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Just Don't ... And Save Yourself Time, Money & Frustration
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By kdub12
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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These assessment ratings are 100% spot-on.
Reliability is TERRIBLE!
And honestly, why do things like door trim pieces, various buttons, and interior materials go bad also???
TERRIBLE BUILD all the way around.
I have owned 5 other BMWs, all older models, that RULED!
SO reliable, well built tanks, with easy repair access engine bays, lasted forever.
Still have a 1980 320i and it has 279,000mi on it and still runs great!
Trim pieces just don't all of a sudden pop off
- because stuff ain't all made of plastic.
Almost like the new pieces are purposely made to self-destruct.


I can no longer recommend newer BMWs because everything is computerized, and needs a new sensor every five minutes, has random problems - like your reverse will just 'go out' whether 25K or 150K miles on the car...mine did.
Found out the probs AFTER buying it.
Doesn't seem to matter whether this model was babied or driven hard either.
Cautionary tale...
caviat emptor for sure!!!

And to BMW - you now are in the lump with everyone else.
No more quality.
Keep you new cars.
I'm going to buy a 5 series mid 80s like my mom used to drive, and now daughter has.
They are great on gas, run like troopers, spacious inside, and really fairly modern considering the age - auto windows, locks, etc.
I will be free once again, gone will be the days of the constant "Check Engine" light, and a simple set of tools can fix most anything.


Best Features

Drives like a racecar, costs like one too


Worst Features

Too many to be realistic


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By m_n
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Outstanding performance.
5 minutes into a drive you understand why Car and Driver has put it on their 10 best list for 22 consecutive years.
Love love love the way it drives.
But it is the 2nd most unreliable vehicle I've owned, next to a Mercedes E320.
Water pump, vanos unit, idler pulley exploded on me, this sensor goes bad, that sensor goes bad, constant check engine lights, power steering leaks, and on, and on.
And it eats rear tires. The only saving grace is this car is very easy to work on for an average mechanic.
Yes, it really is.
I replaced the water pump in 1 hour and I have never replaced a water pump before. Non-dealer parts for non-M cars are reasonably priced too.


Best Features

Power, handling.


Worst Features

Everything else.


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Do Not Buy This Car!!!!!!!!
9 of 22 people found this review helpful
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By kdub12
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Yes, I bought this car and ALL The Drama That Comes With It.
This is the Worst BMW I have ever owned, and I have owned 4 others throughout the years.
Sadly, I could not recommend any current BMW based on this one, as unfair as that may be.

I bought this less than 1 year ago and 4 mos later, started dumping in money.
The 'check engine light' comes on about every 1-2 months. I have had to replace all 4 oxygen sensors to the tune of $800+, new trans. cause the 'reverse' went out (inherent problem whether 27 or 150,000mi. I found out. All new tires, for various reasons, now needs an air flow sensor, hopefully all.


Best Features

Even though it drives well, has great pickup and power, and looks good - all these things will fade into the recesses of your mind once you take one on. All you will see are Bills, bills and more bills. When I was looking to see what kind of tires this car came with, the very first thing I saw on a blog was "Yes, I own a 2001 330i and all the drama that comes with it". This was just on a tire site, mind you. Not a site where people are discussing problems. Sad, just plain sad. BMW wouldn't even recall the faulty and poorly produced transmission even though there were thousands of complaints.


Worst Features

Even if clean, it still has inherent probs. Going to get the 1980, 320 out of my backyard and fix it up. The 330i has used up all my savings. It's a total gas hog, requires the most expensive oil, and every engine warning light requires anywhere from $500-$5,000 worth of repairs. Did I say - Don't Buy This Car. Best advice I can pass along from a sad sad experience. Look cool with something else and learn from my mistakes...please!


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330 Ci Bought Based on Reviews Here
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By taggart01
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my '01 with 124k on it back in '08 based on a bulk of the reviews from this site and research I've done from other sites.
Sure you're going to find people that complain that things went wrong but I was thinking of a used car with a lot of miles. I've replaced control arm bushings, water pump, coolant resevoir, valve cover gasket. I learned how to do most of the work myself so the cost is minimal and at times the work enjoyable/rewarding.
Expensive to maintain? Sure as with ANY car if you take it to the dealers. If you're looking for low maintenance neither this car nor ANY used car is it. Leasing is your option.


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


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The front plate of the BMW was damaged with the outside temperature sensor after 3 months.
BMW refused to replace on warranty.
The generator failed, the bolts on the underpart of the car were replaced at a cost of $250 within 3 years and no warranty. Note I had the extended warranty purchase for 3 years.
Generator replaced after 5 years.
Oil leaks valve gasket cover replaced by dealer yet the oil leaks are from the hoses and oil filter area which was not replaced.
Total amount spent is 5K which I have not spent with an American car driven to 170M miles.


Best Features

Like the pickup and drive when working


Worst Features

Better customer service and more integrity with the BMW service dealers. They give you a nice talk , fix a problem but t hen after leaving there are multiple other problems with the vehicle. Trust is problem


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