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I LOVE MY CAR!
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By JessicainFrederick
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I would buy this car again in a heartbeat. I have never had a problem with it. It's fun to drive, zippy! With the exception of a couple of dings, still looks, feel and drives as if it was brand new.


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good car
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By coupequattro
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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The car is fun to drive. Handles well in dry summer driving. I'm not impressed with the all wheel drive in DSC mode. My 1990 Coupe Quattro could run circles around the 325xi in snow. With the DSC shut off the car is very unsafe unless you have a good snow tire on it. I also removed the CDV which made a HUGE difference in clutch/shifting performance. If you have a manual get rid of the CDV and save your clutch... I also don't believe in the 15ooo mile oil service. Take oil filler cap on your valve cover after 7k miles and look at the yellow and white sludge in there... Change the oil every 2500-3000 miles and you will not see that build up. If buying used have the car inspected at indep. shop


Best Features

Manually adjustable sport seats. Good power up around 4500-6k rpm. It's a fun and safe get around car for general purposes. I would suggest getting the fold down seats. And definitely the sport package with 17 inch rims. Heated seats are nice...


Worst Features

The BMW's today just don't compare to the quality and reliability of the E30's (1984-1991). Bmw's all wheel drive system in the e46 is wierd. In DSC mode I feel like the car shuts down when it senses the wheels slipping. This doesn't allow the driver to be a driver. You wait for power to return...


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Still fun
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By cabimmer
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought this car after owning a 95 M3 for its four doors, steptronic tranny and luxury features. Still fun to drive, always feel the difference after being in the wife's Lexus SUV. BMW engine, tranny and handling are great, but the interior and electronics are subpar. The newer ones are getting better, but I just don't think the germans know as much about electronics as the japanese do (I've owned 2 BMW's, 2 VW's, and 2 Honda's). On the flip side, BMW just feels better on the road than the japanese cars do. Overall a very positive experience!


Best Features

Handling, great blend of power and gas mileage, engine feels like a small block V8, steptronic tranny does it all, you can turn off DSC!


Worst Features

Better electronic systems in terms of reliability (had issues with one window regulator and a misbehaving fan) and features (iPod, satellite integration and how about a cd changer standard vs. $600!!!)


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2001 325i
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By bakedflounder
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I just got this car and am blown away by all the well-thought-out features. It's classy, fast and luxurious. This car combines sports performace with luxury. I don't feel like I'm in a tin can at all... VERY SOLID.


Best Features

Moonroof, volume/stereo controls on the steering wheel.


Worst Features

There are 2 items that could use improvement. The accelerator feel is "loose" at slow acceleration speeds. There is a little play in the pedal before it responds. Secondly, the window controls would be better on the driver's door, like in most other vehicles.


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Rocky start
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By r11rs
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2001 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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This is my 4th BMW in 25 yrs, and by far the worst. Everyone claims this is a 'tight handling car'...I simply don't understand how anyone can say that. Compared to BMWs of the past, this handles like an Oldsmobile! Its so loose, that it is pathetic. The design of the car lends itself to very poor visibility. The blind spots are terrible. Within the first 6 months of ownership, the car broke down 2x, with the same problem (bad auxiliary fan). BMW was difficult to deal with during these problems. Otherwise, reliability is fine.


Best Features

I tend to like the aesthetics of the car, although the design is what destroys the outward visibility.


Worst Features

1 - Redesign to provide good visibility 2 - Tighten the feel/handling. Very important. 3 - Include some creature comforts (rear door map pockets, a direction compass, better power seats (the ones provided are the cheapest I've ever seen), etc.)


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