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2007 (07/57) BMW 3 Series330i SE 2dr

Inverness Volvo

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Brake pad wear indicator warning lightCheck control system
Oil level indicatorOil temperature gauge
On board computerOutside temperature gauge
Run flat indicatorService interval indicator
Stop/start button 

Entertainment

Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Brake force displayChrome kidney grille with chrome vertical slats
Daytime running lightsElectric operated/remote opening retractable hardtop
Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric windowFollow me home headlights
Front and rear electric windowsFront fog lights
Green tinted heat insulating glassHeadlight washer jets
Heated rear windowHeated windscreen washer jets
Integral rear window aerialRain sensor including auto headlights activation
Soft close bootlidVariable intermittent front wash/wipe
Xenon headlights 

Interior Features

12V socket in glovebox2 rear head restraints
4 boot load lashing pointsDual zone automatic air conditioning
Electric adjust front headrestsElectric front seats + driver memory
Electric height adjustable front seatsFolding rear seat
Front centre armrest with storage compartmentFront cupholders x 2
Front seatback pocketsIsofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gearknobLockable/illuminated glovebox
Multi function for steering wheelReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear air con ventsRear centre console and ashtray
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsToolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

Extended lights pack - 3 Series Convertible 

Safety

ABSAutomatic Stability Control (ASC)
Cornering brake controlDriver/Front Passenger airbags
DSC+Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCElectronic brake force distribution
Front side airbagsHill start assist
Motor Slip Regulation - Engine Drag Torque ControlOccupancy sensor for passenger seat
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Alarm - category 1Central locking button on dash
Drive away door lockingEngine immobiliser
Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking

Wheels

Run flat tyres
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Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)194Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2996Compression Ratio12.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)85Cylinders - Stroke (mm)88
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)34.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)44.8EC Urban (mpg)25.4

General

Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power272
Coin DescriptioniCoin SeriesSE
Insurance Group 118Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0741A
Insurance Group 2AManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)6.5Engine Power - BHP272
Engine Power - KW200Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6700Engine Torque - LBS.FT236
Engine Torque - MKG33Engine Torque - NM320
Engine Torque - RPM2750Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R17Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRE
Wheel StyleSTAR SPOKE STYLE 185Wheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1384Length4580
Wheelbase2760Width1782

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)63Gross Vehicle Weight2135
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)350Max. Loading Weight430
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1705No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 3 Series

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

BMW got back to basics with the E90 generation 3 Series. This was the car that shucked off the gimmicky styling and did what BMWs have always done best - concentrated on the engineering and let form follow function. The results have been spectacularly effective and are a testament to sticking with what you're good at. Used examples are now appearing in decent numbers but they do hold their value well despite industry mutterings of oversupply harming the car's so-called exclusive image.

History

Developing an all-new 3-Series was never going to be easy and the E90 generation, as BMW people dub this car, demonstrated clearly that the money men and the stylists had gone head to head in the battle between shifting big numbers and continuing the trend for challengingly-styled BMWs. The stylists blinked first. A good deal more conservatively penned than the rest of the BMW line up, this 3 Series consequently found almost universal acclaim. Although those wearing the black polo necks grumbled, it was a wise choice. With the 3-Series accounting for fully 52 per cent of BMW's UK sales, alienating this bedrock of customers with a wilfully odd-looking car was never going to make a sound business case. After all, this 3-Series was forced to redefine its place in BMW's range. For the first time in 29 years, it was no longer the entry level BMW model, and the range was developed in a way that 1-Series buyers could migrate to a Three on the way to bigger BMWs. At least that's what the suits in Munich were hoping. Bigger in every dimension to its predecessor, the 3-Series appeared in UK dealerships in April 2005 in saloon guise, the existing E46 generation coupes, Tourings and convertibles being sold alongside. Touring models of this car appeared in September 2005 with the Coupes arriving in September 2006, but along the way, the 3 Series range has been fleshed out with the 330i (July 2005), the 330d (November 2005), the 318i (January 2006), the limited run 320Si (June 2006) and the 335i, 325d and 335d (September 2006). In the Autumn of 2007 BMW included its EfficientDynamics package across the 3-Series range with dramatic effects. The technology uses Brake Energy Regeneration and Auto Stop-Start amongst other features to dramatically cut emissions and enhance fuel economy. The headline grabbing model was the 318d which became capable of over 60mpg on the combined cycle and 123g/km emissions. The V8-powered M3 saloon arrived early in 2008 and at the other extreme, September 2009 brought the super-economical 316d.

What You Get

Many of the contemporary BMW styling signatures are present, although they were toned down radically. The sill line is bowed, although nowhere near as radically as in, say, a 1-series. Compare how the rear bootlid is a chamfered and smoothed version of that worn by the 5-Series. Even the flanks betray a less aggressive concave contouring, while the rest of the traditional BMW cues such as the 'Hofmeister Kink' at the rear window and the kidney grille are present and correct. Although it's not what you'd call a striking piece of design, it is nevertheless mature and assured. The Touring model follows similar themes although the stylists had a freer brief when it came to the 3 Series Coupe. For a start, it's beautiful in its own right. Contemporary BMW design has been a strangely hit and miss affair but the bullseye was firmly hit in this instance. Taut, sleek, muscular and boasting not a single shared body panel with the 3 Series saloon, the latest Coupe earned whole legions of buyers before they ever clapped eyes on one in the metal. The silhouette is lower and more elongated, giving it an elegance that's singularly lacking in the buttoned-down saloon. The kidney grilles at the front were restyled to give a simpler, cleaner look while the headlamps have a more piercing stare. Move round to the rear and you'll pick out the broad tail light clusters that incorporate horizontal LED rods. On the way, you'll spot the sculpted flanks and should you tap the front wings, you'll find that instead of the high-pitched ring of steel, you'll hear the duller thud of plastic. In a bid to cleave weight from the 3 Series Coupe, BMW used plastic as well as the more traditional method of 'tailored blanks' - panels that are thick where structural rigidity is needed and thin where it's not.

What to Look For

No major faults have been reported with this generation 3 Series, BMW learning their lessons from the old car's problems with sub-par South African cars and lingering Nikasil cylinder lining grumbles. Always go for metallic colours. Be suspicious of cars that have had many owners in a short time (this could be a sign of ongoing problems). If you really want peace of mind, buy from a BMW dealer - but be prepared to pay the premium.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2006 318i saloon) A clutch assembly is around £150. Front brake pads are around £60, a full exhaust about £420, an alternator around £150 and a tyre around £70. A starter motor is about £160.

On the Road

Eight engines are available. The entry-level units are the 318s with the i propping up the d. The 318i has the same 129bhp engine as the 118i and is capable of 0-60mph in 10s flat. Fuel economy of 38.7mph is not to be scoffed at but it looks a little thirsty next to the 318d's 50.4mpg. The 318d is slightly slower with 122bhp and a 10.6s 0-60mph time. The 320i is an engine based on the architecture of the 318i motor in the previous generation 3-Series. With improvements to the induction and VANOS systems, this engine jumps to a round 150bhp. Capable of covering the sprint to 60mph in 8.8 seconds and able to hit 137mph, the 320i can also manage to eke 38.2 miles from a gallon of unleaded. Also highly capable is the 320d, BMW's biggest seller in the old E46 generation car. In this instance, power leaps from 150 to 163bhp. This diesel will take a fraction over eight seconds to get to 60mph and posts a top speed of 140mph. The 49.6mpg fuel economy figure is a real standout. The 330i and 330d are two very successful aspirant models. The petrol features a 3.0-litre Valvetronic engine with technology that does away with conventional throttle butterflies in favour of a complex electrically-powered valve lifting system. Constructed from an aluminium and magnesium composite, this engine sits tucked well back in the car's cavernous engine bay and gives the car excellent weight distribution. Less weight also equates to better performance, more agile handling and lower fuel consumption and emissions. This engine punches well above its modest weight, knocking out 258bhp at 6,600rpm. On the road this translates into a surprising amount of heft. The sprint to 60mph from rest will disappear in just 6.3 seconds and will run into BMW's self-imposed electronic limiter at 155mph with plenty to spare. Despite this, the fuel economy figures are better than the old 231bhp 330i at 33.5mpg. The Valvetronic engine complies with the latest Euro IV emissions regulations and features an electric water pump to cool the engine block for increased efficiency. If you can't quite stretch to starting prices for this variant, a 325i petrol model is also available. Then there's the improved 330d, which is nearly as quick as the 330i with a 6.7s 0-60mph time and far more economical with 43.5mpg. A full 500Nm of torque makes this model an amazingly muscular choice. The 335i engine also merits special mention. Despite the 335i badge, the engine fitted up front in this car is 'only' a 3.0-litre, much akin to that found in the 330i. Whereas that car develops 272bhp, the 'blown' 335i is good for 302bhp. BMW could have no doubt turned the wick up on the turbochargers to offer way more power but the key to the 335i is in creating a turbocharged model that offers none of the drawbacks of turbo cars. In real terms, that means a sprint to 60mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. That's not far off the old M3 and in terms of torque to weight, the 335i trounces the old hotrod, the M3 offering 171lb/ft per tonne compared to the turbo car's 184lb/ft per tonne.

Overall

BMW obviously listened long and hard to customer feedback when designing this generation 3 Series. With more rear legroom, more standard equipment and better safety provision while retaining its position as the driver's choice in the compact executive sector, it hit all the requisite nails squarely on the head. There's no secret formula to the 3 Series selling in huge numbers, just solid commonsense. It makes a great new buy and a pretty decent used bet too as long as you're not expecting any screaming bargains.

Performance
60%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
60%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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