2005 BMW 3 Series 325 Convertible from North America


Still a good car, but less of an obvious leader


Roof operation extremely noisy.

Temperamental "Automatic" windshield wipers.

Rain gushes through open window at soft roof juncture.

General Comments:

Lots of new gadgets, such as parking radar, swivel rear view side mirror etc, but the quality construction and the craftsmanship have gone down. Still a safe car with good, if expensive, performance, but not as reliable as in the past.

A recent discussion with a BMW headquarters manager revealed a little known secret, i.e. reportedly the fact that many US bound cars are now made in South Africa, in a plant where Quality Control may not be as rigorous as in Germany.

At a time when Mercedes has undergone massive quality and image problems, but has addressed them successfully (says the NY Times on July 10, 2005), BMW might be inspired to take note before its image is really tarnished.

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

Review Date: 11th July, 2005

22nd Oct 2005, 03:42

Mercedes Benz cars are also made in South Africa for export and it is BMW that has gained the better reputation for quality (in South Africa) in recent times.

14th Feb 2009, 22:30

Whats the maintenance costs? Since I read it was 5/10?

Oh yeah, does it cost more to maintain the convertible than the coupe?

15th Feb 2009, 16:16

When I went looking at 3 series recently, everyone one of them was labeled with where it came from, either Germany or South Africa. It was not at all hidden, very easy to find. It was a 50/50 mix in the lot I was looking in.

2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5 from North America


This is far and away one of the finest automobiles I have owned


None so far and with the BMW warranty, it should be painless for at least a few years. After the warranty runs out, I will have to closely look at whether or not to keep the car. Parts are hugely expensive and the dealer costs are pricey.

General Comments:

As the 2005 3 series is the last of the generation, all the refinements over the years have come together to produce a great machine.

The level of performance exceeds all others in the same price range.

The quality of the build is more than I anticipated.

The reputation of BMW is well deserved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2005

11th May 2005, 19:01

Nice review on the 2005 BMW 325i. I have had a very similar experience. As the "new" 2006 3-Series were arriving, I was able to acquire a simple 2005 325i with a manual 5-Speed and the Sports package. This car has far exceeded my expectations.

While the interior room is a little cramped for someone 6'2" tall, the performance is beautiful. Simple, stable, strong and elegant, everything I wanted a BMW to be.