2003 BMW 3 Series Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2003 BMW 3 Series 330ci 3.0 straight six

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 straight six Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Faults:

M/sport seats are very supportive and very comfortable, but a little hard (with sport suspension).

Auto a bit sluggish into 2nd - revs and gas going nowhere!

With 17" wheels, it's quieter than most 18"s, puts it very low, handles very good, and looks so cool. Must be careful of the front spoiler.

A very good all round car, with good build quality.

A driver's car, hence most have a few miles on the clock. These BMW engines produce more horsepower per cub/ltr than most, and with better results per horsepower as well.

I feel safe and in control driving this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2010

2003 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.2 Litre

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Litre Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 kilometres
Most recent distance47000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Timeless Classic which Shines

Faults:

Nothing.

The car had been serviced correctly and used sparingly. Cannot fault it.

The service cost is reasonable considering it is every 25,000 klms.

General Comments:

Reliable, comfortable, sporty with enough power to handle tight spots.

I could not believe the comparison with a Lexus IS200 which is supposed to be the equivalent of a 320i. The Lexus cabin seemed smaller, car had less power and overall was far less appealing. Maybe Lexus make better cars now.

The 320i is a timeless classic and it is such a shame that the E90 version is a 4 cylinder. We sold our E36 318i to buy this beauty and would not consider going back to a 4 cylinder. Even the E36 318i is a better car than the Lexus IS200.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2007

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews