2005 BMW 3 Series 325i Touring 2.5 litre from North America


Beautiful; a fantastic ride with serious mechanical problems


To begin, the transmission constantly popped out of 3rd gear. This would occur at approx. 60 km/h, when you took your foot off of the gas pedal and were coasting, with the load on the engine. At first it would quietly come out and you would only know something is wrong when you hit the accelerator and nothing happened. Eventually, it started to pop out with force (if you hand was nearby, you would get and hear a strong, loud slap) as well as rattle loudly.

I suggested to the dealer to look at the gearing/teeth that physically hold the shift lever in third, but they decided to replace the transmission in its entirety.

Well, th transmission was replaced and now car turns off while driving (i.e., cruising at 100 - 120 km/h), as well as turns off when accelerating hard (at 5500 RPM and then continuously on/off at 6500 RPM). The battery light turns on, cruise control (if applicable) turns off and the car seems to jump-start itself, due to the fact that it is still moving. Thank goodness it's a manual transmission otherwise starting would be a far more dangerous situation.

Currently (Sept. 6, 2007) the car has been in with dealer garage for 30 days, with no resolution. *Expert* from BMW looked at it and could offer no concrete explanation or fix for the vehicle. Right now it is going through a 7-step plan of repairs to see if this solves the problem. We are currently at Step 5; Replacing the Cam Shaft.

Recent items replaced on this car include: new (well, refurbished) transmission at 54,000 km, numerous engine computers, numerous wiring harnesses, and now a new cam shaft.

Other problems discovered during diagnosis of the car include fuel travelling up the fuel rails and spilling over into the engine and injectors spraying the wrong way (?!?).

General Comments:

This car was my dream car. European sport wagon by a "single malt" manufacturer that handles like a dream and goes like a bat out of hell when pushed. What more could you ask for (well, great fuel economy would be nice, but that's it!).

Besides a few annoyances (early factory tire wear, center console fan going, stereo cutting out) I was planning on owning this car for many years to come. At this point, I am 90 days shy of 3 years and feel that I can no longer consider this car safe to drive. A real shame considering the investment and the reputation of the brand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2007

27th Jul 2011, 13:43

Are you sure it was not involved in an accident? With so many problems, it looks to be a BMW from another planet. I have a BMW 320i, and I can say it's the best car I've ever driven. It has 95K and still drives like new. Before buying it, I read a lot of reviews, and nobody complained so much.. Are you sure your car is a BMW?

2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5 Inline-6 Gasoline from Qatar


The smartest compact executive choice on the market today


Driver's door handle coating is wearing out.

Steering wheel rubber coating is wearing out.

Front passenger's cup holder gets stuck sometimes.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and relaxing companion in day-to-day driving, yet capable of handling some fairly aggressive driving when required.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2007

2005 BMW 3 Series E90 SE 320 petrol from UK and Ireland


Not worth it unless you go for top end range


Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The all new E90 3 series. I think BMW has now become a mass car developer who has lost the edge a little with this car. The car has serious performance issues as it is just not powerful enough for a 2.0l engine. The interior has dropped in standard ie, the quality and the feel has gone out of the window and is more of a Nissan primera feel to it. Of course the more you pay the better it gets, but the cars are no longer something to benchmark exceptional quality against. After a while you begin to notice the drop in standard and the feel good factor of the car soon wears off unless you have gone up from a standard car to the BM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2006

28th Jan 2006, 02:12

Having just driven a Nissan Primera as a hire car, believe me it wasn't a pleasant experience (Thanks Budget!!). I can't even consider how you could even begin to compare the interior of the two cars. The BMW is I agree a little bland inside. However the Nissan is cluttered with gimmicks and rubbish to try to compensate for the totally appalling drive. have just test driven the A4,Saab 93, Lexus and BMW 3 Series. The only one which comes close to the 3 series for drivability is the A4 Quatro (Front wheel drive version was all over the place)