Luxurious, powerful, exceptional road manners, available all-wheel drive for sedan and wagon.
Pricey for its market segment, limited rear-seat space and cargo capacity.
For 2003, BMW will finally offer a DVD-based navigation system -- meaning that you won't have to give up an in-dash CD player if you opt for the nav system. Other changes include a standard front armrest for all 325 models, as well as a rear center headrest for all sedans and wagons. Additionally, all wagons will come with a moonroof. In terms of options, the Premium Package for all 325s now includes automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, and the Sport Package for the 330xi includes double-spoke alloy wheels and run-flat tires.
If you've got the bucks, this is unequivocally the best car in the entry-luxury category.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2003 BMW 3 Series.
I was interested in a compact all-wheel
drive sports sedan and test drove both
Audi A4s (1.8 and 3.0) and the BMW
325xi. I do not understand how people
can say these cars are equivalent.
There is no comparison! I may have
been biased by the enthusiasm of the
BMW salesperson as compared to the Audi
salesperson for their respective
vehicles, but in my opinion the BMW …
blew the Audi away. I thought the BMW
handled better, accelerated more
smoothly, was more solidly constructed,
and overall was more fun to drive.
Even after driving the 3.0 A4 I still
preferred the 325xi.
5 out of 5 stars
Wanted a Bimmah, Never looking Back
325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
I bought my 2003 BMW 325I in 2013. At ten years old and 140,000 miles I knew it was a little bit of a risk, but you can pick these up for the same price you'd pay for a Civic in similar condition. BMW or Civic? Come on, no brainer. Fortunately I have a lot of tools and am very mechanically inclined, so I can do all of my own work. I've had to change the water pump, cooling hoses, … window motors, and a few little things. With a good internet search and a little ingenuity none of it is a big deal at all. If you plan to pay a dealership for this kind of little stuff, forget it. It's well worth a little work here and there to have a car with a buttery smooth straight 6, and absolutely impeccable handling. Three years later I still enjoy driving it. Sometimes I go to the store in the middle of the night and get my lady some ice cream, really just because I want to drive somewhere. No more Hondayotas in my driveway. They're laughable after driving what is truly the ultimate driving machine. Mine just hit 170k with no current issues at all. I'll get 200+ smiling the whole way. I will warn, however, if you're buying a used one, the maintenance and care that has gone into it previously is of the utmost importance! Check it, double check it, do your research and then check it again!
5 out of 5 stars
You get what to pay for
325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
Let's face it, if you buy a +10 years old car it will need some attention. BMW's are known for being very good machines as long as you take good care of them, they are not cheap to maintain, but (as the title says) you get what you pay for. If you expect to drive a boat like this with a low budget, do yourself a favor, go buy a Toyota. On the other way, If you are handy enough to make … some DIY it's the perfect car for you, if you don't have the time/ skills/ place but still want to drive one, find a reputable independent shop that specializes in BMW instead of taking it to a stealership and you'll save some money. It's not a car you can take to Pep Boy's and have it fixed for cheap; you'll end up paying more and losing time. It's worth pay some extra and get it fixed right the first time.
Being that said it's a great car, it has 50/50 weight distribution, a traction control that actually works, great handling, acceleration, brakes and a powerful and simple engine. The electronics have their days, sometimes a few things tend to fail (remember, it's a +10 years old car) but nothing that'll leave you on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. The car itself has a level of comfort and security that most base and mid line cars don't have nowadays (heated seats, one touch in the 4 windows, automatic windshield wipers and headlights, rear ventilated discs, lecture lights on the front and back, remote window open and closing). I could sell mine now and buy a new Civic, but I'd be losing comfort, security and the pleasure of driving. You can buy one for cheap, but you are advised they are not cheap to keep running.
4.88 out of 5 stars
11 year old BMW 330xi
330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I bought this car almost 5 years ago with 88K miles on it.
Because of where I worked for 2 years car now has little over 200K.
With proper maintenance, changing oil when light comes on after turning off key, I have had virtually NO problems with this car.
It runs like the day it came off the showroom floor.
You guys saying poor reliability or have tons of repair work on it - did a poor … job of inspecting the car before you bought it.
The place where I bought the car from took care of every little thing and I had it worked on, at his expense, at two different places, one of which was BMW.
I absolutely love my car.
The Used 2003 BMW 3 Series is offered in the following submodels: 3 Series Sedan, 3 Series Coupe, 3 Series Convertible, 3 Series Wagon. Available styles include 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M), 330Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 5M), 325Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 330Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M), 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M), 325Ci Rwd 2dr Coupe (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 325xi AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M), 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 325i Rwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M), and 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M).
Pre-owned BMW 3 Series models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine or a 3.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 225 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2003 BMW 3 Series comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.
The Used 2003 BMW 3 Series comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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