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Great commuter or everyday reliable ride. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 11/02/2011. Trim: 2001 BMW 3-Series 325i, Owned 1 year.
Pros: This was my first car. A 2001 325i sedan. It had 120,000 miles on it when i bought it. It now has almost 150,000 in just a year and a half. I've put this car through the ringer. Lived in the hills snow and dirt. ( very minor off roading ) engine runs awesome, car is GREAT! never had any issues other then a crack in the coolant line and needing new motor mounts but hey the cars 11 years old. They need that. Very comfortable and good for a cheep reliable commute car.
Cons: I wish the back seat was a little roomier but I never sit back there anyway. Put roof racks on mine looks sport and now is versatile. Oh yea my only other complaint PARTS ARE EXPENSIVE! lucky mines been fantastic so far ( knock on wood ). Don't buy one unless you have the money or connections. Lucky there where plenty made so cheep parts from salvages are available.
Overall review: Overall if you find the right one. Mine was a one particular original owner. Car still looks and runs Good. You shouldn't have to many issues right now. Remember these cars are getting old so things obviously start happening. but its and awesome fun car!
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Classic Sport Sedan by An MSN Autos Consumer on 10/28/2010. Trim: 2001 BMW 3-Series 325i, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Long lasting styling. Quiet. Easy to work on (5 minutes to change the oil filter). Great DIY web presense. Good handling. Decent fuel economly (34 mpg highway observed!) if you get a 5 spd sitck. Adequate space for four. Reasonable acceleration.
Cons: Cooling system requires work every 75,000 miles, Window lifts break, A-pillar fabric debonds and falls off, front suspension bushings require replacement every 80,000 miles, Sunroof sunshade is fragile and requires a certain degree of understanding and care. Steering and handling aren't as precise as the previous e36 body style cars.
Overall review: This is a great enthusiasts car. The on-line community is extensive. This is not a car to be driven like an appliance and ignored, or just taken to the dealer for service as recommended. If that's what you're after, buy a Lexus! If you do "old school" maintenance on this car the only thing that will kill it corrosion (if you live in the rust belt or NE USA). Old school maintenance means having ALL the fluids changed at regular intervals and changing oil (make sure it's synthetic!) twice as often as the dealer recommends. Find a good independant shop that specializes in European cars and you'll be fine. Better still - if you do most of your own work and enjoy doing it, this can be a very economical and rewarding car to operate.
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Great car by yaro on 04/08/2010. Trim: 2001 BMW 3-Series 325i, Owned 1 year.
Pros: luxurious and sporty
Cons: expensive to maintain and kind of fragile
Overall review: Very nice looking car, very fun and comftable to drive, drives fast and handles well.
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The Best by Th Fly - Edmonton,Alberta on 07/19/2004. Trim: 2001 BMW 3-Series 325Ci Convertible, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Best looking car on the market. Lots of fun to drive. Easy to operate.
Cons: The 5 speed manual is not as smooth as it could be.
Overall review: Fantastic car,fun to drive has enough power for my wife, I would like a little more but it is still fun for me. This car is an absolute head turner with the top up or down,one of the few convertibles that looks great with the top up. I will definitely get another unless they screw up the design like they have on the 5 and 7 series.
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hellish experience by I95 on 01/10/2011. Trim: 2001 BMW 3-Series 325xi, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Styling and low turning radius
Cons: I will say this car is more like a death sentence on road, with so much problem popping up now and then i was spending like $1000 a month for various repairs/no accident though. Driving on I-95 from NJ to DC was more feeling like a suicidal step forward. these problems seems like very calibrated and happening like a chain reaction despite i was very religious on maintian oil changes -- battery discharge -- alternator failure, -- coolant system failure --engine oil leaks --smokes --blower resister failure --transmission light
Overall review: Please-Please do not buy this car even if someone give it to you for FREE, similar experience was with the BMW 2003 series. Safety rating is mostly for new cars so NHSA doesnt capture it
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