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UMM why did i ever get rid of this CAR??? ZHP
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By happy163
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2004 BMW 3 Series 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I've had about 10 different cars throughout my lifespan of only 29 years! I have owned three BMWs VWs a Toyota, Mazda and have driven many other vehicles. This is by far the BEST vehicle ever built. Way to go BMW. I had the 330i fully stocked with navigation, cold weather, premium and 6-speed manual. It was a rare find and I was stupid enough to trade it in and regret it everyday. The engine was silky smooth and soo powerful. IT handled like butter and could turn on a dime. The car felt like you were driving on roller coaster tracks everywhere you went. The gas mileage was excellent. These cars will also you a lifetime I've seen engines go for 300K miles. The inline 6 is so reliable and fun!


Best Features

everyhting! sunroof, ambient lights, door lights, door switches in the middle of the console, cold a/c, wheels on ZHP, handling, interior design, materials used on dash, steering wheel composure, fun to drive. I would make an excuse to drive just to drive this thing around and would burn up soo much fuel just driving around aimlessly. Love the HID lights and all features BMW made. These cars are awesome! Um everything about this car is wonderful from seating position, leather stitching, alcantara steering wheel, suspension and grip, wonderful harmon kardon sound system. Thank you God for the myriad of blessings you have bestowed on me. Thank you for everything!


Worst Features

more reliable parts like window regulators, control arm bushings. But no car is 100% perfect because everyone would only buy that brand!


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So far !!! Love the 325xi!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By soxxxxx
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2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my 2004 325xi 3 months ago. I bought it from a 85 year old lady who bought it new and serviced at BMW. Garage kept and all receipts. the best part.......only 24,000 miles . I could not pass up this car...I only hoped that I would be happy....
I AM!!!
To me, the car is like new. One ding on the door and only one small chip. The car is very peppy and fun to drive. I seem to make an excuse to always want to drive it. The car is very solid and tight.
I am not sure about needing AWD here in NC but, when the snow ,rain and ice fall...I will be sure to see how it all works out. I am very happy with this car!!
New cost was $38,000...I paid 12,900. I am happy!


Best Features

leather, wood trim, heated seats, xeon lights


Worst Features

cup holders are lacking.. The console area has a type of film that comes off easy...It tends to looked chipped up...I don't like that...


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I wanted to love this car.
35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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By gdeutschlander
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2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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My first BMW was a 1987 325e and it ran perfect for 280,000 miles other than normal maintenance.
At 280k the coil burned out, I put a new one in and 2 weeks later and the same thing happened.
I tried one more time and the same problem so I sold it DOA.


I bought a 2004 BMW 330Xi with 59,000 miles on it.
My car now has 99,000 miles on it and here are all of the items I replaced.

Complete CCV cold weather kit, Crankcase Vent Valve, Oil Separator Hose, Breather Hose.
Valve cover gasket, valve cover, power steering pump, spark plugs and coil pack, rear springs, cv joints, DISA, multiple alignments because of pulling, brakes, and now it has mustard color under the oil cap.


Updated 4/1/2016.
I finally traded the car in to dump this lemon. It ended up having a bad head gasket. The car was never overheated and the antifreeze was rated for well below temperatures we have in Wisconsin. During the winter it would suck down the antifreeze. Not worth all the trouble and I will have a hard time considering a BMW in the future. I replaced it with a Honda Pilot and the Honda now has a 125k trouble free miles on it.


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Best wagon I've ever owned - Hands down
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By amishthunder
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2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Purchased my wagon used from a local dealer after selling my Subaru Outback.
I was turned off initially by the stiff steering, but now I am hooked with the "driving experience" this car gives - including the seemingly stiff steering.
Being in Colorado, I experience many different driving conditions ranging from hot 100 degree dry days down to subzero and totally ice covered roads.
This wagon has exceeded my expectations, and outperforms any of my previous Subaru's AWD systems.
This car inspires confidence in any driving condition, and the attention to detail and level of engineering is outstanding.


Best Features

Handling in any condition, headlights, ride comfort, simplicity, overall build quality - To name a few. For those of you who like to wrench on your own cars, this vehicle is surprisingly easy to work on, and shockingly most parts are at your local AutoZone (example - I needed a new front CV axle...$90, and in stock at AutoZone!). Most new cars are not designed with a home mechanic in mind - This one is - Very few specialty tools are required I've found. As for the transmission, I never thought I'd like an auto, or ever use a "tiptronic" feature, but I like this one, and use tiptronic often...I normally only get manual transmissions.


Worst Features

Premium unleaded only is a pain, although this car gets consistently 28mpg on the hwy. The stereo lacks a lower-end "punch," but it's not that bad. The central door locking system is finicky, but once you know the quirks it's OK.


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Looks Great, but looks can be deceiving.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By a587789
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2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I purchased this car used with 60k on it. At first it drove wonderfully. Then old age set in. After 25k miles, it started to break down. It seems like all the things in the engine that broke down, were plastic. Water pump, coolant reservoir, etc..... Not cheap to fix. Power steering pump went out quick and every mechanic, including BMW Mechanics, knew this was a major problem. $750 just to fix the pump. I decided it was time to part ways when I needed to make a 2k mile trip and I found out I had an oil leak, the window motor went out and the ac blower motor was going out. These are great cars if you're Bill Gates, but I'm not. So I bought a Charger.


Best Features

Driving performance. Acceleration. Handling. Exterior Design. Comfort.


Worst Features

Everything else.


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