2003 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 325xiReview
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    Fun To Drive! — Single owner. This car is a pleasure to drive with exceptional handling. Extremely reliable with great gas mileage. Very comfortable and has great build quality. This car has been my favorite to drive over the last ten years and I look forward to owning more BMW's

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Excellent Handling, Aggressive Looks, Blacked out rims, taillights, and grill. After Market LED Headlights

    Cons: Small

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 330xiReview
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    Awesome Performance, Maintenance Nightmare! — Before I bought my 2003 BMW 330XI, my previous 2 cars were Toyota Camry's. I had admired BMW's for years and finally bought what appeared to be a very clean beautiful one owner BMW 330XI with no obvious problems. I purchased the car in September and by the next May I had spent more on repairs and replacing worn out part on this one car than I had on both my previous Camry's put together. Considering the fact that I drove one Camry to 328,000 miles and the other to 257,000 miles with almost no maitenance other than oil changes and tunes ups, this BMW was a shock to both my senses and pocketbook. I loved the amazing feel of the car but just couldn't justify spending so much money to keep the car in perfect running condition. BMW needs to up their reliability before I will ever buy another one of their cars. I just traded my 330XI in an a new Camry, which I hope to drive to well over 300,000 miles again. I'm sorry to see the beautiful BMW go but my pocketbook isn't.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Awesome driving vehicle. Great performance and a blast to drive! Like driving an F-16!

    Cons: Constant mantenance problems. Very expensive repairs. In the shop every few weeks fixing something very expensive.

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 330CiReview
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    A Young Persons First Car — First look...and I fell in love. BMW makes beautiful vehicles! When I first purchased this car truthfully I was in love with its look and stability on the road. As I kept driving, particularly longer distances I noticed this particular car was not made for long distance comfort. Otherwise it's a nice car

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Looks great always gotten compliments

    Cons: Not to comfortable.

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci ConvertibleReview
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    Best Car Ever — sporty, peppy, stylish, smooth running and shifting, exceptional performance, easy response, ideal cargo space, fun to drive, great handling, good in snow/ice, no major problems, seldom in shop for anything other than routine maintenance; quiet, great value...my best buy ever,

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: best car ever owned; great value; fun; smooth running; sporty; never any major issues; ideal trunk room makes the car practical for all trips; quiet;dealer gives free car washes

    Cons: can't trade for or find another car like it; no one makes soft-top convertibles with as much trunk room; blind spot right rear corner; gives little reason to trade in

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 325xiReview
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    Love It — I love this car, I would recommend it. It is fast, beautiful, fun, slick, and powerful. I love driving it because its so smooth and luxurious. BMWs are the best cars to own because they are affordable and and beautiful.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: So fast and powerful, looks slick and beautiful

    Cons: Premium gas needed

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 330iReview
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    The Ultimate Driving Machine — BMW builds a great car. Some of the technology was leading edge when I bought the car new in 2003. Now, almost ten years later, the styling and features still seem pretty fresh. Sure wish it had Bluetooth. Otherwise it's great!

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

    Pros: Flexible, practical, "Swiss Army knife" (can do it all); great car for street and track. Even an above average winter car, with snow tires.

    Cons: It's a little expensive, and gas mileage around town is only average (but very good on highway).

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 325iReview
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    Perfect Daily Driver — If your looking for a great car to drive every day look no further then this car. Great features that are stock with this car. Great handling and decent power with great fuel economy. Perfect for a family to, plenty of interior space.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Low fuel costs, great handling, nice interior size, good features.

    Cons: Not much of anything

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 325CiReview
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    Beautiful Sheen, Color, And Well Maintained — I liked everything about this car. I especially enjoy the temperature control, such that at any temperature you set it too, you have the option of making that temperature cooler or warmer. There are no dislikes. It hugs the road, is air tight, is powerful, and still smells new. The speakers are Harmon Kardon and sound great. Comes with a sunroof as well. Everything works.

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

    Pros: This car has a unique beautiful color that turns heads.  It has been kept in my garage so detailing is still very nice.  Air tight and low mileage, it handles great and has powerful thrust.

    Cons: This is a 2 door so not easy to get in and out of backseat.  Also is not sufficient leg room for back seat riders.

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    Converted — In my 20's and even early 30's I was all about muscle cars, corvette, camaro. Cars that had a lot of attitude, as I reach my 40's I am looking for more refinement. I still want muscle but with a hint of grace. I want a car not only fast but can handle Hwy 1 headed south from Monterey, and yet take my wife to a elegant dinner on date night. This had to be what the engineers from BMW were thinking when they build this car. This is my first BMW, and I can not ever see my garage not protecting one for the rest of my life.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great on fuel economy, comfortable ride with an edge of sport.

    Cons: I guess it would have to be maintenance cost, but everyone knows what their getting into with a BMW. You get what you pay for.

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    2003 BMW 3 Series 325i WagonReview
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    Fantastic And Fun! — I've owned four E46 BMW's (all with manual transmissions). I've ventured out and sampled the Audi A4 and A6, the Mercedes C and E Class and the BMW 5 Series. I always come back to the E46. My lifestyle requires the utility of a wagon, but I want the handling and performance of a sport sedan. Hands down the 2001-2005 BMW 3 Series is the finest drving machine on the planet for it's combination of balanced driving dynamics, comfort, safety and real-world performance & reliability. It is the ultimate driving machine for me.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Balanced driving dynamics, wonderful torque and acceleration, superb fit & finish, elegant styling, comfortable seats and driving position, excellent efficiency and economy, safe, reliable when adequate preventive maintenance is performed.

    Cons: Above average maintenance costs, but then it's a way-above average car.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 BMW 3 Series Reviews

    Great Little Car But Can Get Pricey With Options By jodyrobe

    I love the front cabin, great handling, some power, nice looking exterior. I dislike that it appears to be catered to i-phone integration and not android. I will like more power. Should come with stan... Read More

    Good Little Sports Car And Good Power By jodyrobe

    needs more power and backseat space, like the interior cabin, dislike no android integration appears to be for i-phone only. This pretty much sums it up but a great little car. If you get all the opti... Read More

    2014 BMW 3 Series Reviews

    Best All Around Car Money Can Buy (maybe A Bit Too Much Money, Though) By dieselbos

    After driving my 2010 Jetta Sportwagen for 50,000 miles, I test drove the new 328d that BMW was finally offering in North America. I was looking for an automatic for my daily commute (my Jetta was a ... Read More

    Great Car For The Wife To Get Tickets In By Bhoffma1

    I love the power delivery of the inline six cylinder. There is almost zero turbo lag and it feels like an NA car with a larger engine. I would prefer a manual transmission, but the eight speed autom... Read More

    2013 BMW 3 Series Reviews

    Nice Second Car By Drawbj17

    This is my Wife's car. It is Perfect for her. The technology is not seamless. There are Too many steps to change from device to device And to move around through the options. The ride is a little stif... Read More

    A Fun And Young Car By abhiga

    This car is fun to drive! The handling and acceleration are amazing. The hardtop is a great feature, making the car usable all-year round. When the roof is closed, it's like driving a sports car. When... Read More

    2012 BMW 3 Series Reviews

    Dreamdriver - Total Driving Immersion By turquoisea

    I loved everything about this car, from the amazing interior with dazzling lights, phenomenal sound system, spot on handling and smooth ride, super comfortable seats, voice command. Not a lot of room... Read More

    It's The Honda Accord Of Our Age By Aaron

    It's a perfectly reasonable car. Goes fast when you want it too, uses less gas when you want that. Back seat is big enough so the kids don't complain. Just wish it were a bit less bland. I used to... Read More

    2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews

    Performance Oriented, Capable Daily Driver By jff011377

    Refined & very capable performance coupe. I have driven 12+ hours without getting fatigued. I have driven at autocross events & on a high speed road course track. The car is very fun to drive & in ... Read More

    An Amazing Machne By fotobaron

    Great power, great performance, great handling (hydraulic steering), very good gas mileage given the engine, extraordinarily comfortable, lots of useful bells and whistles and absolutely gorgeous to l... Read More

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