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2005 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Reviews

2005 BMW 3 Series

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perception is the name of the game
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By nigthhawk779
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2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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We have owned it since new. It was maintained by the dealer of course until 50,000 which came quickly. The only two complaints that I have is that the skip plate is too fragile.
If it touches the curb it will come off and sometimes you drive over the parts before you know it is failing. ($700.00) each time. So you learn not to park near the curb.
A few times preminum gas was not available had to use 1/2 & 1/2. The back seat is hard to get any use out of.
THe seat belt sets too far behind you when you first egage it.
People (service personnel) are always surprised that it takes 8 guarts of oil.


Best Features

memory seat and mirror settings. 100mph and you can tell unless you look at speedometer


Worst Features

Change the seat belt initial placement. Change the interlocking plates on the skid plate


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Car great , reviewers bad
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By dice6
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2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I have added a second BMW to my stable and this one was a gamble. 146k miles but it looks like it just left the showroom. How many cars can still handle like new after this kind of mileage?

Reviewers complaining about their car turning off or tires that need replacing or khigh cost of oem parts should get a clue.

Get a good mechanic. Buy tires when worn ( hey it's not unusual), check into replacement parts if genuine BMW or oem parts give you $ agita.

What about the guy that just figured out that a rear wheel drive sucks in snow??
Hey, ever heard of the all wheel drive xi model???

Lexus?

You want a cushy drive?
Get a bigger
car but don't try to compare these to Japanese cars

Ugh


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Run Forrest Run! (Do NOT buy this car!)
8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By okhunter
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2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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All of the hype you hear about German engineering is pure unadulterated bugle oil.
I'd take any car built in the orient, including a Hyundai, before I'd ever own another BMW.
Parts literally fall off (outside mirrors, vent controls), the power top has malfunctioned on many occasions, this thing EATS tires, the water pump went out, the coolant reservoir cracked, brake life is a joke, brake dust is never-ending, the windows squeak, and that is just what I can remember off the top of my head.
The dealership is the only one in town, and believe me they know it.
Not once have I ever taken it in for service that I didn't have to leave it overnight!
And all this for a sticker price over $50K!


Best Features

Looks, handling.


Worst Features

Start over from the ground up, or just wave a white flag.


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Love AND Reliability
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By halohead
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2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Have had my 2005 325 convert for 4 years (bought it used), put 40k miles on it, and have treated it well. In return, it has been a joy to drive, beautiful to look at, and way more reliable than the Ford and Chevy I've owned--on a par with the stalwart Altima on which I put 100k miles. This is the best car I've ever owned, and I've owned a few. There are things I'd change (some of the interior fixtures could be better quality). But nothing beats hearing that growly engine and feeling the car drive like a part of myself.


Best Features

Engine; interior comfort; solid construction; reliability.


Worst Features

Interior finishes are not highest quality; but not so that it ruins the vehicle!


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Great Car
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Chris
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2005 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Simply put, this car is superb. It is a true driver's car as the connection to the road is unmatched and the handling/performance is on point. Purchased used; previous owner did not take proper care of the vehicle so I spent about $1000 to get the car in top shape; his loss, my gain as I got a great deal on the car to begin with. For those complaining about the firm ride, buy a Lexus, you will be much happier; this is not your car. For those complaining about the performance of the 325, it's a 325, what did you expect? Finally, for those complaining about the price and cost to maintain, its a BMW; if you can't appreciate the unparalleled driving experience, go buy an Acura or Infiniti.


Best Features

ZHP is a must for those who cannot get their hands on an M. This package adds parts, body pieces, and interior upgrades that really allow this car to stand out from other 3's. Premium sound is a must.


Worst Features

Higher quality headliner (falling down in rear, easy fix but annoying), higher quality coating on rims (peeling, common problem). Basically, take care of this car and it will take care of you. Preventative maintenance is a must; BMW "free" maintenance is inadequate.


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