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

2001 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8 petrol from North America


Like a mistress: pretty but high maintenance


We have owned 3 other BMW's, and it is always the same story: after 50,000 miles, pretty much EVERYTHING starts failing. Yes, the basic motor and transmission will go 200,000 miles... but everything else -- the electrical system, the sunroof, the struts, the radiator, the electric window lifts -- will fail between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. You will hear lots of glowing reports about the 3-series, both here, and in the trade magazines. Be forewarned: the folks who "love" BMW's usually don't have to PAY for them!

General Comments:

If you want handling AND affordability, buy a Lexus.

Lovely interior and brilliant seats.

Excellent handling.

Horribly expensive to own and maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2011

20th May 2011, 01:02

I couldn't agree more. Bimmers are the most overhyped, overrated, overpriced cars on the road. Perhaps it's a German thing; there are not too many German cars that are not very expensive maintenance nightmares. The technology is just not as great as claimed.

I have had 3 sets of front brake pads, 2 rear, 2 rotors, all 4 window regulators broken multiple times, broken rear coil springs, idler and tensioner pulley bearing failures, leaking shocks and struts, water pump, heater valve, AC problems, broken interior and exterior trim pieces, headlight lens leaks and frosting over, poor fuel mileage, failed $250 key fobs, emblems that lose the finish paint on it.

All this with less than 65,000 miles.

I already see that the cooling system problems (water pump, overflow tank, thermostat housing, hose inlet/outlet are next due to crappy plastic parts). I'm going to cut my losses and get rid of it before I'm broke and have a junk heap on my hands.

10th May 2013, 00:31

Let me add, failed camshaft sensors, leaking valve cover gasket, intake hose split open, Vanos seals, exhaust leak, etc. All this after a mere 71000 miles. I will never buy another one, ever. This one is worth very little.

22nd Jan 2015, 23:14

I bought my 2008 328xi in 2010 with 30,000 miles. It currently has 140,000+ miles on it. I have done all the service/maintenance myself since 50,000 miles. This has consisted of a computer reset at about 45,000 miles (under warranty).

Also, the original spark plugs and coil-packs were replaced at 135,000 miles by me.

Other than those two minor issues, there have literally been no other issues with the vehicle at all. It has been extremely reliable and inexpensive to own, operate and maintain.

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


At 130000, the engine had to be replaced @ €2500.

2010 running costs €250.

Wheel fell off.

Current problem with the back wheels.

A/C doesn't work.

CD changer is only playing 3 out of 6 slots.

Many more little niggles.


General Comments:

Very classy car, and looks great. Pity the reliability doesn't live up to standard expected from a german executive car.

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

Review Date: 28th February, 2011

5th Mar 2011, 18:09

Everything you have said is true. My son got a "deal" on a 2001 Beemer 3-series... the first week, we did $1700 of repairs! It is a nice car with a beautiful interior... but reliable or affordable? Not really... perhaps the typical BMW owner is able to ignore practical concerns, such as affordability and easy of maintenance?