2003 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2003 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 97 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 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
"power" 45 reviews
"ride" 44 reviews
"handling" 36 reviews
"fuel economy" 21 reviews
"interior" 12 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 12 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"high maintenance" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews

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2003 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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5

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Drive a ZHP, it will change your life

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Fuel economy suffers from me trying to make noise and go fast all the time

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The Best Budget Friendly Sports Sedan — Fathers, millenials, gen-xers: get this car! This will make any commute tons of fun, without making you look like the immature man you know you are inside! This car rides like you imagine a sports car should, and that is awesome! My family loves it. My kids want to ride in it all the time, and my wife has basically taken possession of it. buy one, change your life now! PS, I track, commute, and do road trip on this baby!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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sa_grubb writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Very reliable. Top 10 car and driver magazine every year.

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High prices for repairs, but not much needed besides normal maintenance. Has been a great car.

sa_grubb
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I Love This Car. — Not much that I don't like about this car. Its been a very good daily driver for the 3 years that I have owned it. I definitely would recommend a 3 series to anyone. I am now interested in the M5 with the V-10.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rolupa writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi Wagon Review
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4

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Handling, equipment

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back seat

rolupa
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Family Sports Car — performance is great! aceleration, braking and handling are superb you always feel safe and in complete control fun to drive and a family car at the same time cargo space and accesibility are very good. only con is space for legs in back seats

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jeff779997 writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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great car

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none

jeff779997
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E46 — Everything about the design of the E46 is a little more refined, a little more thought out, and feels a little more robust. From the thunk of the doors closing, to turning the key in the trunk lock tumbler, to pressing the climate control buttons, the 330ci just feels like a newer more refined car. It is. The interior lights have a one touch defeat instead of a toggle switch. The light behavior resets when you turn the car on next. Ie. if you have the doors open and want the lights to go off, you hit the button. Next time you open the door up, the lights will go on again...no toggle switch to reset. My 330ci also has rain sensing wipers. They just plain work. Turn the wipers on, and forget about them...the system keeps them on at the perfect intervals, 100% of the time. The E46 is just a newer design with more time behind it. BMW wouldn't be evolving if the newer cars didn't offer more features and engineering that operates on more levels for better efficiency. To some people, these things make for a "nicer" car. And some people prefer the raw, more simple nature of an older car that is closer to a purpose-built driving machine. Again, it's down to your preferences and where you want to make compromises.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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setqwc writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Wagon Review
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handling, cargo capacity, moonroof

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lacks modern tech

setqwc
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Great Value With Handling, Performance And Cargo Capacity Of A Suv — great handling, no rattles/creaks, great braking, bmw famous steering and suspension, great cargo carrying capacity, great moon roof, great family vehicle, over 20mpg city and short highway, but lack of modern tech and for an over 100k miles car maintenance is expected average

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usedcarsofatlanta writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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Great power and handling. Looks awesome

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Not much space for cargo

usedcarsofatlanta
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Very Fun Car To Drive — A lot of power and great handling. The car looks beautiful. It is very reliable. It doesn't have a whole lot of space, but it has a lot more than other sports cars. It is very comfortable to drive. Overall it is a great car.

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thomer123 writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Convertible Review
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Incredible handling and braking.

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None, fun car.

thomer123
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Open Air German Engineering Motoring Fun — Most fun car that I have owned. Excellent handling and braking. Top down open air motoring. Good stereo, Form fitting seats. People notice this car and I get a lot of cool comments. BMW's inline 6 cylinder sound is intoxicating.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mauri writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Car has the looks for the year it was made and it does not get old. Really a great body. Handling and Casual Driving at its best.

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Maintenance can be a somewhat of a con, considering you should keep up with it. But that is with any car.

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Great — Overall impressed after owning this E46 for many years, I was never let down and continue to enjoy the beauty of its style. Definitely a cruiser and an Instant Classic. After knowing the basic routine of maintenance it is all good to go.

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

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cathycalore writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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Handles very well very fast can't beat the safety durable quality of the leather is perfect

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have to look for good deals on parts going forward if needed.

cathycalore
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Very Impressed Heavy Duty And Durable — I love the way this car handles on the road the way it hugs the road it feels so safe and powerful this is beautiful car it feels like a new ride. It gets many looks on the road. Just classy

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jdj52 writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi Review
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Excellent Handling, Aggressive Looks, Blacked out rims, taillights, and grill. After Market LED Headlights

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jdj52
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Fun To Drive! — Single owner. This car is a pleasure to drive with exceptional handling. Extremely reliable with great gas mileage. Very comfortable and has great build quality. This car has been my favorite to drive over the last ten years and I look forward to owning more BMW's

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2012 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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