2003 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2003 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 96 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" 43 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" 5 reviews

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sa_grubb writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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5

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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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4

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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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Darryl writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi Review
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Good power, handling, and all around performance, beautiful styling (in
and out), out of this world driving experience

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Lower fuel economy than I would like

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The Ultimate Driving Machine — When I first drove this car, I didn't expect anything out of the ordinary. Boy, was I naive. This car is a dream. It has a good amount of power under the hood, handles exceptionally, and looks and feels great. The engine is smooth and flawless, and has a sound beyond sophistication.

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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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Milankumar writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Speed, Color, Handling, AUX, MP3

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compact

Milankumar
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Its A Lovely Car With Lot Of Power — this car is amazing, I am driving this car from 3 years. Never had any issues. gives very good highway mileage. Runs perfect!. Very reliable. Nice exterior and interior color. V-6 engine give fast pickup and speed. 18 Gallon tank.

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Taylor writes:
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handling, comfort, the stereo still sounds awesome. About the same as when I got it over 100k miles ago. This thing has held it's look. It still looks like a sporty newer car even though it's 11 years old now. Of course It now has sportier rims, and clear corners.

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window regulators always break, tail lights short out, bushings in steering gotta be replaced every 40k miles or so, camshaft piston o-rings replacement at 100k miles is a must, or the power is gone and this thing sucks wind. Also the cooling system breaks prematurely. Mine made it to about 155k, but most make it to around 120k, from what I've heard.

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Fun. Repairs. Love/hate Relationship — I love how it handles and how zippy it is. I never have to wonder if I can shoot the gap. Even at freeway speeds, this thing accelerates enough to make me happy everytime. I hate fixing it all the time though. The engine is basically solid as long as you do your oil changes. I wish it had better lumbar support.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Daryl writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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neck breaker, classy.

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if youre cheap, avoid at all cost

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As Long As Its Well Maintained, It Will Last Forever, Vip Style, Neck Breaker, Smooth, Fun To Drive. — performance was decent, lots of torque, good for daily driving and freeway driving, braking was very good, and handling was great. build was very solid, silent cabin, smooth ride, great looks, styling was simple yet stunning. cost of ownership was decent, but as many euro cars maintenance took up a lot of money, had to replace many things as the miles added up but once those things were replaced, everything was as good as new. fun car to cruise in, laid-back vip style car. miss it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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