2002 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Not So Reliable, Not so Swift

2002 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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325Ci Convertible (2.5L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Not So Reliable, Not so Swift
By HSD on


2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


I'm often amazed at how so many reviewers who have only test driven the BMW so readily heap its praise. I've owned a 330Ci Convertible now through 60,000 miles. In the last two years alone it has been in the shop for major repairs nine times. Count: new transmission, new alternator, battery, and ECU, new radiator, water pump, and impeller, new radio, new seat cover. Most recently it requires a new brake caliper, rotor and pads. I've come to understand that BMW really means, "Breaking Motor Woerken." There is a reason BMW offers such attractive leases on their cars: The only way worth driving one is as a rental.

Best Features

Looks impressive. Drop top can't be beat. Doors lock automatically.

Worst Features

Reliability. Reliability, Reliability. Shave off the FAT - my 1995 Ford Probe GT can outrun this. Transmission tunnel intrusion into driver space - I'm ready for a hip graft. Forget the automatic. Think twice about sport wheels if you live in an urban area (or keep a slush fund for replacements).
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