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2004 BMW 3 Series Sedan

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Great car - but probably overhyped.
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By BR
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2004 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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This is a great car and deservedly a benchmark for the class, but don't blindly drink the BMW kool-aid. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase after a little over a year. There are faster, plusher, and overtly sportier cars, but really very few that do everything as well as the 330 does. As long as it stays reliable, I'll be a happy owner. Keep your expectations in check though as in 80% of everyday driving, many of the qualities of a 330 are pretty subtle improvements over the competition and even down-market vehicles. The superior handling, performance, ride often are most noticed by their absence when you're driving a different car...


Best Features

Exterior styling - to my eye much better executed than the newer e90 models. Simplicity - no overwrought techno-glitz to muck up the driving experience. Handling - sharp without a harsh ride in the daily commute. Highway fuel economy - just shy of 30 under a modest right foot.


Worst Features

The auto (in any mode) isn't slow - but it's just not very fast. City fuel economy - 16-19 depending on how aggressively driven. Back seat - quite snug. This is most definitely a compact car. Trunk - see above. Avoid the fold-down rear seat - it creaks and rattles.


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BMW 325xi Sedan
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By alaskanamber
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2004 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my 325xi sedan in 2007 and have had a great experience with it so far. The car handles like a dream and hugs the road. It also has good fuel economy despite the fact that premium fuel is mandatory.


Best Features

Road handling/manuevarability, size, styling, reliability, quality


Worst Features

Suspension is a bit tight and could be improved to allow for an even more comfortable ride.


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BMW 330i SPEED :-)
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By patrick
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2004 BMW 3 Series Sedan 330i Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I have had this car for 1 year now and love it. It has the zhp package which makes it like a 4 door m3. Its very fast. I recently learned of a race mode for it. Put it in sport mode then the button (DSC) push and hold for 4 seconds a dsc light comes on allong with a orange light that says brake. When you get it in this put your foot on the floor from a stop and feel the POWER.


Best Features

Performance


Worst Features

nav system


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Great car, however...
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By BMW Driver
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2004 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Too many issues. I love my car, however I am taking it in for service at least once a month. The moldings around doors, windows, and fan motor break on a regular basis.


Best Features

Everything about the car is great! Fun to drive.


Worst Features

Door trim moldings, power window tracks, and ac fan.


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Great car, wish it had better mpg
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By Gregular
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2004 BMW 3 Series Sedan 325i Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I have owned my 325i for 4 months now and so far I love the car. The only thing I am disappointed with so far is the fuel economy. I drive about 40 miles a day. Of that about 60% is highway and I get a average of 21-23 MPG. I tried changing driving habit and maintaining tire pressure and all I get is 24 mpg tops.


Best Features

Fun to drive factor. Headlights and wipers are automated and the moonroof is a plus. It's a fun sporty sedan.


Worst Features

If I knew the gas mileage of this car I would have gone with the 330i.


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