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2001 BMW 3 Series

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By rblaisdell
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Must say i have a 2001 325xi and it delivers!
It currently has just under 270000 miles with the original clutch. The power train purrs and while not at 200 ponies it performs. Yes I have the check engine light issues and the BMW plastics are horrendous,but it is a blast to drive. This was my 1st BMW and even though I have sunk about 800 into it in the last 2years it is worth it. If you go with quality non BMW parts to replace worn parts do so and enjoy the ride.


Best Features

The handling and performance and for an all wheel drive it gets decent fuel economy.


Worst Features

Better plastics and lower the cost of oem parts, come on BMW your competition has you beat here


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2001 bmw 325xi leaks alot
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By leaks alot
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I have owned a bmw 325xi since 2001. The car handles great but is very expensive to maintain. I have had all four doors leak. Fixing the vapor barriers on the doors still does not solve the problems. Rust will start to appear on body around the lower doors from a break in the seal that covers the weld along the edge. Rust also appears on the metal lip that is below the door edge and above the plastic trim. Rust will also break out below the trunk bottom lip. Rust will also appear on the trunk lip below the classic kidney bean intakes. I have had to replace three power window motors I think because of water leaking into the door.


Best Features

car's handling


Worst Features

Fix the problem with the door leaks. It is as if bmw when designing the car was trying to purposely rust away the 2001 325xi model. BMW should at least find a fix for this problem and let there customers know how to fix it.


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2001 BMW 325xi
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By jeremypresnell
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Was a little afraid of purchasing this car up front based on what I have heard from other people about BMW's having bad electrical problems, etc. This car has been a very reliable car. No major work other than front CV joints at 110k miles, and front rocker arms at 120k miles. Other than that car has had very minor work... things like thermostat, rear brakes, and front window motor. Car actually gets about 25 mpg, not 20 which is what everywhere has it rated as. Vehicle is expensive to work on but rarely needs work. Not fast by any means but handles amazing. Mine is a manual transmission as well.


Best Features

Cockpit interior design, fun to drive, great gas mileage.


Worst Features

Car could use more storage space (deeper center console mainly).


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good car
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By coupequattro
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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The car is fun to drive. Handles well in dry summer driving. I'm not impressed with the all wheel drive in DSC mode. My 1990 Coupe Quattro could run circles around the 325xi in snow. With the DSC shut off the car is very unsafe unless you have a good snow tire on it. I also removed the CDV which made a HUGE difference in clutch/shifting performance. If you have a manual get rid of the CDV and save your clutch... I also don't believe in the 15ooo mile oil service. Take oil filler cap on your valve cover after 7k miles and look at the yellow and white sludge in there... Change the oil every 2500-3000 miles and you will not see that build up. If buying used have the car inspected at indep. shop


Best Features

Manually adjustable sport seats. Good power up around 4500-6k rpm. It's a fun and safe get around car for general purposes. I would suggest getting the fold down seats. And definitely the sport package with 17 inch rims. Heated seats are nice...


Worst Features

The BMW's today just don't compare to the quality and reliability of the E30's (1984-1991). Bmw's all wheel drive system in the e46 is wierd. In DSC mode I feel like the car shuts down when it senses the wheels slipping. This doesn't allow the driver to be a driver. You wait for power to return...


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Rocky start
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By r11rs
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This is my 4th BMW in 25 yrs, and by far the worst. Everyone claims this is a 'tight handling car'...I simply don't understand how anyone can say that. Compared to BMWs of the past, this handles like an Oldsmobile! Its so loose, that it is pathetic. The design of the car lends itself to very poor visibility. The blind spots are terrible. Within the first 6 months of ownership, the car broke down 2x, with the same problem (bad auxiliary fan). BMW was difficult to deal with during these problems. Otherwise, reliability is fine.


Best Features

I tend to like the aesthetics of the car, although the design is what destroys the outward visibility.


Worst Features

1 - Redesign to provide good visibility 2 - Tighten the feel/handling. Very important. 3 - Include some creature comforts (rear door map pockets, a direction compass, better power seats (the ones provided are the cheapest I've ever seen), etc.)


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