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Why you should buy this car: You live in a world of snow, sleet, rain and loose gravel; you love BMW s, you don t have kids, you don t drive fast and you re never, ever going to sell your car.

Why you shouldn t buy this car: The 325ix may get you out of/through the muck, but it drives like an alcoholic after root canal surgery: slow and numb. Anyone who ponies-up forty-large for a fully-specced 3-Series sports wagon is also looking at the kind of cliff-face depreciation normally reserved for Ferraris and 12-cylinder luxo-barges. You have been warned.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: Yes
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: Yes
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: Yes

· Manufacturer: BMW
· Model tested: 325xi Sports Wagon
· Model year: 2006
· Price as Tested: $43,140
· Engine type: 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve inline six
· Horsepower: 215hp @ 6250 rpm
· Torque: 185 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm
· Redline: 7250 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: Bridgestone Turanza E42 205/55R-16
· Drive type: four-wheel-drive
· 0 - 60: 7.7 secs.
· 1/4 mile: NA
· Top speed: 130 mph (limited)
· Fuel economy city/highway: 20/27
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: NR

[by Robert Farago]

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