Like all 3 Series, this version of the 325i is fun to drive. It has more room than the previous pre-2005 version. Responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. The engine delivers lively performance and the smooth transmission contributes to a sporty feel. Some controls, however, can be difficult to use.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Outstanding handling Always a pleasure to drive."

Richard B., TN (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Our BMW embodies all the performance car aspects of a fine sports coupe. It accelerates briskly. It corners flat with excellent control."

Keith M., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Works good"

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW exemplifies the idea of "ultimate diving machine". It handles like a dream and it reduces my age by decades. An old man in a bright red BMW is good for my ego.. It seems to alway be able to handle whatever situation I fine myself in."

William L., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration, as well as great turning radius. Never worry it won't perform in pulling out into traffic.."

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles well, stable at high speeds"

William G., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"0-60MPH is around 4.7 seconds, so that's very quick, and the suspension, and tires make this car handle like it's on rails."

Robert I., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Great balance between performance and comfort."

Chris M., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is fun to drive. It accelerates quickly and the steering is easy to control. It's responsive and nimble."

Tammy L., GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"I've owned a shit-pot-full of cars in 55 years of car ownership from Porsches to Plymouths. This car is by far the best in all respects."

Gary W., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles very well overall. Don't like run-flats, they brake poorly and corner very poorly"

D S., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"I have had several BMWs and this one has the best handling"

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It's jumps as you break and shudders"

Sarah D., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Good performance, awd (xi) system is amazing, maybe best around. Handling is much better than most cars but not quite up to that of my 1999 M3"

Carey P., PA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles well in curves and has good braking."

Dennis D., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent engine with great acceleration"

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"powerful and handles well. Good road holding and ride."

Morris B., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Even at over ten years old the car accelerates smoothly and quickly when passing. Fun on serpentine roads as it corners well and is very stable in turns"

Jeannie M., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Convertble"

Carol J., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW is a driving machine. Responsive, handles like a dream and is fun to drive."

Mark S., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The engine is fantastic. Great acceleration, great cornering, love this car!"

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"excellent acceleration, very good road handling characteristics,"

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles and accelerates well, while maintaining the comfort and noise levels of a family sedan"

Benjamin L., GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling"

Anonymous, MI (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles very well, engine is powerful and the car is fun to drive."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Ive had many cars in my life, this is the best handling car I’ve ever owned.....ever been in."

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"great handling and acceleration"

Morris B., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has a manual transmission which makes every part of handling and acceleration and great deal of fun."

Anonymous, IL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Hydraulic steering feel is much better than current BMWs. Acceleration of the NA 3.0 engine remains better than most cars on the road, car is planted for a sedan."

Anonymous, VA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The E46 model is a great handling car .. it's why I bought this year vehicle. BMW watered down the handling with newer models."

Rich C., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Goes, stops and turns corners better than 99.5 of the xxxxx out there"

Gary W., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a BMW, what else do you need to know."

Nathan P., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Relatively fast for 12 year-old auto, stick is fun to use, handling is precise, can feel steering connecting to road, stable in turns and accelerating out of turns. Ride is harsh for some but I enjoy it. Use low profile run-flat tires, summer and winter sets."

David W., IL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling provide a high level sense of security when merging into traffic and driving on interstate or curvy roads. Three-mode transmission adapts to any driving situation. Very precise steering without being overly sensitive."

Anonymous, TN (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Pkenty of torque"

Anonymous, SC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a 3 series BMW with a manual transmission. It's fantastic. We actually track the car a few times a year even though it's a station wagon. I wish it had been available with lower profile tires at the time."

Bruce D., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"handling remains very high. acceleration is excellent for a 12 year old car."

Anonymous, WV (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Car is well built from ground up, solid and responsive to my driving habits. This series year and model has smaller side view mirrors that have limited view. I like that the passenger side mirror tilts down so that one can see the curb when backing up."

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent Handeling and acceleration."

Daniel M., VA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration and handling Ultimate driving experience is right Run flat tires handle well but wear out too fast"

Curt L., MD (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Feels heavy car Acceleration slower than expected Steering hard"

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"excellent handling and acceleration"

Steve C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"excellent acceleration; inline 6 cylinder motor superb. been totally dependable. smooth accerlation coupled with excellent handling make driving a joy,"

Steven A., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"zip"

Ann B., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"handles like a sports car"

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Love both. However cornering and braking distance very bad due to run flat tires"

D S., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"V good acceleration. Handling v good, however run-flat tires make for a harsher ride"

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"fun to drive"

P M., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"12 years and 175000km later, it still feel immediate response, like it is sensing you mind."

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Good acceleration and handling, nice manual mode for performance or hills and hill descent"

Carey P., PA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Run flat tires are terrible! Very harsh ride, wear out quickly, expensive to replace, are not available everywhere."

Anonymous, CT (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"fabulous handling"

Anonymous, MB (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are great. It is a fun car to drive."

MARK S., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"This car has the Sport package and it's handling is just great"

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The car feels very stable and solid on the road. It accelerates nicely and handles very well. Whenever I need to rent a car that is not a BMW, I always wonder how other people manage with those vehicles. I have not driven any other car that drives as well as my BMW."

LAURA G., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Like a skateboard"

LEE M., OR (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Lots of power, great handling,overall fun."

Anonymous, NH (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"best driving car I have owned. Until I got this car I didn't really understand over steer or under steer."

Anonymous, KS (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Great"

RODNEY G., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Always seems to be asking "what would you like to do now?" Responsiveness and power make you feel that you could avoid almost any dangerous driving situation."

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling is great, acceleration at low RPM could be better"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"This old 3 series is so fun to drive, I don't understand why people want self-driving vehicles. We should be moving back to stick shifts instead."

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Truly the ultimate driving machine..."

JIM S., MS (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"After 10 years, it still drives like new. Excellent responsiveness from engine, steering, braking and handling. An absolute gem of a car to drive"

MICHAEL H., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"More power than needed. Great handling. But not as fun to drive as any model 2002"

ANNE B., CT (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The style, handling, acceleration, comfort, reliability and resale are excellent. What is not to like?"

NANCY S., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Equipped with the sought after and rare "Performance Package" aka: ZHP. Cloth/Alcantara upholsetered seats. Great handling, braking and acceleration."

ALFONSO Z., VA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"A joy to drive, very fast and agile."

MEGAN F., CO (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration + handling"

Anonymous, SC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"My 325ci convertible has the sports package and so has very well bolstered seats that make it more comfortable. The ride is good on pavement and cornering is excellent. With the top up, there is surprisingly very little road noise."

Mark M., SC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Good handling, I kept good maintenance, but it leak oil at 100000 mi. Problem with on and off cranks but no start. Hand rail plastic is fading and peeling, Auto Trans. stick, metal peeled. It comes with Bridge Stone run-flat tire would make grinding noise at 20K mi."

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Great looking leather seats that are very comfortable on long drives. Also dont get too hot in the summer."

Mindy W., CT (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Very comfortable seats. Even on a cross-country drive."

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has been and still offering a comfortable drive (if sensitive to street and tyre conditions). Noise is very limited and ergonomics are good."

Marco C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Seat extenders for long legs. Seat settings memory."

Mort D., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Fit, bolstering, adjustment of back and sides, leg support, back as well as bottom heating in winter,"

David W., IL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Car is responsive and has sporty driving experience. It maintains comfort and low noise compared to other sportier cars."

Benjamin L., GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Much noise Stiff riding"

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Could never get memory seat function to work. Hard to get in and out of 4 door front seat"

D S., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Bucket Seat cushions rather stiff on long drove"

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are still comfortable after 12 years"

Curt L., MD (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"comfortable seats with many adjustments"

Morris B., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Car rides a little low for my wife. While pregnant it is very hard for her to get out of"

Stacy L., GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are comfortable but have to enter car butt in first; noise level is acceptable, ride is very good, even for a 13 year old series 3."

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Very comfortable. Good efficient use of space; I have a station wagon"

Anonymous, CT (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Very comfortable on long (6+_hours) trips. Noise is amazingly controlled for a convertible."

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Tires make noise due to low profile tires"

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The car now twelve years old is as comfortable and as quiet as when we bought it. The biggest noise is that of the summer and winter tires."

Anonymous, IL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Getting into the coupe is difficult..car is too low and the door is too long. Very poor tire wear. Don't like the run flats"

LEE M., OR (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Luxurious. Refined. Fit and finish is excelent. Only complaint are the design of cupholders. One has stopped working. The use was very sporadic. Not up to BMW standa rds."

ALFRED J., IN (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The a/c takes too much time to cool or heat to a comfortable level, but maintains comfort once reached."

DAVID L., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a nice car where I feel comfortable, the ride is good !"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Of the 12 vehicles I have owned over the last 45 years this vehicle is the most comfortable. We use it as a daily driver and for long trips, after hundreds of kilometres we always arrive relaxed."

ROBERT L., BC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Just perfect"

DANIEL R., RI (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Seatback offers inadequate lumbar support for long drives. Electric power steering is wooden compared to other BMWs I've owned."

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent Seats"

SCOTT L., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Great looks and performance. Acceleration is phemomenal, harmon kardon stereo is just perfect."

BLADIMIR C., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The Bridgestone run flat tires are noisy and costly"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are very comfortable. The car has great acceleration. It is definitely a car you love to drive and ride in."

MARK S., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Very nice car, but the interior trim center console and door handles have degraded too fast for the price we paid"

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Bought new, same price as used vehicle. 4 years maintenance and warranty."

William G., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"So much money into maintenance I am reluctant to sell."

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"I have owned since new. Car has been very reliable and great to drive for 150,000 miles. Loaded with tech in 2006, it has aged well (self-leveling xenon headlights that swivel into turns, Bluetooth phone that works great, nag map still looks okay). Drives great for a 12 year old car."

Anonymous, VA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"We have the turbo version of this car....its 12 years old with 75,000 miles on it and still feels and looks like a brand new car."

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"I expected a more reliable car: After the 5 year warranty expired, I had recurrent engine troubles (not cheap by any means). The interior is now beginning to show its age (e.g.: wood strips on the front doors start detaching."

Marco C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Did I say I was satisfied with the value ? No, the car is subject to both expensive repairs and maintenance."

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"maintenance cost high."

A J., CT (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Had issues with it from the day it was bought. One expensive thing after another went wrong with the vehicle. Fun to drive but way too costly to maintain."

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Fantastic car"

GARY W., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"A bit expensive, but no maintenance problems."

RODNEY W., NV (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Great value until it is time to take it in for repair. Rather expensive, at that point."

JACK B., CO (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The car Is fun everyday but the biggest value has been reliability with very infrequent unplanned maintenance cost."

KATHY M., PA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"I have owned this car for 11 years. It will probably last another 11 years. I hope I do......"

ANDY R., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Classic BMW look is nice and the design makes for very good visibility. Most like the 3 box design over the X1 hatch look."

DON B., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"Classic and never out of style"

DANIEL R., RI (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"This car looked good in 2006 and looks better now."

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW hasn't changed much over the years, so a 2006 looks a lot like a 2013 or 14. It came with many features in 2006 that are still available in a new BMW."

NANCY S., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"top down is a beautiful car to look at it. performance is out standing."

BLADIMIR C., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a beautiful automobile!"

JOHN R., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)
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