2005 BMW 325i - Good buy or problematic?

Asked by Aug 18, 2011 at 09:36 AM about the 2005 BMW 3 Series 325i Sedan RWD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I am considering buying a 2005 bmw 325i with 50k miles on it. What is the reputation of this
model & year in terms of reliability, anynknown design flaws, etc.?

8 Answers

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This bmw is an awesome car it has no known flaws in its design, the car has perfect performance and is great to drive but, take into consideration that the car is a rwd so it wont be great on snow. I drove one a couple of months ago it belonged to my friend just beware of the cars condition and take good care of the car and it will take good care of you. i recommend you buy the car if it was in a good condition (engine, transmission, etc...)

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Such a common misconception! only a front wheel freak will try to tell you that a front wheel drive is better in the snow! Let me try to break this down for everyone; first, if all of your weight is over the wheels that drive and STEER the vehicle that means the snow must pass under the wheels that turn and drive first. That allows the light little rear end of the vehicle to just kinda go where ever it wants and usually ends up either just spinning off he road (worse case scenario) or since your drive wheels are not going over a clean path from the front wheels you just drive straight off the road! Having your steering wheels and your drive wheels on a separate axle is the best move! it keeps the most rubber on contact on the road!

35

My sister has this car and she has had an all-around good experience with it. I've also driven it numerous times and it was always a pleasure.

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Actually in the E46 (99-05 3 series) you need to watch for the cooling system, Vanos goes bad and needs to be replaced, control arm bushings, and the Big is the Rear subframe had a recall for cracking but in the 2005 it may have been already replaced or reinforced. but It is an Amazing car I own a 2003 330i sedan. It is the kind of car that will make you just want to pick a direction and just drive. you will never be disappointed with the looks or performance as they are uncompromising. I would Highly recommend the car you will not find its equal. Check this wiki from the Bimmer forums for full details on the car. http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46

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I'd have to agree... depends on your driving skill and if you have traction control. I live where is snows (Tahoe/Reno) and have had a 93 Mercedes 400e (4.2 V9 with ASR rear wheel drive electronic limited slip differential), and it handled fine in the snow. Most of it depends on the tires and both wheel are under power (with mechanical LSD, or electronic ASR, ESP, etc...). I've had plenty of rides and I prefers real RWD becuase FWD cars have torque steer, under steer in corners, and go through CV joints and motor mounts like toilet paper.... But anyways... you can't go wrong with a BMW. I've owned 9 of them. If you're in the snow a lot AWD would be better and their are 3 and 5 series xi models available.

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LOL typo I meant "V8". I'd like to see a V9... very rare. ;)

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I second Paul's answer, I have a 2004 325i and have heard of those issues but have had none of them and of course I change ALL the fluids and take care of her. In the winter in Germany I put on the winter tires and I swear that the traction control is so good that you would never know you were in the snow unless you were trying to get stupid with it. The spare is still a full sized spare with a real rim not a steel junker. It has 50/50 weight distro (or close) and drives better than anything else. It is reasonably priced now that they are a few years old, so yeah get one and give it a mini overhaul with all new fluids and keep it forever.

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I have a 2005 325i. I love it. I have not had any major problems with the car.

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