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BMW 3-Series 2006

chris823chris823 Posts: 1
edited August 17 in BMW
Time for a 3-series remodel! The lights are gonna look like the ones on the 7-series right now, and will look like the xActivity vehicle. Here's a pic: http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid51/pbde1d3f5f57c60920d36- e3c7078625c5/fca4fc4e.jpg
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  • That is a GUESS of what the vehicle MIGHT look like. Believe me, if we don't know what the new 5er that will be released in a few months will look like yet, we really have no idea what the E90 will be. Neither does BMW. That pic was pure speculation.

    I just ordered a 330i ZHP silver gray for April/May delivery on a three year lease. I will be anticipating the E90 greatly as its release will roughly coincide with the end of my lease.

    I am all for a discussion thread on the E90 though, that was a good idea!
  • bgt1bgt1 Posts: 50
    I am anticipating what the new 3series will look like too. But I would think the new e90 will be out in Sedan form in 2006 (7 year run right?), then followed by 2007 coupe and so on just like when the '99 came out.

    I would assume to take some cues from the current 7-series and z-series to get an idea of what the exterior might resemble.

    The great thing about bmw is that even the older body styles look good so I wont feel like I HAVE to get the new one when it comes out.

    I would not be suprised if they try to bump up the pricing point and marketing point with the 3 series. Wthe the introduction of the 1 series and a couple other lower priced bmws, the 3 series might become more a luxury car now. I kind of envision how Nissan "moved up" the Maxima over the years and introduced the Altima as a lower priced point car. Make sense?
  • djocksdjocks Posts: 124
    The dealer that sold me my 330i told me that BMW intends to release the new 3-series in the spring of 2005. I am leasing because of several reasons, one being the option to buy at the end.
    I also agree that I am extremely interested to see what BMW does in its next generation 3 series. I do think the 7-series is too complicated and the 5 might be going down the same path. The bigger problem is that the present 3 series is nearly perfect! And how do you improve perfection? My guess is that BMW, who has always been on top, will see the consumers wants and release a 3 series that shares the look of the 7 and 5 (which I think look good from the exterior) and go with a more simplified interior offering things like i-drive as an option. I also have a feeling that horse power will be increased. The 3.0 liter engine is base on the new X3's coming in November and I think will be base on the next generation 3er's.
    BMW has been on top by knowing exactly what the consumer is looking for in a car. Lexus did not figure this out by producing a great driving automobile like the IS and matting it with a mikeymouse interior. I have faith BMW will not make the same mistake. And if they do, well I will buy my 330i. A car I consider as close to perfect as you can get!
  • Djocks, I leased my new330i as well mostly because I wouldn't have to worry about the e90 lowering my residual. I just couldn't see plunkin' down $43K plus with tax on something that would no longer be produced when I am ready to sell in three years.

    I have read the new 3(sedan)/4(coupe) will get bigger and stronger, moving upmarket from the 1/2 series.

    I personally hope they follow some of the styling cues from the Z4. I think the Z4 is bold and stunning. Change that is so marked is slow to be accepted, I remember people fussing about the e46 when it was released!
  • I just got my copy of the Feb. 12 issue of Autocar, the British car magazine. The picture linked to in the first post is from its cover. Some more info from the article:

    Since this will no longer be the entry-level model (with the 1-series coming), the car will get bigger, closer to the A4 and C-class in size: 80mm longer, 30mm wider, 35mm longer wheelbase. Interior space will be close to the current 5-series.

    All-new aluminum-intensive chassis. Steering extensively reworked to incorporate BMW's new Active Front Steering system for a more agile feel. Advanced electro-hydraulic brake setup. Electronic parking brake with dash switch. Adaptive headlights that swivel with the front wheels.

    6's reengineered with Valvetronic throttle system and a 3rd generation version of Vanos and direct-injection system from the 760i. Possible 3.6 V8 from the 735i, but this is not sure.

    Standard 6-speed manual with optional 6-speed auto. Manual available with SMG.

    The Compact will likely give way to an MPV variant in 2007. Coupe and convertible versions will likely be designated 4-series and have more distinctive styling to set them apart from the 3. Next M3 will likely be an M4. Still undecided if it will stick with a 6 or go with a V8, but the latter seems more likely.

    The article also notes how important the 3 is to BMW, accounting for 61% of total production in 2001.
  • Please dont Bangle the 3.
  • chile96chile96 Posts: 330
    Anybody heard when the 2004 325i will be available for delivery? I thought I heard this summer but the dealer said not till November. I can't tell if he's telling the truth or just wants me to buy now so he can rack up another quick sell.
  • thomcinthomcin Posts: 29
    Ordered my 2004 325 Convertible on March 13. The base price is up $595 over 2003 model, options are the same price as 2003. Am paying MSRP -$1700
    for vehicle with prem. pkg, sport pkg, heated seats, leather. Front & rear are lightly restyled. They start making the 2004 3 series on April 1 and will start delivery at the end of May.
  • chile96chile96 Posts: 330
    Is that date true for just the convertible and coupe or hold true for the regular 325i sedan as well?
  • omi8998omi8998 Posts: 3
    Hey everyone,
    I want the 325i 2004.
    Pass me any info you all have on additional changes. I dislike new 7 and Z4 styling. The new 5 looks Okay, so-so. If I hold out any longer for A BMW, which in my mind is the most awesome car company on the planet, I may never buy one!
    Especially if the new 2005+ 3series is styled like the recent launched 7, Z4. The recent designs have been horrible in my opinion. Definitely, their technology is still unmatched. Anyway, I am currently driving an old 3rd hand accord. So, give me any useful info you can. Also, their cars are so overpriced, dealers frown on discounts, and the features are few. I looked at Audi A4-poor reliability, Acura TSX--nice, but I want the BMW...even if I have to get base car w/only XENONS and Sports pkg. Let me know what you all think.-Thanks. O.
  • bgt1bgt1 Posts: 50
    The 3 series shouldnt be totally redesigned till the 2006 model and that will be just the sedan, then followed by the coupe more than likely the 2007 year. Assuming the way they introduced the 99 model year.
  • Hello all,

      Quick question for all of you guys....Do I pony up 24 or 25 K for a 2000 323 CI coupe, PP, SP, Xenons, 5 speed,29,000 miles, or should I stretch the budget and get a 2002 325 CI, comparably equipped for 28 or 29K. I am on a budget, but am thinking that I would be better off in the 02 than the 00, even if the 00 is cheaper. Is this logic stupid, or do you agree. What do you guys think? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks

    Biggest
  • omi8998omi8998 Posts: 3
    The 323Ci is a good choice at a fair price. Add a chip and you can get past 184hp even close to 200hp. My friend bought a 94 325iS in 1998 ($22k)with 40,000 mi on it, after a cold air intake and chip, hp was up from 190 to 210hp. He drove it all over usa w/out any problems. Turned around and sold it for $8500 and it had 150k on it! Point being, these are solid cars. So, unless you can afford a new 325ci, don't get it. By the time u pay int and taxes on that 325ci, it will be close to 33k! Save yourself $8k. Find a reliable autoshop and save money you'd spend on dealer maintainence as well. If you can find a clean used 323ci, its a better value.
  • and try to get a preowned with bigger engine. One advantage of preowned is getting the loaded car instead of the the stripper, where the engine and options have already depreciated somewhat and the price diff between 325 and 300 is not so great....
  • idletaskidletask Posts: 171
    - that it be lighter than the current model,

    - that its prices remain stable,

    - that there be a 325d along with the 330d.

    I especially want 1. 1600 kgs for the 330d is really heavy. That this car manages 35mpg in real life is a testimonial for the greatness of the engine, but were the car lighter I'm sure it could get in the 40s...
  • My main concern is this picture of the 2005 3-Series:

    2005 3-Series.

    Can this website be trusted?
    Anyone else know any information on the upcoming 2005 3-Series?
    I'd hate to buy one now, if they'll change their entire model the following year...
  • sandyboysandyboy Posts: 114
    Does anyone know if the 2006 BMW sedan will be available in AWD like the 325/330xi?
  • kuselerkuseler Posts: 6
    Take a look at www.auto.t-online.de, under the Auto section.

    There are good photos of the new 330i and the 7 series face lift.

    Looks like BMW is listening, both designs are less radical than the current 7 and new 5.

    BMW, thanks.
  • adgrantadgrant Posts: 13
    Wait until the official photos. In any case, I think the new BMW interior designs are even worse than the exteriors.
  • kennynmdkennynmd Posts: 424
    First the 7,then the 5, and now the 3 if the pic is correct. They all don't look as good as they were!
  • semaj23semaj23 Posts: 4
    I'm just starting to look at the BMW 330, owned a BMW many years ago. What is the e90? Any information on how the 330 Convertible will change in 2006?
  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    When will we first see this car in production form? Will it be at next month's show in Frankfurt?

    Will this hit our shores in the Fall of 2004?
    I'm rather adverse to the amount of technology that BMW is adding to their cars (read: "iDrive"), and would like to time it so that I can pick up a 2004 330 just before this new one comes out.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    There will, but we don't know much about it. This link is the only official info we've got!

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  • I found some more pics and predictions about the new 3 series from Autospies. It seems like this info is as good as any.

    http://www.imakenews.com/autospies/e_article000127415.cfm

    It looks hot (click on Photo 1)
  • bmwcccbmwccc Posts: 234
    Hi everyone, I am a first time chatter here but need your help. I was going to buy the 2004 330ci in late December of this year. I have been reading a lot of your conversations recently on the new changes that seem extensive to the engine, interior and exterior.

    Does anyone know with any certainty when the new 3 Series will be released to the U.S.? Will it be only on the Sedans first with the Coupe to follow or release all at once.

    I have been waiting to buy a BMW for ever and was ready to pull the trigger on a fully loaded 330ci. Now I am very confused and am considering waiting.

    Please Help Me!
  • I'm waiting for the new 3 series which I'm pretty sure is coming out in 2005.

    I like the front end design of the current 3's but I think the rest of the car is pretty outdated looking in comparison to the new cars coming from Acura, BMW, etc... Also, it's rumored the new 3 will have close to 300 HP with a 3.5 litre engine. I think that alone is worth waiting for.
  • ddblueddblue Posts: 117
    My understanding is that the next generation 3 series will be out in the spring of '05. 3s will only be released in the sedan form as the coupe will be dubbed the 4 series.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Maybe this board should be renamed 2006 BMW 3-series since it appears the new sedan will be a 2006.
    The 2005s will be about the same as they are now.
    Sounds like the price is going up a lot if they are really adding so much standard equipment and bigger engines.
    People waiting for 2005s thinking they will be an all-new design might as well just lease a 2004 now, drive it for 3 years and get a new 2007 at the end of the lease after the bugs are worked out and price gouging starts to wane.
  • bretaabretaa Posts: 130
    My plan is to wait for '07 or '08 as well. My guess is that the price will go up considerably, given the new 1 series coming on the bottom end and the price increases for the 5 series give BMW some room to play with.

    Bret
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