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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • <<560 of 562 Maplights in 325i by bavarian Jan 22, 2001 (06:48 pm>>

    Thanks for the info on your maplights. I don't know if it was a last minute change or what, but even though the 325 brochure says you have to get the PP to get the maplights, it seems it is a standard item now. Since I'm getting the wagon I want to keep the weight down(in the interests of going as fast as I can), but the PP adds alot of goodies that make life easier. So it's a tough choice.

    <<562 of 562 Nevigation Option by laxmang Jan 23, 2001 (11:37 am) >>


    In case you didn't know in the long term test section of Edmunds they have a new 328 w/the navigation system in it. There is quite a bit of discussion in the monthly reports on the Nav Sys. Overall some people liked it and some didn't. It also needed to be repaired, and limits you to the cassete deck/radio up front and the CD changer in the back. Like everything it's a personal choice. Although it's hightech and all, I prefer to let my wife navigate and have my CD player up front.

  • gio100gio100 Posts: 6
    What can you tell me about lo jack. Does it include alarm system and remote starter?
    Is it a good choice to make?

    Thanks guys.
  • Hello all,

    I'm thinking about buying a new 2001 330i. However, I keep hearing "nightmare" stories about BMW's breaking down and being extremely expenisve to repair. I've heard the spark plug wires cost $300, for example. And I've also heard about fairly new BMW's breaking down suddenly.

    I expect a BMW to be more expensive to repair than an American make, but it should be reasonable. I also think a car should not need any major repairs for at least 100k miles.

    I'd love to get some feedback from current and former BMW owners.

  • twoof1twoof1 Posts: 308
    The repair issue is a myth from long ago. ALL new BMW's include FULL maintenance for 3 years or 36,000 miles this covers everything from oil changes to wiper blades (no tires or brakes). Depending on your dealer, most even offer loaner cars while yours is being serviced. After the warranty period, some of the service can be more expensive than say a Honda or Toyota, but it is definitely on a par with other European cars.
  • rascal8rascal8 Posts: 54
    I owned a 318ti in 1995 and sold it in 1997. It did not give me any problems. I am about ready to order a 325ci. My wife and I have always purchased Japanese cars (Honda and Toyota) with the exception of the aforementioned BMW. I am VERY quality and reliability concious. So, I would not be ordering a BMW if I thought it was going to be a nightmare. What I do think is that BMW makes very high quality cars; however, I do not expect them to be at Honda or Toyota standards as far as reliability. People buy Hondas and Toys primarily for boring reliablity transportation. BMW drivers, with the exception of the idiots buying them for "status" reasons are more concerned about performance. My own research indicates BMW's are more "complicated" cars and are more likely to provide an errant check engine light or some niggling complaints about a squeak here and there. As far as leaving you stranded - very unlikely.
    My advice: individual opinions are VERY subjective. Rely on real data. Consumer Reports (the most anal of car magazines) gives the 3-series very high reliability marks. The current BMW's are MUCH more reliable then in the past. So, if Joe Blow had a nightmare 1990 are going to get some bad information. I know someone who had a hightmare Toyota Corolla - so what.
    As far as repair costs I understand BMW's cost about the same as other luxury brands (Lexus, Audit, ect). But, this is just what I've heard.
    Enough rambling. Good luck on your purchase.
  • Hello all,

    I'm thinking about buying a new 2001 330i. However, I keep hearing "nightmare" stories about BMW's breaking down and being extremely expenisve to repair. I've heard the spark plug wires cost $300, for example. And I've also heard about fairly new BMW's breaking down suddenly.

    I expect a BMW to be more expensive to repair than an American make, but it should be reasonable. I also think a car should not need any major repairs for at least 100k miles.

    I'd love to get some feedback from current and former BMW owners.

  • ajvdhajvdh Posts: 223
    If you pay anything for spark plug wires you're getting ripped off. On account that all 3 series since at least 1992 have direct coil-on-plug ignition, and hence, no wires.

    I'd guess that repair costs on a Bimmer will be in the same ball park as a comparable domestic or Japanese car. "Comparable" here meaning "of the same cost and complexity". A Lexus ES or Lincoln LS will cost more to fix than a Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus. Statistically, I'd expect slightly more frequent repairs on the Bimmer than the Japanese cars, but my personal experience hasn't borne that out - the Bimmer's been better than my last two Japanese cars, and I drive it much harder.

    A couple of examples from my experience: The water pump for my M3 cost a bit more than the one for the Maxima, but labor was less (actually, I did the job on the Bimmer 'cause it was so easy). I had the fuel injectors replaced in the Maxima, and just for grins checked into what the same job would cost on the Bimmer. Parts cost was within $20, but the labor on the Max was more than double that on the Bimmer (a brief peak under the hood will reveal why).
  • dantlodantlo Posts: 106
    I just picked up my 2001 325i sport pkg with moonroof and cd player. yes it does already have maplights. This is my 4th BMW, great cars!!
  • Just received a call from my sales rep. stating that the 325i: orient blue, sand leatherette, 5spd, PP, is in route (on the ship) and designated to be on the jersey port by the 30th. My previous calls from him when the frame (vin # provided) or that it was completed did not exhume any excitement. I am certain that I will not call the 325i “my 325i” until I drive it out with the full assurance that it is mine. When it is visually it in front of me and when I have the “New BMW” smell is when I will most defiantly begin to over express the sense of WOW!!!!!! Soon to follow with blubbering disbelief!!
  • killerkkillerk Posts: 55
    Hi, guys. I'm reaching 36,000 miles on my 2000 323i. Is there some sort of checkup I could do before the warranty expires? Thankx.
  • i have a 323i 2000 model...

    2 months ago, i had a race with my friend's car, a mazda 240 94 or 95 model. i was making a 35 to 40 degree turning at BQE brooklyn, NY in 100 mph more... the car so so stable and stick to the ground.... a great turn... what a great car...

    shouldn't complaint and ask for more.... : )

    by the way, i won the race by 4 car distance after i was in 85 - 90 mph.
  • I have a few questions regarding a used 1996 382i sedan and wondering if this car is worth buying. Since this is a rear wheel drive, I am wondering how will this car drive in winter in snow conditions. I have never driven rear wheel drive. Car looks in excellent conditions with fully loaded (options: sport pkg, premium wheels, AT, Leather w/heated seats etc) and owner is asking for $23500. Is this worth the price. Any information on this model car will be greatly appreciated.

  • Hi, folks, I just bought a brand new BMW325i 5 speed on December 29, 2000. I really liked my car. However, today when I drove it on the high way, my car suddenly had a serious problem. At that time, I shifted the gear from Gear 4 to Gear 5 (the highest speed), but I found the car didn't have much power (even though I press the gas pedal very hard). It seemed that speed 1-4 (gear1 to gear 4) were fine. Only speed five was not powerful enough (but I can still drove on Speed five). I remember I used to press the gas pedal slightly at speed five, the car would be very powerful and fast, but today it was a big difference. I wanted to talk to the dealer tomorrow, but I don't know what will happen. I just bought this car for less than one month, then I began to have such a big problem. This really drove me crazy. Will the dealer just repair this for me? Or will the dealer give me some compensation? Did anyone have the similar experience? What should I do? Thank you very much.
  • kelfkelf Posts: 83
    Has anyone found any dealer anyplace in the US who will do very attractive prices based on their true invoice price for any of the new BMWs?????
  • 44rayn44rayn Posts: 2
    [This is news posted on by an unconfirmed bmw manager, Jon Shafer. Please confirm.]

    Here is the official Product Planning Dealer Bulletin quote,

    "The new 3 Series has represented value since it's introduction in 1998. In MY2001, BMW continued to improve the 3 Series with the introduction of the new more powerful M54 engines, new packages, and additional safety features.

    However, BMW's key competitors have launched and will launch new products that are increasingly competitive. The all-new Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS300 and Volvo S60 launched last year and the all-new Audi A4 and Jaguar X-type will launch this summer.

    To maintain the competiveness of the 3 series, BMW NA will improve the value position by increasing the amount of standard equipment beginning March production"

    "To maintain the competitiveness of the 3-Series, ..." Effective March Production fwd.

    Now "std." equipment!!:

    325i and 325iT:
    > Foglights
    > Cruise Control
    > Automatic Climate Control

    325Ci and 325Cic:
    > Automatic Climate Control

    > Power Seats
    > HK
    > Sport Suspension

    330Ci and 330Cic:
    > HK

    NO increase in base MSRP...
    :* 325i sedan & wagon: PP now $2,700.00
    : (was $3,500)

    : - Sport pkg. now $1,400.00

    :* 325Cic PP now $1,400.00 (was $1,900.00)

    :* 330i sedans: PP now $2,900.00 (was $3,850.00)

    Color Changes:
    > Gray Green replaces Sea Green on Converts, added to coupes
    > Oxford Green replaces Fern Green
    > Black Sapphire now available for all
    > Orient Blue now available for coupes
    > Topaz Blue now avail convert, sedan, wagons
    > Gray leather now avail w/Bright Red all models
    > Black leather/l'ette now avail w/Gray Green (coupes)
  • twoof1twoof1 Posts: 308
    It is confirmed. Mr Shafer is the Sales Manager for Cutter BMW in Santa Barbara, CA & he knows his stuff. He would not post official BMW news without it being true. Note that these changes are effective starting with March production.
  • BMW rarely broke down like had mentioned, Bill. I owned several cars before like Lexus and Acura. those gave me more problems. I got my bimmer last year in May and i hasn't given me any problem at all. It's realiable.

    In fact my the other car, Benz CLK 55 AMG, has been sent to the dealership for repair. ( an unknown problem for me ) it just stopped and all the warnning like appears on the screen. So, what do think about this?

    If you got a new bimmer that broke down suddenly, no worry, call the 1-800 # and people will come an get you in no later than 45 mins. ( i called once when my tired weared out ). So no worry.

    afterall, it depends on whether you are lucky or not to get a trouble free car.
  • stokdgsstokdgs Posts: 65
    Footprints, Congratulations - its almost here !! I hope all goes well for you, you are going to be so so happy with the car !!

    Skippy14 - I too own a 2001 325I, 5 Speed, and I know it has awesome power anywhere from 50mph on up in 5th gear, easily.. Are you using premium 91 Octane gasoline?? Is your oil level up to the line?? Either of these conditions not being met could definitely affect the performance of your car.. If gas is not highest grade, computer will turn down the timing functions, and probably other things to avoid damaging engine, thus limiting the amount of power available to you, and if you dont have good clean oil in the car at the proper amount, the oil pressure needed to activate the double vanos variable valve timing wont be enough to make this also turn on, and increase the amount of power available to you.
    If these conditions have been checked to be ok and you still experience the lack of power, you need to go into the dealer, have them drive the car with you, and let them look at your computer, at least. Good luck, this is not a condition that is impossible to correct.
  • I've always wanted a Beemer for their suspension and drive and I finally saved up enough money the past three years to buy a new one two months ago. A '01 330 sedan. Well, I was incredibly excited and drove the car everywhere showing my friends and family. Guess what? The damn thing's transmission (parts of it anyways) fell out of my car while I was on the 405 freeway here in Los Angeles and almost caused an accident. How is this possible???? This is a brand new car!!! I'm now in the process of suing BMW to get my money back. After something like this where I almost lose my life, I just can't look at a BMW again. What pieces of junk! I guess BMW's high sales record last year has really upped the overtime in Germany and their beer drinking German workers are getting tired and bored. I've always heard about the reliability problems of BMW but I never believed it until now. I'd rather drive a Lexus any day. Reliability is really, really important to me now. The Germans have a long way to go to meet Asian manufacturers. I wish we could've bombed those krauts more during the war. Damn, I hate BMW. And they're gonna charge me for the repairs. Can you believe that?????? DON'T BUY BEEMERS...TRUST ME, I KNOW
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