2002 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Worth the Aggravation

2002 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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330Ci Coupe (3.0L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Worth the Aggravation
By RAB on


2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


OK, I've had problems. Most recently the alternator overcharging. BUT - there is nothing else like this car at this price point. I bought a fully loaded low mileage '02. Once you familiarize yourelf with the Steptronic transmission, you will never buy another brand of car - the performance is that good. And you have to consider the real source for a lot of the little issues - Germans simply do not care about brake dust, wind noise, or cup holders. They want a fast sport coupe that handles well and stops well - period. If you like driving, then the 330Ci is for you.

Best Features

Inline six is a work of art. Brakes are huge. But Steptronic transforms this car. Do yourself a favor and get good tires - Michelin Pilots or something similar. Rear seat comfort is not too bad. Trunk is huge. Besides all of that, the car is gorgeous ('02 front fascia is stunning).

Worst Features

Some of the interior trim pieces are losing their finish. Paint could be better. Trunk sometimes smells. Between blue paint and brake dust, car is hard to keep clean. Harmon Kardon is not worth the $, esp the speakers - lousy. But remember - performance is everything and this car delivers!
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