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A Dream Car... But Not Very Practical
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By Emiroo
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2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

My wife and I love the way this car looks and performs so much that we overlook several complaints we have. It's beautiful and handles like a racecar! That being said, the upkeep on a BMW can be crippling. Whatever a part costs for a regular car, double (if not triple) that on a BMW. The trunk & backseat are smaller and not very helpful when we take our 2 children places in it. The stereo is incredibly weak and muddled for a car of this caliber. The door unlock button is right by the poorly placed cupholder making it likey to be the victim of a short after a spill (ours did). Still, the car is a blast to drive and turns heads! Not great for families, but still too much fun to get rid of.


Best Features

Visual appeal, power, smooth ride, quiet ride, amenities.


Worst Features

Desperate for a better sound system, redesign/relocate cupholder setup, needs larger trunk, improve (i.e. lower) maintenance costs.


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One of the best cars in the market!
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By Moawieh Abuhatoum
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2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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The car drives just fine, very quiet and fun to drive, very good gas mileage, corners very well, excellent acceleration, very well designed in and out!! Maintaning the car is an issue with the unlogical prices and labor charges dealer will charge just because it is BMW! You really pay for the name and not the part/labor! Very frustrating.


Best Features

Engine! Handling.


Worst Features

More horse power and torque!!!


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Good car but too many repairs
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By slick
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2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my car in April and I love the way it drives, for a 2.5 it's peppy. I had to replace ball joints and bushings $800. Also had a failed right front suspension spring. $200 fix. The car runs smooth but too many little repairs. Very fun to drive and will recommend purchase with warranty.


Best Features

Steptronic transmission. Traction control and stability. Xenon head lights, feature where you can't roll backwards on a hill.


Worst Features

Front end suspension. More HP. Better engineering and a longer warranty.


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First 8 months
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By Aaron
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2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I drove a '99 Ford Contour SVT before the 325i, and I am so satisfied that I bought a rear-wheel drive car. I've had two problems when I first bought it. The alternator and reverse-activated rear-view mirror were replaced free of charge, but considering that my last car was about to die on me, they were minor inconveniences. The 190 or so hp (BMW says 184, I don't think so) is used to its fullest extent and doesn't struggle, but if you can afford the near 4-5 grand premium over the 325i for the 330i, get the 330i. The tires are wearing even and the steering, is, I'm lost for words. It's awesome. I will have an update around the 14-16 month period.


Best Features

Classic styling. Better looking than the newer 5 and 7 Series. Drives like a small sedan should, but has enough room for bigger guys (6' to 6'2'') even in the back.


Worst Features

No improvements.


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German engineering??
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By altura
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2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought it brand new, excellent handling and acceleration. As of 07/2007, 60k miles and exterior (metallic blue) looks like new. Interior wood trim and leather trim has held up, although some minor fading/peeling on plastic accents. Had to replace all 4 window rotors within first year and repaired sunroof twice. Brake dust shows daily. Nightmare problems starting at 55k miles, had to replace serpentine belt, battery, throttle, DSC control unit (2k out of pocket, warranty expired). Will not purchase another BMW, although performance is superb, reliability and quality is not favorable. Servicing and repair expenses too high.


Best Features

Handling, acceleration, steptronic, interior look, exterior design is timeless.


Worst Features

Quality, reliability, more interior room, better MPG.


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