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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Omer writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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Quick

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None

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Worth Every Peny — The way it handle like no other, and im talking no G37s or camaro ss . this car looks great and run awesome. if your looking for a car that does 0 to 60 under 5.8sec. and look great and have a great Mpg(30hwy) thats the car!!

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

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Neil writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Review
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fast, looks great, reliable and dependable German engineering

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expensive to buy and maintain

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The Ultimate Driving Machine — Tight on cornering, low centre of gravity offers more accurate control, pass 120kph drop her into 6th gear and the Msport gearbox releases the turbo charge, pushes her up to 150kph way too easily, flared wheel arches, side skirts and spoiler go to work downward force sticks her to the road! got to take foot off excelerator when she gets to 190kph .....she wants more road!!!! Built for the autobahn ....driven for pure pleasure!!! My model is the 170bhp M Sport turbo charge diesel 4 cylinder common rail engine very rare in Irleand, but so much fun!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mbr2ooo writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Inexpensive way to own an iconic german luxury sedan.

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I wish I had bought one a long time ago...

mbr2ooo
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This Is Possibly The Best Car You Can Buy For The Price. — This is a spectacular car. I travel a lot, so I wanted a solid, nice car for a good price. I bought an '05 325i last year in 2009 and got exactly what I wanted!! The car was $15,000 with 38,000 miles on it. I've since put 20,000 miles on it and cannot complain! The car is fast, fuel efficient, and sleek. The ONLY problem I had was with a bad ground wire on the rear tail lights. Apparently, this is a common problem on the E46, so I changed out the ground wires and bought some LED tail lights on eBay for $120.00 (which look way better than the OEM lights). Aside from that, the car has been perfect. I plan to keep it for about 150k miles and then trade is on the new model 3-series.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Ward writes:
2005 BMW 3 Series 330i Review
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best all round sports sedan in the world

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expensive to fix, gas mileage not that great

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Best Sports Sedan In The World... — it is fast an anything and handles like its on rails. had the zhp package, closest thing to an m3 with 4 doors back then. it had 18s and sport exhaust. black on black with a sweet alcantara steering wheel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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