littlest kid is the big kid on the block for BMW. Saleswise,
the group of autos that make up the 3 Series is the most
popular of the German auto maker's fleet. So it's not surprising
that among '05 news items for the "3" -- BMW's
entry level luxury sedan/coupe/ convertible/wagon -- is
its selection as one of the BMW models to connect with Apple
Computer's trendy little iPOD. The gizmo, the size of a
small box, lets musicphiles carry thousands of hours of
favorite downloaded tunes, and can plug into the 3 Series'
specially designed, dealer installed "seamless"
glovebox adapter to play over the car's speaker system.
a vehicle with a base model starting just under $30,000
(although some versions can run $20K higher), that's a bargain
that will probably add less than $200. Changing tunes becomes
a flick of a steering wheel button.
sound is secured, there are other goodies to enjoy besides
BMW's legendary road-hugging performance appeal fired by
one of two six-cylinder engines in rear or all-wheel-drive.
For '05, depending on trim level, in addition to some front
and rear design revisions, owners can choose from 6 speed
sequential manual/automatic trans, sporty five-spoke alloy
wheels, rain sensing windshield wipers, adaptive brake lights,
expanded airbag systems and headlamp beams that follow the
curve of the road.
get Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth cellular connection.
With all those options, there's no more boom box on the
hip in transit for the truly wired.