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BMW 330XI Rules!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Lawrence
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2003 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I love my car. I bought it in 2004. It was 2003 with 6000 miles on it. I plan on keeping it forever. We have been across country together. I was hit by an 18 wheeler in 2006. I did not even get a scratch. The car had over $20,000 worth of repairs because the value was too great to total. Everyone told me to get rid of it. No Way! It has gotten expensive to maintain, but not as expensive as paying $40,000 - $50,000 to buy a new one. It drives just like it did when it was new. Find a good independent shop, and let them service your car. I have 134,000 miles on one. Love it!


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Wanted a Bimmah, Never looking Back
24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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By liquidarthur2@yahoo.com
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2003 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my 2003 BMW 325I in 2013. At ten years old and 140,000 miles I knew it was a little bit of a risk, but you can pick these up for the same price you'd pay for a Civic in similar condition. BMW or Civic? Come on, no brainer. Fortunately I have a lot of tools and am very mechanically inclined, so I can do all of my own work. I've had to change the water pump, cooling hoses, window motors, and a few little things. With youtube and a little ingenuity none of it is a big deal at all. If you plan to pay a dealership for this kind of little stuff, forget it. It's well worth a little work here and there to have a car with a buttery smooth straight 6, and absolutely impeccable handling. Three years later I still enjoy driving it. Sometimes I go to the store in the middle of the night and get my girl ice cream, really just because I want to drive somewhere. No more Hondayotas in my driveway. They're laughable after driving what is truly the ultimate driving machine. Mine just hit 170k with no current issues at all. I'll get 200+ smiling the whole way. I will warn, however, if you're buying a used one, the maintenance and care that has gone into it previously is of the utmost importance! Check it, double check it, do your research and then check it again!


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You get what to pay for
26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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By M Perez
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2003 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Let's face it, if you buy a +10 years old car it will need some attention. BMW's are known for being very good machines as long as you take good care of them, they are not cheap to maintain, but (as the title says) you get what you pay for. If you expect to drive a boat like this with a low budget, do yourself a favor, go buy a Toyota. On the other way, If you are handy enough to make some DIY it's the perfect car for you, if you don't have the time/ skills/ place but still want to drive one, find a reputable independent shop that specializes in BMW instead of taking it to a stealership and you'll save some money. It's not a car you can take to Pep Boy's and have it fixed for cheap; you'll end up paying more and losing time. It's worth pay some extra and get it fixed right the first time.

Being that said it's a great car, it has 50/50 weight distribution, a traction control that actually works, great handling, acceleration, brakes and a powerful and simple engine. The electronics have their days, sometimes a few things tend to fail (remember, it's a +10 years old car) but nothing that'll leave you on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. The car itself has a level of comfort and security that most base and mid line cars don't have nowadays (heated seats, one touch in the 4 windows, automatic windshield wipers and headlights, rear ventilated discs, lecture lights on the front and back, remote window open and closing). I could sell mine now and buy a new Civic, but I'd be losing comfort, security and the pleasure of driving. You can buy one for cheap, but you are advised they are not cheap to keep running.


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Good dream went bad
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By paulbasden
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2003 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought a 2003 330i in August 2012 for $8,500. It drove well for 27 months. Then in November 2014 it blew a head gasket at 122K miles. Needs a new engine. I will not but a BMW again.


Best Features

Get up and go when you hit the accelerator. Ride on the highway. Zipping around town, in and out of lanes. Premium sound system.


Worst Features

Ride was too rough for me - especially in town.


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11 year old BMW 330xi
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By tazntwo1
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2003 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought this car almost 5 years ago with 88K miles on it.
Because of where I worked for 2 years car now has little over 200K.
With proper maintenance, changing oil when light comes on after turning off key, I have had virtually NO problems with this car.
It runs like the day it came off the showroom floor.
You guys saying poor reliability or have tons of repair work on it - did a poor job of inspecting the car before you bought it.
The place where I bought the car from took care of every little thing and I had it worked on, at his expense, at two different places, one of which was BMW.
I absolutely love my car.


Best Features

LOVE the heated seats. A/C still works great after all these years, only had to have it recharged once.


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