I bought this car (325i auto) used from
a local independent BMW dealer. The car
runs and accelerates smooth at all
speeds. I have fixed most of the minor
problems myself and get a lot of
supports from the net. The engine can
run up to 250,000 miles without
rebuild. There are many sites selling
parts for it. If you are a DIY guy,
this car is definitely for you.
This is without a doubt the best used
car purchase I've ever made. Car had
90K miles on it when purchased and now
has 151K miles. Great gas mileage and
STILL a blast to drive. Fit & finish
still very good; no squeaks or rattles.
Not bad for an 11-year-old car driven
daily. The M42 engine is practically
bulletproof - just change oil every 3K
miles and no problems.
5-speed manual really makes this car.
Leather is outstanding.
I stretched my finances when I bought
this car and I've never regretted it
for a second. I've got 190,000 miles
on it to date -- many of them hard
driven miles -- and I still look back
to admire it after I've parked it.
Yes, I have had more repairs than I'd
like, most were things that can't help
but wear out with such miles, but some
are not, such as the mechanism that
changes the air flow from floor heat to
defrost. Also, I was in an "accordian"
accident (front and rear end) about a
year ago, and that lead to several
problems with the passenger window. But
the engine itself still purrs and
Love the way this car handles (on dry
roads). I haven't found another car in
this price range that comes close.
This model is poor in the snow,
although I agree with those that say
putting on good snow tires (and
learning to drive in the snow people!)
really helps. A friend of mine just
bought the 330ix with AWD and there is
a huge difference.
This car has been an unmitigated
disaster from the time we got it with
only 20,000 miles. Although it drives
very well, and has a comfortable and
solid feel for a smaller car, we have
sunk thousands into it for repairs
large and larger. The worst was a blown
head gasket at 45,000 miles!
Unbelievable. Numerous motors and
switches have gone out, from the window
controllers to wheel bearings...stuff
you'd never expect from a car with so
few miles, and a BMW to boot.
smooth, tight ride. good mileage,
decent power (except in elevations).
Heat, A/c very powerful, as are
we strongly feel BMW should issue a
recall for head gaskets on the 1.8
liter engine. We heard from the
mechanic and other owners that blown
head gaskets are quite common for this