2005 BMW 325

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Key Specs

of the 2005 BMW 325. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Manual-gearbox operation
  • Maneuverability
  • Available AWD
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Winter traction with RWD
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Price

Notable Features of the 2005 BMW 325

  • 184-hp inline-six-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Four body styles
  • Performance-driving reputation

2005 BMW 325 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A wholly redesigned version of BMW's smallest series will debut in spring 2005. Meanwhile, the 325 gets enhanced equipment and options for the 2005 model year.

Wood interior trim is now standard, and aluminum trim is offered as a no-cost option. Bluetooth capability is now included with BMW Assist. Sirius Satellite Radio and an iPod adapter can be installed at a BMW Center.

BMW gave its 325 coupe and convertible a substantial freshening for its 2004 models; sedans and wagons soon followed. New front ends for the 325Ci coupe and convertible feature lighting units that sweep upward as they wrap around the bodysides.

In addition to the four-door 325i and 325xi sedans and the 325Ci coupe and convertible, the lineup includes 325i and 325xi wagons. All models use a 2.5-liter inline-six-cylinder. BMW's six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox is no longer available.

BMW also sells 330 models with a larger engine. Like other BMW passenger cars, the 325 is traditionally equipped with rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel-drive 325xi sedan and wagon are available.


Exterior
All 3 Series models exhibit BMW's familiar look, with four round wraparound-style headlights and a twin-kidney grille. Coupe and convertible models are 176.7 inches long overall, while the sedans and wagons are fractionally shorter. All 325 models have a 107.3-inch wheelbase, but two-door body styles are lower. Coupe and convertible windshields are slanted 2 degrees more than the sedan's.

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Vehicle Overview
A wholly redesigned version of BMW's smallest series will debut in spring 2005. Meanwhile, the 325 gets enhanced equipment and options for the 2005 model year.

Wood interior trim is now standard, and aluminum trim is offered as a no-cost option. Bluetooth capability is now included with BMW Assist. Sirius Satellite Radio and an iPod adapter can be installed at a BMW Center.

BMW gave its 325 coupe and convertible a substantial freshening for its 2004 models; sedans and wagons soon followed. New front ends for the 325Ci coupe and convertible feature lighting units that sweep upward as they wrap around the bodysides.

In addition to the four-door 325i and 325xi sedans and the 325Ci coupe and convertible, the lineup includes 325i and 325xi wagons. All models use a 2.5-liter inline-six-cylinder. BMW's six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox is no longer available.

BMW also sells 330 models with a larger engine. Like other BMW passenger cars, the 325 is traditionally equipped with rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel-drive 325xi sedan and wagon are available.


Exterior
All 3 Series models exhibit BMW's familiar look, with four round wraparound-style headlights and a twin-kidney grille. Coupe and convertible models are 176.7 inches long overall, while the sedans and wagons are fractionally shorter. All 325 models have a 107.3-inch wheelbase, but two-door body styles are lower. Coupe and convertible windshields are slanted 2 degrees more than the sedan's.

Convertibles have a standard power top. Standard tires are 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch wheels come in a Sport Package. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are available either alone or with an adaptive feature that steers the headlights into oncoming curves.


Interior
Sedans, coupes and wagons hold up to five occupants, while the convertible is a four-seater. Space is ample up front with twin bucket seats, but passengers can't really stretch their legs in the backseat. A typical BMW dashboard holds large, clearly marked gauges.

Under the Hood
A 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-six-cylinder mates with either a standard five-speed-manual gearbox or an optional five-speed-automatic transmission; the automatic permits manual gear changes.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control, side-impact airbags and front-seat side curtain-type airbags (in closed models) are standard. Rear-seat side-impact airbags are optional. The front airbags deploy with less force in low-speed impacts. BMW's Dynamic Stability Control stability system reduces engine power and applies the brakes to prevent skids.

Driving Impressions
For many enthusiasts, BMW is still the standard by which other makes are judged � partly because the German automaker stresses driving dynamics. Spirited performance and crisp handling are the bywords. Most drivers will be content with the performance offered in any 325 model, which can be as much fun to drive as models in the more potent 330 lineup. BMW's manual gearshift is an absolute joy to operate.

Athletic maneuvers are the norm in both ordinary and demanding driving. The availability of all-wheel drive is a bonus for driving on ice and snow. The seats are firm and driver-oriented, but getting in and out of a 325 isn't quite as easy as in some cars.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great car love it

by Rafael from WHITE PLAINS on June 12, 2018

Is a strong car drives very nice take me everywhere BMW 325xi mechanic is one of the best You don't feel you driving I recommend to buy this car Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I?ve owned

by Kylev from Chesterfield MI on May 19, 2018

Very reliable. Good gas mileage. Comfortable to drive. Good acceleration. Held value pretty good. Maintenance was affordable. I liked the looks and performance of the vehicle. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 BMW 325 currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 BMW 325 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 325 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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