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2009 BMW 3-Series



  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Yes, my car is lightweight - thanks to a small body (it's smaller than a 1-series), small mesh wheels (15" was standard), a small engine (2.3L 4 cyl), and a lack of features that are standard on a Corolla today (airbags, power seats, traction control, etc.).

    It is completely unacceptable as a sport/luxury car by today's standards. Even though it's a BMW, it has almost nothing in common with today's Bavarian Behemoths. They'll never build one like it again.

    If you want to drive a Lotus Exige but need a backseat, it's the perfect car for you - if you can find one.
  • Bavarian bhemoths is right. Why did they increase content thus increasing weight? The only thing I notice is that maybe they are quieter which is a good thing but they handle maybe lousier with a loss of touch a little number
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Bavarian bhemoths is right. Why did they increase content thus increasing weight? The only thing I notice is that maybe they are quieter which is a good thing but they handle maybe lousier with a loss of touch a little number

    From what I've read, BMW seems to be going away from their roots of designing small, nimble cars that are a blast to drive and throw around to well behaved highway cruisers. Maybe they feel a need to compete more directly against Lexus/Infinity/Acura.

    Everything they add to a car adds weight. Whether it's power windows and seats, sun roofs, ABS, active suspensions, (you name it) - it all takes a toll on weight. Every pound adds up, 'ti' the low 3000 lb car of 20 years ago is now a high 3000 lb vehicle.
  • Can anyone recommend a Verizon phone that works well with a 2009 BMW Bluetooth system? Mine rarely works through the car.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,608
    Heck, my free phone 2 years ago worked flawlessly. Make sure you pair it correctly. I had 2 phones paired and they worked great. 2006 330xi

  • The compatibilitychart, (link attached) will show you the phones that Verizon has that will pair up with various vehicles...The blackberry Storm will work with most BMW's. Good luck. :) :)
  • rob34rob34 Posts: 58
    My only issue with it is sometimes the music doesn't sound right and there sometimes is static. When I touch or move the cord there is a lot of static like the cord is already going bad. Maybe this is due to the cord being so bent under the storage lid. After moving the cord around I am usually able to get full sound static free.
  • dhamiltondhamilton Posts: 875
    unable to get their Ipod touch to work? My 2008 will accept every Ipod but my touch.

    Any suggestions are welcome, BMW service is useless so far.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Does it have the USB/Aux option? If it has that option are you using the Y-Cable that plugs the iPod into it? If it does have it you should get a Y-cable. You might need a new Y-cable. The new 2nd gen touches no longer charge over firewire so you'll need the 796 Y-cable. The 4th Gen Nano, 3G iPhone, and 120 GB Classic all require the new 796 iPod cable in order for it to charge.
  • dhamiltondhamilton Posts: 875
    can I get that from BMW, or the apple store?
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    The BMW dealer has them. They should be able to swap your Y-Cable for a new one at no extra charge since you paid for the 6FL option. The US 6FL option includes the iPod cable free of charge. 61 12 0 440 796 is the part number for the new cable. The dongle portion is much sleeker when compared to the older cable. Hope this helps.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    I think the dealer forgot to give you the cable. Some dealers forget to give the customer the 6FL y-cable. Try the glovebox as well to see if it's in there. The 796 cable should be the one that they give you from the factory if you order 6FL. Canadian owners have to purchase the cable separately.
  • MikeCRGMikeCRG Posts: 4
    When can we expect to see a styling update to the 328i, meaning new body style or different exterior appearance?


  • pylt1pylt1 Posts: 12
    It's about every 7 years between major model changes. In the interim there's a mid-cyle appearance update on the 4th Model Year--that's almost always just minor light and trim changes. For the E46, this update occurred in the 2002 MY. For the E90 it was this year, the 2009 MY.

    Here's the recent "major change" schedule for the sedan:

    From E36 to E46:
    1999 MY

    From E46 to E90:
    2006 MY

    From E90 to E??:
    2013 MY?

    So my best guess is that you'll see a new 3 Series in late 2012 for the 2013 model year.
  • steven48steven48 Posts: 21
    Has anyone had any problems with the seat belt pusher arm on the 3-series coupe? The one between 2007 & 2009, thanks.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Here is another option for future 09 3-series owners who have iPhones. It's called 6NF. It's the Smartphone package. Whats nice about 6NF is that you get a cradle for the iPhone and it will fully integrate it both phone and as an iPod. It does require the 6FL option. You can have both 6FL and 6NF. You can't have the iPhone and an iPod plugged in at the same time but it does work. 6NF will bypass the iPhones antenna and will use it's antenna. Now you can have both music and the iPod function still intact.
  • I recently got a Motorola ZN4 phone from Verizon, and it works well with my 08 328i go check it out…
  • steven48steven48 Posts: 21
    Hi my name is Steven, and I'm about to buy a new 3-Series coupe, with the manual tranny. Can anyone give me any advice or critisism.about the 3-Series. It is my first BMW and presently I'm driving an Infiniti G37S coupe. It's a great car, but it just doesn't have that feel of being "one w/ the road." Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    What's not to like? :P

    Actually if you are a fairly tall/large person you'd best take a good 1/2 hour ride in one, and pay attention to how you feel, comfort-wise. Are you legs hitting anything. Does your back feel pinched or your shoulders restricted? How's head room? 3 Series can be a little tight for some people.

    Have you decided on a 328 or 335? coupe or sedan?

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  • Hello,

    I'm at the end of my CPO lease on a 2003 330i. The car has been a gem and mileage is low, so I'm interested in buying the car. Considering the current turmoil in the car market, I'm wondering what is the best basis for determining my purchase offer to BMWFS? The end-of-lease residual value is $13,300 which is near the projected (Edmunds) wholesale value. However, would BMWFS something less, on the order of $11,000.


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    Not much chance of negotiating a residual price. I'd say nil but no harm in asking. Occasional instances of them relenting are reported but I've never personally seen it happen. Maybe on a car with a bad resale value but a BMW....don't think so.

    BMW Financial would much prefer to sell your car at auction I think.

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  • I wanted some advice from some saavy folks here:

    BMW 2009 convertible 328i
    options: sports; USB/IPOD; heated front seats

    12K miles

    drive off: 1500
    650/month (including CA tax)

    is that a good deal?

    I believe MF = 0.00195 (ist time Bimmer customer)
    RV = 60%

    thanks let me know guys

    I really appreciate it
  • steven48steven48 Posts: 21
    Hi, I am a big fan of BMW, but I need to weigh in about these Run Flat Tires. All the reviews I have read have been mostly negitive. Not only are they noisey, but should be an option. BMW should have a wheel well under the trunk if I want to change over to normal tires and store a spare. The way it is now, I have to put the spare in the trunk. Why does BMW force people to buy the run flats, make it an option and give me a wheel well and a jack for g-d's sake. The cup holders are a joke too. Otherwise its a very nice car, just get rid of the Run Flat Tires. Thank You.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I hear BMW is researching 4th dimensional physics for just this purpose.

    In the 3-series, they hope to be able to place a small interdimensional portal in the trunk to create an additional 3 cubic feet of space for a full-size spare tire. In the 7 series, the portal will be large enough to fit a human body (with limbs intact).

    As an added bonus, the wheel and tire (or whatever you choose to put in there) will add no weight to the car!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yeah, I read about the new research BMW is doing as well. If I recall correctly, they're going to implement the spare tire portal first and it's going to be called the TARDIS Trunk. ;)

    Best regards,
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    They'd have to pay the BBC more than the cost of development just to use the name.
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  • montrotamontrota Posts: 7
    I had a 2003 Audi 1.8T which I loved. Recently hit by a drunk driver and my car was totaled. May end up buying newer version of the same thing I had, but of course part of me thinks I should try something new. Considering the BMW 328ix. Test drove both and like them. I thought the BMW felt a little smaller in the driver's seat - does this seem accurate? I live in snowy climate and AWD is very important. Will BMW handle as well in the snow as my Audi did? Just realized that Audi no longer covers maintenance. Any estimate of how much this will cost me for 4 yrs - this will really allow me to compare apples to apples.
  • samuel70samuel70 Posts: 17
    I am thinking about ordering my new 3 Series with 17" wheels instead of the standard 16". The primary reason is I really do not like the choice of standard wheels they offer. My current 3 Series has 16", what major difference will I notice with the ride on the 17" Wheels...
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    If the 16 v 17 refers only to tire with, it'll mean slightly better traction and slightly worse mileage.

    If it's tied to smaller tire sidewalls, in general, smaller tire sidewalls = more road feel and better handling.

    PS-this is based on my (lmtd) knowledge of tires, and not on my exp with BMW
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