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A fond farewell
The present-day 3-series was also adorned with praise when it was first introduced in 1999. This road test is basically a final farewell to a car that, in its time, made many car enthusiasts dream, and lucky owners feel very content about their purchase. I would also note that the E46 M3, with its 333 hp 3.2L inline 6, was not bad either...
An entry level 320i retails for $34,950. A fully optioned out 330xi sedan
This BMW is arguably one of the best looking cars in the world today, especially in Coupe form. It is one of those cars that is instantly recognizable thanks to its shape, proportions and signature twin-kidney shaped grille. The car's lines are gracious and very appealing. The 3-series is a serious no-nonsense automobile that does not require add-ons to make it look like it can go faster. The fender flares are subtle, as is the small spoiler integrated in the boot lid.
The door hinges have notches to prevent them from closing back on the passenger when opened. The problem is that if they are not pushed out
I found the range of the keyless entry remote to be very short: if I was standing more that 10 meters away, the doors would not unlock. In the same vein, the remote trunk would work one out of two times on the first try.
The front seats are fantastic. They are supportive in all the right areas, comfortable and hugging. The extendable lower seat cushion ensures that just about every passenger will find wellbeing behind the wheel. Finding a comfortable driving position is child's play thanks to the multiple possible adjustments and the fact that BMW creates a driving environment centered on the driver.
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