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2001 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Reviews

2001 BMW 3 Series

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


Review

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 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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Vehicle

2001 BMW 3 Series 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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Beware Dreadful Seats
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By Robert Ruiz
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Vehicle

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


Review

Bought the car at 38,000 miles and have put another 30,000 on it in 10 months of driving. It's been very reliable and only needed one sensor replaced. Post-50,000 mile servicing seemed pricey (quoted $800) but I'm coming from an old Alfa Romeo. Very happy with the car overall except for things such as interior trim rattles (constant) and dreadful seats. My car came with the standard seats and they caused circulation problems and caused left foot problems (no support on left foot and overall it was like sitting on a beach ball with support at center and little on sides). I replaced them with the sports seats and they are much better but can be uncomfortable (very, very firm).


Best Features

Styling, interior and exterior, and Steptronic transmission (3 modes of driving, sport, manual or automatic, and the result is power when you need/want it but great fuel economy too), and having driving both the 325 and the 330 the 330 seems not worth the extra money. Love the car except as noted.


Worst Features

Learn how to make seats, BMW. Neither of your seats works well and is more about looks and gimmicks than actual comfort. You seem to have a love/hate relationship with your customers. Love getting their cash. Hate seeing them after you've got it. I would never buy another BMW after this.


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Love my car
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By Troy C
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

The 325i is the best car Ive ever
owned.It has plenty of power and drives
like a dream.The only squibble is that
its expensive to work on.I lovedriving
it anywhere.


Best Features

Driving performance


Worst Features

Make affordable to repair


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