"This is the first car I bought on my own and I remember thinking that I should splurge now because next time I need I car I may be married with a kids. Well that's come true and some 231000 miles later my only complaint is that some of the power windows - and nothing is a cheap replacement for this car - have died more than a couple times. Otherwise, everything else is maintenance or normal wear and tear. Radiator lasted to 225000 miles, and that's the last major thing I've done."
"Bought new in 2004. In 2008 needed new engine because of coolant issue. BMW had no problem replacing it. 2009 - 2015 have had to replace the brakes several times, coolant sensor, gas tank and gas lines, front and back window motor and now possibly transmission. When running without issues it drives very smooth with no noise inside. The body is made well where I feel safe unlike other cars are very tinny. Unfortunately I wouldn't buy another one, not worth the money until they fix the common issues."
Pros: "Drives great with feel for the road! Avg. 28.0 MPG"
Cons: "Only 1 good cup holder"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Well-constructed car with good power for a 2.5 liter getting an average of 28.0 MPG with good acceleration and excellent braking! The 10-speaker HK sound system is crisp! Does not burn oil even with 130,000 miles after 12 years using synthetic oil with oil changes only required every 15,000 miles! Good weight distribution for a solid feeling drive and feel for the road! Nice extra features such as right side mirror tilts down when in reverse. Has a MPG use meter in speedometer cluster showing the MPG used while in various gears during acceleration and while in cruise control to help monitor to get the best MPG during all aspects of driving. I have never seen an extra meter like this in any other car manufacturer!"
"I ordered this car new in 2000. convertible, sport package, luxury package, manual trans and no nav. I want to buy a new car but I just can't give my baby up. I've never had a mechanical issue. My local independent BMW service shop told me never to sell it either. I spend $150 every six months or so for maintenance. It is worth next to nothing in the used car market but I get compliments all the time. If you want a car for less that $6k that is a blast to drive and has the classic, non-turbo, in-line 6 BMW power plant, this is the one. Bulletproof!"
Cons: "Under powered, small passenger compartment"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car used, and have no regrets. I live in the northeast and would much rather drive this car in the snow than my 4wd pickup. Maybe a little under powered, but the handling and fuel mileage make up for it. Approaching 200k and have had to do very little maintenance."
"This 10 year old BMW 325ci STILL gets 35 miles per gallon with 157000 miles logged!
I have had no major problems or expenses with this car.
Perhaps I am just lucky that the dealership has a great and HONEST SERVICE MANAGER!"