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BMW first timer
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By JB
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

2003 325CI coupe w/ 5-sp manual. Pure delight to drive. Manual shifter absolutely glides through each gear, never resisting, never sloppy, just smooth as silk. Power is best termed as graceful. Around town, passing, or normal acceleration just FEELS authoritative, confident and agile quick. Interstate driving is where you especially feel like you own the road. Passing cars and filling holes in traffic so effortlessly. When I test drove this car, I had to run the car out through the gears to get an idea of it's power. Quite frankly, my first impression wasn't that high due to it's lack of high-rev power. The 2.5 is never going to be a screamer. But who actually drives a car full-out anyway?


Best Features

Graceful, confident power and handling. Makes you want to go anywhere just for the pleasure of driving. One of the all-time great looking models - a classic. Love the rear windows power pop-out design. 5-sp manual smoothness. Beautiful paint finish. 25 MPG around town, really, I was shocked!


Worst Features

Everyone's already suggested changing the armrest/console/cup holder design. HK audio system might be ok for those who aren't familiar with excellence in car audio, but nothing special to me. Check out BSW audio on-line for a big improvement w/o big cash outlay.


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Love this car
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By Ferrari
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought this car over a year ago and have had no major problems. I bought it Certified Pre-owned from a BMW dealer, paid a slight premium because of it, but well worth it. I can't stress enough how much I love this car. The handling is amazing, the beauty of the exterior is flashy and immediately recognized, and the interior is sleek and classy. Corner handling is great, and the sound of the 6 cylinder engine revving up is well worth the hype. The only downside is a few awkward features inside, such as the second cup holder. It is located right below the center armrest, and the center storage holds, at best, a wallet and pad of paper. Hardly reason enough not to love the car though.


Best Features

The handling is a dream. The steering wheel feels great too. The stock stereo system (not Harmon-Kardon) isn't bad either. The sports package makes the car look much better as well. The MPG is also pretty good (20 mpg avg, but I drive aggressively). I love the memory seats too.


Worst Features

The material that is used on center console and inside door handles isn't very durable. It is starting to flake off. Also you can't turn on the rear defroster without having the air blowing. The center glove box is puny. Nothing at all major though. BMW nailed it.


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Problem since day 1
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By elizabeth
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I will just list the problems: 1. "service engine soon light" came on while driving home the day I purchased this car with only 20 miles on it. 2. starter replaced. 3. sunroof malfunction. 4. transmission thumping when coming to a stop - dealer reprogrammed computer. 5. Driver door handle broken. 6. Remote on key stopped working (couldn't unlock door). 7. Interior moulding around doors falling down on driver and passenger side. 8. Engine/ignition coil caused engine light to come on - recalled item. 9. Currently in shop for multiple other mechanical problems. The most frustrating part is that most of these problems each required several trips to the dealer to be fixed correctly. Very disappointed!!


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Meets high expectations
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By tw
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Every time I get into this car I feel good. This makes up for what ever short comings there may be; at the moment, I can't think of any.


Best Features

The car likes to be driven.


Worst Features

They need to deeply tint the area between the sun visors and rear view mirror. It seem's every morning the sun is perfectly positoned in that space. It would be nice to not be blinded when I look in the rear view mirror as I drive North to work on Autobahn 5.


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Bmw simply a pleasure to drive
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By dr d
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

The Bmw 3 series is pure fun, luxury, performance and quality all rolled into one nice little package.


Best Features

the cockpit is laid out in a very user friendly way. Power everything is right at your fingertips.


Worst Features

Simply perfect.


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