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Ultimate Commuting Machine
By Thomas+ on 05/30/05 19:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

One fun car! Brake dust keeps you busy cleaning every weekend. Covered maintenance was awesome. Uncovered maintenance a bit expensive. Brake job quoted as $1200 by dealer, did it myself for $220 worth of rotors. Main mechanical problem was the typical control arm bushings @$600. In dash CD has problems ejecting. Adding CD changer in trunk solved that. Stereo is weak on Bass end. Haven't had window regulator problems others describe. Maintenance still a lot cheaper than my wife's Taurus. Overall, very happy.
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I pay with a smile
By N LeBert on 03/25/05 15:43 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

I enjoy this car so much. I actually enjoy sending in my loan payment. It has the best of so many things that make it luxurious and fun to drive. After all these years, it drives like new and there is not any squeaks to let you know it's tired. The service at the dealer is unbelievably fantastic. I can't imagine driving any make other than BMW.
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There's only one...
By Matt on 02/21/05 18:38 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

I purchased this car used a little over 2 years ago. I've had the "usual" repairs reported by most drivers - window motors, control arms and bushings - but this seems to be a standard problem that all owners have to deal with. If you're willing to put up with a high(er) maintenance car you won't ever want to drive anything else. It handles like a dream and holds the road like no other car I've driven.
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Open your wallet
By vikast on 12/27/04 10:38 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car new in 1999 and have averaged 15000 miles per year. The car is great to drive, but has had numerous reliability issues - air conditioner replaced, all four power window motors / actuators replaced (2 replaced twice), minor fluid leaks, front suspension components replaced, thermostat replaced twice, four sets of headlights, etc. In addition to reliabilty issues - maintenance is exorbitant. The dealer wanted $1,200 for brakes, $250 for a new battery, $600 for inspections, etc. Parts are special, so you can't just go out and buy them at Pep Boys. As a car, the BMW is only marginally better than the G35 and TL, but the ownership experience is worse than the Japanese.
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Great car spoiled by Reliability Issues
By vikas on 11/29/04 19:28 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought the BMW 3 series new in 1999. The car drives incredibly well; however, the reliability is far below competing japanese makes and maintenance costs border on the obscene. In the 84k I've had the car, I've replaced all of the window motors, changed the AC compressor (twice), replaced parts of the front suspension, repaired several fluid leaks and replaced the thermostat (twice). In addition, a new battery was $250, since you can't go to WalMart and buy a battery. The dealer wanted $1,200 for a normal brake service and over $1,000 to change the belts (I went elsewhere, but still expensive).
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54k miles
By I500X on 11/13/04 01:46 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

I've been driving this thing for 3 years now and I don't plan to switch! It's easy to take this car for granted until you've driven something else. BMW's handling is amazing.. it gives me so much confidence on the road. You get an excellent feel for the road and the steering is firm. Handles great in the dry but I've had some problems in the wet. Then again, my tires were old. Although this car is pretty quick, it doesn't have as much power as I'd like. Next car will be more performance oriented (Probably an M3). It's almost 2005 and this car is still better than most cars on the streets. Excellent ballance of performance, comfort, and functionaly
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2.25 year update
By noflash on 10/11/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

Last 22k miles have been great. Only issues have been expensive dealer maintenance. I solved that with an independant shop who does the work for half the price. Also, have had all four window regulators replaced under CPO warranty ($50 ded.). Car still drives like a dream. Fast, fun, near flawless, stellar gas mileage. Great handling in snow with Blizzacks. Hope to keep it 300k miles!
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323i update with 115k miles
By Jimbo 323i on 08/18/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

Here's an update since my last posting 17k miles ago. I discovered my independent BMW mechanic is a liar,(I followed up on his work). I don't trust dealers either. I have learned to do all maintenance myself. I still have the airbag light on, but will be replacing my seat belt tensioners/buckle and resetting airbag light, apparently this is a common problem to air bag lights coming on. Here is what I have done to the car so far at 100k miles, all done by myself. Replaced all 4 oxygen sensors. Changed out the Automatic transmission lifetime oil with the same,
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Im never leaving BMW Family
By Queencity on 07/27/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

Over all I cant beblieve I was missing this for 23yrs of driving. I will never deprive myself like that again with that driving expierence again
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dream car
By mokipop on 02/20/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan

Review

the car rocks. I'll never drive anything else. the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
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