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2004 BMW 3 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
N/A
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly:

2004 BMW 3 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1341 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

great quick car

By on Monday, July 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"well built but not a family car. terrible headliner is about the only down fall. like the headliner falls and rips very easily. looks just like a m3 but of course does not have the speed of a M3 but this car is not slow at all 0-60 5.9 secs and I've went 155 in my 330ci"

BMW 330 ci not as good as earlier 5 series models

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun when they don't need service"

Cons: "Expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Had to rebuild the automatic at 75000 miles, trans. slow to engage in reverse on morning first start up. Finishes on interior plastics not holding up well. Metallic Blue Paint is still nice. Runs well, however it now has coolant leak on side radiator expansion tank, cooling system is the weak link and most will have this. Will require min. 200.00+ in parts, plus labor. (I'll do the labor, I have prev. exp.) Nice styling that still makes a great impression. Sport seats feel hard after an hour or two. Because they are. Still drives tight and accurate as a BMW should. Good MPG. I use Plus grade gas and that has always worked for me with all my Bimmers. These are expensive cars to own if you don't have above average/professional mechanical skills or an alternative economical solution for mechanical problems. Used Lexus are probably a better bet such as a SC430 convertible or IS Conv. Nice rides, however not a tight sport feel as counterpart BMW."

Solid, reliable and fun

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Low on features for the price"

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

"9 years and it has been a pleasure all these years. Other than wear and tear I haven't had any issues to report. Most of my driving is on highways and I have been getting 28-29 mpg average through the whole year, probably because it is stick shift and because I don't touch the brakes unless I have to :) Original clutch lasted for 7yrs and now 2 yrs on the new clutch and it has been holding up well. Awesome thing is that oil change is needed only every year or 15k miles, so once a year works out just fine. Note: recently I have had to top up oil between changes, about a quart or so every 3 months."

Absolutely love it!

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, fun and its a BMW duh"

Cons: "nothing yet"

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

"I bought this car about 6 months ago. This is probably the best car out there with its current market value. Within the 1st week I got it, I took it for a little road trip. Did about 1500 miles within a week and had no problems along the way. The car has 140,000 miles on the clock but it runs very, very strong. I easy got it up to about 140mph and kept it there for a long time, had no problem doing it. I use the car on a daily bases and can't get enough of the power. The big straight 6 engine never has to work. There is always power and I never have to get the revs up to get it going, it just pulls all the way from 2000rps to 7000. I presume I will get some sort of problem(s) along the way since its so old, but that engine will never stop running. Car does not drive its age. The owner before me did all the needed services, so this bmw will grow old legs. It is surprisingly very good on gas, I don't know if its maybe because its a manual. Manual cars are usually better on gas. The all wheel drive makes it wickedly fast of the line, regardless if its raining or not. After 12 years the AC is still very cold, car brakes hard and sits in the corners. I got very lucky with this one, I paid under $5000 for it, and there are brand new cars out there that cannot match the performance of this old one."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle ever!

By on Saturday, June 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE!"

Cons: "Needs more cup holders, and plug in for tech's...."

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

"This was my dream car, and I have not been disappointed...This car is Awesome! Fun to Drive, and Very, Very Reliable....I Love My Little Black Beamer...:-)"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fantastic Used Car Bargain

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, power, style, size, quality"

Cons: "Harder to find good examples as they get older."

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

"I have owned two E46 BMWs, a 2000 323 and a 2002 330sportpac. Both have been fantastic cars. I have read for years the complaints from some about the cost of maintaining BMWs, and my conclusion is this: if you buy a BMW for the driving experience and understand what is going on under the car, the maintenance seems inconsequential. If you buy a BMW to impress your friends and expect it to be a Toyota you will be frustrated. I enjoy spirited driving, and this car delivers in every way. Why does it deliver? Because it has a complicated suspension with lots more moving parts than other cars, and they wear out like any other car, but because there are more of them it may seem excessive. Anyway, I am amazed at how much quality you get in this vehicle, especially if you enjoy driving, and especially if you buy the manual. They have been incredibly reliable for me, and not as bad in snow as some claim as long as you have good tires. I have driven these cars pretty hard at times while maintaining them well, and I'm dreading the day when I will need to sell the '02."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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