2001 BMW 3 Series 330 XI Touring from Spain


BMW, ultimate driving machine



General Comments:

Superb handling, loads of power and infinite grip. A bit thirsty if you have a heavy foot. Very elegant and looks great even if it is 6 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2007

2001 BMW 3 Series 320 Diesel SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Good solid piece of German engineering


Electronics failure...

ABS, ASC & Brake warning lights have lit up.

Speedo & MPG Gauge has stopped working.

Fuel gauge is all over the place.

Trip computer (odometer, avg. MPG, avg. MPH stopped working.

As it all happened at the same time it suggests all problems are interconnected.

Gearbox gate is a little fiddly trying to locate 3rd gear sometimes.

General Comments:

I bought the car due to amount of motorway miles I do as a private owner the fuel costs can be very costly. It's a good motorway cruiser and pretty faultless in general.

The car still feels very tight so it doesn't feel like its done the mileage it has covered.

The seats are comfortable, but I could do with adjustable lumbar support for me.

It's a good chassis and deceptive at how well it handles on tight bends.

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

Review Date: 21st September, 2007

2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Sedan 2.5 in-line 6 from Malaysia


A pleasure to drive


After 5 years of ownership, to cut a long story short I think it would suffice to say that this car is not as reliable or trouble-free like Japanese cars (although it is by no means far behind Japanese standards), but it is certainly more reliable than my previous Italian car!

General Comments:

Smooth, powerful yet economical 192bhp 6 cylinder engine. Overtaking and climbing steep hills are effortless, and yet the car averages a decent 27 mpg (Imperial) in normal mixed driving conditions. And the engine makes the right noise when revved - which it does happily.

The 5 speed automatic gearbox by and large shifts smoothly although of late, it can occasionally be a bit indecisive and very occasionally it suffers from shunting.

My pre-facelift E46 model's steering is a bit too light and 3.5 turns lock to lock is not sharp enough for me. The facelifted E46 model has an improved sharper steering.

This car has good ride and handling. The handling improved further when I installed the optional M-Technik sports suspension a year after I bought the car, but the ride quality with the said sport suspension can become a tad too firm on poor roads - Malaysian highways are excellent, but normal roads are awful, with huge potholes and horrible bumps.

This car is refined and soothing - perfect for long cruises.

As a person who is taller than 6 feet, I find this car quite spacious front and back.

Build quality is quite good (although the car is assembled in Malaysia and not made in Germany). After 5 years, there are no rattles as yet! The quality of materials used for the trim is within class standards, although some bits of the "soft-touch" (and therefore perceptibly more luxurious) trim didn't take normal day-to-day abuse well over the years.

Maintenance costs, by Malaysian standards, are a bit high, but that's OK as the car gives back a lot of driving pleasure in return.

It is a good sports sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2006

25th May 2008, 04:23

So, what did go wrong with the car?

I think that is important to mention since you have had it for so long with a lot of mileage. Most reviews here are of brand new cars or new used cars, with no high mileage reports...

Nice review, BTW.

13th Dec 2009, 11:18

My mother-in-law has an 01, and the trans and engine have been rebuilt. Recently, the battery and alternator have been replaced. I believe the car has about 160k on it, and it has always driven pretty well. She does actually take good care of it, and I believe the engine issue was the fault of the dealership. Anyway, I personally think this car looks and drives great!