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Fabulous Buy
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By ptarmigan
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my 330xi over 11 years ago and now have 110,000+ miles with it (still without having to replace brake pads!).
Most recently I put Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus tires on it which improves its already impressive handling in bad weather.
It's incredibly fun to drive and has been relatively economical to maintain.


Best Features

The handling, performance and ride are outstanding as is its overall construction.


Worst Features

The visibility out the back is restricted for shorter drivers. The front window defrost could have more fan speeds -- the "high" level is noisy and a bit much for any lenghth of time. The manual transmission was overly tight when the car was new but is easier to shift now with some age.


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BEST car I have owned!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By cathomp5
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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This car is AMAZING!
I have the 330i with automatic transmission, the sport package and the premium Harman Kardon sound system(Which sounds like a movie theatre in your car).
I've had the car a little over a year and bought it with aprox. 93,000 miles.
The exterior styling is timeless, the interior is of higher quality materials and the engine and body are very solid.
Only thing I would change is the window up and down assembly inside the doors.
They seem to break easily, which I've read in other reviews.
Other than that I've been very happy with this car and will probably purchase another one when the time comes.


Best Features

The Harman Kardon sound system, Heated Mirrors The small particulate matter sensor which will automatically switch to re-circulate cabin air if it detects high polution.


Worst Features

Window up and down assembly inside doors needs improved. Fuel Economy


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Great Car!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By chamoh78
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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This was a very used car when I got it. I purchased the vehicle with approx. 90K knowing that BMW is of higher quality and the car would last longer than most. The 100K service wasn't cheap, but I knew this before I bought the car. This is my first Bimmer and it certainly won't be my last. I may never own another brand, unless I want a truck...


Best Features

The sport mode of the tranny. I love knowing my car will out handle most other, higher horsepower, vehicles with ease.


Worst Features

For some reason my back screams at me if I travel more than 100 miles at a time. I just can't get it comfortable. Lower maintenance cost.


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5.5 years ok to review now
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By cj
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2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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purchased with 15k miles on her. First of all dealer maintenance is costly. I have learned to do a lot of diy jobs and that makes the cost of ownership reasonable. handles great and engine smooth as silk. the car has never let me down but i do all the recommended service. gas mileage on the highway gets me 30-31mpg.Many of these e46 models on the market now are worth more than they are selling for. bmws just do not hold there value well these days. My car runs as well as the day i purchased it and nothing leaks and for a 9 year old car with 125k i am happy. I gave reliability an 8 and not higher because i do a lot of preventative maintenance.


Best Features

smooth engine. glued to the road. classy sporty look.


Worst Features

well today i would ask for some more hp. sad that my wife's 2010 rav4(6 cylinder) is just as quick if not quicker.


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Had it for 10 years and 150K miles later
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Beamer family
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2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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and still drives great! We bought our BMW 10 years ago at 40K miles from a friend. Since we have owned it, we have been in a couple of fender benders, got paint splashed on it, and now the power windows are going out but the original transmission still drives like the first day we bought it and very strong! You feel the difference in a BMW vs. say a Lexus or any other Japanese car! It hugs the road and you are total control of your car. We're expecting to get another 50K miles on it and plan to hand it down to our son then we are upgrading to a 330 convertible.


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Everything


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