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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 1083 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

ultimate driving machine with real negatives

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "fun to drive, people love seeing it"

Cons: "out of maintenance/warranty expense. mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I love this car, it was a bucket list purchase for me and replaced my 1997 BMW. It handles incredibly well. I love having a hardtop convertible, and the enhanced visibility of a coupe. but the interior leather/plastic/vinyl does not wear well. because the convertible is heavier than a sedan, it feels "heavy" or sluggish as you start from a stop. however, the acceleration is awesome once you are moving. the car looks great from the outside, lots of positive comments. electrical has been a challenge at times, and I am not a fan of runflats and the sports package is probably something I would not do again (so low to the ground will create damage and hate the skinny tires.) let's face it, this car is about BMW handling, acceleration and look. definitely a challenge once you are not covered by your all maintenance/warranty coverage."

Super fun car to drive, great experience!

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun to drive"

Cons: "None that mattered to me!"

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

"You can "own the road" when you drive this car. Handles beautifully, has great power and responsiveness. Surprisingly good on gas, considering the 6-cylinder, twin turbo engine. Has been very reliable, with no significant issues in the 4 years I've owned it. Very comfortable, and truly is the "ultimate driving machine!""

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

BMW Lost its Way

By on Thursday, May 5, 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."

25 people out of 45 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."

4 people out of 7 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."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Safety

By on Tuesday, April 5, 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."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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