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Does the most powerful version of BMW's E90 3 Series better its brilliant forebear?
25 Nov 2005
By CHRIS HARRIS
A SHARP new BMW 3 Series is on the streets and the question is – does it enable BMW to maintain its position at the pinnacle of mid-size prestige motoring? In a word, yes. The new 3 Series doesn’t do anything greatly different to its predecessor, but it does everything just a little bit better, bigger and safer - and, laudably, more economically. The looks, compared with the 5 and 7 Series, are slightly toned-down so as not to alienate potential buyers and the interior is a little bigger in all dimensions. The new engines, new suspensions and ever-evolving electronically aided dynamics ensure this is about as vital, efficient and safe a prestige car as you’re likely to buy.
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330i sedanReleased: September 00
Ended: April 05
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BMW's 330i sedan took up from where its E46 328i predecessor left off in September 2000. Powered by a 170kW/300Nm 3.0-litre inline six, the 330i was facelifted along with the entire E46 3 Series range for the MY2003 range, released here in March 2003.
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