BMW 330i Fun Facts
- You're probably wondering what the i in BMW 330i stands for. Well, the i stands for fuel injection. Today, fuel injection is as normal as a car having a steering wheel but back when the 330i first graced car showrooms in '80s, it was still a big deal. Fuel injection was a feature that not many cars back then had, thus it was something to brag about.
- If you're a true-blue automotive enthusiast, then you've probably heard of this not-so-little magazine called Car and Driver. It's only one of the most prominent automotive publications of all time and one of the most respected in the entire industry as well. Car and Driver releases an annual list of the year's top ten cars. And in every year that the BMW 330i was in production, it never failed to make the distinguished list.
- The BMW 330i was one of the make's first models to feature its unique VANOS technology, which allows the vehicle to have superior variable valve timing. This significantly improved the BMW 330i's torque and emissions.
- In the BMW 3 Series' earlier years, the 325ix was the line's sole AWD model. However, this was eventually discontinued in 1991. For an entire decade, there was no AWD variant in the 3 Series. This all changed in 2001 when the 330xi, the 330's AWD version, was released.
- The BMW 330i has received numerous awards throughout the years. Its most recent accolades include: Canadian Car of the Year awards' Best New Sports Saloon in 2006, Japan's Import Car of the Year for 2006, and What Car? magazine's (a renowned British motoring publication) Car of the Year for 2006.
- The BMW 330i has been seen in various media. These are just some of the movies and television shows wherein the automobile has made an appearance: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, The Shield, Crash Kids: Trust No One, Missing, Paycheck, Just like Heaven, Fahrenheit 9/11, Cover, Happy Endings, Lost, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses, The O.C., Ghost Whisperer, Switch Reloaded, Cars 2, Desperate Housewives, Alias, and CSI: Miami. Its convertible version has also made appearances in popular silver screen comedies such as White Chicks (during the famous scene wherein the main characters were singing Vanessa Carlton's Thousand Miles) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Hollywood seems to be really fond of the 330i, eh?