2002 BMW 3 Series Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 2

2002 BMW 3 Series 318i Executive 2.0L Valvetronic

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L Valvetronic Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 kilometres
Most recent distance38500 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Summary:

An elegant and (now) affordable prestige vehicle

Faults:

Nothing really at all, but this car was a BMW Approved Used vehicle.

Small rattles were coming from the rear windows, but would disappear if the windows were very slightly down (apparently a common E46 problem).

It is the only thing that spoils the overall quietness and poise of the car.

I changed the original Continental tyres (way too noisy!) for a set of new Michelin Pilot Premacy tyres, which are extremely quiet and don't give off much road noise.

General Comments:

I've just traded this car back to the BMW dealer after 6 months of ownership, and bought myself a 2006 model 3-series; but this was not due to any problem with the car at all, it's just that we had an opportunity to upgrade the car now, rather than a few more years down the track.

I have to say that my six months with this car were totally faultless, and my wife now misses it because it is slightly smaller than the 2006 version, and is a bit easier to manoeuvre.

I did like the fact that BMW's service intervals are generally long and dependant upon the particular usage of the car. Mine wasn't due for a service until November, because we drove it fairly sedately. I'm sure that the cost of the service would have been interesting though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2006

2002 BMW 3 Series 318 Compact 2.0 cc petrol

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 cc petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A wee gem!

Faults:

52,000 km A spark plug coil failed and was replaced under warranty by BMW even though the car was imported used from Japan.

General Comments:

This car is an excellent compact car. It handles and accelerates very well for a small engine. In fact it seems quicker than my BMW 2.5L 323i I previously owned. Fantastic Auto transmission. Corners like its on rails on Pirelli tyres. Instruments and ergonomics are perfect. Love the auto wipers and headlights. A beautifully built car and a pleasure to own. Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2005

2002 BMW 3 Series 318ti 2.0 petrol

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Practical, fun and stylish

Faults:

Left hand seat airbag harness faulty and replaced on the third attempt.

General Comments:

Superb handling, sweet engine.

A little underpowered.

Nice finish, sporty feel.

A little cramped in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2005

2002 BMW 3 Series 318i 2.0L 4 Cycl 5sp SA

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 Cycl 5sp SA Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Very smooth engine

Faults:

The rear bumper is a bit loose near the wheel arch. However, this is apparently common in some 3 series.

General Comments:

The engine is as smooth as silk.

The cabin is very well screwed together.

Insulation is incredible - you can hardly hear any road noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2004

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 6 reviews