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 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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New Pennsylvania Laws For Junior Drivers

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teen driverMost states have laws and regulations for all of the new teenage drivers out there and Pennsylvania is no stranger to this. This laws are so  important to easing the new drivers into different driving situations. If we were to throw a teenager into a vehicle along with all of the distractions that older drivers deal with they could be overwhelmed and could put them into dangerous situations.

Pennsylvania has a graduated licensing program and a junior drivers program. These two programs are to help keep track of what the teen drivers are up to not put them in dangerous situations. The programs help to slowly lift the restraints from them as they get more skilled behind the wheel.

One of the laws involved with the junior drivers training is that they must have fifty to sixty-five hours of supervised driving before they are allowed to get their actual drivers license. The supervised driver has to include hours of inclement weather and night driving. They have also included a law that restricts the junior drivers from having too many passengers. The junior driver is not allowed to transport more than one passenger under the age of 18 in their vehicle for the first six months, but this excludes any of the driver’s family members. However, if the junior driver has an adult in the vehicle then they are allowed to have more than one passenger. After the six months is over they are allowed to have three passengers in the vehicle. If the junior driver gets into an accident then they will be pushed back down to having only one passenger.

To get your junior driver a nice safe vehicle to learn in, you can head on over to BMW 3 Series dealer in Pennsylvania, Otto’s BMW. They have some great vehicles that would fit perfectly for any new driver.


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Get Your BMW 3 Series At Otto’s BMW

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Bmw LogoOtto’s BMW has made a name for themselves with the great customer service and the great vehicles that they have in their inventory. They have some really great vehicles available in their stock and you any of these vehicles would be a great fit for you, but right now let’s take a look at the newest model of the BMW 3 Series car.

This Sedan comes in an exterior color of Imperial Blue Metallic and the interior color of this vehicle is Venetian Beige. Under the hood you will find an Intercooled Turbo I-4 2.0 liter engine. The 3 Series comes with an eight speed automatic transmission and the all wheel drive system known as xDrive. The Environmental Protection Agency gave this vehicle an estimated fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. Otto’s BMW has a set asking price of $40,925 for this particular BMW 3 Series.

The exterior features of this vehicle include: speed sensitive rain detecting wipers, heated wiper jets, perimeter approach lights, fixed rear window defroster, front fog lamps, and P225/50R17 all season run flat tires. The interior features of this vehicle include: HiFi sounds system, satellite radio preparation, dual front automatic air conditioning, analog display, fade to off interior lighting, outside temperature gauge, rear upholders, systems monitor, proximity key for ignition, cargo space lights, air filtration, valet function, cruise control, engine immobilizer, interior lock disable, audio theft deterrent, trip computer, regular amplifier, three 12 volt DC power outlets, remote releases, FOB controls, delayed accessory power, tracker system, wireless streaming, power rear windows, remote keyless entry, hands free bluetooth, USB audio connection, and manual anti whiplash head restraints.

Set up a test drive for this BMW 3 Series car near Kennet Square at Otto’s BMW. All you have to do is call and make an appointment with a sales associate and you will be ready to go. We can’t wait for you to get behind the wheel of this Sedan.

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Overview Of The BMW 3 Series Part 2

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Bmw symbolSo, last time in our series we discussed the BMW 3 Series sedan and a few of the things that you could expect if you were to purchase that model. This time around we will discuss the two of the other models for the 3 Series.

The BMW 3 Series Active Hybrid has an estimated fuel economy of 33  miles per gallon on the highway. It will comes standard with an Active Hybrid six cylinder engine and also TwinPower Turbo technology. It will also have rear wheel drive as the drive-train. It has some great safety features that are not only convenient, but will also work to keep you and your passengers safe. It will come with a lithium ion battery and it will have an eight speed automatic transmission. This hybrid will have the automatic stop and start function. Dynamic Stability Control will be one of the safety features of the this hybrid vehicle.

They have two models of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon and these are the 328i xDrive and 328d xDrive. Both of these models will come standard with the all wheel drive drive-train. One of the major differences between these two is that one gets a slightly higher estimated fuel economy than the other. The 328i gets an estimated fuel economy of 33 miles per gallon on the highway and the 328d will get about 43 miles per gallon on the highway

Well that is all the time we have for right now so next time we will discuss the last model of the BMW 3 Series model. Until then you can come by and test drive a BMW 3 Series car near Glen Mills at Otto’s BMW dealer. Test drive a new, used, or certified pre owned vehicle from their inventory today!

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Overview Of The BMW 3 Series Part 1

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Front Of BMWIf you are in the market for or just want to learn more about what the BMW 3 Series cars have to offer then you have come to the right place. Otto’s BMW has compiled an overview all of the BMW models that are available on the market today. You can head over to Otto’s BMW 3 Series dealer near Downingtown to find out what all they have in stock for their 3 Series inventory.

To start off, BMW has four different styles of the BMW 3 Series to offer you. They have the Sedan, Active Hybrid, Sport Wagon, and a Gran Turismo. The different styles of this vehicle offer different features, but all are great vehicles. In this series of articles we will discuss some of the ends and outs of what these different models have to offer.

The BMW 3 Series Sedan has four different styles that are available with or without xDrive. The styles available are the 320i, 328i, 328d, and 335i. Each of these styles can have the xDrive drive-train which is an all wheel drive system. This system is specifically designed for BMW vehicles and is part of BMW vehicle’s incredible safety features. The 328d has a higher estimated fuel economy than the other 3 series Sedan’s. The 328d has about 43 to 45 miles per gallon on the highway. The other 3 series Sedan’s have an estimated fuel economy of anywhere from 30 to 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

Well continue reading this series to find out which BMW 3 Series will work best for your needs. Until next time, you can check out the available models at Otto’s BMW through their website or in person. Call and schedule an appointment with a sales associate right now.

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How To Get The Most From Your Trade In Part 3

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Car Sales WomanThe next step to take for your trade in is to learn what you need to say to dealer. The first place you are going to want to start is by doing your research. You need to know what your car is worth. The way you do that is by checking out websites like Kelley Blue Book and plug in your vehicles information and find out what the real value of this vehicle is. Also, you should look to see if this vehicle is in high demand. If it is you might be able to get more out of it than that of a vehicle that isn’t really wanted all that much. Let the negotiation start by saying that you have done your research, but don’t be arrogant or rude about it. Remember they are trying to work with you just like you are trying to work with them.

Your next step is to make it very apparent that you are not there to purchase a vehicle, but there to do a trade in. If they know from the very beginning then they won’t be able to play games with you. Be prepared with a copy of your drivers license and never let  go of your title until you are ready to do the trade. This will leave you in a position to get out of there in case things aren’t going well.

The very last step is for you to check out some tax advantages that you could get for doing your trade in. This can save you a nice chunk of money if it all works out well.

Now all that is left is to go trade in your old car and find a new one at BMW 3 Series dealer near Chadds Ford. Call now and set up an appointment today.

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