2003 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 4 of 7

2003 BMW 3 Series 320d ES 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carJaguar S-Type

Summary:

Good reliable mileage eater

Faults:

Faulty rear seat-belt (doesn't lock).

General Comments:

The engine and handling are both fantastic. I've a fairly heavy right foot, and experience hours of stationary to stop start traffic every day of the week. I think the worst fuel return experienced worked out at 39 mpg. The chassis stays flat in corners, damping can be a little harsh, but overall very impressive. However, forget going anywhere in the snow!

6 speed box is a little "notchy". Quite often find myself catching a nice grind between 2nd - 3rd when pushing it.

For the price of the car I feel the interior is a bit of a let down. Only a single CD, no trip computer, climate control. Just electric front windows, that's about it. I also found it a little gloomy. Folding rear seats is a cost extra, and with a fairly small boot this is something I'd really liked to have seen.

The seats are fairly comfortable for long trips, and a decent sitting position isn't too hard to find, even for the taller person (I'm 6'4). Legroom is short in the back though, but there again this is a medium sized car. I also found the pedals are a little offset to the exterior of the car (to the right in this case). I found this the only cause of discomfort, and the reason why I sold the car.

I guess in summary it's a great mileage eater, cheap to run (fuel wise) but fairly expensive to purchase, but there again will retain a good re-sale value. I've not had the car serviced, but labour quotes for getting the seat-belt replaced bought a tear to my eye. If you just want a better than "good car", get one. If you want something that makes you feel a little special then I'd look at something else. Maybe still a 3 series, but not the 320d ES.

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

Review Date: 1st August, 2007

13th Aug 2007, 12:15

Any mention in the service history about a turbo replacement and software update?

12th Sep 2007, 02:29

I investigated this when I purchased the car and it's my understanding models stamped (in the engine bay) September (I think) didn't suffer from turbo problems. There was no history of problems with the car I purchased, and the engine was good and strong.

I do have a friend who's 02 suffered complete failure...it's not a nice experience for the wallet!

2003 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.2 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Litre Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 kilometres
Most recent distance47000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Timeless Classic which Shines

Faults:

Nothing.

The car had been serviced correctly and used sparingly. Cannot fault it.

The service cost is reasonable considering it is every 25,000 klms.

General Comments:

Reliable, comfortable, sporty with enough power to handle tight spots.

I could not believe the comparison with a Lexus IS200 which is supposed to be the equivalent of a 320i. The Lexus cabin seemed smaller, car had less power and overall was far less appealing. Maybe Lexus make better cars now.

The 320i is a timeless classic and it is such a shame that the E90 version is a 4 cylinder. We sold our E36 318i to buy this beauty and would not consider going back to a 4 cylinder. Even the E36 318i is a better car than the Lexus IS200.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2007

2003 BMW 3 Series 330i from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

Beautiful looks, great curbing and amazing driving pleasure

Faults:

Thus far nothing major has gone wrong with the car. I am annoyed by the Check Engine light though. It comes on and off often when I drive long distances on the highway. Apparently, it has to do with the quality of gas, even though I always use Premium grade. The problem got bad enough where I bought my own diagnostic meter to reset the light whenever necessary.

General Comments:

I love the car. The six speed manual is awesome. Gas mileage is OK on the highway, but not too friendly when you drive a lot within the city. What I love the most about the car is the ability to take almost any sports sedan on curvy roads.

For a BMW, the ride sure is uncomfortable. The overall package and the driving pleasure easily allows one to over look the uncomfortable seats.

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

Review Date: 16th May, 2007

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 25 reviews