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2004 BMW 3 Series

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The 3 Series with the Sports Package

BMW has added more standard features to the Sport and Exclusive Packages, while the new Communications Package is also available as an option. BMW has also made improvements across the range by topping up the standard equipment menu.

Standard Equipment Upgrade

  • Exterior parts in body colour: 318i and 320d models now fall in line aesthetically with their 3 Series siblings by featuring colour-coded body parts (door handles and boot grab handle).

  • Interior aluminium trim strips: Plastic trim in the 318i, 320i and 320d models has been replaced with the refractive quality of aluminium in the cockpit.

  • Fog lights: Like all other models in the 3 Series range, fog lights are now fitted as standard on the 318i and 320d - seamlessly incorporated into the front bumper.

  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM): Tyre temperatures and pressures are checked by the Tyre Pressure Monitor, ensuring safety and convenience.

  • Rain sensor and automatic light control: Windscreen wipers are automatically activated, adapt their speed according to rain intensity and automatically switch off when the rain stops. This ensures best visibility and improved safety at all times and reduces possible damage to the wiper blades and the windscreen. In conditions of limited light visibility including tunnels and underground garages, the vehicle's headlights are automatically activated. The lights can still also be operated manually.

  • Brake Force Display: This BMW-exclusive feature is now standard on almost the entire BMW range. Additional brake light surfaces are activated when the driver applies the brakes in an emergency or when ABS is required to intervene. This enables drivers following behind to respond appropriately in each case, recognising all-out application of the brakes and being able to reduce the risk of bumper-to-bumper collisions.

  • 320d: R252 000 (R1 500 increase)
  • 320I: R246 000 (R1 500 increase)
  • 325I: R288 000 (R500 increase)
  • 330d: R339 500 (NO INCREASE)
  • 330I: R331 500 (NO INCREASE)

    The Communications Package

  • R8 000
  • Bluetooth compatible cell phone preparation system: An automotive first, this state-of-the-art on-board system uses wireless cellular technology to synchronise your cell phone with the vehicle's electronics.?Bluetooth can be operated via the multifunction steering wheel and enables the display of useful information such as phone book contents, most frequent calls made as well as last numbers dialled.

  • Voice Control: Voice command for complete hands-free control of the cellular phone enables the driver to remain focused on the road.

  • Hi-Fi loud speaker system: Surround sound loudspeaker components with separate amplifier/equaliser provide full-bodied depth of sound and transparent audio quality. Stereo is achieved throughout the vehicle independent of volume, speed and homogenous playback.

    The Exclusive Package

  • (R16 600)
  • Upholstery, Montana leather trim: Leather trim forms part of the Exclusive Package when ordered on 318i, 320i and 320d models. (325i, 330i and 330d models already come standard with leather trim.)

  • Rear screen roller blind (only when ordered on 325i, 330i and 330d): The driver is able to electrically operate the rear screen roller blind keeping the interior of the vehicle cool and ensuring passenger privacy and comfort.

  • Electric front seats with memory function (only 325i, 330i & 330d): Angles, heights, lumbar support and legroom of the front seats can be individually adjusted and saved, resulting in maximum comfort and minimum fuss.

  • Front centre armrest: Forms part of the Exclusive Package when ordered on 318i and 320d models. (320i, 325i 330i and 330d models already come standard with an armrest.)

  • Park Distance Control (PDC), rear: Measures the distance between your vehicle and an obstacle using acoustically signalised ultrasound technology. The system can detect obstructions from a distance of 1.5 metres and at a height of 400mm.

  • CD Changer for 6 CDs: Fingertip control results in uninterrupted entertainment with minimal CD handling.

  • Bi-Xenon headlights (incl. headlight washer system): Provide maximum illumination in bad weather and poor visibility conditions. The Xenon headlights produce more than twice the light intensity of conventional halogen bulbs. The system includes an electric headlight washer system and automatic headlight height adjustment.

    The Sport Package

  • R17 500 for the 318i and 320d; R16 500 for the 320i;
  • R16 000 for the 325i, 330d and 330i
  • Sport suspension settings: For a significantly sportier feel, the sport suspension settings are lowered by 15mm for better and highly responsive traction.

  • Sport seats for driver and front passenger: Moulded to fit, enhancing driver and passenger safety.

  • M Sports multifunction leather steering wheel: Enables the driver to operate the vehicle and navigate the cockpit at the touch of easily accessible buttons located in the centre of the steering wheel.

  • M Aerodynamics package ll (M bumpers with front and rear spoilers, sporty side sills): Contributes to the improved aerodynamics of the vehicle, front and rear spoilers make increased top speeds possible, assist in engine efficiency and enhance fuel consumption, road holding and stability.

  • Individual high-gloss satin window trim: The vehicle's aesthetics are improved through this moulded exterior window trim.

  • Interior trim, Alu-Cube Black / Door sills with M Badge: In keeping with the sporting exterior, the Alu-Cube Black interior trim and the door sills add to the sporty ambience.

  • Anthracite roof lining: In addition to visual appeal, it reduces the effects of vibration as well as external noise and keeps the vehicle's interior cool in summer and warm in winter.

  • White indicator lenses: The visibility and presentation of the driver's intentions are enhanced, making communication clearer and steering safer.

  • M light alloy wheels, double-spoke styling with mixed tyres: Low-profile radial tyres are mixed between the front and the rear chassis. Front - 7.5J x 17" on 225/45 ZR 17; Rear - 8.5J x 17" rims on 245/40 ZR

  • Can also be ordered on 318i (R27 000) and 325i (R16 500) Touring models.

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