2003 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Fun to Drive, Not Fun to Fix

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Fun to Drive, Not Fun to Fix
By afski786 on


2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


I bought this car in March 2011 with 107,000 miles at the time. It's a great car to drive, and looks awesome. However, there have been several maintenance problems. First, when I bought it, it was missing the rain gutter on both sides. Getting those fixed was around $300. After a few months and 3000 miles, the starter went out and they also found the water pump needed replacing, both around $1,100. Then a few months later the thermostat, drive belts, CV Boots, and lower control arm busings needed to be fixed, $2400. Then the rain gutter clip broke, and finally the coolant tank, another $350. I wouldn't buy a BMW out of warranty; I thought they would be better mechanically but I was wrong
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By afski786
on 01/11/13 15:17 PM (PST)

This is my post from about a year ago. Since I posted this, the water valve (I don't even know what that is...has something to do with the heat/ac system) had to be replaced, then the windshield wiper jets because they were both leaking, then the Vanos line, then the alternator, and finally the lock in the driver door. Oh, and I had to buy a new $180 key because when the alternator went out, it fried the microchip in the old key. All in all, I have put over $6000 into a car I paid $9000 for and have only put 12,000 miles on in 2 years

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