About BMW 3-Series

    One of the German automaker's most recognizable vehicles, the BMW 3-Series is a compact luxury car that first made its way onto roadways in the late ‘70s. Since its arrival, the 3-Series has become one of the leaders in its field and is often one of the first BMW models drivers seek out. The model officially appeared on the US dealer lots as a 1977 model year vehicle. In Europe it debuted two years earlier, in 1975. The first generation 3-Series replaced the 2002 in the BMW lineup. Offered strictly as a two-door, the compact 3-Series presented a sportier image than its counterparts thanks not only to its size, but rather its bevy of smooth lines and advanced accessories. Under the hood there was a variety of four-cylinder engines, namely 316 (1.6L), 318 (1.8L), and 320 (2.0), which belied the model's trim. Eventually, the 323i was introduced and the 320/6 swooped in to replace the 320.

    The first generation of the BMW 3-Series lasted until 1982. Second-generation versions of the model arrived a year later. Dubbed the E30, a new six-cylinder engine and a four-door body style were the main highlights. In 1985, two higher-performing variants, the 325i and 325is, joined the lineup, showing off up to approximately 170 horsepower thanks to a 2.5L six-cylinder configuration. A touring version of the 3-Series made its way onto the roster in 1985 and across the board, all trims of the car were updated. By the end of its second run, BMW made a convertible 3-Series available for the first time as well. The third generation E36 was released in 1992. Available as a sedan, coupe, convertible, and even for a short time as a hatchback, the 3-Series also presented a smoother look than in previous years, offered more options, and revised underhood parts. At the bottom of the lineup was a 1.8L four-cylinder engine, while the top-level engine was a bolder six-cylinder good for 190 horsepower.

    Fourth generation models appeared in 1999 (sedan only) before the coupe, convertible, and wagon variants joined the party a year later. Designed with a more aerodynamic body shape, a stiffer suspension, and improved steering, the 3-Series was lauded right away by critics and drivers alike. Initially, the 323i versions were given a 2.5L inline-six cylinder, while a 2.8L inline six-cylinder was installed in the 328i. But by 2001, the 325i punched in with a 2.5L configuration rated at 184 horsepower. The biggest of the bunch was the 330i's 3.0L 225-hp motor. When the fifth generation debuted in 2006 as the E90, it was once again presented in two trims - 325i and 330i, just like the end of the previous generation. This time around, the 330i showed off 255 horsepower, an increase of 30 horsepower from the original output. 2007 saw the coupe become equipped with all-wheel drive but few other updates were to the 3-Series. In 2009, a 335d (diesel) version made its way into the fold and xDrive became the nomenclature used for all-wheel drive models.

    How do you define luxury? Comfort and power? Handling? Exterior design? The truth is, there are many words that drivers use to define the word luxury, but there are only a few cars that truly put meaning behind it and BMW's well-received 3-Series is one that holds this distinction. Superior technology and engineering, as well as advanced BMW 3-Series parts are just two reasons this model has catapulted into the spotlight. Lavish interior comfort combined with a sleek outside appearance which give the essence of elegance have made the 3-Series what it truly is - a Hall of Famer.

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    BMW 3-Series News
    BMW to Unveil Its 2012 3-Series Model
    BMW to Unveil Its 2012 3-Series Model

    On May 26 BMW released the information about the termination of the current BMW 3-Series Sedan production in October 2011. The reason for such decision is simple. The German car manufacturer plans to introduce its new 3-Series model to the brand's devotees at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. There are some talks that the new car will be unveiled during the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.

    The code name of the new model is F-30.The technical details are not officially released yet. However, the spy shots, that appeared recently on the Australian blog CarAdvice, give an idea about exterior. It features the sleek dynamic lines with squat proportions, wider and lower grille, strong aggressive line, running from the front fender up to the rear door. The new front end is designed following the BMW family template, applied for the current F10 5-Series model. The technical characteristics are now the subject for rumors, but it seems like the expectations of the brand's devotees will be satisfied. The 2012 3-Series is based on the new modular platform. Compared to the current model, the new BMW 3-Series has the wheelbase that is longer by 1.5”. The overall proportions remain mainly the same. It is expected that the new 3-Series model will be offered with the latest BMW EfficientDynamics technologies that will include stop-start technology, brake energy regeneration, pre-heating technology for the gearbox, engine and differential. Also the new model is said to come with solar roof panel and aerodynamically designed wheels. The engine options of the 2012 3-Series model most probably will include four- and six-cylinder engines, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged, and even a new 3-cylinder engine.

    BMW 3 Series Wins Car and Driver Award
    BMW 3 Series Wins Car and Driver Award

    One of the world’s most popular automotive observers, Car and Driver, has announced its “10 Best Cars” list for 2011. Honoring the 2011 BMW M3, this year award marks the 20th consecutive win for the BMW 3 series.

    The BMW 3 Series, originally introduced to the United States market in 1977, is now in its fifth generation. At the top of the 3 Series are the high-performance M3 Coupe, Sedan, and Convertible powered by a 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower V8 engine to ensure the true racing feel for both memorable weekend rides and everyday driving.

    The Car and Driver Editorial points out that the 3-series is not perfect with the four-wheel M3 getting a bit heavier and the clutch needing more weight to better convey its takeup. Plus, no matter the configuration, the 3-series is expensive, but as the editors accurately observed drawing a parallel to the BMW 3-series, there’s a reason people will pay so much more for the old lady’s cookies at the bake sale whose recipe everybody wants.