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BMW 3 Series carsIf you have not heard yet, the BMW 3 Series is the top selling model for the BMW brand name. The BMW3 Series is also ranked third out of 22 cars in the upscale midsize car category. There is a reason why this car is top selling. That is because it has top safety features, a sleek and stylish look, and a smooth ride. That isn’t it though! This car has so many great qualities and you can find all of those out right here.

You will find that the interior of the BMW 3 Series is spacious and allows plenty of leg room for its five passengers. To have a vehicle with comfort as well as style is a huge feet. We do not usually see those two qualities mixed together. It has a very large trunk for luggage or groceries.

Under the hood for the 3 Series 320i and the 328i you will find standard a four cylinder turbocharged engine. You get this engine and the option of two different transmission types for the BMW 3 Series: six speed manual transmission or an eight speed automatic transmission. The six cylinder turbocharged engine comes with the BMW 3 series 335i.

Every BMW 3 Series has excellent gas mileage. They average about 31 miles per gallon in the city and 43 miles per gallon on the highway. This is estimated from the Environmental Protection Agency with all of the BMW 3 Series cars.

Otto’s BMW has plenty of BMW 3 Series cars near Glen Mills. These cars are range in price from a used 2009 BMW 3 Series at $25,992 to a new 2015 BMW 3 Series M3 priced at $81,250. Call now and set up a test drive for one of these great BMW 3 Series vehicles.

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Finding The Right Safety Seat For Your Child Part 2

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Child in Safety seatOtto’s BMW is all about keeping you, your family, and other passengers safe. Luckily when you purchase  a BMW vehicle you are one step closer to that goal. BMW vehicles are top of the line in safety features and they are built with attention to detail. It is all about quality when it comes to a BMW car or SUV. The top selling vehicle for the BMW brand is the BMW 3 Series and that is because they are great quality vehicle that protect whatever is inside of it. We are currently talking about getting and installing the right safety seat for your child.

Because each child comes in different shapes and sizes, all ages will have different seats that they should be in. You find the right seat based on age, height, and weight of the child in the seat. After you find the proper seat you need to learn how to properly install it.

Learning how to properly install your child’s safety seat is easy and also free. A lot of police stations have inspections points and can help teach you how to install the safety seat. There is also a program called Safe Kids that have technicians across America that can inspect the seat and make sure that you are doing it right.

It is probably important to buy a brand new car seat unless you know who you are purchasing the seat from. Also, when getting a pre owned seat make sure that you know if this seat has been in any accidents. Professionals say that you should replace a car seat once it has been in an accident because after an accident it could become faulty.

These are our last words of wisdom on the subject and hopeful they have helped. Stop by Otto’s BMW 3 Series dealer near Downingtown to get your new safe vehicle.

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Finding The Right Safety Seat For Your Child Part 1

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Baby In Car Seat For SafetyOnce you have had a child, life becomes mostly about them. About loving them and protecting them from danger as best as possible. We can’t protect our children from everything, but we can do everything possible to prevent bad things from happening. If you use and install a child’s safety seat properly the risk of death in a car accident is lowered by 71 percent. So, one of the things that you can do is find the right car seat. We live in an ever changing world with people who are constantly working to make our cars safer and our safety seats better. After that though it is your responsibility to be educated on the subject.

Take advantage of all the resources that are available out there for parents. There are tons of websites about safety seats out there that can help you find the right one. Even after you find a good seat you have to learn how to properly install the safety seat. Don’t worry we have you covered.

I keep hitting on the fact that you need to learn how to properly install a safety seat and that is because statistics have shown that 73 percent of seats are not properly installed. There are plenty of online videos that you could search for to help you learn how to properly install a car seat, but you can also find a local certified child passenger safety technician in your town to show you or even check your installation.

We haven’t finished up yet wait for the next article in this series about safety seats for your children. Until then check out the website for local BMW 3 Series dealer near Downingtown to find the safest BMW vehicle for your family.

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Helpful Items For Your Car Part Three

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Car Emergency KitWe have finally reached the last article to this series and we will quickly cover the last few items that we think that you will find helpful.

One of the items you should keep around for emergencies is duct tape. Most men believe that duct tape is the ultimate tool so why not keep it around. Obviously you wouldn’t want to use duct tape as a long term fix for your vehicle, but it might just come in handy during an emergency.

WD-40 would be a great item to keep on hand because you never know when you will need to grease something down. If you store this in an emergency box in your trunk then you will have it on hand in a pinch.

It is very important to keep an emergency kit in your trunk. This is something that we hope we will never have to use, but if we do have to use it you will be extremely glad you made it. Things that you will want to keep in your emergency kit include: A First Aid Kit,  flashlight, car tools, blanket, lighter or matches, granola bars, bottles of water, radio with batteries or solar powered, flares, and anything else that you think might come in handy.

One item you should keep in your glove box is a seat belt cutter that can also break windows. They make special tools that are made with specifically for situations that could potentially be life threatening. If you have this tool it can totally prevent it.

We here at Otto’s BMW hope that this has been helpful for you and your BMW 3 Series car near Media. For any other things you may need for your car head on over to Otto’s BMW.

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Helpful Items For Your Car Part Two

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Car Jumper CablesThe next two items that you should keep in your trunk or at least close and working properly in your garage. Keeping a tire inflater in your trunk might be slightly hard to do, but it would be good for you to keep it in your garage that way you can have it ready in case of an emergency. One thing that you might be able to keep in your vehicle is some kind tire seal. They sale plenty of products like this one being Fix A Flat.

Another emergency item to keep in your vehicle at all times are jumper cables. You never know when you or someone else might need these because a dead battery can happen to anyone and it usually happens at the worst times. They also have a product called a battery booster that can help out in case there is no one else around. In any case, it is very important to be prepared for an emergency as best you possibly can.

Always remember to hang on to the owner’s manual for your car. Keeping this perfect guide to your car in your glovebox is the perfect place and it can answer any question specific to your vehicle.

You should check your tire pressure on a semi regular basis and one item that you will need to keep around is a tire pressure gauge. You will want to check your tires while they are still cold before you have driven anywhere, so keeping this handy is a good idea. You can find the correct air pressure for your tires in the car’s owner’s manual. Keeping your tires inflated properly will increase fuel efficiency as well as keep other parts of your car running properly.

Keep reading this blog for more tips about your BMW 3 Series car near Exton. We will have much more information in the next article in this series.

 

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Helpful Items For Your Car Part One

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changing a flat tireI know several people who keep their car completely empty of all items. They don’t have extra things stored in their trunk and everything is decluttered. Then you have people like me who have enough items in their car that they basically live out of it. Now there are just some items that you can’t live without and there comes a point when you are just hoarding things in your car. Some of these items are things that you could use and should probably keep available and handy in your vehicle at all times. Otto’s BMW has compiled a list of items that can help you in multiple different situations. Let’s dive in and see what items you should grab for your car.

The number one item that everyone should have no matter what is an emergency safety kit. This kit should include things like booster cables, first aid kit, flairs, a flashlight, and many other things. You can put your emergency kit together on your own or you can purchase a pre packaged one at an auto store. Store this kit in your trunk for emergencies like breaking down on the side of the road.

It is extremely important to store a spare tire in your car. Along with your spare you should have a tire jack and also the tire iron. This will come in handy when you least expect it and you won’t understand how inconvenient it is to not have one of these until you get into the situation where you need one. It would also come in handy to study or practice changing your tire so in case of an emergency you will know how to change it.

This is a great start to getting your BMW 3 Series car in West Chester ready for any kind of emergency situation.

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Review for the 2014 BMW 3 Series (Part 3)

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Review The BMW 3 Series in West Chester has great standard safety features. Not only that, but it’s fun to drive.

2014 BMW 3 Series standard safety features include:

  • antilock brakes

  • traction and stability control

  • front side airbags

  • side curtain airbags

  • front knee airbags

Improving braking function is the goal of the stability control system. It integrates things like periodically wiping the brake rotors dry when the windshield wipers are in use and automatically snugging the pads to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the throttle.

Standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications. It includes:

  • automatic crash notification

  • stolen vehicle recovery

  • on-demand roadside assistance

Options include:

  • parking sensors (front and rear)

  • a rearview camera

  • blind spot monitoring

  • a lane departure warning system

  • automated parking system

Edmunds brake testing brought a 328i sedan with 18-inch summer tires to a stop from 60 mph in 115 feet. The 328i M Sport stopped in 109 feet. Both are average distances. The 320i  took just 111 feet in the same test, which is excellent.

Government crash testing gives the sedan five out of five stars for overall crash protection. It also received four stars for frontal protection and five for side protection. In he moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the sedan the highest possible rating of “Good.” It also received a “Good” for Its seat/head restraint designed for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

The awesome reality about this car is that it really delivers the best all-around driving experience in entry-level luxury sedans. No matter what tires you choose, the ride is smooth and quiet. This makes the 3 Series fantastic for road trips. We found the steering to be very precise with ideal weighting. We have no complaints about the engine either. Truly, it makes it one of the best choices for those wanting the top sport sedan experience.

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Review for the 2014 BMW 3 Series (Part 2)

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A performance review or evaluation measured on a speedometer orWe started a review set on the 3Series; Otto’s BMW near Kennet Square. In this blog we will cover powertrain and performance.

While AWD is standard on the 2014 BMW 3 Series wagons, they offer a choice between rear-wheel and the xDrive (AWD) system. The sedans come with a six-speed manual transmission, and the wagon comes with an eight speed automatic. If the vehicle had the Sport or M Sport package it also has a “sport” engine with steering wheel paddle shifters. Both transmissions come with auto start-stop functions to save fuel when stopped.

The 320i comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are impressive at 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway for the automatic. The manual version and xDrive versions are almost that good. In Edmunds testing the 320i sedan still gives a respectably quick 7.3 seconds.

The 328i model comes with a more powerful engine, rated at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimates an outstanding 26 mpg in combined driving. Edmunds performance testing shows that a manual-equipped 328i sedan sprints from 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, while an automatic 328i M Sport sedan does it in 5.4 seconds

The 328d models have a 2.0-liter, turbocharged diesel four-cylinder. It is rated at 180 hp and a robust 280 lb-ft of torque and comes only in automatic. Rear-drive 328d sedans are rated at 37 mpg combined. The 328d xDrive sedan and wagon are both rated at 35 mpg combined.

The 335i sedan has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It is rated at 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. With the automatic is gets 25 mpg combined EPA rating. The manual gearbox drops to 23 mpg. With AWD, you’re looking at 24 combined for the automatic and 23 mpg for the manual.

The ActiveHybrid 3 pairs the 335i’s engine with the eight-speed automatic, a rear-drive electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This combo provides 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The ActiveHybrid 3 sedan is quick. BMW claims it will hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. EPA rates it at just 28 mpg combined.

 

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Review for the 2014 BMW 3 Series (Part 1)

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If you are think about a 2014 BMW 3 Series near Glenn MillsReview Character Shows Assess Reviewing Evaluate And Reviews Otto’s BMW has put together a full review so you know exactly what you are looking at! The 2014 3 Series is newly redesigned.

In the United States, entry-level luxury cars dominate premium-brand vehicles. The BMW 3 Series has long been a favorite amongst consumers and critics alike. There are reasons for it’s success. It has a reputation for providing sporty handling and an overall fun driving experience.

This 2014 model brings plenty of changes to the 3 Series line. This time around the wagon is all-wheel drive. The 3 Series coupe and convertible are things of the past. BMW also introduced a brand-new engine for the 2014. And if you like mpg’s, you’re going to love this engine. If you only plan to test-drive one entry-level luxury car this year, make sure its the 2014 BMW Series.

The 2014 BMW 3 Series comes in sedan and wagon body styles. The Sedans come in 320i, 328i, 328d, 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 trim levels. All of these models come in all-wheel-drive versions BMW calls “xDrive.” The wagon only comes in 328i xDrive and 328d xDrive trims.

 

Standard features for the entry-level 320i include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • automatic headlights

  • foglights

  • automatic wipers

  • cruise control

  • dual-zone automatic climate control

  • eight-way manually adjustable front seats

  • leatherette premium vinyl upholstery

  • wood trim

  • a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

  • a trip computer

  • Bluetooth

  • the iDrive electronics interface

  • a 6.5-inch display

  • a premium sound system with a CD player

  • HD radio

  • auxiliary audio jack

  • iPod/USB audio interface

The 328i sedan adds{

  • a more powerful version of the 320i’s engine

  • an auto-dimming rearview mirror

  • eight-way power-adjustable front seats

  • driver memory functions

 

The 328i and 328d wagons are equipped similarly to their sedan counterparts.

 

The 335i sedan and ActiveHybrid 3 have:

  • unique powertrains

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • adaptive and auto-leveling xenon headlights

  • automatic high beams and a sunroof

 

The Luxury, Sport and M Sport are three optional equipment lines offered. They  include:

  • different wheel designs

  • color schemes

  • trim types

  • seats

  • steering wheels

  • even suspension tuning

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Tips For Less Stress While Car Shopping Part Two

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Upclose BMW carWe talked a little bit in the last article about some helpful tips that will help you out when it comes to car shopping. Otto’s BMW is all about making it as easy as possible for you when you are buying your new vehicle. So they have thought of a few extra tips that will help significantly to relieve more stress when car shopping.

You have set a budget and done some research now you need to search a little bit more. Once you have your pricing budget set you should research as much extra information as you can about all the different cars that fall within your budget. You need to check out and see if there are any special benefits or features that come with any specific car that makes it better than the next.

If it is possible, you should try and rent some of the vehicles on your list. You can then drive it for a longer period of time rather than just the test drive period. This will help you to get a better feel for what the vehicle is really like without the pressure of figuring it out immediately.

Make sure that the cars that you are looking at have everything that you need in a vehicle. Living in different climates might determine what kind of vehicle you want to drive on a regular basis.

Finally when calculating your costs and payments remember to add in insurance costs and the fuel economy of the vehicle. Lower gas mileage can cause you to waste money on gas.

Hopefully this will help you out while car shopping. We know that if you come over to Otto’s BMW and look at the BMW 3 Series car near Exton you won’t be disappointed with what you see. This is a great vehicle that would be a good fit for any family.

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