2004 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2004 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 96 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 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:4.6 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
  • 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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"ride" 40 reviews
"power" 40 reviews
"handling" 29 reviews
"reliable car" 10 reviews
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CONS
"expensive car" 13 reviews
"high maintenance" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"gearbox" 4 reviews

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illiamw writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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5

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Handling, styling, 6 Speed Manual transmission, Performance pkg

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illiamw
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The Additional Oomph To A Ultimate Driving Machine... The E46 3 Series Sedan W/ Performance Pkg — In 2004, BMW started a special package, code named the ZHP, as an optional upgrade to the already best-selling 3 series. It is called the performance package; which adds 4 bhp and 8 lb-ft of torque to the original engine, making the final 235 bph and 222 lb-ft of torque. In addition, a more aggressively tuned sports suspension and various upgrades that bridges the gap between the 330i and the M3. It is a pleasant addition; not only does it feel better in terms of road holding, the engine feels a lot more lively than a regular 3 series. This is a sports sedan that can haul your family (albeit slightly small), and yet it turns into a sports car on the track and the mountain roads. BMW has yet again made a great addition to its already great 3 series line.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Felix_Krull writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Review
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It's the total package, performance, luxury, and appearance.

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Like a beautiful woman, it's high maintenance and expensive!

Felix_Krull
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Pound For Pound, Dollar For Dollar, The Best Car In The World, Period! — The car envelopes you inside of it and becomes like an extension of your being. It responds to every driver input like its receiving neurological inputs from your brain's synapses. It almost dares you to explore its limitations which one really has to push to reach. Where mortal cars will go skidding off the road, the BMW 325Ci, with sport package, digs in and asks, "is that all you got?"

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lajitha writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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Safety and performance

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Scratches the alloys on the pvement.. The leather smell.

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Respect — Excellent car although it s my hubby's car. Amazing brakes. Feels safe driving a BMW. according to my husband low maintenance. Just did two services in almost 3 yrs. It just cost us DHS 2000. Service is done on 25000 kms only !!!

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

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Kev writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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Build Quality is really good

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Nothing springs to mind

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Bmw Performance, Acceleration, Braking, Handling All Pretty Good — Performance, acceleration, braking, handling all pretty good Build Quality is really good Appearance, both interior and exterior is good Fun Factor, this car is fun and comfortable to drive If you want a nice looking, good performing, solid car for work or for yourself, then this car's for you The photo shows the car as it was when I first bought. It was a nice looking car in good condition, and the BMW reliability reputation was a clincher for the sale

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Vipal writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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Great millage along with amazing performance

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Every one that I know who has a BMW usually hates the fact that something is always breaking off.. I love my car and probably abuse it.. but it is a little high on maintenance

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Perfect Balance — Its a great car. Its got an amazing sporty ride. The performance could be faster, but any faster, you might not get that same feeling of security that you would in the car right now. It has the a 50/50 ratio which makes it handle even the tightest curves with ease.

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Dmitriy writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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The looks attract a lot of attention and I driving is never boring while planted and precise.

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Minor reliability issues and iterior trim issues that a japanese vehicle would rarely suffer from.

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2004 330i Zhp - A Poor Man's 4-door M3 — The E46 3-series really shines with the Performance Package (ZHP) factory option. Everything about the car becomes tighter and more precise - the steering, braking, chassis response, transmission, and to a small extent even the power. This is what the E46 was meant to be from the start. Problems with interior trim vibrating cropped up way earlier than they did on my 2000 328i, and the dealership was useless in tracking down a strange transmission/clutch noise. Other problems are minor including control arm bushings wearing out too quickly and the like. Let us not forget the debacle with the E46 subframe failures either!

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Patryk writes:
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BMW, the name speaks for itself

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Dangerous in rain and snow, cost a lot repiaring

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Perfect Bmw — Good acceleration, handling and braking, a little slippery on the wet roads, needed to fix an exhaus support, and need to tight up the handbrake. It's really cool driving it expecially in the rain. Diesel version average gas mileage is 7l/100km with sprinty driving The parts for the car costs a lot, even the most stupid thing

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

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Paul writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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Reliable, quick, beautifully styled, gorgeous interior....

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A Superb Family Sized Coupe With A Cracking Engine — Loved this car. Owned it for a year but new job and a company car meant we wanted something even more 'fun' and opted for the Z4. Still miss this baby though. Black, red leather, harmon kardon, bluetooth, xenons, 231 bhp. Beautiful.

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Jigar writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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handling, performance, show.

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maintenance is a little expensive

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Excellent Vehicle, Fun Too Drive And Makes Anyone Look Good. — It was awesome. very sporty, very comfortable and it was an eye-catcher. BMW's are excellent cars whether they are from 30 years ago or from this year, they are the nicest cars ever made. performance wise, you can't find any car with such a simple and user-friendly design, but can offer so much performance. The quality of the car is outstanding. The body of the car is strong and doesn't easily dent. Interior and exterior stylings and features offer, sportiness/luxury. gas milleage is not too bad, depending on how you drive and maintenance is pretty high unless you can do-it-yourself. The car is a blast too drive and I would recommend a bmw too everyone, not just cuz im persian, but you can't not like the car.

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tgriffithe writes:
2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Review
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Legendary handling and stylish looks compliment the luxurious interior that defined BMW back in 2004.  Like today, you could do better, but at a much steeper price.

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At 184 bhp, the 325ci lacks the power expected in today's sport coupes.  Also, while the car gets decent hwy. mileage, it gets pretty thirsty in city driving, with mandatory premium fuel adding even more to the cost of ownership.

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Living Up To Expectations — As it was our first BMW, we hoped it would live up to all the praise heaped on this family of cars for over 20 years. I can honestly say that we were not disappointed. From the stellar warranty and dealer service to the fit, finish, and legendary ride, this BMW proved to be the best vehicle we've ever owned.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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