2009 BMW 3-Series

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With the arrival of the CTS Sport Wagon and a coupe model in the near future, Cadillac is setting the stage for a product lineup much more closely mimicking that of BMW's 3 Series. For decades, BMW has spread its engineering costs over several 3 Series body styles and capitalized on the recognition and reputation of the mainstream sedan. The wagons, convertibles, and coupes may not sell in the same volumes as the 3 Series sedan, but each one certainly plays a role in BMW's business. We drove a 2009 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon to see how the golden standard of the sport sedan world translated into a wagon.
The sedan's sibling
Even if a 3 Series wagon is a relatively rare sight, the compact wagon is instantly recognizable. That's because the body's lines are almost identical to the much more common sedan. In both cases, the cars have been on sale for three years now, and while the design is still true to BMW's corporate look, it could hardly be called eye-catching.
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Our 3 Series wagon wore dark Monaco blue paint and optional 17-inch wheels. For an extra $800, our test car was equipped with Xenon headlamps that did a great job illuminating the road. Even better than the high-intensity discharge lamps, though, was the standard adaptive lighting feature that swivels the lights as you turn the steering wheel.
Luxury, plain and simple
The wagon we drove was treated to leather seats and door panels in a rich saddle brown accented with dark walnut trim. The leather came as part of the $3350 premium package, which also includes Bluetooth, power front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, a digital compass, and a universal garage door opener. That seems like a hefty price tag for some trivial equipment, but the beautiful leather is certainly something we'd want if we were purchasing a 328i. Combined with the black surfaces of the dash, console, and carpeting, the finely grained leather creates a luxurious environment.
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Tech that's expected
BMW offers a full range of technology in the 328i Sports Wagon. The list of standard and available features offers few surprises, but does include everything you could expect or want. Navigation costs an extra $2100 and includes the company's iDrive infotainment controller. Additional options on our test car included satellite radio, an iPod adapter, keyless ignition, dynamic cruise control, and park assist.
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Mediocre power, superior refinement
BMW's normally aspirated, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder is the only engine offered in the wagon. Making 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, the engine is more than adequate for city driving and highway merging, but can't match the specs of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Occasionally, stomping on the throttle in the BMW leaves the driver stranded in a power valley by a slow shift. But aggressive drivers will love the engine's speed and refinement when spinning to the 6500-rpm redline.
The automatic transmission features sport and manual modes in addition to the standard programming. Sport causes the transmission to downshift earlier and hold onto revs longer, creating a noticeable and appreciated difference compared to the standard mode. Selecting your own gear changes is done through either the gear lever or optional shift paddles. However, the manual mode doesn't give the driver complete control; upshifts still occur automatically just before redline.
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Driving dynamics
The 3 Series wagon does an excellent job juggling the duties of both sporty and comfortable driving. Over most roads, the 328i quelled bumps and holes with ease. Still, a few sharp, high-speed breaks did slam the suspension against its bump stops with jarring impacts.
For low-speed parking maneuvers, the steering in the 328i is quite heavy, but get the car up to pace, and the wheel transmits precise information. Pushing the wagon through turns, the chassis remains quite neutral, avoiding serious oversteer with the help of the all-wheel drive system. Of course, nudging the gear selector into sport mode is the true switch for transforming the wagon from grocery-getter to corner carver.
A proven formula
There's good reason that a BMW 3 Series is the safe bet when it comes to buying a car. It provides the comfort and luxury that drivers want every day with the capabilities to perform for the occasional heavy-footed spin. The 328i xDrive Sports Wagon is no exception, offering the same great formula with that extra dose of wagon practicality.
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BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon
Base Price: $37,925
As-tested: $49,495
Powertrain
Engine: 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve I-6
Horsepower: 230
Torque: 200
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Measurements:
L x W x H: 178.6 x 71.5 x 55.8 in
Legroom F/R: 41.1/34.6 in
Headroom F/R: 38.5/38.0 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 16.2/48.9 cu ft
Curb weight: 3814 lbs
EPA Rating (estimated city/highway) 17/25 mpg
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Nearly a year after its debut in Europe, the new Audi S4 has finally come to North America, and more so than ever, this new S4 should be cause for trepidation at BMW. That's because this generation of the S4 is more changed than ever before: Its reconfigured powertrain moves the engine rearward for better chassis balance. The all-wheel-drive system now sends a majority of the thrust to the rear wheels and also can actively apportion torque across the rear axle. The new, supercharged V-6 is lighter and more economical than the previous V-8. Oh, and it's had an almost three-grand price cut (plus shed its gas-guzzler tax).
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The two cars' acceleration was a dead heat, but what of the difference in feel between supercharging and turbocharging? In this instance, there really was none. Both sixes masterfully integrate their respective boost systems, so throttle response is linear and you're never left waiting for a kick in the pants. With the engines' absence of supercharger whine and turbo whistle, and their tremendous flexibility across the rev range, an owner could drive either one of these cars for a year and never suspect that his engine was anything but normally aspirated.
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Nor were we terribly sad to skip the Drive Select package, which, along with the torque-vectoring axle, includes adjustable damping, dynamic steering with selectable effort, and a choice of throttle mapping. In fact, during our hardest driving over the worst roads, the S4 with its standard suspension configuration - which is firmer than that of the A4 - displayed even better body control than the already exemplary 335i. And unlike some past Audis with sport suspensions, the S4 doesn't beat you up over bumps. The S4, like the 335i, was adept at absorbing impacts without transmitting any harshness. Again, both cars impressed us tremendously with their ability to blend agility and a relatively comfortable ride. (As it happened, both were riding on eighteen-inch wheels. They're standard on the S4, with nineteens optional - and fitted to the car that we tested against the clock. On the 335i, eighteen-inch wheels are an upgrade over the base seventeens.)
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Outside, it's a similar story, with the BMW looking almost dowdy next to the sleek Audi. Whereas the 335i has little to visually separate it from the base 328i, the S4 is far less likely to be confused for a run-of-the-mill A4. The S4 brandishes marks of distinction that include its eighteen-inch wheels, a lower ride height, a unique grille, aluminum mirror caps, and a rear diffuser.
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2009 BMW 335i
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2009 BMW 3-Series Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.0L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
230 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
200 ft lb of torque @ 2750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Summary
This recall involves aftermarket parts sold by Valeo. Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
Consequences
This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
Remedy
Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall began on August 22, 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.
Potential Units Affected
585
Notes
Valeo


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. In February 2013, BMW recalled 504,545 vehicles. In July 2013, BMW informed the agency that it was adding 1-Series, 3-Series, and Z4 vehicles, representing an additional 12,094 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.
Consequences
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
516,791
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES
Summary
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. In February 2013, BMW recalled 504,545 vehicles. In July 2013, BMW informed the agency that it was adding 1-Series, 3-Series, and Z4 vehicles, representing an additional 12,094 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.
Consequences
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
516,791
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
Summary
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. In February 2013, BMW recalled 504,545 vehicles. In July 2013, BMW informed the agency that it was adding 1-Series, 3-Series, and Z4 vehicles, representing an additional 12,094 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.
Consequences
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
516,791
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


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