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Not as bad as everyone says it is!
7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By Ken B.
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2000 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


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Most everyone here complaints about the car being unreliable. Most of them also claims that they have replaced major things on their 10 yr old cars. I have been a BMW owner since 1994 and have driven nothing but BMW's ever since. Here's the real deal: Yes they have their quirks (window regulators, etc.) but most of the complaints I've read here involves just basic maintenance. Yes the cooling system are not 100% but with a little TLC one can update all the issues and drive a Bimmer for 600,000+km for a lot less than a Civic! Don't be taken in by the hype, these cars are great and don't cost a lot to maintain! Stick with a manual transmission, the autos WILL fail if not maintained properly!


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The performance package! The seats are more comfy than the regular seats and looks very racy! The 3 spoke steering is great too!


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Performance, Luxury, Well thought out
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By George
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2000 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


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Picked up with European Delivery Program (still frustrates me everyday that American drivers do not have the competence and courtesy of the Germans on the road). As with any car, maintenance will be required. Due to volume production of the e46, parts are very reasonable and you can save $$ if you have some mechanical inclination. Everything on the car is easy to work with and finely engineered. Now with 150k miles since new, the car still feels tight and solid, even after front end collision caused by erroneous driver. Airbag deployed, very little damage. The larger Ford excursion SUV didn't fare as well. I still trust the car to protect my family--no other make will suffice for me.


Best Features

BMW has always been ahead in their tech . Even for 10 yrs old, homelink, memory seats, rt mirror fold down, bluetooth/ipod upgradeable, xenon lights, traction ctrl, 5spd auto,remote window roll down--some of these just now appearing in mainstream cars. No substitute for the sublime inline 6 engine.


Worst Features

As with any car, there will be some issues prevalent for certain years. Respect that and you will enjoy the drive experience. There is no comparison. That's why the 3-series tops on all comparison tests. Proper maintenance is most important. Newer models-very nice, but I am still thrilled w/mine.


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Great car until it needs maintenance
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By LtBill
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2000 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


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I am the original owner. It is garage kept and only has 71,000 miles. I have really enjoyed it - it still looks almost new. However, like other reviewers, I have had maintenance issues - all 4 window regulators broke early on (was told they are made by a vendor of BMW), both headlights and three turn signal bulbs replaced, windshield wiper fluid reservoir leaked and was replaced. Also have creaking and thumping of frame which my mechanic could not diagnose. Now I may need the bushings replaced and the ABS may also need to be replaced - over $5,000 for both in addition to normal maintenance. If it comes to that I will be looking for another car. I do not trust it long term.


Best Features

power, performance, styling, safety


Worst Features

Components should last as long as their Japanese counterparts.


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Impressed
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By Lance
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2000 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


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This fun little gas sipper has changed my mind about BMW. I always thought of them as an overpriced equivalent to Volkswagen. First, The power to weight ratio is great. Secondly, the ride and handling is sporty enough to zip around country roads in but not so stiff you can't enjoy a long haul on the interstates. Lastly, the fuel economy is astounding. I get 33-35 MPG highway and an overall average of 25.7. I don't baby it or drive it like it's stolen, I just drive it the way one should. Maintenance has not been horrible. A new set of tires (touring 4 season) $600 with line up, window regulators $200 each installed, oil changes are $80 for BMW filter and full synthetic oil (15,000 mi).


Best Features

Excellent daily driver for anyone looking for a smaller sedan with a good build quality and resale value. This has been a fun car to own and drive.


Worst Features

The auto climate control is just less than perfect. The back seat passengers do not have vents. Also, you must select a/c even in 'auto' mode. The oem window regulators use plastic pulleys that wear out. Prepare to spend $200-250 per window when they go out. I lost 3 in two weeks!


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Buy a ford Instead
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By WEA in TEXAS
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2000 BMW 3 Series Sedan 323i 4dr Sedan


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This is my first BMW. It has been a reliability and maintenance nightmare I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. And it has been properly maintained. The car hasn't gone four weeks in a row without requiring major work. To date all four window regulator have had to be replaced, all six ignition coils, both cam sensors, the MAS, both front control arm assemblies, the transmission had to be replaced, the o2 sensors, and the list goes on and on and the damn engine light is still on. Average cost for repair and maintenance per year $3,000.00. My Ford F150 has 200K on it and it has only required one O2 sensor, tires, a battery, and oil changes.


Best Features

Driving it when it runs which is rarely.


Worst Features

Scrap the design, fire the union workers, start from scratch.


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