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2009 BMW 3-Series Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by chaikovskiy12

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Reviewed: 2009 BMW 3-Series

4dr Sedan 414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2009 BMW 3-Series?

Powertrain performance

414 hp engine with 8300 rpm redline, coupled to a manual transmission.

Handling

Completely predictable responses, unflappable road manners.

Price or payments

M3 is a bargain in its segment.

Past personal experience

I enjoyed owning my previous 330.

Feature availability

Manual transmission, sizable trunk, rear seatback can be folded, defeatable stability control, limited slip differential standard on M3, an array of "high-end" luxury features.

Why Not the 2009 BMW 3-Series?

Dealer practices

Dealers generally behave as if they make you a favor selling the car to you.

Fuel economy

M3 averages 16.6 mpg. Spirited driving brings it to single digits. There is hardly any need for that, given the recent engine advances.

Depreciation

Costly to ensure. Regular 3-series does not hold value (due to its popularity).

Reliability & durability

More prone to breakdowns than the Japanese competition.

Ride smoothness

Regular 3-series comes with run-flat tires. Run-flat are awful over anything other than mirror-smooth surface. M3 came with summer tires; as a result, this ubersedan rides smoother than a regular 3er.

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