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2006 BMW 3 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 18/Hwy 27/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic w/Steptronic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2006 BMW 3 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 1081 Ratings for the 2006 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

BMW Lost its Way

By on Thursday, May 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "good handling"

Cons: "Not a good decision"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Good handling. Everything is optional: metallic paint, rear folding seat, rear view camera. Oh yeah, and it comes with Run Flat Tires (They cost $200 ea more than a regular one, and last 40% of a regular tire), and of course the car doesn't have spare tire nor tools. You learn very quickly that your buying decision was VERY STUPID. The maintenance is real expensive($$$$), and components as coils, brakes including pads sensors and calipers, window regulators, pumps (all of them, yeah, yeah; water pump, fuel pump, wipers pump, steering pump) fail every day. Again, Brilliant Buying Decision. What to do? DUMP IT. It's the Intelligent Choice."

13 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Awesome car!

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, roomy, solid"

Cons: "Not really any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the last of the 6-speed manuals in the Sportwagon format. Fantastic handling with the sport package. Totally the car to own."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great sports sedan but below average reliability

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,451

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Expensive to fix and below average reliability"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"The good about the car is the performance. It is a great sports sedan. If you read the published articles in car magazines, it is the bench mark or measuring stick for other sport sedans. The car drives and handles great. It is fun and I enjoy driving it. However, once the warranty expires, it is costly to maintain and based on my experience on owning multiple cars thru the years, it has below average reliability. I have had multiple electrical issues (starter failed, electrical window motor failed, iDrive CCC module failure, and phone communication problems) , automatic transmission leaks (sleave and pan gasket leaks), oil leaks (oil filter housing and valve cover gasket leaks), Faulty /contaminated vanos solenoids causing rough engine running characteristics, a check engine light and low engine power."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Safety

By on Tuesday, April 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had 3 BMW 3 series cars and they all never stop surprising me. One of my cars I was in a very bad car accident and it saved my life, not only are these cars comfortable and reliable they are the safest cars I have ever driven, I highly recommend this car."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

85k Miles no problems, it's a life keep!

By on Saturday, March 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride, Manual Transmission, GooLooks after 9 years"

Cons: "Haven't found any worth writing about"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new in 07 and have 85k miles after 9 years. I got the manual transmission because I am a bit of a purist and I think for other people like myself, this is essential to bring out the true sporty feel of the car and engage with it versus the auto. I am on my 3rd set of run flat tires, which is really the 3rd generation and they have progressed from being not so good to comparable to normal tires in ride and comfort. Plus do not have to worry about being stranded in a blowout or having my wife stranded by the side of the road at night. I have the 6 cylinder naturally aspirated engine (non-turbo) which they don't make anymore, they have downsized to 4 cylinder turbos. This is a really smooth engine and purrs like a kitten at highway speeds. I love this car, keep it in a garage in NYC and wash and wax it about 10 times a year. Also change the oil every 5k like clockwork. Never thought this would be the case, but I will probably keep the car for life. I do not have any fancy options, its just the Ultimate Driving Machine with standard equipment. Hope your enjoy your Bimmer too!"

7 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Wish I purchased a BMW 20 years ago

By on Friday, March 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easily available performance + cosmetic mods"

Cons: "Some of the interior trim easily shreds."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I like to drive. I enjoy commuting and I enjoy tooling up a mountain road. There aren't enough superlatives to describe my four year experience with my 2010 BMW 335i. Corners beg to be accelerated into. The stereo system is so satisfying that sometimes I just sit in the driveway and listen. I feel safe, in control, and extremely comfortable sitting in the cockpit. When I sell this one, I'll buy another...maybe an M series."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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