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2006 BMW 330i Technical Specifications and Dimensions
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You still haven't turned off your adblocker or allowed our site.So when I picked up the keys to a BMW i, the notepad was ready to take down what surely would become a dozen or so criticisms, especially because this was a new model, completely redesigned, the fifth generation of a sedan that has become the benchmark for performance. By Day 7, there were lots of checkmarks covering performance, handling, braking, styling and comfort. Under criticisms, however, I had but one: The side mirrors were a tad small.
Not since I began reviewing automobiles more than five years ago have I been able to produce such a paltry list of complaints about a car. But there it is — one. Blame BMW, because the i is one of those rare cars that satisfy all the senses of anyone who enjoys driving.
This is an extraordinarily well-built car. BMW says it helps reduce stopping distance. More, during wet driving the new 3 will gently apply the brake pads to the discs to scrub them dry, again giving the driver a better ability to stop.
The new brakes also have a system to control fade and to make softer stops when braking gently. Out back, to help other drivers gauge how hard you are stopping, the brake lights vary their intensity to the degree of pedal pressure.
The result is easy manoeuvring. At higher speeds, the steering ratio is more relaxed so the wheel needs to be turned farther to make the car move as much, improving feedback. The effect is steering unlike any car before. Active Steering makes the car feel nimble and easy to park at low speeds, yet keeps it directionally true at higher speeds — while still providing the hallmark feel of a BMW.
The strut-based front suspension and new five-link rear suspension is tight, but not so firm as to hinder ride quality.
That feel of a BMW washes over into the lean interior that, while somewhat modular, is all German — efficient, practical, clever. The thick steering wheel feels wonderful in the hands. The dash and trim are made of excellent materials. The gauge cluster is a tribute to clarity. Even the signal lights are smartly engineered to automatically blink three times with just a gentle push for lane changes.
Other standard items to note on the i are xenon headlights for low and high beam, a rain sensor to automatically switch on the wipers when it begins to rain and then adjust their speed to the intensity of the rainautomatic air conditioning, inch rims and adaptive headlights, which calculate steering angle, yaw rate and vehicle speed and then adjust the direction of the headlight beam to match the layout of the bend in the road.
Overall, the new 3-Series is substantially larger than the car it replaces, too. The growth allows for more stability and more head and elbow-room front and back. The engine, a new, 3. The engine feels satiny smooth in every gear, right into the upper range, and produces a crisp, unpretentious exhaust note. The 3-Series sedan now comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission to send power to the rear wheels, replacing the old five-speed.
Road test: 2006 BMW 330i
An aluminum-handled shifter fits perfectly in the palm of the hand, and the extra gear makes the car feel much more calm at highway speeds.
An automatic with manual mode is available as an option. The new sheetmetal retains some signature elements of the old 3-Series, but now resembles its attractive bigger brother, the 5-Series, although the 3 is less aggressive, not so radically reshaped as the 5.2005 - BMW 330i 190 kW (N52B30) - POV Test Drive + Acceleration 0 - 200 km/h
A prominent crease along the side of the 3 gives the car an edgy look, and the shadows it creates make the paint look more interesting. And so the benchmark gets bigger, smarter, bolder. With so many other automakers trying to match or beat the performance of this car, a successful redesign of the new 3-Series was crucial for the company, especially when the model accounts for more than a third of its total sales volume.
Engine: 3. Notable standard features: Adaptive headlamps, stability control, rain sensing wipers, run-flat tires, xenon headlamps, automatic air conditioning, sunroof, auto-dim rearview mirror, leatherette upholstery, power seats.
Notable options: Park distance control, Active Steering, sports suspension, navigation system, Logic7 sound system with 13 speakers, Bluetooth phone-integration technology, leather upholstery, metallic paint. Trending Videos See More Videos. Search Driving. Road Test.This page is for personal, non-commercial use. We get it. Ads can be annoying. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone.
And free is good, right? If you'd be so kind as to allow our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Thanks for that. And thanks for reading Autoblog. Pricing Specs Equipment. Interior Front head room 37 " Rear head room 37 " Front shoulder room 55 " Rear shoulder room 55 " Front leg room Maximum cargo capacity Standard seating 5 Exterior Length Gross weight 4, lbs.
Fuel Fuel tank capacity Torque rpm 2, Payload 1, lbs. Drive type all-wheel drive Turning radius Research Another Vehicle. We notice you're using an ad blocker. Please consider allowing Autoblog. Allow Us! Here's how to disable adblocking on our site. Click on the icon for your Adblocker in your browser.BMW addsmodels to an earlier recall dating from November The recall originally coveredvehicles to address an issue wit The BMW 3 Series sedan has what it takes to please.
The 3 Series may not have the look-at-me styling of some of its rivals, but the tech and engineering is there, and that will impress some potential buyers. Favourite added temporarily. To add it to your profile, you will need to sign in.
Long Term Verdict: 2006 BMW 330i
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Rear Headroom. Comfort and Convenience.Featured Explore Cars Car Reviews. Make e. Model e. All Model Years. Get quotes. Powered by. Standard Engine. Standard Seating. Other cars to consider. Some say it's still the ultimate driving machine, while others are wondering if BMW has lost its edge or if the competition has just finally caught up with it. At the freeway entrance, a line of vehicles ahead of me slammed on their brakes.
The last update was about opposing opinions. This time, it's controversial technology.
Read our fleet update of the BMW i from the automotive experts at motortrend. The Infiniti G35s offers killer performance and refinement. Which one is the champion? We ordered ours old school: Skip the toys, but give us the big motor, a manual trans, and the sportiest suspension and rolling-stock combo offered. This is the one car that must prove beyond doubt BMW hasn't lost its way. Read the full road test article from the experts at Motor Trend.
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2006 BMW 330i
Please give an overall site rating:. Privacy Statement.Top Speed : mph Power : HP Stroke : 3. Compression : Vehicle Recall Information. Toggle navigation conceptcarz. Toggle vehicle navigation BMW i Menu. Gear Ratios. Consequence In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure could cause rupturing of the inflator resulting in metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Remedy BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag, free of charge. An interim notice was mailed to owners in September A second notice was mailed when an adequate supply of parts became available, on December 1, The wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat. Consequence Wiring that overheats could cause the electrical connectors to melt, and increase the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is unattended.
Remedy BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connectors, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available.
Owners may contact BMW customer service at The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation PCV valve may short circuit. Consequence An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
The recall began May 30, Note: This recall is an expansion to recall 17V BMW is recalling certain i, xi, i, xi, i, xi, i, xi, and i vehicles equipped with the Sport Seat option and certain i, xi, i, xi, i vehicles with standard seats. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.
Consequence Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury. Remedy BMW will notify owners, and dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.Indeed, we have selected the 3-series as one of our 10Best Cars for 16 consecutive years.
So it will surprise no regular reader that when the current E90 generation appeared in the summer ofwe requested an example for our long-term fleet. After putting a quick miles on thewe took it to the test track where we measured a 0-to time of 5. That's real performance progress, as those figures are quicker even than an E36 M3's. Our i's chassis was equally impressive, not giving up in corners until 0. Thanks to the higher-performance tires in the Sport package, the i's speed governor was raised from to mph, which our example easily achieved.
We'd say this i's performance lived up to its sports-sedan rep in every way. Our impressions from the driver's seat were even more positive. Despite the 3. The steering feel was excellent, and the car responded to inputs eagerly, accurately, and naturally.
And the chassis was always eager to be leaned on, delivering its tenacious grip with steady balance and great stability. None of this surprised us, given the 3-series' legendary sports-sedan status. But what astonished just about everyone who drove the car was its comfort and usability as an everyday driver.
After a mile round trip from Ann Arbor to Virginia International Raceway, I noted that the BMW's "uncanny combination of control and compliance takes the fatigue out of driving this car. Over the years, 3-series sedans have also been excellent examples of packaging efficiency, and this latest version is no exception.
One unexpected virtue of this latest i was its outstanding fuel economy. Our logbook was brimming with comments about the car's highway mileage. Online deputy editor Dave VanderWerp got 33 mpg while averaging more than 80 mph. That's amazing, even allowing for the i's optimistic speedometer, which reads 4 mph high at 80 mph. Interestingly, our long-term BMW i —the previous-generation E46—also delivered 25 mpg, but compared with this current E90, it was shy 62 horsepower and almost a full second to 60 mph.
What was not to like? Most of us, however, found the seats to be superbly comfortable. Car wrangler K. Colwell raved, "The seats are amazing. Although we purposely didn't order iDrive on this i, many of our other nit-picky complaints centered on automatic features in which the car tries to think for the driver.
The automatic wipers often chose a speed that wasn't what we wanted. Finally, the dynamic cruise control unlike adaptive systems doesn't try to maintain a radar-measured space behind the vehicle in front of the i, but it still irritated us by applying the brakes when we'd get more than a couple mph above the set speed, such as down a steep hill.
We prefer to do such things for ourselves when we deem them necessary. One nonelectronic complaint involved the tendency of the cup holders to launch empty beverage containers like Polaris missiles. In any case, these services tend to be far between if your miles are on the highway because the BMW employs an algorithm to determine oil-change intervals based on total miles, cold starts, and peak oil temperatures. Our first oil change wasn't required until 19, miles, and the second came at 34, miles.
Oddly enough, the system called for an additional service and inspection at 30, miles, although no oil change was required or performed. We had to make two unscheduled visits to the dealership toward the end of the BMW's time with us.
At about 37, miles, we noticed a grinding noise from the rear. It turned out that the left-rear wheel bearing had failed. At about the same time, several buttons on the climate-control system had gotten stuck.
The dealer replaced the bearing and the control panel under warranty.