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#6838 of 7013 MT Fleet Update
Apr 03, 2007 (11:20 am)
Fleet Update: 2006 BMW 330i
By Neil G. Chirico
2006 BMW 330i
Total mileage: 17,285
Unresolved problem areas: None
Maintenance cost: $0 (service included)
Normal-wear cost: $6 (one quart synthetic oil)
"There I was motoring along (sorry, Mini) when the rain began to fall. At the freeway entrance, a line of vehicles ahead of me slammed on their brakes. I dynamited the brakes on the 330i, ABS goes into action, and I stopped 1.6 microns away from the car in front of me.
The driver of a 1995 Infiniti G20 behind me, however, wasn't able to do the same and slammed into the rear of our BMW. The 330i's rear bumper cover now looks likea badger has chewed it to pieces."
Luckily for us, the BMW is fine and entirely driveable, not so lucky for the G20, though.
#6839 of 7013 What a ride!
Apr 04, 2007 (1:46 pm)
I had a 335i loaner for a day while my e39 M5 was in the shop. Boy was that thing fast! I know what the reviewers said, but even with automatic, it seemed as fast as the M5. In gear acceleration and launching were equally into the "haul ass" mode. It did not have sports pkg, but the car felt very planted. It certainly felt better than e46 325 and e36 328 (both without sports pkg) in the handling dept. but also in terms of how solid it felt.
However, I hated the ergonomics of the front seat door arm rests and the controls on it. Whoever designed must have arms of chimpanzee or orangutan. Also, the headrests were sticking out just far enough to make it uncomfortable as my head was resting at an unnatural angle. Otherwise, rest of the seat was very comfortable.
It also had iDrive and while it wasn't difficult to use it, it just did not seem very intuitive. It certainly was distracting but not as bad as some have put it. Runflats were also not bad, but then again I wasn't expecting much from non-sports pkg. car. The ride itself was comfortable and bit softer than the M5.
If I had to replace the M5 today, I think 335i would fit the bill nicely.
#6840 of 7013 Re: What a ride! [jb_shin]
Apr 04, 2007 (4:59 pm)
Nothing so exotic for me, I'm afraid. My 2006 325i (man, ZSP) went in yesterday for its 12 mos service and to have the LM-22 winter tires swapped for the summer RE050As. I was given a 2007 328i loaner for the day. My thoughts on the loaner were: nice, easy car, engine a little torquier but less smooth (probably because it was new), tires (EL42s) rough, especially on coarser asphalt, drivetrain surge and the auto trans continually hunting for the right gear at low speed, handling competent but imprecise compared to the ZSP, and if you're getting leatherette, go for black. I think the car exterior looks best in any of the three base non-metallic colors. It also finally sold me on the sport seats in mine. A totally different personality to my car -- I guess a BMW can be what you want it to be. It reinforced one view I've long held -- the only people who really know how to match an auto trans to the right engine characteristics are the Americans, and a new one -- that more gears is not necessarily good in an auto. Better, but much less efficient, to have fewer gears and let the torque converter do the work. Throw in a V8 with bootfulls of torque for good measure.
I saw a slightly used 2006 325i for sale at the dealership -- shod in new Conti RFTs. Made me wonder about its history.
Speaking of different personalities, I feel that I already own two cars -- one with winter rubber, the other with summer. I like the 17" asymmetrical setup -- the balance is just right and transforms the car to what it should be. The LM-22s were good in ice and freezing rain, though.
#6841 of 7013 Re: Any Ideas What That Ticking Noise May Be [beemer777]
Apr 05, 2007 (6:14 pm)
I have the same lifter/valve noise on my 06 325xi. After its third visit to the dealer, they replaced all of the exhaust valve lifters and associated parts. It was fine for 2 days, then repeated the ticking noise after a very short drive to work. Not sure what your experience has been, but I always find that short drives with inadequate time for engine warm up are associated with the ticking. Obviously, it shouldn't happen at all, expecially in cars of this quality and cost. since the replacement of the valves, the engine does seem to run smoother. Agree with your embarrassment. Not very good PR for BMW either.
#6842 of 7013 Re: He's taking the car with both sets of tires...and... [blueguydotcom]
Apr 06, 2007 (2:53 am)
Congrats on the new S!
I have a 06 S and have enjoyed it throughly with numerous trips to the track and auto-x. However, I find myself wanting a larger sporty car and the E90 328 is high on my list. Why did you unload your almost new 330?
#6843 of 7013 Re: He's taking the car with both sets of tires...and... [rphillips2]
Apr 06, 2007 (3:37 am)
Didn't find it sporty or fun. It handles well but the car overall is big, subdued and not very drive oriented. Whether you're doing 140+ on the autobahn or taking a banked corner at 75, the e9x cars are just planted, solid and uninvolving.
I came from an 03 330i Performance Package car and I dearly miss the sound and feel of that car. Everything about it was more geared toward fun and sensory driving pleasure. Letting it go was a big, big mistake.
The 07 Cooper S acts as a stopgap for me. I still have the feel of a BMW but it's smaller, louder, more raw, lighter and overall makes me feel like I'm in a car that presents a balance between some luxury and some power/handling. I only expect to have it two years, maybe three - and the car's exceptional resale plays a major role in my decision too. Eventually, I expect to be back in a BMW when we start a family and at that time BMW will hopefully have a ZHP (performance) package for the 335i.
#6844 of 7013 Re: He's taking the car with both sets of tires...and... [blueguydotcom]
Apr 06, 2007 (5:02 pm)
And the RFTs on the Mini will go in the rafters?
I was in awe of the original Cooper S in its Monte days of glory. I'm sure the car will be a lot of tossable fun. I still like my E90. Cars are a subjective, irrational business.
Timo Makinen's 1965 Monte winner -- '64 Cooper S
#6845 of 7013 06 330i rattling.
Apr 07, 2007 (9:21 am)
my 330i sedan has the sport package.it has a slight rattling sounds times on rough roads.mostly from somewhere in the dash,possibly from ac vents.mostly when engine is cold or its below 70 degree.the dealer says it happens with sport package cars.dealer says cause their suspention is stiff so the cars with sport package can rattle.
Is it true.and has someone else experienced the same?please help
#6846 of 7013 Re: 06 330i rattling. [amir]
Apr 07, 2007 (11:51 am)
No rattling in mine yet -- 325i ZSP with 17" tires, 11,700 miles. However, when I hit potholes I get quite a crash from the suspension, which I did not get with the 16" winter tires. If the difference between 16 and 17 is that significant, I'm sure that the 18s must be pretty tough going on rough surfaces and transfer a a fair amount of stress to the suspension and body structure. On the other hand, the car was presumably engineered to withstand this. I'd insist that the dealer fix the rattle. The car isn't cheap and you deserve to be satisfied with it.
Apr 08, 2007 (10:31 am)
Maybe someone can help me here..I have a 2006 325i Automatic which is often very difficult to get the shifter out of park and then makes a loud noise from the engine compartment and then the car shakes once. Then when shifting from reverse to drive there is a loud thunk from the rear of the car (and I mean loud) and the rear of the car shakes. Been to the dealer twice and All I get is the standard "Could not duplicate". Anyone have an idea what is wrong?
Also does anyone have problems with the auto climate control...mine can't keep the car cool unless I switch it to manual and leave the setting at 60 degrees. Had a 2007 loaner that was the same way...and it was only 90 here.
By the way my car also had the peeling door pulls, the steering column had to be replaced when steering lock failed, low coolant light ( was low a quart...never had a car lose coolant but was told this is normal), window rolled down and never came up and the clearcoat on the paint is eaten away by bird droppings in under 8 hours....I have to take any off the same day and still leaves a dull mark behind. Oh yeah and I did get a flat and once I reset the tire pressure monitor it never told me the tire was flat...I had to rely on a tire gauge....dealer said that the systems are fussy about being reset....nice....Am I the only one?