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The 2011 BMW 3-Series ranks 2 out of 21 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking
is based on our analysis of 118 published reviews and test drives of the
BMW 3-Series, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
If you are looking for an entry-level luxury sedan that can serve as a
family hauler and emphasizes performance, the 2011 BMW 3-Series is a great
car. If you're shopping for a soft-sprung luxury cruiser, this may not be
the car for you.
When it comes to highly competitive, entry-level luxury sedans there are
few cars that have a unanimous following among auto critics, but the
3-Series is one of them. The BMW 3-Series continues to win over reviewers,
even as the competition becomes stronger. The 3-series has been one of Car
and Driver's "10Best" for 19 consecutive years. Judging from what reviewers
have been saying about the refreshed model, 2011 may make that 20.
It helps that BMW produces the 3-Series with several motors, rear-wheel and
all-wheel drive, and in four different body styles. Whatever your desire
is, likely there is a 3-Series that will fill it.
Although the 3-Series can be considered a luxury car, its design is biased
toward performance. This means the 3-Series has a powerful motor and a
stiff suspension that some may find too brutal for daily, real-world
driving. While this makes for a fun car at the track, the 3-Series has to
compromise other luxury car elements, like a plush ride. Simply put, it is
not as comfortable on the road as a Lexus ES.
If you're shopping for a value buy, the 3-Series may exceed your budget if
you like a lot of options. Pricing for a base 3-Series starts at $34,025,
which seems relatively affordable, but once you start checking the options
box, it becomes expensive quickly. Want AWD? That'll cost you about $2,000,
depending on the body style. Need an automatic? Cough up $1,375. Navigation
adds on another $2,100. But, if you can stomach the price or don't mind
tapping into your kid's college fund, the 3-Series is a car that reviewers
Other Cars to Consider
If you are looking for a comfortable luxury cruiser, the BMW 3-Series is
not the right car for you. Good examples that feature softer seats, a
smoother ride and aren't biased towards sporty driving are the Hyundai
Genesis and Lexus ES. However, if you're shopping for a car with all-wheel
drive, you're out of luck with these two.
If you require an adrenaline rush on your daily commute, the Infiniti G37
may be the right car for the job. The Infiniti's vicious V6 motor makes the
base G37 seem like a performance bargain because it's priced only $100 more
than a base BMW 328i.
But, if you're searching for a car with sumptuous interior, the Audi A4
will be the better pick. The A4's cabin is one of the nicest interiors in
the price range, but its base motor is a bit weak when compared to the base
models from BMW and Infiniti.
BMW 3-Series: The Details
The 2011 BMW 3-Series is the brand's bread and butter; it's BMW's
highest-selling car. Not only are there sedans, coupes, convertibles and
wagons, but there are also rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.
Additionally, there are several different motors. This means buyers have
the choice of plain Jane, "that's fast," and "oh my!" With that said, we
review the high-performance M3 separately.
For 2011, BMW gives the coupe and convertible some new cosmetic
modifications to their front and rear. Additionally, BMW ditched the older
twin-turbo setup in the 335i for a
single turbo powerplant. Although it may
sound like a bad idea for a performance car, don't worry. The new engine
makes the same power but is more fuel-efficient.
Also new for 2011 are a pair of new models, the 335is coupe and
convertible. For 2011, BMW has pulled the old switcharoo as the standard
335i gets a single turbo motor while the
2011 335is retains the older, bi-turbo
engine."With dynamic capabilities second to none, the 3-Series remains the
benchmark for sporty compacts. A full complement of body styles and
available all-wheel drive add to the appeal. Base prices are reasonable for
this class, though BMW charges extra for popular amenities many competitors
include as standard equipment." -- Consumer Guide
"After awarding 10Best trophies to the BMW 3-series for the last 19 years
in a row, it's clear that we're in love, even through multiple generations
and model changes."--Car and Driver
"The 3 Series' long-running double act is truly extraordinary: It speaks
the language of driving enthusiasts, yet its upscale image and comfortable
interior give it unrivaled mass appeal."--Edmunds
"It's as if Munich's engineers long ago brokered some sweetheart deal with
the devil, so total has been the range's dominance."--Autoblo
BMW 535i (F10) - A fast drive on the German Autobahn
Taking a BMW 535i (F10) for a fast drive on the Autobahn. Speed limiter
kicks in shortly before the speedo reaches 260 km/h. Strange: With the same
engine in the 3-series the limiter kicks in at 270. Nevermind the left
lane-hogging Ford Mustang
at 5:00 -- it was a jet pilot and probably didn't know how to drive :-p
Ein kurzer Sprint auf der Autobahn mit einem BMW 535i (F10). Der Limiter
regelt kurz vor 260 km/h ab. Eigenartig: Beim 3er mit dem gleichen Motor
geht er bis 270. Bitte den die linke Spur blockierenden Ford Mustang bei 5:00 nicht beachten -- es
war ein Jetpilot und der wusste wohl nicht, wie man Auto fährt :-p
BMW Thermostat Replacement 6 Cylinder
In this video I show you how easy it is to replace the thermostat on a BMW.
This is specific to the M52TU or M54 6 Cylinder. This would apply to any
BMW with this engine ranging from the 3 Series E46, 5 Series E39, X3 E83,
X5 E53. This video was made using a BMW 3 Series E46.