2003 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2003 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 86 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" 42 reviews
"ride" 38 reviews
"handling" 29 reviews
"fuel economy" 21 reviews
"build quality" 12 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 11 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"high maintenance" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews

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Paul writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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The Joy to drive. Luxury and performance not rivaled of any small sedan.

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Parts are more expensive adding up quick.

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Best Sport Sedan Ever Made. — The BMW 330i I own has the sports and premium packages. It has excellent engine performance, flawless shifts, and a firm ride (due to stiffer suspension offered by the sport option.). The braking is phenomenal and no fading or feeling of loss of friction at the pads. It revs high and seems to be at home their and keeps the power all through the range till the very top. The Quality of the car is amazing from the engineering to the leather stitching.the look is one grace yet also of a menacing athleticism. Gas mileage is 20-21 in the city and 29-31 on the highway. The want to just go for a drive and stretch the cars legs so to speak is like gravity, you can't see it but you can't escape the force either.

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

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Stunning_SC430 writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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5

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Handled like a dream and was beautiful to look at.

Cons

The interior paint peeling on the door handles and center console.

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One Of The Best Cars I Have Ever Owned. — An absolutely beautiful car. It handled great and was the ultimate driving machine. I never had a issue with the car, it was only in the shop for routine maintenance. The car loved to go and go it did. It was so much fun, and I truely enjoyed driving that car. It did take premium gas but, I got great gas mileage around 32 miles to the gallon on the highway. It was an all around great car both for getting to and from work and driving the family around. The only complaint I had about the car was the interior paint peeling on the door handles and the center console. Other than that it was definately a looker and a dream to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Daryl writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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4

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neck breaker, classy.

Cons

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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Arin writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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5

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Great handling, amazing power and acceleration, beautiful styling inside and out, comfortable to drive long distances

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none really except the $130 oil changes but they only have to happen every 14K miles so I'm not complaining

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The Ultimate Driving Machine — So far this is the fastest car I've ever driven. It is way faster than my Corvette ever thought of being. It handles beautifully. I can't say enough about how fun this car is to drive. It also gets great gas mileage for a 6-cylinder car. I averaged between 28 and 30 on the highway going to Californial this summer at speeds normally above 85mph.

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Paul writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi Review
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5

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Preformance

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Small backseat space

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Bmw 330xi 2003 — This car is a beast. The preformance is amazing. Great steering and control combined with lots of power makes this car real fun to drive. After 5 years it hasn't needed any major repairs. Interior is leather seats and provides tiptronic shifting for more fun. Overall best car ever driven.

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pasiebert writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi Review
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5

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Handling, Style and Comfort

Cons

Parts are harder to find being a foreign made luxury vehicle.

pasiebert
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Great Car — This was my dream car when I bought it, and has been a dream to drive ever since. It is comfortable for passengers as awesome to drive. It has needed very little maintenance other than standard regular items like tires and oil changes.

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Paul writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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4

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Build, reliability, performance considering its Diesel, holds value, diesel 3 series resale good

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Boot space limited due to rear wheel drive, gearbox is under the  boot limiting space, also rear seats don't fold flat. Nothing else really negative to say.

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Safe, Eliable And Economical Dad Mobile.... Feels Slightly Sporty To Drive Thanks To Rear Drive Too. — Always starts first time and gets over 60mpg on a long run. Not bad peformance for a Diesel either, also handles a bit better with the new, wider alloys. Can't fault BMW build quality or reliability. Feels sporty to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Syed writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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5

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Performance, Driving satisfaction, it's a great looking car, can be economical if you want to

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Maintenance can be hard on the pocket, stupid power window regulator

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330i M-sport Smg — * Performance - 80% of torque is available as little from 1800rpm and that translate to effortless drive around town and great for over taking, The brakes are superb and one of the best in it's class tho because of that expect plenty of brake dust. With it's 50:50 weight distribution, stiffer suspension and wider wheels the car handles superbly (tho needs a beefier ARB) again it's one of the best in it's class till today * Build Quality - German build quality are excellent except for the power window regulator that fails yearly lol * Appearance - Much better looking than the E90 sedans hence one of the main reason why i chose the E46 with it's timeless design * Cost of Ownership - Pretty economical for a 3litre engine as long as you drive it below 3k rpm in all gears you'd be surprise how little it consumes. For a performance sedans maintenance can be a b!tch as BMW uses a lot of rubber bushings and plastic parts in it's car * Fun Factor - this is my daily drive to work and the family main transport ... What can i say it gives me driving satisfaction and pleasure immensely.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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RBMNYC writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Engine, style, performance.....

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Moonroof

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It's Unbeatable. Buy Your Own ! — Performance is great, fuel economy is fantastic, nice style, excellent brakes, strong built, comfortable. The sunroof mechanism is very poor and the sliders pop out every time. My next BMW will not have a sunroof for sure. Go get one.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Robert writes:
2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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Everything

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Not driven in the winter

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Little Blue Car — Fantastic quality, safe, fantastic fun. Hibernates for the winter - never seen snow! Its all kept quiet - not flashy. Great on fuel which is a lovely surprise - usually 900km per tank. Love to drive way up north like hwy 69 towards Sudbury. Would love to drive across the country through Crow;s Nest pass and on the Vancouver Island. Awesome sound system and other features. The seats oh the seats just lovely.

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