Opinions on 2000-2005 BMW 3-series


Asked by Jun 30, 2008 at 12:32 AM about the BMW 3 Series

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I am interested in hearing everybody's opinion on the 00-05 Bmw 3 series I am very interested in buying one but want to know what everybody thinks as far as reliability, cost of ownership, performance and so on thanks!!


15 Answers


00-05 Bmw 3 series is not a bad choice. I had a 00 320i and its still pretty awesome and comfortable to drive and somewhat is pretty reasonable to maintain so long as you up keep it well with regular checks at home. Surprisingly, it's looks still retains and doesn't really out date quickly unlike many other makes. As for performance, the 330i is in a class of it's own, pretty awesome pulling power and pretty good fuel consumption as well surprisingly. As for the 320i, its good to cruise in and much better fuel consumption but all's good in either model. I personally prefer 6 cylinder engines which the 00-05 Bmw 3 series have unlike the current 07 320i model which only has 4 cylinders and just doesn't do it for me cos' you don't get that deep humm...of a straight 6 which ever car should sound like anyway and 4 cylinder engines seem to burn more petrol than a 6 cyl. Anyway, that's my opinion and hope i didn't bore you but good luck and happy shopping for your new car. Btw, i'm a real BMW fanatic and i also own a Bmw X5

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.

ok just to start off i believe ALL BMWs are reliable. and you should definitly get one. second, you cant look as good getting out of any other car than a bmw. as far as perfomance goes... BMWs are built for there perfomance!


i don't own and never have owned an 2000-05 3 Series, but i have opinions :-) to me, the E46 3 series looks too feminine, even with the sports package. i'm excluding the M3 which if you don't mind the gas mileage and you can find one that hasn't been abused, would be a top choice. i would say that all the premium car makers are reliable. it's just that when the mileage gets high, sensors and other smaller components start to fail. based on my own experience with my E36 328i, cost of ownership really hasn't affected me. i consider all the money i've put into my car, money well spent. i get way more satisfaction out of my car than it costs me to run it. i haven't done anything extra to it. i just take it to the dealer regularly and have them fix anything that may be broke. from my experience, nobody out performs BMW in any category or does everything so well. in the last couple weeks i drove across Poland comfortably three times with no issues (my car has over 170k miles on it). i've also driven the Nuerburgring around fifteen times over the past few years, sometimes in the rain and with completely worn tires. i'm an amateur driver and the "ring" is a beast, so that should say a lot for BMW cars as every BMW model is tested there. since you already have a Cadillac, you might want to consider a M5. if gas mileage is your main concern, i'd get something newer with the smallest gas sipping engine available (i have no idea) except that i read somewhere that BMW has produced a four cylinder diesel that gets over 50 mpg and has almost 200 bhp. if you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask. Brad

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

The 03,04,05 run very smooth and they have an amazin pickup. They are very reliable since they are sorta mondernized techonology inside of them

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

The E46 3 series is an amazing car. I have a 2002 330ci which I then took to Dinan and had a ton of work done to. It has great performance, handling, and most important to me was it is very quiet inside and comfortable. It is also a very quick car and can easily be tuned. The only downside is BMW's are fairly expensive to fix and the E46's are known for their computer problems. I haven't had any issues with mine yet and it is running strong. I also added a lot of modifications to my car and it looks very masculine and sporty is gets heads turning. I would definetly recommend the E46 to anyone.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

ugly rear lights go for the 07 hard top WAAYYYY BETTER


One word for performance. 335i Twin-Turbo Coupe or convertable (I Don't know if there one that is X-drive maybe) the only reference for sport the BEST bmw engine... For the cost to own... That's German, means. hum... hope money's not your problem cause a bimmer=lot of heavypriced repair and maintenance in genuine BMW robbers/dealers (in canada but I think its the same in the U.S) For reliability hey! its a bimmer, its some good german stuff, a surefire in the market.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

My last car was a BMW 323i from the E46 body style. It had a full service history when I bought it and was always serviced at the dealership. I bought it with 102000 kms and sold it with 125000 km. I had no issues with it except replacing brake pads with it and an oil change. It was a phenominal car and miss it now. I am hoping to get a newer one. I really enjoyed driving it...and would highly reccomend one to you if it has been maintained well......Oil changes were $100 per change which wasn't bad because they use synthetic oil and the brakes were done by my friend....but it never gave me issues...performance was very acceptable too and I really enjoyed the car.

you wont regret buying one thats for sure. ive been driving an 87 3 series for 5 years now, and it has 185,000miles with no major issues. bmw has been building quality vehicles for a long time and the new 3er is no exception. and for performance, the twin turbo 335i is a screamer, and the 325 is no slouch either. depending on your situation you may also consider the slightly small 1 series 135i for a little less cash.


Well bmws are amazing cars but you will have to treat it with great care for example use 91 or higher when pumping gas and i would reccomend you buy a bmw rather than lease it because it will be a car that you would want to own

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

oops... he talked about the E46... well I don't know them well, I just know that back in time It became from an acessible E36 for youngsters to an overpriced and not so sporty (but good looking I admit) car for oldtimers who want a good investment bimmer. (except the M3 of course) anyway imho my help will be more useful with the E90/E92/E93 models

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I have a 2003 BMW 325i and used to have a 2001 BMW 323i. I can tell you that nothing compares to these "Driving Machines". I sold the first one because I left the USA on a long term project. Now I am selling my current 2003 BMW 325i because my wife wants the BMW X3 which is better to drive for her in the winter. I have had many other cars including American and Japanese and again, there is no comparison. The BMW grabs to the road ans specially in bad weather conditions is a life saver. Most cra will skid off the road on abrupt maneuvers, but not the BMW. If you are interested in my car which is in impeccable condition with only 64,000 miles (always kept in-doors and serviced at BMW exclusively), please let me know and I will send you pictures and I am willing to negotiate a good price. Good luck with your search. Best Regards ... Joe jmperez649@gmail.com BlackBerry 514-814-2649

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

haven't owned the newer ones. have had many E30 3 series 86, two 88s, and a 89, also a 85 E28 and 95 E34 5 series there cars are great... just find out what weaknesses it has an find the remedy I really liked my 95 525i 5 speed manual the only weaknesses was the factory installed plastic parts in the cooling system replace with metal ones and you're good to go I put 235k miles before I sold it... still going strong my 86 and 88 325e models I had put over 280k miles

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I own a 2005 325i base, 5-speed manual. Absolutely a great driver. I replaced the cooling system; pulley, water pump, radiator & hoses at 85K miles. The water pumps have plastic impellers and typically fail shortly after 85K. I just didn't want to be caught on the road when the pump goes out and the engine overheats. Otherwise, no issues.

which E46 is better is the best 318,320,323,325,328 0r 330..i want to buy one soon?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2006 BMW 3-series Expensive to maintenant 26 answers

    I want a 2006 BMW 325i this one that I'm looking at has 60,000-85,000 and I want to know how much a oil change will be! I drive a 2003 Volkswagen beetle deisol and to change the oil on that cost ...

    2006 BMW 3 Series 325i


    Shopping & Pricing

  • Subaru Legacy or BMW 330xi? 183 answers

    I'm 16yo looking for a good first car. I have narrowed down to two cars. A 2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Manual with 143K Miles. And a 2004 BMW 330xi with 135K miles. 4WD is a must and they're both in good...

    2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi


    Shopping & Pricing

  • Need help might be getting BMW! 14 answers

    I need help I was looking at a 2006 BMW 330ci convertible and I was wondering if this a good car has any one ever had trouble with this car before I really want a BMW and I love convertibles and this...

    2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Convertible


    Shopping & Pricing

  • 1993 bmw 325i 2 answers

    i just found a 1993 bmw 325i with 79000mi on it power everything alloy wheels coupe, sunroof for 6,995$.... i need opinions..??? please help!

    1993 BMW 3 Series 325i


    Shopping & Pricing

  • Common problems with 2004-05 BMW 3 series coup. 2 answers

    Major problems with 2004-05 3 series BMW

    2005 BMW 3 Series


    Maintenance & Repair

3 Series

Looking for a Used 3 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 34,833 nationwide 3 Series listings starting at $900.

Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Search BMW 3 Series Questions

BMW 3 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,450
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 1,500
#3 Matt Mankinen
Matt Mankinen
Reputation 1,160
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 5 Series
490 Great Deals out of 14,472 listings starting at $1,375
Used BMW M3
58 Great Deals out of 1,885 listings starting at $6,999
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
537 Great Deals out of 30,472 listings starting at $1,500
Used Audi A4
199 Great Deals out of 10,876 listings starting at $1,333
Used BMW 4 Series
220 Great Deals out of 7,403 listings starting at $19,995
Used Ford Mustang
316 Great Deals out of 45,523 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Accord
704 Great Deals out of 81,926 listings starting at $500
Used BMW X5
393 Great Deals out of 15,720 listings starting at $1,300
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
408 Great Deals out of 22,484 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Camaro
132 Great Deals out of 35,283 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 6 Series
81 Great Deals out of 3,297 listings starting at $4,500
Used BMW 7 Series
175 Great Deals out of 6,138 listings starting at $3,500
Used BMW 1 Series
66 Great Deals out of 1,408 listings starting at $6,499
Used Lexus IS 250
207 Great Deals out of 5,276 listings starting at $5,499
Used Dodge Charger
248 Great Deals out of 27,238 listings starting at $1,997