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I really loved this car
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By gabriel2011
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I must say, this car was a complete joy to own and drive. This car is a great starter car but the repairs and maintenance can be a bit costly but overall it's a great car and very safe when it comes to accidents (trust me on that one).


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Well served. Best car ever
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By parico
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought the 325i manual brand new and I put 150K since then. I have never had any major problem in the past 8 years except regular maintenance cost witch sometimes gets costly. for the first 4 years I didn't pay a penny because it was covered under BMW maintenance package and after that I only did the oil change and scheduled maintenance. The trick is not to miss a service due date!! I love it and I'm not gonna replace it with anything else until it dies.


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Prepare to Spend
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By subroo13
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I traded my Honda Accord for a BMW 325i. As long as the car was under warranty, everything - including a car wash was covered. But as soon as the warranty period expired, here are some of the problems that surfaced: 1. AC stopped working - $800 2. Seatbelt Sensor error - $300 3. Ignition Key stopped working - $800 Secondly, there is hardly any storage in the car. The only storage is the trunk. So if you are trading in your Japanese car, set your expectation right - be prepared to compromise on the space, and the overall reliability. German engineering is eloquent as far as the detail on aesthetics of the car. For a car with low maintenance and function, its always a Honda or a Toyota!


Favorite Features

Handling, feel, drive satisfaction, maintenance plan.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability, please pay attention to the overall functionality of the car and not just the looks, sounds and the feel. Lexus is way better - please rethink your emphasis on the feel and focus on long term quality.


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Great car, until a few years down the line
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ngolds
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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This is a great car until you wait a few years. Wen the car was 4 or 5, the troubles began. It wasn't until this year that the laundry list of problems was fixed. There was too much play in the shifter, both outlets didn't work, the key lock was broked and the remote wasn't receiving any charge from the ignition, the sunroof rail was warped, which meant it only opened a little bit, but still worked. Today everything but the sunroof is fixed. The repairs on this car have cost a lot, but it's a great car.


Favorite Features

I love the acceleration, the sound system, and the drivetrain, handling in the winter. It's all great, accept for the repair bill


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Great Car but some odd owners
19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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By shadeogray
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2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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This car is an absolute pleasure to drive. The handling and feel of this car is truly impressive. I saw a post where it said there was limited cargo space. That's a total lie. For a car this size the trunk is quite large. Cup holder placement is a bit odd but that's about my only gripe. I find it comical that people buy a high performance foreign car that is known to be expensive to repair, if you did any amount of home work then you would know this. Then they complain when it's expensive to repair, it's like hitting your head with a hammer then getting mad and surprised that your head hurts, you silly people you LOL. Many things I see being reported smack of a shady repair service. Hardly the cars fault. At least half of what you spend at a dealer is for labor costs. Many of these things can easily be fixed by YOU for much less if you ever care to get out a repair manual and a set of tools. O2 sensors, window issues are all child's play. You know if your engine light is on you can go to almost any Auto zone or other such service and as long as your engine light is on they will read the problem for you for free? Why? Because they want to sell you the part to fix it. Granted this does not apply to all of your issues but it does cover a fair amount of you. Be smart, do your home work and pick up a friggen book and a wrench every now and then or get a KIA. I'll be the guy in the BMW zipping past you and laughing. :) Catch you on the flip side!


Favorite Features

Handling is great, the aesthetics are very pleasing. Over all a joy to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Cup holder placement is rather odd. Finding any kind of interior mods is frustrating to say the least. Extended warranty places try to skin you alive but not as badly as BMW them selves.


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