2001 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Cheap Materials

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Cheap Materials
By Stickwithpre1991BMW on


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


My biggest complaint after wrapping up my 2 year-22k mile experience with this car is the CHEAP plastic, dye, wood, leather, and moleskin used on the interior. I take very good care of my cars with weekly cleaning, detailing. The interior on this car was literally falling apart. The dye was lifting off the plastic console pieces, arm rests on doors and other areas. The moleskin material on the windshield frame was wrinkling up. The sunroof slide was falling apart from Florida heat I think. I have owned 13 BMWs and I will certainly stick with the 1988-older 5 Series, 1991-older 3 series cars for build quality and enjoyment of owning. Not to mention they hold their value better vs. new models

Best Features

Good suspension/driving characteristic. Fairly good MPG, usually around 24 average city/hwy.

Worst Features

Use better quality material on interior and exterior trim. Fix the rusting problem with foot threshold area in rear door jambs. Watch for oil leaks, coolant system problems and interior quirks.
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