2002 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 7 of 10

2002 BMW 3 Series 318 Compact 2.0 cc petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 cc petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A wee gem!

Faults:

52,000 km A spark plug coil failed and was replaced under warranty by BMW even though the car was imported used from Japan.

General Comments:

This car is an excellent compact car. It handles and accelerates very well for a small engine. In fact it seems quicker than my BMW 2.5L 323i I previously owned. Fantastic Auto transmission. Corners like its on rails on Pirelli tyres. Instruments and ergonomics are perfect. Love the auto wipers and headlights. A beautifully built car and a pleasure to own. Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2005

2002 BMW 3 Series 318ti 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Practical, fun and stylish

Faults:

Left hand seat airbag harness faulty and replaced on the third attempt.

General Comments:

Superb handling, sweet engine.

A little underpowered.

Nice finish, sporty feel.

A little cramped in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2005

2002 BMW 3 Series Ci 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Without doubt the best car money can buy

Faults:

The only problem I have had with the car is with the 18 inch low profile tyres. So far I have had to replace 4 of them. I went over a pothole, which instantly punctured both near side tyres, and cornered on a kerb which cut into the side wall of the rear nearside tyre on a separate occasion. Luckily the council paid for the 2 potholed tyres.

General Comments:

The car is fantastic.

Top spec luxury with sat nav, tv, cruise.

Great looking.

Great performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

17th May 2005, 10:15

Nice car, but the best that money can buy? I seriously doubt it.

7th Mar 2007, 10:55

They're the best car in their price range. Unless you own or have test drove one you just can't understand how amazing they are.

16th Aug 2009, 18:30

They aren't the best money can buy, but arguably they are the best that money can buy in that sector.

11th Dec 2009, 10:44

They are awesome cars, cost as little as £4000 now in the UK (currently December '09)

Having been round the Nurburgring many times in a mate's one. I know they are very quick in a straight line, but the chassis is just as impressive.

2002 BMW 3 Series 325XI 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carDodge Durango

Summary:

A very well balanced car in terms of handling, power and comfort

Faults:

Brake sensors replaced at 21,000.

Turn signal socket corroded, replaced at 27,000.

Door speaker grille trim rings crack easily.

General Comments:

Great handling, decent power, and a very comfortable car. Aside from the minor problems above the vehicle has been great. The AWD/traction control/ABS works superb in the worst of weather. (Snow and rain)

A very well balanced car in terms of handling, power and comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

30th Sep 2006, 18:08

I have a 2002 325xi too. It has the same problem with the speaker ring breaking, but it's not a big problem. The rest of the car is totally perfect; cutting the corner really well on a 50m diameter curve, I turned at 105km/h and awaited the spin like crazy, but no problem! Still says I'm a BIMMER and not a 'made in china' toy. Get one and see what you get...

2002 BMW 3 Series 318i 2.0L 4 Cycl 5sp SA from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 Cycl 5sp SA Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Very smooth engine

Faults:

The rear bumper is a bit loose near the wheel arch. However, this is apparently common in some 3 series.

General Comments:

The engine is as smooth as silk.

The cabin is very well screwed together.

Insulation is incredible - you can hardly hear any road noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2004

2002 BMW 3 Series 330CiC 3 L I6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3 L I6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

The most fun for the money, even at $45K

Faults:

CD player skipping, replaced.

Windows rattling, replaced seals.

Transmission popping out of 2nd gear, replaced it.

Convertible top alignment redone.

Belt tensioner replaced with hydraulic.

Fuel gauge sensor replaced.

General Comments:

Very precise driver, fast, tight, fun and easy to keep. Despite above problems, very reliable. Perfect fit and finish.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2004

2002 BMW 3 Series 330 xi Touring 3.0L petrol from Switzerland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0L petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance69000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

BMW and 4WD - It works!

Faults:

Instrument-Panel replaced under warranty at KM 60,000 (consumption-meter made noises).

General Comments:

I have had this car now for almost two years and think, it's about time to write a little survey.

Basically, the car runs very well, gives no trouble... so I'm quite happy.

There has been a replacement-call from BMW for some suspension issues (xi = all wheel drive) and the other issue - the instrument panel - both were replaced under warranty.

One little point is its oil consumption. The 328CI I had before would almost run dry - I never had to fill-up oil with the 328i. With the 330xi, oil-consumption is a bit higher - about 0.5 to 1 liter on 10,000 KM.

What's really annoying: I wouldn't need a calendar with this car. Every year about October the steering wheel starts making noises... My dealer has always fixed it in past - and he will do in future, too. But this really is a quality issue which angers me a bit with a CHF 80,000.-- car...

Petrol consumption is OK (9.5 to 11l / 100KM) considering it's a 4WD car that's heavy (1600Kg).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 33 reviews