2002 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2002 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 45 reviews
"power" 37 reviews
"handling" 34 reviews
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"reliable car" 14 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"high maintenance" 14 reviews
"expensive car" 9 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews

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tekin41 writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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BMW handling reliability

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BMW cost

tekin41
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Bmw Designs — Not much to say other than Excellent drive by BMW. Blue spotless exterior, clean interior, Standard BMW Engine Reliable with power every tie when you need. Fun to drive short or long distances. Fun to pass other and look them on your right mirror.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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AutoMaxmd writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Review
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5

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EXCELLENT CAR FUN TO DRIVE THE ULTIMATE MACHINE GO MPG RELIABLE AND GOOD PRICE FOR WHAT YOU GET

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NOTING

AutoMaxmd
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02 Bmw 325 Ci — My current 2002 325CI is my 4th BMW and 34th car overall so I have some experience. This model of BMW - the E46 - is just plain solid. Yes, there are known issues such as window regulators and water pumps, but when you get past those annoyances and pay attention to the detail in the design of this car they fade into the background. It's easy to do regular maintenance on the car such as oil changes and brake replacements, in part because the parts are made with quality materials and still look like new after 10 years on the road. I think the E46 is possibly the last 3 series to have the classic BMW look and feel, and I have noticed the value of these cars going up in the used market.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Mikhiett84 writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Style, reliability, value.

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Cargo space, maintenance costs, snow.

Mikhiett84
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Great Car. — This is a great car overall. They are still very popular and I see many of them on the road. My particular model is the premium sport variety which included 17" wheels, 3 spoke steering wheel, loaded options. I have everything in this car from the dealer except for heated seats, navigation and AWD. It is not good at all in the snow or on ice, which happens here in Maryland. Good to have a back-up 4WD truck to get through the winter when it happens to snow a lot.

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Rdstallone writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Review
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5

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Sounds low and throaty, nice looking car. Handles great.

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Maintenance expencive

Rdstallone
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Fast And Expencive — This car was one of my favorites to drive. It was fast and sounded impressive. I had the five speed, easy to drive, it handled well. I had a hard time parting with car.. I gave it to my dad in the end!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brad writes:
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Reliable

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too small for family

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Great Car For College Kid But Not A Family Vehicle — Vehicle was trustworthy and very reliable; very little work needed during our ownership but when it was needed it was horribly overpriced. Vehicle is well made and has a nice look but is suited more to a high school or college student just too small for a family of 4

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Juan writes:
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Stylish and fun to drive

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Small hard to get in and out if over 6 foot tall

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Awesome — Nice looking coupe probanly the best among luxury coupes available at the time, technology for its time was above my expectations personally haven't had major complains. routine maintance can dent a whole in your wallet. I'd probably buy the sedan next time or 5 series

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MAB3 writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Convertible Review
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Beautiful vehicle to drive especially in the spring and summer

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Not practical as a family car with Infants
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MAB3
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Sporty Vehicle — Classy car that is fun to drive and expensive to maintain. Car is great on fuel economy. Use premium only and synthetic oil only. Vehicle is great for commuting to and from work or for weekend leisure. Sport package is included.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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pottsy12 writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Convertible Review
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Great Looking

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Needs a lot of maintenance

pottsy12
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Bimmer — When it started having coolant problems it seemed like we replaced everything on it to fix the problem. Radiator, Hoses, Belts, Reserve tank, and all the brackets associated with it. Still have a leak in the system. Each time we take it in is $250 minimum.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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SawOne writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Safety, Reliability, Quality, Comfort and Style

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Repair Cost, Premium Gas

SawOne
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Solid Car — I used this car to commute 160 mile a day round trip for several years. I regularly got 35mpg (95% Highway miles). The car was powerful and responsive. I drove the car to about 150,000 miles with very few maintenance issues. Repairs were expensive compared to other cars but due to the fact there were not many I would not consider it an issue. the car was extremely comfortable and stylish. I drove it regularly in winter conditions and was extremely impressed with the way the traction control worked in the snow. This was contrary to what I had previously heard about BMW's in the snow. Unfortunately I was involved in a fairly serious accident in my car on the way to work one morning, both cars were totaled. Amazingly no one was seriously hurt, I walked away from the accident and actually made it to work that day (Late) but with nothing more than a few scratches on my face from the airbag. I can not say enough about this car's performance, reliability and most of all safety.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sara837 writes:
2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Review
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It is still a great car 8 years after I got it

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The exterior is still beautiful, but the inside seems cheaply made, and is falling apart.

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My Bimmer — The car handles amazingly. It feels like it's wrapped around you, and you're in total control. I have a manual transmission, and this car is a blast to drive. Great gas mileage. I can go on a weekend road trip, and still drive around town for a week when I get home without having to fill the tank. Very few problems with this car in the 8 years I've owned it. It is so reliable. Highly recommend bmw's to friends!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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