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2000 BMW 3 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 17/Hwy 26/Comb 20 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2000 BMW 3 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1354 Ratings for the 2000 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

2004 330XI - It's the Ultimate Driving Machine

By on Saturday, October 18, 2014

I own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and looks good too!"

Cons: "Trunk not tall enough to haul more stuff"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new in 2004 while living in Minnesota as my Mercedes sports car was useless in the snow, even with a set of mounted snow tires. Although I gave up a V8 AMG sports car, this 330XI BMW has been so much fun to own and drive! Goes through snow like a charm - and I had plenty of that to drive in while in Minnesota. Corners on the rails and stops on a dime. Turns on a dime too, you just have to use more muscle with the steering wheel than most cars. I got almost 40 MPG one trip from MN to Spokane, WA going 80 on the freeway and a loaded car! Over the life of the car I've gotten 22.2 mpg, but the average speed driven (according to the car's system) is only 33.9 mph. I've never gotten below 19.6 and I drive a lot of hills/passes here in N. Idaho. I only have 65,000 miles on the car and it still looks like new. Have had to put on tires more often than I'd like, but I guess that's okay with the AWD feature. Cargo trunk a bit small to haul stuff and the car does sit a bit low. No major issues or repairs yet. I'm thinking of selling it and buying a pick up as I live in N. Idaho now and would like to drive the mountain roads more. Hard decision as I love this car and I can't afford both."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Older the better .... Reliable

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sexy Convertible, smooth & fast"

Cons: "Gas mileage could be better, not super stiff"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This has been a very nice quality car. Not sure if they make them like this anymore? It's very good looking, drives great and comfortable. It's rather low, so just have to be careful going over bumps or hitting anything low on the ground. Honestly they don't make cars like this anymore. The quality is there and also the look. Now... it does not handle as stiff and smooth as the new ones, but I don't expect it to. At this time this was a very sexy sporty car and the quality is still there and it's wonderful to drive!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Geat car

By on Saturday, September 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, still looks current after 10 years"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've loved owning this car. Handles great. Fast. Granted I only drive it 5-7K miles a year and keep it in a garage, but it has been very reliable. Parts are expensive but then so are those for a Porsche or Audi. Leather has held up very well. Top is great."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

excellent drivers car

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very nice driving car"

Cons: "expensive to buy and maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned it for 5 years (bought used in very nice condition) It runs beautifully and is a delight to drive. The ZHP package gives it a bit tighter handling and a small boost in power over the standard 330. It is much more pleasant to drive than the E46 M3 while retaining most of the usable performance. Other than expense, my only gripe is the lack of an LSD, which is ridiculous for a performance car at its price."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Fast comfortable , great gas mileage

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Four door sports car, non better"

Cons: "very expensive car to service after warranty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Great gas consumption, 33 highway 26 mixed driving. This car handles like a dream. The only problem so far is the fan switch which has failed which renders the ac unusable. This is a common problem and expensive to repair. This my third BMW the last one a 525 was traded after 16 years and 80k miles with minor issues. I am thinking of trading for the new x3 in 2015"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very agile performer with great gas mileage

By on Friday, September 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good value, power, handling, mpg"

Cons: "Lackluster interior and radio, expensive repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This E46 330ci hits a homerun in its suspension geometry that you get "The Ultimate Driving Machine" is not just marketing hype. The I6 engine has a broad torque curve that pulls hard from 3k rpm all the way to 6k. And the gearing is well suited with great pull in 4,5, and even 6th. All the goods where the goods matter. The problems: the interior, including the dash, is 10 years behind the times. While the brushed aluminum trim pieces in my example are a bright spot, they are overshadowed by the eye sore of a center console. The E46 is notorious for its electronic throttle that leaves a nasty hesitation at exactly 4k rpm if in Wide Open Throttle. The sound system, even their premium system from Harmon Kardan, is below sub par with no base what so ever. And beware it you have the factory Nav option bc the OEM encodes their radio signal via DSP that makes incompatible with most aftermarket radios. Some minor repairs between 65k-145k include ball joint failure, water pump failure, battery failure caused by slow leak in sunroof, and most recently cracked antifreeze reservoir. Be prepared for hefty repair bills and massively expensive parts. Oil changes are $100 thanks to synthetic oils. All-in-all, you get a lot of value for the money. And in the past 5 years of owning it, I've averaged 23mpg all city mile commuting."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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