Used 2002 BMW 3 Series Coupe

2002 BMW 3 Series
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2002 BMW 3 Series

Pros

  • Luxurious, powerful, exceptional road manners, available all-wheel drive for sedan and wagon.

Cons

  • Pricey for their market segment, limited rear-seat space and cargo capacity.

Used 2002 BMW 3 Series Coupe for Sale

BMW 3 Series 2002 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
83,773 miles
Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
325xi
List$4,994
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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$137 Below Market
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BMW 3 Series 2002 330Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
131,595 miles
Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
330Ci
List$5,399
Est.Loan: $111/mo
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$148 Below Market
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BMW 3 Series 2002 330Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
87,000 miles
Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
330Ci
Carplex
18.9 mi away
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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BMW 3 Series 2002 330Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
268,371 miles
Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
330Ci
Overlea Motors
56.1 mi away
List$3,995
Est.Loan: $82/mo
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BMW 3 Series 2002 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
51,544 miles
Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
325Ci
List$10,500
Est.Loan: $215/mo
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BMW 3 Series 2002 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
190,555 miles
Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
325i
KB Auto Emporium
47.7 mi away
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BMW 3 Series 2002 325i Rwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
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Used 2002
BMW 3 Series
325i
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Edmunds' Expert Review

If you've got the bucks, this is unequivocally the best car in the entry-luxury category.

vehicle overview

The fifth-generation 3 Series was introduced in sedan form in 1999, followed by the coupes, the convertible and the wagon. We like 'em all. This year, few changes are in store for this homerun hit, among them some exterior alterations and increased feature content. Mostly, we're just pleased that BMW has abandoned its misguided attempt to appease the masses by lightening up the steering. It has now been restored to its former glory.

Sedan buyers can choose from a 2.5-liter inline six (models with this powerplant use the numerical designation of 325) that makes 184 horsepower, or a 3.0-liter inline six (330 models). The latter engine bumps horsepower and torque to 225 and 214, respectively, in the 3.0-liter engine and adds some noticeable punch to the 3 Series, keeping it ahead of rivals like the Audi A4 and Lexus IS 300.

All 3 Series sedans, coupes and convertibles receive a standard five-speed manual transmission, a sport-tuned suspension and ventilated front and rear disc brakes. Two versions of the coupe are available: the 325Ci, with the aforementioned 2.5-liter inline six, and the 330Ci with the more powerful 3.0-liter engine, larger brakes and standard 17-inch wheels. The more powerful 330 coupe reaches 60 from 0 in just 6.4 seconds and features a broad torque band. Both engines meet low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards. A five-speed Steptronic automanual transmission is available for those who don't want to shift their own gears.

Another option is all-wheel drive. Derived from the all-wheel-drive system found in the X5, "xi" models split 38 percent of the engine's power to the front wheels and 62 percent to the rear. The AWD package also includes a 0.7-inch increase in ride height and is available on both 325 and 330 sedans, as well as the 325 wagon.

If you opt for the 325Ci convertible, you'll have to lower the top manually unless you pop the extra cash for the power top, but 330Ci ragtop consumers get this perk standard. To BMW's credit, convertibles come with a glass rear window and rollover protection. Wagon buyers will appreciate the touring model's standard roof rack and rear window wiper, but, as with the sedan, don't expect to carry full-sized adults in the backseat for long periods of time.

Safety equipment on all 3 Series models includes All-Season Traction (AST) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), along with dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags and BMW's patented Head Protection System (HPS). Dynamic Brake Control reinforces the driver's effort during emergency braking. Rear side airbags and xenon headlights remain optional.

The 3 Series remains at the top of its game in terms of driving dynamics, looks and quality. For passionate road warriors looking to break into the luxury segment, this BMW is truly the Ultimate Driving Machine.

2002 Highlights

BMW has seen fit to give the sedans and wagons a facelift for 2002. An in-dash CD player finally makes it onto the standard features list. The center stack has been altered to accommodate the new automatic climate controls. Steptronic automanual operation has been altered so that you move the transmission lever forward for downshifts and backward for upshifts. Bi-xenon headlamps are on the options list so that both low and high beams can glow a cold blue and can be set to automatic operation. Rear side airbags are available for coupes and convertibles. Two new colors, Electric Red and Gray Green (and a Natural Brown interior leather) join the color spectrum.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 BMW 3 Series.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

330Ci Showoff
Paulo,02/27/2002
The overall fundaments for me to purchase this car is the exterior design, which catched me and so many others. The overall maintenance is very good. The major problem for me is that I did not have much choices to choose unless I wait at least 2 months to get the options I desire. In another words, there isn't many of this cars in stock.
BEST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED
Matt ,12/11/2005
Absolutely the best car I've ever owned. Could tell the second I started the test drive. My first road trip summarizes it all. 1200 Miles from LA to Lake Tahoe and Back. 4 People in the car, full trunk, AC on, many 100+mph sprints, two over 120, 130 top speed, and two passengers SOUND ASLEEP AT 130MPH!! Up to well over 7000 ft on the Climb up to the summit, driving around for a week at altitude in city driving conditions. Round trip gas mileage 28.6 MPG!!! AMAZING AUTOMOBILE, the quintessential BMW, 2.5L inline six + manual transmission + two door coupe= BMW!! Definitely the ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE!!
The sports coupe you must have
nil,04/21/2004
If you want a sports coupe with performance, no doubt the 330ci is your choice. The car is smooth, responsive and has tons of power. The exterior design is perfect and the overall build quality of the vehicle is excellent.
Worth the Aggravation
RAB,12/21/2006
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.
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
225 hp @ 5900 rpm
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
184 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Should I lease or buy a 2002 BMW 3 Series?

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