Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. Aside from the aforementioned interior and exterior bits, the M Sport package treats drivers to a sport-tuned suspension. Available in several configurations, it can be had with a choice of in-line six-cylinder engine, or an in-line six cylinder with a single twin-scroll turbocharger. Why you wouldn't: Because the apple of your convertible eye is the imported from Detroit 200. Just because you can, however, doesn't mean you want to.
One note of caution: If you live in an area of the country where streets are poorly maintained, avoid the sport suspension. The real dark burled walnut wood trim sets off the interior nicely. Squeaks and rattles are completely absent, which is a testament to how this car was treated in its previous life. And then we were reminded of rising fuel prices and the diesel's 36 mpg highway rating. The engine pulls hard to redline and steering wheel-mounted paddles will let you have fun if you choose to shift through the gears manually. Priced higher than most, they exist for a purpose: To offer drop head motoring for those who appreciate some of the best handling found in any car today. A by-product of the hardtop roof is a torsionally rigid unibody, free of so-called chassis flex that plagues many older droptops.
The 2011 models benefit from modest updates to the front and rear, but these are modest - and do nothing to outdate their immediate predecessor. In fact, the company claims this to be the stiffest convertible they have ever built. Offering crisply executed design, generous interior space and a fully capable powertrain! Our Experienced Owners And Technicians Strive To Insure That You Are Satisfied With Your Purchase. A side crease lends continuity down the flanks to tie the rear in for a completed view. One note of caution: If you live in an area of the country where streets are poorly maintained, avoid the sport suspension.
The 3-Series is available as a sedan, coupe or hardtop convertible. The 3-Series sedan can carry 12 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, which is low for the class. Drivers love it, geeks especially those with an affinity for elegant engineering love it, and families love it. The navigation works perfectly and. Standard features on the base 328i include rain-sensing windshield wipers and a 10-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Despite not having the power of some of its big brothers, the 328i still managed to corner as though it was riding on a rail.
The sport seats provide great lateral and lumbar support and a thick steering wheel with integrated audio and voice controls feels perfect in your hands. Our tester was optioned up with the enthusiast-oriented Sport package, which adds 18-inch alloys and rubber, more heavily-bolstered seats, a unique steering wheel and a taut suspension. And given its build quality, no-cost maintenance during the warranty period and historically good resale value, it may be no more expensive to own than other sport sedans which mimic 3 Series attributes while rarely matching them. Interior: Black leather and bamboo anthracite wood trim are liberal, while soft-touch plastics and aluminum accents help to round out a very nice interior. It's not a deal breaker though. We like the firmness displayed by the 328i's suspension, comprised of dual aluminum lower control arms with an anti-roll stabilizer bar in front.
We like the leather-trimmed paddle shift levers located on the wheel, so we could have our way with the Steptronic automatic transmission whenever we wanted. And despite improved warranties and no-cost maintenance during that warranty period, older, high-mileage German is typically more expensive to maintain than older Japanese or domestic. Rumors of an all-new car coming soon haven't stopped from cooking up some updates for the 2011 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, which will hit dealers later this spring. While every imaginable option variance is available on a 3 Series, the 335is Coupe is the notable odd duck. Sleek, if not a little boxy, at first glance this 3-Series Convertible reminds us of the big brother 650i Cabriolet, a much newer designed signed off by a different designer. The whole package presented a creak-free ride that is thankfully becoming the norm in the drop-top world.
Mix in a little bit of the old with the new and it's a pretty apt description of our 2011 328i Convertible. Moving to the rear, another character line has cropped up just above the twin tail pipes -- giving the rear bumper a bit more pizzazz. Priced higher than most, they exist for a purpose: To offer drop head motoring for those who appreciate some of the best handling found in any car today. A high-performance M3 version is also available, but our tastes have been dialed back a bit thanks to the global financial crisis. It had body work done to the passenger side front and rear doors. It looked in perfect condition but it was not. It's not a deal breaker though.
Aside from the aforementioned interior and exterior bits, the M Sport package treats drivers to a sport-tuned suspension. Let's start with the requisite twin kidney bean grill in front. And given its build quality, no-cost maintenance during the warranty period and historically good resale value, it may be no more expensive to own than other sport sedans which mimic 3 Series attributes while rarely matching them. All in all, this is a great ride that should provide its new owner with years of road going enjoyment. Car has needed multiple repairs I've had the car for four months.
Top features include cruise control, a leather steering. Squeaks and rattles are completely absent, which is a testament to how this car was treated in its previous life. Leaving it in pure automatic mode turned it a bit anemic probably due to its nearly 3,900 lbs. Ergonomically the cabin is very well laid out with all controls, switches and knobs being within arms reach of the driver. Additionally, the 3 Series coupe and convertible receive a new side-skirt design. We like it, but we still like our ventilated seats better. All Our Vehicles Go Through A Stringent And Extensive Inspection In Our Service Department.