2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand


Love it!


Before I got the car, I know the valve gasket cover was done.

Suspension - all bushes and a tie rod replaced.

The emissions control light comes on randomly, and each time I take it to the dealer, it seems to go out as soon as I have booked the car in :/

Interior plastics seem to scratch easily, and once they do, they look crap.

Stainless steel exhaust tip fell off. I could not for the life of me wrench the second one away, so I've got no idea how the first one managed to make its way off.

The alternator also failed.

Passenger door jam on the passenger's door broke.

I expect the shocks will all need doing soon.

General Comments:

Firstly, the car handles beautifully for a family sedan. With the 3 litre engine it has plenty of power (for what I need). It's not a born again racing machine, but it was never meant to be. The ASC also steps in when needed, and isn't too intrusive.

I get really good fuel economy in the 330i; it actually uses less gas than a friend's V5 Golf. I can get from Auckland to Turangi and back (800kms) on a tank without the fuel light coming on, and that is with 2 adults and ski gear for a weekend.

The interior is another strong point for this car. It's comfortable and has a few luxury features like heated electric leather seats, sunroof, climate control, ski bag load through etc. It has 6 airbags, which gives a bit of security should I screw up at some stage. Everything is where it instinctively should be, except the boot release button, which is tucked away up by the bonnet release lever.

I like the 'small things' this car has that set it apart from the competition. It has a first aid kit, warning triangle, flashlight, tool kit etc. I know I will probably never use these things, but it's always there in case I do.

The exterior is in great condition with only one minor scrape to the front right bumper (right down low so I can't see it, and don't really see much point in getting it fixed). It has the M Sport package, so nicely lowered on decent factory alloys. I also have the optional xenon lights, which look quite cool.

When I'm on the open road, I love this car. It's fast, quiet and comfortable. I don't want journeys to end. When it needs something else fixed, I can't help but worry about how much it will cost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2012

13th Apr 2012, 19:29

They're pretty good cars. Just make sure that when you take it for its first service with you, that the mechanic checks the water pump. If it has a plastic impeller, you're best to replace it as they simply snap off the spindle rather than wear out gradually. Oh, and replace the thermostat. Both as precautions; I'd do it every 5 years or so.

I've got a 3 series Compact of the same age, and I couldn't believe that even with its weight (only 15 kg lighter than the sedan) and a 1.8-litre engine with only 115 bhp thereabouts, my car isn't gutless. It helps though that I have the rare manual gearbox. Still, with yours having a 6-cylinder engine, that can only be much better than mine.

2001 BMW 3 Series 320d 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Very good car when not in the repair shop!


Alternator suddenly went at 120k.

Right brake light burned through the connection block.

Had to weld the exhaust 3 times before getting an entire new system.

Coolant leaked from tubes - replaced all.

Brake drop line fell off.

Turbo stopped working at 137k.

NEW ENGINE at 150k. Cam shaft cracked and destroyed the engine.

Replaced radiator.

Another new turbo.

Replaced fuel pump.

Injectors clogged, power in high gears is now gone.

General Comments:

The car cost 6000 euro, repairs cost nearly 4000 euro! Had enough; getting rid.

Having said that, other than the repairs, it was a great car to drive.

Smooth ride, handles well, spacious cabin, not a lot of space in the boot (1 suitcase).

Slow to get off the mark even for a diesel, but was very powerful in higher gears (in its early days).

The car looked and felt great when not in the shop; it was a head turner.

Most BMWs are usually reliable, but I had a bad one. I wouldn't want to put anyone off buying a 320d, but there are a few lemons out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd August, 2011