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Good ride but caution
By bucklaobmr on 07/11/07 08:36 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i 4dr Sedan


Review

First BMW, got another one (06 330i) even with the minor issues I had with this one. Caution on getting the first year of a new generation (1999 E46 in this case). Should have waited for the bug fixes. Good handling, styling. Had to replace 4 window regulators, 2 cooling fans and 1 control arm. Broken sunroof shade. BMW owner should know that these cars are high performance = high maintenance. Tires will wear out in 20k miles.
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New car
By jeramie alward on 05/06/07 19:34 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i 4dr Sedan


Review

I have always enjoyed BMWs, I drove my first one back in 04 when my mom gave me a hand-me-down 325i 94. It was a great car for a just out of high school kid to have. I now drive an E46 99 and this is by far an excellent vehicle. The fact that these cars are very electronically sophisticated makes it almost imperative that they be taken to an authorized BMW tech for service every time the engine light comes on and for all tune ups. These cars are very fragile and not as durable as others.
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Fun to drive, but...
By photown on 03/31/07 13:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i 4dr Sedan


Review

Feels as solid as a tank. Could be quicker but fun nonetheless. Handles as if on rails. The controls are in all of the right places. Looks to kill. Perfect car, but it's an absolute money pit to own. Spent $6000 on repair bills including water pump, computer ($2000), rear-end bushings, 3 window actuators ($375/each) and other misc. parts. Dealer wanted to do even more repairs totaling $4000 (replacing radiator and expansion tank was $2500!). Walk away uless it comes with a very good extended warranty.
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A Dream
By lucky wolf on 02/17/07 22:30 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought this vehicle for myself with 97000 miles and fully loaded with no apparent deficits (one owner vehicle). Body, engine, paint, interior, exterior in immaculate condition. Have driven it on long and short trips and it continues to elicit stares from lexus and benz owners. This vehicle is made for driving!!
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BMW Owner No More
By JUAN B on 12/01/06 13:04 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

I always wanted a BMW, this was my first and maybe my last. I have not driven the car one day without a light coming on. Either the turning lights (I haven't figured out the problem) or the check engine light, or the ABS and the list goes on. There is a lot of noise coming into the cabin from the suspension. The moonroof was always a problem. It is not a family friendly car, my baby's stroller barely fits in the trunk, and with the driver's seat in the driving position, not even my 6 year old would fit. I had to service the A/C because a low pressure hose broke. I hate sounding so negative, but it is true. I ended up buying another car, not a bimmer.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good Until...
By A.V. on 08/29/06 13:52 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

I have to say I was pleased with all aspects of my 1999 323i untill recently and coincidently when the balance of the warranty ran out. That was when the "fun" began or around 50K. So far I have had the air conditioner repaired twice, brakes done a couple of times and now the transmission is slipping at 80K, which according to the dealer costs $3500 to start, which I will not repair. However, until recently, I really had no problems to speak of that were truly serious. The sunroof was a major area of difficulty and had to be repaired twice. Overall I love the car, but I do not think I would buy another one due to the high costs of frequent repairs. Great if you have the $$$ to fix.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great Santa Cruz Mountain Commuter
By Jon C on 03/10/06 15:33 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

I just bought this car as my wife's 1st car. She is arriving soon from Thailand and has never driven a car. I wanted something fun but safe & reliable. I bought the car for $7,500, 83K miles and put about $500 more into new bushings, hoses, belts, and fluid changes etc. The car is a lot of fun and quite a bit of fun to drive. The body and interior are flawless, mechanically it is very sound. My regular mechanics ordered the dealer parts and made the repairs I needed cheaply. This is a fun and cheap little car. I have read all the crying and hand wringing on this site but I have been lucky. It needed an alignment and bushings as stated but nothing else major. I'll follow up if it implodes...
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Never Again!
By T Gillespie on 01/12/06 06:24 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

After owning this car for over 5 years I can honestly say it is the most unreliable & expensive to repair vehicle I've ever had. Everything that could go wrong has and at a huge cost to repair. Anyone thinking of buying one of these cars should think again! I've endured complete brake replacements every 15K miles, had to replace almost the entire front suspension (worn ball joints can not be replaced by themselves), the mass air flow sensor, all 6 ignition coils, cam shaft sensor and a whole host of other "should be reliable" electronic components have failed. If someone gives you one of these cars - sell it!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The Ultimate TRASHY Screaming Machine
By RS on 09/03/05 18:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

I always had very good impression of BMWs, but everything changed since I actually bought one. On an unfortunate day I bought a used 99 BMW 323i with 70K miles, got it inspected by a BMW dealer who said "This car is really good, buy it". Then it started costing me almost $1000/- every month on some trashy problems keep on occurring. Worst part is it has no warranty on it. It started running sluggish, CHECK ENGINE light keep coming and dealer has been fixing some thing or other every time it comes on and still it comes almost every 2 weeks with a new problem. Now I'm going to trade it in that for a much more reliable car.
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'99 BMW - Great Car In Indy
By SEIndyBMW on 08/11/05 15:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


Review

I purchased my used '99 BMW 323i (32,000 miles)in Indianapolis, Indiana in the Spring of 2005. Very sharp looking car - titanium gray / black leather interior. Excellent handling and performance. This entry-level sports car hugs the road and drives fantastic. No major issues ...
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