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


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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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Pathetic quality
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By Mayer Rud
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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The total of 10(!) window regulators have been replaced in just 21,000 miles. In addition, had to be repaired: electric sunroof, A/C fan speed regulator, windshild (replaced due to bubbles in glass), engine RPM sensor (car began stalling), MPG sensor. Also noticed a leak (on a rainy day) on the floor by the driver side (front). I am not a lawer, but in my book I've got a lemon. BMW must recall all the cars with substandard power window regulators and replace them with the re- engineered ones since the replaced regulators are failing as well. While I like the performance and the look of my car, I am not buying another BMW any time soon. A car is more than just a smooth drivetrain!


Best Features

Performance, handling, road feel, look


Worst Features

BMW needs to change its attitude and promptly resolve the reliability issues. The window regulators need to be re-engineered and replaced on the recall basis. Have the BMW heard about 'life testing'?


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Great!! Just as imagined!
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By jman
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Bottom line: it's an excellent car. I have owned the car for almost 2 years and has been great. The only problem I have noticed, as many other BMW owners realize is that the window regulator (not motor!) fails frequently. It is a pain and can be extremely embarrasing; driving in the winter with your window down because of a failed regulator does not encompass the ideal of a luxury car. Other than that problem, the car is fun, sporty, and drives like a dream after 78K miles. The best feature of this car is its performance; it feels like a true sports car, not a family transporter like many Japanese and American cars.


Best Features

Peppy performer, excellent gas mileage (it needs premium gas (91AKI) but gets 25 mpg in city and 31 mpg on the highway). Excellent handling, and most importantly; it is fun. I will never buy another American or Japanese car again!


Worst Features

Make better regulators! It is embarrasing and can turn someone away from a great car. More standard features like power seats, cruise control, 6 disc CD player, and leather.


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Unsatisfied
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By JVT
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought this car for reliability, but it is anything but reliable. There are lots of badly engineered parts that go bad and should be recalled but are not and you are charged for their replacement. Everything seems to cost over $500 to repair. A regular oil change and inspection costs $250. The brakes and tires don't last long, the water pump, alternator and other parts die suddenly before 100K. Now at 120K the car has broken down and left me stranded on the side of the road three times this year. The car does not deserve its reputation.


Best Features

Trip computer.


Worst Features

Extend the warranty. Replace without cost any parts that fail repeatedly on many vehicles.


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Fun and Reliable
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By Michelle
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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My 330xi is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. Not only is it extremely safe, but it's performance and handling is better than any other car I have driven. Before purchasing, I test drove several others in this class, none of which compared to BMW.


Best Features

Navigation system, rain sensing windshield wipers and the automatic tilt on the side view mirrors.


Worst Features

Only to make the 330xi in a convertible!


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