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2005 BMW 3-Series Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by akhbhaat



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Reviewed: 2005 BMW 3-Series

4dr Sedan 235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2005 BMW 3-Series?

Exterior styling

Beautifully styled car with timeless aesthetics. Attractive from every angle. Performance package (ZHP) adds desirable cosmetic upgrades.

Powertrain performance

Silky-smooth inline 6 engine with excellent power delivery characteristics. Great sound. RWD. Six speed manual has a significant improvement in shifter feel over the older five speed.

Fuel economy

Most efficient six cylinder car in its class--real world results include 22-24 mpg in suburban driving and 30+ on the highway.


Precise steering with lots of feedback. 2003.5+ 330s have a faster steering ratio. Suspension is very firm and responsive yet not punishing. Lots of fun yet forgiving at the limit.

Past personal experience

I owned a 2000 323i for seven years. I never tired of driving it and still turned around to look at it until the day it was taken from me. Only time it failed to start and run was when the battery died. Also easy to work on yourself.

Why Not the 2005 BMW 3-Series?

Reliability & durability

Mechanically reliable, but various trim pieces and accessories could use some work. Window regulators fail and sunroof shades jam with disconcerting regularity. 2005 has been much better in this regard than 2000.

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