Body StylesSedan, Sports Wagon, Coupe, Convertible
Is the 2006 BMW 3 Series Right for You?
What Is It & Who Is It For?
The 2006 BMW 3 Series is a compact luxury car that seats up to 5 people. It is available in four different body types, with four different engine options, and with two different drivetrains. It is meant for drivers with an appreciation for small luxury cars and want sporty style and luxurious comfort.
What Makes It Unique?
Its large number of body styles and engine options make it a very versatile vehicle.
3 Series vs. Other BMWs
In BMW’s lineup, the 3 Series is one of many sedans, but also comes in coupe, convertible and wagon options. The larger 5 Series is also available as a wagon. A more sporty option is the 6 Series which is only available as a coupe or a convertible.
BMW 3 Series vs. Competition
Sporty compact luxury sedans are very popular among drivers who appreciate the handling capabilities of a small car but also need 5-person seating capacity. The competition includes:
BMW redesigned the 3 Series for the 2006 model year. The new fifth-generation got a sportier look, along with an increased wheelbase and overall length. A more powerful 6-cylinder engine became available in the all-wheel-drive (AWD) 330xi. Many of the trims were now available with a 6-speed transmission while some continued to use a 5-speed transmission.
The original starting prices for each trim, including MSRP and the destination charge:
325xi Wagon: $35,295
325Ci Convertible: $40,295
330Ci Convertible: $45,595
We recommend the 330i as it has the most powerful engine, paired with a 6-speed transmission. The interior is also packed with all of the comfort features buyers expect from BMW such as a dual-zone automatic climate control system,, and a premium Lexicon sound system.
The 330xi is a good choice for buyers who do a lot of driving on wet or icy roads. Starting with the performance of the 330i, it adds AWD for the very best traction. For those that prefer the sportiness of a coupe versus the utility of a sedan, the 330Ci has got it covered. Although it is slightly less powerful than the sedan, it does weigh significantly less. The 330Ci is also available as a convertible, but it is one of the most expensive 3 Series available.
2006 BMW 3 Series Performance
The 3 Series has four engine options:
184-horsepower 2.5-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive (RWD)
215-horsepower 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and RWD or AWD
225-horsepower 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and RWD
255-horsepower 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and RWD or AWD
Compared with the class? The engine that comes in the 325i is more powerful than most of its competitors’ base engines, though the Lexus IS and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class both have engine options with over 300 horsepower.
325i: 21 EPA-estimated combined mpg*
325ci (manual/automatic): 21/20 mpg
325xi: 20 mpg
330i: 21 mpg
330ci (manual/automatic): 21/20 mpg
330xi: 20 mpg
330ci convertible (manual/automatic): 20/19 mpg
*The EPA uses a mixture of highway and city driving for its combined estimate.
Compared with the class? The BMW 3 Series’ fuel economy rating is average.
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User Reviews for 2006 BMW 3 Series
by Jim Todd on October 29, 2020
Not for sale at this time.
"Car has some faults as with any vehicle of this age, overall car is good but maintenance needs to be kept up all the time. "
overall paint and body in very good condition
plenty of power, and gets decent gas milage
front seats very adjustable for comfort, back half is a little cramped.
maintenance is a little high and most of the maintenance i would normally perform myself is not for a novice person. Way to much has to be removed just to change spark plugs or even drain and flush radiator, and checking transmission fluid requires a full lift. Oil change and air filters can be an exhausting experience also.
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2006 BMW 3 Series Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2006 BMW 3 Series is $4,998 - $9,999.
The average selling price is $7,217.
The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.
$31,595 - $45,595
This is the price range for the 2006 BMW 3 Series based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$4,998 - $9,999
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