Body styles: convertible, coupe, sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed sequential-shift manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 325Ci, BMW 330Ci, BMW M3, BMW 325i, BMW 325xi, BMW 330i, BMW 330xi
Changes in the BMW 3-Series for the 2005 model year include the addition of a power moonroof and Myrtle wood trim to the standard amenities list and the availability of brushed aluminum column trim as a no-cost option. The Premium Package includes front lumbar support for all 325 models, and the 325Ci gets a standard power top in the convertible and new star-spoke wheels on the coupe and convertible models. An auto-dimming rearview mirror and universal garage door opener are newly standard on the 330Ci convertible. All models get a flat tire warning and white indicator lights. A sequential manual gearbox (SMG), previously optional on all models, is only available on 330 models with the Sport Package and M3s. The Premium and Performance Packages, previously only available separately, can both be installed together.
The 2005 BMW 3-Series features BMW’s signature four round, wraparound-style headlights and a twin-kidney grille. All models are built on a 107.3-inch wheelbase, but coupe and convertible models are slightly longer overall, while sedan and wagon models stand about two inches taller. Coupe and convertible models also have a more slanted windshield than that found on the sedan. All 325 models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry, automatic headlights, foglamps, a rear defogger, and rain-sensing variable-intermittent wipers with heated washer nozzles. Coupe, sedan and wagon models include a power sunroof, while convertible models include a power retractable top. Wagon models also include roof rails and a cargo cover. All 330 models include the standard equipment on the 325 plus 17-inch alloy wheels. Flared wheel arches, side gills, and four chrome exhaust tips at the rear distinguish the 3-Series' high-performance version, the M3. It rides on 18-inch chrome wheels and an M sport suspension. The available Competition Package includes a modified suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.
All 2005 BMW 3-Series models come with automatic climate control, front and rear reading lamps, power front bucket seats with memory, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with built-in audio controls. Vinyl upholstery and wood trim are standard on 325 models with a trip computer in the 325Ci coupe and convertible models. The 330Ci coupe includes an upgraded Harman/Kardon audio system, and the convertible adds leather upholstery. Leather and cloth upholstery and aluminum interior trim set the M3 apart. The M3 convertible also includes power front seats with thigh support adjustment.
Performance & Handling
The BMW 325 and 330 names distinguish the models by their engine sizes. All 325 models are powered by a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine capable of 184 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. A 225-hp, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine powers the 330 models. For the M3, a 3.2-liter, double-overhead-cam, six-cylinder cranks out 333hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard for 325 models with a five-speed automatic available as an option. 330 models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Options include a five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic with auto-shift, or the M3’s six-speed sequential-shift manual.
The standard 2005 BMW 3-Series safety features include dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, height-adjustable front safety belts with automatic tensioners and force limiters, and a side-impact interlocking door anchor system.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 325Ci: 17/25 mpg city/highway
BMW 325Ci: 16/24 mpg city/highway
BMW 325xi: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Variety of models and options
- Build quality
- Available all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Minimal cargo room in convertible
- Difficult rear-seat access in two-door models
A classic favorite with plenty of options.
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