• (4.4) 39 reviews
  • MSRP: $884–$7,584
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2000 BMW 323

Our Take on the Latest Model 2000 BMW 323

2000 BMW 323 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
BMW introduced a new 3 Series sedan for 1999, and this year it rolls out a two-door coupe version. But wait, more is on the way: A convertible and a station wagon are scheduled to arrive in the spring to round out the lineup.

Though the market for near-luxury cars like the 3 Series is dominated by front-wheel-drive models, BMW sticks with its traditional rear-drive layout, which the German company says provides optimum handling. It is hard to argue with that decision based on sales. The 3 Series currently outsells its key front-wheel-drive rivals, the Lexus ES300, Infiniti I30 and Acura 3.2TL.

Exterior
At first glance, the new 3 Series coupe looks like the sedan with two fewer doors. However, BMW says the two share no body panels. The coupe retains BMW's trademark look with four round headlamps and a twin-kidney grille, though both differ from the sedan's.

The coupe is slightly longer and wider than the sedan and 1.8 inches lower. In addition, the coupe's windshield is raked two degrees more. The sedan and coupe share a 107.3-inch wheelbase.

Interior
The current 3 Series design is roomier than the previous generation, but rear-seat passengers still do not have room to stretch their legs. There is adequate space for two average-size adults. The front bucket seats, on the other hand, have ample space. Leather upholstery is optional.

A typical BMW dashboard positions large, clearly marked gauges where they are easy to see, and the stereo and climate controls are simple pushbuttons within easy reach.

Under the Hood
Two inline six-cylinder engines are available. The 323i (sedan) and 323Ci (coupe) use a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter engine, and the 328i and 328Ci use a 2.8-liter engine with 193 horsepower. Both come with a standard five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic allows clutchless manual shifting.

Anti-lock brakes, traction control and Dynamic Stability Control, which reduces engine power and applies the brakes to prevent skids, are standard on all models.

Safety
All models have standard side-impact airbags for the front seats and the Head Protection System, a protective tube that deploys on impact to protect a front-seat occupant from hitting the side window. Rear side-impact airbags are optional on the sedan.

BMW's Head Protection System uses a tubular airbag to protect a front-seat occupant from hitting the side window.


The front airbags are designed to deploy with less force in low-speed impacts and with full force in severe collisions. If the front passenger seat is unoccupied in a crash, the airbag does not deploy.

Performance
BMW stays true to its roots, stressing dynamic performance over luxury amenities. The prices start at nearly $28,000 and get close to $40,000 on a loaded 328Ci, but BMWs hold their value well, reducing the overall cost.

To combat the impression that BMW stands for "Break My Wallet" when it comes to parts and service, the company provides free scheduled maintenance the first three years.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 39 reviews

Write a Review

luxury at its finest

by rubcue from Tampa on October 6, 2017

This is by far my favorite car I had a 5-speed transmission other than electronical problems the car was very reliable

Read All Consumer Reviews

4 Trims Available

Photo of undefined
Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2000 BMW 323 trim comparison will help you decide.
 

BMW 323 Articles

2000 BMW 323 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

Other Years