2001 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: good car

2001 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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325xi Sedan (2.5L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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By coupequattro on


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


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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