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2005 BMW 3 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 17/Hwy 25/Comb 20 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2005 BMW 3 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1367 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 car

By on Saturday, January 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, good milage, still in style"

Cons: "repair costs"

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

"We have a family owned 2001 325I. It's been a great car. A few mechanical repairs but nothing out of the ordinary for a fourteen year old car. We have an extended warranty still in place that has been valuable a few times since some repairs can be costly."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

A great value and so much fun to drive.

By on Saturday, January 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price...fun to drive"

Cons: "Many options to learn"

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

With spring time weather approaching you'll have the top down everyday

"You will enjoy driving this vehicle from day 1.....plus it has so many fun options you'll discover which makes this car a thrill to drive everyday."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

With spring time weather approaching you'll have the top down everyday

This is one sweet little car, surpassing expectati

By on Thursday, December 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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
10/10

Pros: "I paid more than what you value this car at, but.."

Cons: "Just look carefully and do your homework."

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

"I was shopping for a girlfriend and looked for a couple of months. I found this pre-owned BMW 325Ci Convertible on one of the many lots I visited. I did a thorough search and even spoke to the mechanic who did all of the work on this one owner, Naples, FL car. The Car Fax checked out since I called every available contact listed there and spoke to those people. The car was (and is) a little gem. The G/F and I broke up so I kept it. Having owned a M3 and balancing that car against this one... this is a huge bargain and still a lot of fun to drive. It's no M3 but has plenty of "grunt" and is a blast to drive. It is solid as a rock with no un-expected issues. I've driven it for one year and I care for it so it still looks showroom new, or as close to it as you'd ever, ever expect. Even with the high mileage, this is an amazing little car for the money. The straight six engine is one of the best BMW ever made and it performs quite well for a lower end (BMW)car, yet it is the "Premium/Sport" model and the convertible top is like new, wheels/tires are pristine and the interior is perfect. I have no issues with this car... but I looked at a lot of them before finding this one.I also preferred the look/design of this year to newer versions so that was a consideration. I think this is a total "keeper"! I suggest you spend more time than you thought when considering this "vintage", but there doesn't seem to be any major mechanical malfunctions in this model that will have you sleepless."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Quality and Performance

By on Thursday, December 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, Brakes, Looks, surprisingly large trunk"

Cons: "Cost of maintenance"

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

"Bought mine new in Dec. 2000 and still driving it. Love the predictability and overall handling. Gas Mileage is also quite good for this model (330CI) at 23-24 mpg combined town/highway and better on long trips. Audio system is sub-standard and the speakers will require replacement due to rot. The 5 speed has been a bit of a disappointment, especially when cold, which is for most short duration trips. Once warmed up, it shifts far better. I get lot's of compliments and most people believe it is far newer than it really is but I tend to take very good care and fix/replace things when needed. I would not hesitate to own another one assuming that it was in good condition."

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Best I ever drove and owned...EVER!!

By on Monday, December 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,900

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: "Amazing looking, fantastic power. It is a lion!"

Cons: "Gas CITY mileage and maintenance $$ !"

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

Now that's a BManW car!! The ultimate driving machine no doubt!!

"Fantastic car. Amazing road handling. Awsome power and great control. I feel attached to the road when I drive it. It is definitely not a girlie car and requires some arm muscle with the steering, and is built to perform and roar!! Acceleration is amazing, especially on long desert roads out west. A pleasure to drive and look at! I love getting into it every time I step into it, EVERY SINGLE day. Maintain it properly and it'll take care of you...if you don't...ouch: chi-ching $ on the maintenance. The auto warranty was well worth it. More than recovered the $! Only real downer is it can be a gas guzzler in the city...barely 17 miles to the gal and takes Premium only. However, absolutely amazing on the highway: easy 37 miles+/Gal on the HGWY...I do L.A., CA to Phoenix, AZ - in 5 hrs 20 mns - (398 miles) on 1 tank of gas and have an 8th of gas left over!!) Awsome ride, definitely a pleasure to drive. My best car EVER! Highly recommended!!"

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Now that's a BManW car!! The ultimate driving machine no doubt!!

Gotta Love it

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great fun, handling and still looks great"

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

"I've owned mine over ten years now and I never tire of driving the car. I don't use it much or at all in the winter and it is always garaged when parked. Handles great, gets 20 MPG. Parts cane expensive but it has never failed me. Great car"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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