which employs a high-mounted information screen and a dial mounted on the lower console. It replicates the computer monitor/mouse relationship and its complexity of use for things like radio and climate selections wasn't appreciated by many drivers. BMW has added some programmable direct selection keys around the dial, which make it much quicker and easier to use. The 8.8-inch high-resolution screen is sharper now, as well.

I played with the Navigation system, which worked smoothly with iDrive. Amusements included hearing the female guide's tone of voice rise at the end of some sentences in a way that made it sound like a question. I also chuckled over her naming of the highway as "Interstate six hundred and eighty."

The list price of the 335d is $1,600 higher than the 335i with automatic, but there is a $900 tax credit to soften the impact. And, with the difference in fuel economy, you should be able to make up the rest. My tester's MSRP was $43,900, but with a plethora of options, came to $52,800. The cheapest 3 Series sedan in the U.S., the 328i, starts at $34,225.

The best part of this car, of course, is that it's the fifth generation of the more than 40-year tradition of compact rear-wheel-drive sports sedans-a category BMW created with the original 2002 (model, not year). There's so much driving pleasure and engagement with a 3 Series that it has been a Car and Driver Top Ten favorite for decades. The Diesel model is no less enjoyable.

Now, how about bringing us the 318d four-cylinder Diesel sedan from Europe? I want to get 60 miles per gallon too.

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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

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Opt
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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.

¹ Whichever 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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