Overview of the BMW 3 Series

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Bmw M3 TachometerThe BMW 3 Series is often imitated but never duplicated. In this post we will be doing a brief overview of what makes this car so great. Let’s work from the outside, in. The exterior continues the design tradition of the BMW brand. It looks as though the vehicle is coming out of a single mold that illustrates the dynamics and aesthetics at first glance. A fun fact about the BMW 3 Series Sedan is that it is in its sixth generation and is the most frequently sold BMW model in the world. As we begin to look at the interior we see that it kind of resembles the cockpit of a plane. This was no accident as the design allows for optimal driver comfort and ease of use. Examining the various suspension models that BMW offers, the 3 Series comes equipped with the Adaptive M Suspension. Part of what makes the Adaptive M Suspension so wonderful is that it is adjustable! You can change the low-set suspension to one setting designed for driving comfort or to the other, more dynamic, setting. You might also opt for Sport Mode. While in Sport Mode the engine and driving dynamics react more directly allowing for a more enhanced sports driving style.Another great feature is the Variable Sports Steering. According to bmw.com, “Sports driving dynamics meet maximum comfort: variable sports steering adapts the angle of the front wheels to the actual conditions so that the new BMW 3 Series Sedan reacts more or less directly to the driver’s steering commands.” How awesome is that! The car will respond directly to how you drive; true genius. Part of why this is the most popular selling BMW model is because of its versatility and adaptability to a wide variety of drivers. Be sure to stop by Otto’s BMW near Exton and test drive the BMW 3 Series Sedan for yourself!

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Teen Drivers

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Young Woman DrivingSo it has finally happened, your sweet angel is old enough to drive. They are excited, you are excited and scared out of your mind all at one time. You have a lot of conflicting emotions. They will have some independence but you will not be there for every little thing that could go wrong. Take some pride in yourself! You raised them right! Of course it would not hurt anyone if you just gave them some helpful teen specific driving tips. Otto’s BMW near Glen Mills offers you a few suggestions to pass along to your teen before they get behind the wheel of the BMW Car.

  • If your teen can drive without a parent in the automobile, make sure to limit how many passengers are in the vehicle. Teen drivers have a tendency to get easily distracted by the people around them. Some states do no allow for more than one passenger with a driver under the age of 18.
  • Make sure your teen knows to keep the cell phone put away, there is no text or phone call that is more important that driving. There are too many teen driving deaths each year from a teen driver checking a text message.
  • Educate your teen about local driving laws. Not every county or city has the same rules of the road so give your teen a heads up about what is expected on the road.
  • Do you have AAA or a system that aids drivers in the event of a flat tire, breakdown or emergency? Make sure you teen is aware of what services you have and how to use them appropriately. If you do not have these services it might be beneficially to teach your teen how to change a tire themselves, might get them out of a jam one day.

Otto’s BMW near Glen Mills hopes you have found these tips helpful. Safe Driving!

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How to Avoid Distracted Driving in your BMW 3 Series

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BMW F10 interiorWith all of today’s technology it is common place for everyone to have a cell phone. Sadly, it is also becoming common place for people to drive while distracted. What is distracted driving exactly? According to distraction.gov, distracted driving can include any of the following activities: texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming (please don’t apply make up in the car), reading, including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video or even the simple task of changing the radio station, CD player or MP3 player. If you are thinking to yourself, “Wow! I do a lot of those things!” then maybe you need to remember that your primary task is driving your BMW 3 Series safely. But not all of those things are really that distracting; I enjoy talking to my fellow passengers. That is true, the most distracting activity listed is texting because it requires you to use visual, manual and cognitive attention.

How can I cut back on my driving distractions? Luckily Otto’s BMW near Glen Mills offers some of the newest features on their 3 Series vehicles. One of these features is hands-free driving. This allows you to call and answer phone calls without ever having to touch a button. Everything is voice controlled! Even some of the new navigation units that are installed in Otto’s BMW 3 Series Cars are voice activated and voice controlled. Even when it comes to reading in your car you can purchase recorded books or books on tape, as they used to be known, to listen to your favorite novel while on those long road trips.

Otto’s BMW can’t do anything about those pesky back seat drivers distracting you but they can put you in a vehicle that makes driving distracted a thing of the past.


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Spotlight on the BMW 3 Series (Part 3)

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Wall with spotlights and wooden floor. Showroom concept. VectorInitially, the current BMW 3 Series near Glen Mills was offered in 328i or 335i trim with rear-wheel drive. In 2013 they added to the roster an all-wheel drive model. The 320i and ActiveHybrid 3 also debuted in this year. For 2014, the wagon and diesel engine were introduced. Notably, even though these newer models were released, the older models were still sold along side them.

In 2006, the previous, fifth-generation 3 Series debuted in both sedan and wagon form. When it was compared to the earlier 3 Series it boasted bigger dimensions, new styling, updated electronics and improved performance. The original names were the 325i and the 330i. Then 325i models were powered by a 215 horsepower 3.0 liter inline-6 engine. The 330i, had a 255-hp, 3.0 liter inline-6 engine.

In 2007 BMW introduced the 328i and 335i model designations and associated engines. They also redesigned the coupe and convertible. This year was the first that the 328i had a 230 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 and the 335i had a 300-hp engine. In this year there was also an optional all-wheel drive model.

For 2009-’11, a 335d sedan model was sold that featured a 3.0-liter diesel-powered inline-6 that produced 265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. At the time its blend of power and fuel economy was unmatched. In 2009 the freshened the styling for the sedan and wagon and debuted the xDrive for all-wheel-drive model. This replaced the 328xi and 335xi models. In 2011 the high-performance 335is arrived, with it came better fuel economy for the turbo engine in the 335i.

These models work back in history all the way back to 1998 proving that this model has not only a long history to prove it worth, but a client base that will vouch for it as well.


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Spotlight on the BMW 3 Series (Part 2)

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Illuminated stage podium with red carpetThe BMW 3 Series near Downingtown is really something to brag about. In review, we think that the nature is exceptionally well-rounded. It does not matter what you are up to, if you are devouring miles on the interstate or running errands around town or making time on your favorite back road, this car is up for the drive. It even offers an electrically assisted steering system in all of the generations. Inside the cab the driver will find a tasteful display of luxury. This model puts a great emphasis on comfort and involvement. The seats are supportive, and the clean, clear analog gauge cluster directly in the front compliments them nicely. The BMW 3 Series has four available design lines. The Luxury, Modern, Sport and M Sport add visual spice to a more historical looking interior. As expected, the materials and build are made exceptionally. Even the most standard leatherette upholstery looks and feels better than you might expect.

The 3 Series absolutely earns our very strong recommendation. This might be thanks to the wonderfully balanced dynamics, the powerful and efficient engine lineup and the wide range of configurations. We say, if you can afford the price of admission, the BMW 3 Series is still the standard-bearer for the class of the compact luxury sport class.

The current, sixth generation of 3 Series took a small step up with the 2012 model year. You might have to look twice to be able to see the differences, but if you look carefully you will notice a more long and luxurious hood and sleeker taillights, in the midst of other changes. The backseating has been enlarged to accommodate for adults with ease. Plus, the seats in the front offer adjustable driving settings. With an overhauled dashboard, revised suspension tuning and a new electrically assisted steering, the additional feature content is sure to impress.


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Spotlight on the BMW 3 Series (Part 1)

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studio interior with spotlightsThe BMW 3 Series near Chadds Ford is the company’s top seller in the United States. It remains a favorite in the marketplace for good reasons. It is a classy entry-level luxury car with world class fit and finish. Plus a spirited performance and an incredible rise-and-handling balance that is unmatched no matter what the price. No matter what year and model you choose, you will find the same thing. Generation after generation, the BMW 3 Series offer the same benefits while evolving.

The newest 3 Series is a little a larger and faster that the ones that came before. It also manages to be lights and more fuel-efficient. WIth revised suspension and steering plus more interior space, it boasts a bolder look inside and out. Some might say that the sporting edge of the car has been blunted a bit, but we still find the sedan and wagon are quite rewarding to drive.

The wagon and the sedan are the only current options offered for the BMW 3 Series. The models are the 320i, 328i, 328d, 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 models. A 2.0-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine is found in the 320i and 328i sedans and 328i wagon. The 320i provides 180 horsepower and the 328i produces 240. The biggest difference in the 328d is that the engine is diesel powered, which also makes 180 up, but has much more torque and mpg’s in the low 40s. For the sedan-only 335i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with 300 hp. The ActiveHybrid 3 adds an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This results in 335 hp.

Your transmission choices for the 3 series are limited to a six-speed manual or an eight speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available on the sedan and standard on all wagons, and rear-wheel drive is standard on all.

Standard features on the base 320i include:

  • alloy wheels

  • dual-zone automatic climate control

  • manual front seats

  • leatherette upholstery

  • Bluetooth

  • iDrive electronics interface with a 6.5-inch display

The 328i upgrades to power front seats, and the 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 throw in larger wheels, xenon headlights and a sunroof.

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Top Features for the Long Haul (Part 3)

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Man Trying To Putting A Travel Bags Into A CarHere are the final features from your dealer of the BMW 3 Series near Glen Mills.

The next features we like is heated and cooled storage units.  This feature used to be found exclusively in luxury cars, but not is readily available. This won’t turn lukewarm soda ice-cold, but it will keep them cillen for a few hours. Or conversely, the java will stay hot a little longer.

The eighth feature is a lane-departure warning system.  You can put this feature in the safety column, but we included it in because its a great feature for long trips. They scan the road for lane markings and chime an alert when you drift too far in either direction without signalling.  Obviously, you should still pay attention, but its a great second line of defense.

Our next awesome feature for long trips is household power outlets.  Having your electronic run out of battery when you are out and about is a common problem. The convenience of having a two pronged household power outlet is unmatched. Most vehicles can have this feature, You just also have to remember to bring your charger!

Our final feature for long trips is reclining rear seats.  You see, no one really gets any sleep with a u-shaped neck pillow. Reclining rear seats means you can just leave them at home. Your passengers in the backseat will be snoozing in no time.  Be careful though, reclining them too far can actually be a safety hazard.

So, that’s it! All of our favorite car features for taking long trips. Maybe you aren’t a traveller, but if you are, we hope that this blog has helped you sort out what you would like for your next vehicle. The beauty of buying  a BMW is that luxury has anything that you could possibly imagine!


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Top Features for the Long Haul (Part 2)

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Boy in car playing on tablet pcHere are the next few features from your dealer of the BMW 3 Series near Downingtown.

Cruise control is the third feature on our list. Looking at a luxury car may mean that your cruise control can accelerate and even brake to maintain a certain distance between you and the car in front of you. But even the most basic versions of cruise will make a trip easy.

Number four is multi-zone climate control. This feature might go unused on the day to day, but during long trips it will be nice. Front and rear passengers will be able to set their own independent temperatures from the driver. This is especially nice when you and your husband disagree on temperatures. You can have the heat to 90 and he doesn’t feel any of it.

Especially if you have kids, a DVD entertainment system is an absolute must for travel. They are the holy grail of minivans and SUVS that will provide hours of headphone induced peace. Kids and parents have never had it so easy or quiet. Some vehicles even have more than one screen so the kids in the very back of the minivan don’t feel cheated out of their view.

Our next feature is the smart cupholder. If the cupholder in your car was designed to accommodate a 44-ounce styrofoam cup, putting a 20-ounce Evian bottle could end in quite the spill when you hit the on ramp. On the flip side, small cupholders leave the soda drinkers high and dry. The effective solution is the smart cupholder. They are big, but padded clamping skinnier cups in their place. Any drink you buy is bound to fit.


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Top Features for the Long Haul (Part 1)

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transportation and vehicle concept - man using car audio stereo Road trips are typically long. Usually several days are spent on the road. Maybe you aren’t planning a full on road trip in your BMW 3 Series near Chadds Ford, but the odds are you have at least a little ways to drive for Thanksgiving. Last year, AAA estimated that around 32 millions Americans traveled by car at least 50 miles from their home. This means you, your spouse and all of you wonderful children stuck in the car for however long it takes to get to grandma’s. That’s why your friends at Otto’s BMW have put together some great tools you can use on your next trip.

First thing you will want is a navigation system and a trip computer. Navigation systems make even the most confusing roads child’s play. Most of the newest systems offer real-time traffic reporting. And if your sister-in-law insists on a tchotchke detour there are voice-guided directions that route you back to main roads. Some even keep track of gas mileage, miles to go until your tank is empty, and more. The days of the road atlas are numbered.

The second thing that you will want is music flexibility. That CD jacket you have hanging on your sun-visor may hold a dozen albums, but that means that you will have exhausted your tunes once you have crossed the first three states. If you switch to those CD booklets that weigh ten pounds, you put other drivers at risk while you thumb through them at highway speeds. Have not fear, the advanced stereo system is here! The vast majority have auxiliary hookups for MP3 players. Some even go a step further and allow you to see you iPod’s playlists and choose your track with the stereo controls. If that isn’t enough, satellite radio broadcasts commercial-free music. Plus, onboard hard drives can rip and store songs from CDs.


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How Dangerous Is Distracted Driving

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No Distracted Driving SignWhen we get behind the wheel of a vehicle we are taking on a huge responsibility of keeping those in our vehicles and those around us safe. That is why it is so important to try and keep the distractions to a minimum. There are plenty of dangers on the road without us putting other things at the center of our focus during driving. You can take a pledge to leave the distractions put away until after you have stopped your vehicle.

The number one distraction for most of us drivers would be our cellphones. Sadly, we mostly feel like we have to know what’s going on at all times so we choose to keep our cellphones close by so that we can respond to every text, notification, or phone call. Being on your cellphone while driving is not only illegal in most states, but also extremely dangerous.

You also should steer clear of being distracted by changing your music on a player or by cd, eating, putting on makeup, doing your hair, having too many passengers, or watching videos. These are all considered distractions and all of these things have caused some sort of accident in the past.

The website www.distracted.gov gave some interesting statistics that say, “The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.” This is an unnecessary amount of people hurt or killed by small meaningless distractions.

Ultimately we here at Otto’s BMW, 3 Series dealer in West Chester, just want to all of our customers to be safe on the roads. So choose to take a stand against these distractions and keep yourself safe on the road.

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