Even the standard-trim front buckets provide excellent support without feeling too hard. Each way takes less than a half-minute. Coming back down through the gears, drivers must take care if they wish to take a gear out of its normal sequence, as this requires some careful aiming of the shift lever to land in the desired slot. Use a small turbocharger, which spools up relatively quickly, to get the power boost started early on at lower engine speed. Both engines come with a six-speed, manual transmission. No longer is it enough for carmakers to have just a convertible. Thus this six-cylinder engine has torque delivery much like that of a V8.
Please report any submissions that violate our rules. Front-seat occupants get as many as three cup holders, one which the iDrive displaces in the console between the seats and two wimpy contraptions that pop out of the dash on the passenger side above the glove box. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. This car defines sports sedan, and it's the benchmark every luxury car maker from Acura to Volvo aims at. The front doors host hard plastic, flip-out map pockets.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard across the board, and a six-speed automatic with a manual mode is optional on all 3 Series models. Sold This is one of the highest optioned generation 2 Cayman S we have come across, let alone stocked. A lockable glove box accommodates owner's manuals and feature guides, a re-chargeable flashlight and a spare key bracket. What's best is its linear quality, or the steady supply of acceleration-producing torque at any speed. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. After the first year, you'll pay for the subscription. Turbo lag is essentially nonexistent, giving the new engine the feel of a much larger normally aspirated engine.
Safety features include the usual array of front and side airbags, plus lower dash-mounted, anti-submarine knee airbags. Enthusiasts, however, may pine that the 3 Series' purity has been lost. It's difficult to find anything that isn't perfect or at least approaching perfection in the way the new 3 Series Convertible relates to its driver and occupants. The dealership is not responsible for misprints on prices or equipment. Seats have long been 3 Series strength, and the new ones are better than ever.
The 2007 3 Series Coupe is evaluated in a separate review. The manual adjustments work great, though we recommend using them when the car is parked. Imagine how much awesomeness and hilarity we would have missed without them. In all, there are more than 600 choices in equipping the 3 Series sedans. Overlooking the spongy touch, upshifts flow naturally from gear to gear, even if the driver skips a gear or two, a not uncommon inclination when crawling through rush hour traffic. The hood line, which actually starts down in the front apron, leads up and back toward a roofline that is long and smooth and inches lower than that on the sedan but don't worry, there's plenty of headroom even in the back seat.
No problem with shift response when you do it yourself. For starters, they are the largest 3 Series cars ever. Beyond simply feeling rock-solid when hustled around turns, this car communicates with the driver in a manner that inspires confidence no matter what kind of driving you're doing. Perchance it's the result of cramming slots for six forward gears into a shift pattern more properly proportioned for five gears, but whatever, this is a distinct step backward from previous 3 Series manual gearboxes. And the 3 Series Convertible has not been immune to this creeping plague of numbing isolation. Then there is the Steptronic manual mode, which allows manual gear selection by toggling the shift lever to the left.
The manual adjustments work great, though we recommend using them when the car is parked. Head room, both front and rear, is respectable, with more than enough clearance in front even for people several inches taller than six feet. Enthusiasts, however, may pine that the 3 Series' purity has been lost. These cars are loaded with technical wizardry. This system adds wattage and three speakers, with the latest digital sound processing and surround technology.
Some will like it, some won't. Now rated for 230 hp, base 3 Series coupes, sedans and wagons are renamed 328i and, when equipped with all-wheel drive, 328xi. With the top up, it will hold a golf bag, though longitudinally, stuffed into the cargo bag that comes with the optional rear seat pass-through and that. Put more plainly, the 3 Series Convertible, like the 3 Series Sedan and Coupe, is a joy to drive. Additional back and bottom bolstering make them a bit harder to slide into, but we'd rather have them during a spirited drive.