2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0 I6
The Ultimate Driving Machine at what cost?
Accessory belts, tensioners, & pulleys.
Valve cover gasket.
Crankcase ventilation system.
Cracked lower intake boot.
Oil filter housing gasket leak.
This car drives and handles great. It goes exactly where you tell it to go. Chassis, transmission, and engine all work very well: very smooth with great feedback to the driver. In short, it is the indeed the ultimate driving machine, though this comes at the expense of everything else -- reliability, practicality, etc...
Unless you're a gear head or you're willing to pay for all the requisite repairs and maintenance, unload the car at around 50K miles.
The cooling system is a huge issue -- plastic idlers for the belts and plastic parts throughout the cooling system can fail catastrophically at any point after 50K miles.
In my view, many of the failures are inexcusable. All these items should have a design life of at least 10 years/100K miles. BMW could easily attain this standard if they selected better materials.
I still like the car, even if some of its flaws are inexcusable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2013