2000 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Fun but flawed
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2000 BMW 3 Series Coupe - Consumer Review

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Fun but flawed
By parmijo on

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2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2dr Coupe

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I bought this new and I only have 31K on the car now. I have the 5 speed and it is fun to drive, brakes well, handles excellent with the sport package. Gas Mileage is quite good at 25 city/hwy mix and 31 hwy. It still looks nice too. The problem is reliability. Some problems fixed under warranty but others I had to pay out of pocket. Also strange failure of the intake cam sensor which causes the car to stall at a stop. That was $300. Now the interior trim around the passenger door is falling downward. I guess I have to glue it back or something. None of the problems I had were atypical or surprising to the mechanics. If you buy one, expect extra maintenance cost as part of the deal

Favorite Features

Good power, acceleration, braking, handling, solid feeling.

Suggested Improvements

Needs better electrical system and engineering of the accessories. I'm switching to an infiniti or lexus. I've had japanese cars before and only standard routine maintenance was needed. The german engineering is more myth than reality.
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