2005 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

2005 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 69 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:4.8 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: 4.6 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

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PROS
"ride" 28 reviews
"power" 27 reviews
"handling" 20 reviews
"speed" 15 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"expensive car" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"high maintenance" 6 reviews
"sound" 4 reviews

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Joe writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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Impressive throttle response and shifting.  Corners like it's on rails, gets decent MPGs and has a beautiful sound to it.

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Expensive to insure and maintain.  

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Pour Man’s M3 — As it says: Pour man's M3 The car that I’m speaking of here is the 2005 BMW 330i with the performance package. To start, the performance package adds a few more lines to the already attractive 3 series with a uniquely styled front air-dam, side skirts, a double tipped rear exhaust tucked into a sleek rear apron with subtle decklid spoiler. To dress the wheels, BMW added they added their 18” M Double Spoke alloy wheels with a 225/40 front and 255/35 rear performance tires. In conjection with the tires, BMW beefed up the suspension making it lower, firmer and stiffer than the normal 330i. And to increase the agility at all speeds and deliver a crisper response, BMW adjusted the wheel camber to a -0.5 degrees to put more rubber on the road and lowered the rear axle ratio 3.5%. This added together with the 330’s near 50/50 weight ratio (50.1/49.9) make the car corner as if it’s on rails. At this point, you should not be fooled. BMW calls it a performance package for a reason. Adding 10 more horsepower than the standard 330i, and a 6-speed short throw gear shifter make the 235 hp at 5900 RPM and 222 lb-ft of torque at 3500 RPM very accessible, propelling the car from 0-60 MPH in 5.9 seconds. Topped off with a distinctive growl that makes driver and observer want more. For the interior, BMW added an exclusive silver (or black) cubed trim to replace the standard wood paneling. To hold you in the seat, BMW added special Alcantara and cloth powered sports seats. The steering wheel is the 3 spoke M wheel that is also wrapped in Alcantara. All of this is in addition to the already numerous features like a 12 speaker Harman Kardon audio system, rain sensing wipers, impact and speed sensors that will deploy any number of the car’s front, side or head protection air bags, door braces that keep the doors from entering the cabin in the event of a side impact, dynamic stability control to keep the tires on the road and many, many more standard features of this car. All in all, this is a finely tuned, track-inspired race car that has room for the family and is capable of putting you back in your seat.

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geatluigi writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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4

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very stable,quick, easy to park, great city car

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Back seat is a little tight for large persons

geatluigi
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Excellent Driving Experience — I love this car, it is a perfect city car, zips quickly around traffic and breaks fast when needed, torque ratio is excellent so you don't feel powerless going up hills, the only complaint is a small back seat if you are a larger person, kids love it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kevin writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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Low maintenance, great handling, quiet, great milage.

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nothing

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05 330ci Zhp — Great reliable FUN to drive car. Great milage, great brakes. Could use more power, 3.0 ZHP is nice but lacks tq of a V8. Bought it for my wife Penny, she loves the car. I can't complain, 132k and no problems except minor stuff.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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330cifast writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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The 2005 330ci has less(if any)problems then my 2000 323ci, which I put 151k before I sold it. The 323 had more torque then the 2001 325.

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I can't find a negative yet about the 330, except I can't take it to Mexico

330cifast
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The Best All Around Car I Have Owned, And The Most Fun To Drive — Fun to drive, lots of room for the Home Depot buys with the fold down rear seats. I found this trade in on a back lot before it went into the shop; I waited two years to find this combination of options and exterior/interior colors. It does get the stated MPG(31) if driven between 70-75 MPH on the highway, 28 at 80+. Does not seem to burn oil at all, just like my 323.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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AprilS writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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I have always thought BMW's were the most attractive cars ever built. Great handling, hit the gas and go without any delays. Good gas mileage.

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High price of maintenance, head liners are known to sag, power window motors are known to regularly go out. ONLY BMW certified mechanics can work on them. Don't settle for less or you will regret your decision. ONLY put 93 or higher gas in it.

AprilS
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The Most Beautiful Car I Have Ever Owned. — Great handling, acceleration and braking. Extremely fun car to drive. You won't lose a race to any other vehicle but a BMW. There is no competition. I upgraded from a Cadillac to the BMW. Best decision I ever made. I will never own anything else again.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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It's a BMW

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You care more about gas mileage than awesomeness

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It's For Those Who Want To Enjoy Their Car — It's a BMW, what's not to like? Wish it were the M3 so it had more performance and power. The steering and turning is amazing. It's extremely beautiful. The gas mileage is ok, but you don't own a BMW for the gas mileage. Fun factor - 90 out of 100. Only the M3 would be more fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jonny writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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Fast

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No backseat?

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Great Car — Nice acceleration when its in tiptronic, stops on a dime, and its a BMW, of course The only problem thus far was the rear driver window which would move slow. Personally I like the appearance of it, its sleek especially when the tops down. Just like the Expedition, its an expensive car but gets way better gas milage. And its probablly the most fun car to own, unless you have the money for a ferarri or something along those lines.

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

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John writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Review
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It's a solid, fun, bimmer

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Needs more power:)

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Love It — I have the performance package 330 which makes it a lot more fun then a regular 330 but basicly lacks a supercharger/turbo to make it perfect for me. The h&r race springs made it a lot more planted on the road and the twisties are a blast in it.

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

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Dan writes:
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See review

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Out of pocket expenses at bmw dealership when I need repairs like a new windshield wiper (i think i ended up paying around 300 usd).

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The Best Car I Ever Drove — Awesome handling, its a different car with or without DSC. While acceleration isn't as good as some of the new ricers, its handling more than makes up for it. Solid car as well.

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Jdshipley writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Convertible Review
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Great driving car, if you want a sporty convertible that you can drive every day it's hard to do better than the BMW 3 Series at any price

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Don't buy this car if you don't like to do the recomended maintenance

Jdshipley
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Easily The Best Car I've Owned, If Not For Our New Baby We Would Not Replace It — I really have loved this car, excellent balance between sport and luxury. Comfortable enough to cruise all day in but does a great sports car impression on the back roads. The 3.0 liter engine is exceptional easily one of the best BMW engines built great torque band, always power available when you want it. Cargo space is good even with the top down, rear seat leg room is tight it's big enough for 4 adults to drive to dinner together, but nobody will be happy with a drive much longer than that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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