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After a number of exterior styling updates last year that included revised headlamps, grille, and wheel openings, this hallmark line of compact rear-drive sport coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons remains relatively unchanged for 2005. A newly available iPod Adapter creates a seamless integration between Apple's iPod MP3 player and the vehicle's audio system.
All 325 models come powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter in-line six-cylinder that drives the rear wheels (or all four in the all-wheel-drive 325xi sedan and wagon versions) via either a five-speed-manual gearbox, a five-speed automatic that permits manual gear changes, or a six-speed sequential-shift manual. Meanwhile, the 330's 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine generates a healthy 225 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. An optional Performance Package raises this powerplant's output by 10 additional horses.
The 3-Series' already stalwart handling is aided by dynamic stability control with all-speed traction control, with front-side and side-curtain airbags on board for added occupant safety.
Already amply equipped, 330 versions add amenities like a Harmon Kardon premium audio system, headlamp washers, and heated windshield washer nozzles.
2004 BMW 330i by Marc K. Stengel
A new Performance Package endows BMW's 330i sedan with a distinctly sporty personality.