2000 BMW 328

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$33,400

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2000 BMW 328

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Overview

2 trims

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  • i

    $33,400

  • Ci

    $33,990

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2000 BMW 328 review: Our expert's take

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Many automakers around the world claim to manufacture sports sedans. But to true enthusiasts, there’s only one that truly defines the breed: the BMW 3-series.

It’s the sports sedan that all automakers aim for, and after a weeklong test drive through good weather and bad, it’s easy to see why.

BMW remade the 3-series for the 1999 model year, available as the 323i and 328i sedans. For the 2000 model year, BMW introduces the coupe variants 323Ci and 328Ci.

Certainly, BMW has never faced stiffer competition than it does now, not only with longtime rival Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Upstarts like VW, Lincoln Cadillac and soon even Jaguar and Lexus will try for a piece of the entry-level sports sedan pie. BMW has responded by lowering prices, adding equipment and even gasp softening the ride.

But fear not, this is one sedan that is far from flabby around the middle, which is more than you can say about most automotive writers.

Whether coupe or sedan, most enthusiasts know the drill. The 323i gets a 2.5-liter in-line six cylinder, good for 170 horsepower. The 328i gets a 2.8-liter in-line six cylinder with 193 horsepower. That 23 horsepower difference accounts for a good part of the difference in price: $27,560 for the 323i vs. $34,560 for the 328i. Some will find the difference in performance isn’t worth the premium, because with either engine, you’ll get a driving experience that is uniquely BMW.

Other cars can match its performance, but few if any can match its feel of the car as machine and as an extension of the driver. The vehicle willingly and quickly obeys the commands of its captain. The steering is weighty, precise and quick. The engine responds with the sound of expensive machinery, gaining speed with an effortless grace. The brakes quickly and safely stop the car. Take your hands off the steering wheel at highway speeds: the car tracks straight. There aren’t many vehicles that feel like such a natural part of you. Amazing.

If you think a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds is nothing special, keep in mind this six-cylinder car will do it while delivering almost 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Both figures are better than the EPA states.

Many would say, it’s good because it’s about the same size as a Toyota Corolla at about twice the price. What else makes it special?

Well, the value argument is one that BMW is sensitive to, so the new 3-series is a better value than before (although we’re speaking in relative terms.)

Anti-lock disc brakes, traction control and stability control are all standard, so are other safety features such as daytime running lights. Side impact airbags supplement the front ones. So this is a safe package for driving fast.

Other niceties include speed sensitive windshield wipers, which adjusts the speed of the wipers based on the speed of the car. Six-way power front seats with position memory, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control, and an on-boar d computer also are standard.

But, if getting the most features for the least money is your objective, look elsewhere. The standard audio system is an AM/FM/cassette, although leather trim is included when one orders the Premium Package, a $2,900 option that includes wood trim, a power sunroof, front seat lumbar support and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The test vehicle had the package and went a long way to warming the interior, giving it a more opulent feel.

But a CD player is still an option. Okay, so a lot of little luxuries are an option. There are plenty of automakers that will provide the appearance of a sports sedan with lots of gizmos without delivering on that promise. BMW provides a truly transforming driving experience.

You’ll find your surroundings to be an excellent place to go about the business of driving. The leather-wrapped steering wheel can be tilted and telescoped to get an ideal driving position. Each side of the wheel has buttons controlling the a dio system and cruise control. While other automakers attempt this sort of thing, BMW’s solution is the best solution. It doesn’t require removing your eyes from the road. Ditto the turn signal and wiper controls, which can be used without removing your hand from the wheel. The seats are overly firm in the best German tradition. The rear seat is actually habitable for two very understanding friends. There’s more room than before, and the interior is tightly assembled with a total absence of rattles, something you’d expect in this price class. It was also hushed with little wind or road noise.

The only distraction that detracted from the joy of driving, was the in-dash navigation system. Besides relieving you of an additional $1,800, the system integrates with the radio. The result is you can’t have a factory-installed CD player if you order the navigation system. Why the famed German engineering can’t solve this problem is beyond me. What’s worse, it takes a long look away from the road to operate some radio functions, let alone attempt to disable the navigation system. It seems less user-friendly than other systems. My advice? Skip it and save the money.

While other cars come below this car’s $40,345 bottom line, few have the sporting manners that thrill an enthusiast’s soul with the sort of siren song that compels the driver to drive on.

That’s why BMWs really are the ultimate driving machine.

BMW 328i

Engine: 2.8-liter DOHC 24-valve in-line 6-cylinder

Transmission: 5-speed manual or 5-speed Steptronic automatic

Tires: H-rated 205/55R16

Wheelbase:107.3 inches

Length: 176 inches

Curb weight: 3,256 pounds

Base price, 323i: $27,560

Base price, test model: $33,970

As tested: $40,345

EPA rating: 19 city, 27 highway

Test mileage: 22.6 mpg

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Cool car

DO NOT BUY FROM HERE!!! Do NOT BUY FROM HERE!! Save your money & go else where!! You’re better off buying off of Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace!! Serg sold me a car & promised to fix a problem (which I have in his writing along with HIS signature) & when it came down to being a man of his word he did not deliver!! He gave me the run around for over a month, when I FINALLY stopped getting ignored & he decided to follow through, while my car got worked on he gave me this moldy loaner car to drive that had a check engine light amongst so many other problems & sent me on my way! He knowingly gave me a piece of crap car!!! After a full week of having my PAID FOR car in his possession the job has NOT been completed!! 2 weeks for a door to be fixed that should’ve been fixed over a MONTH ago! & his attitude & response the WHOLE time was “these things happen 🤷🏻‍♂️”. & he said he couldn’t give me a loaner vehicle that I could comfortably drive without worry of breaking down. & KEPT trying to put me in cars that he KNEW had problems!! & when I asked for a car with NO check engine light or any problems he shrugged me off & told me to just drive the car second piece of crap car he put me in. Trying to be cheap he did nothing but create a bigger problem than needed. This isn’t someone you want to spend your hard earned money with. This is a man who doesn’t give a xxxx about his customers!

5.0

Great Condition. Fully Loaded.

All Service Records. DMV Registration Paid Until 2020. 2000 BMW 528i. Great Condition. Fully Loaded. All Maintenance Records. Clean Title. DMV Registration Paid Until 02/2020. $1900.00 T. 310-390-1108.

4.4

Put 85k on in the last 5 years.

2001 328ci (coupe) MT Purchased 5 years ago at 80k DAILY DRIVEN up to its current 165k. Purchased the vehicle back when i was a toyota tech. After a couple years moved over to bmw and became thrilled to work on examples of my car with 230+k miles. I decided i was going to baby it and stick to maintenance schedules and see if i can hit 300k. This car has been VERY good to me. Everything on these cars has been well documented. Parts are available and doing a majority of the repairs can be done by any young ambitious person with some decent tools. Youll end up replacing alot of cooling parts over the years. But it can all be done very easily!( for example ive changed out an expansion tank and radiator witha couple sockets and a ratchet in probably 20 minutes. Aside from the cooling pieces you may need to swap its just been oil changes and tire rotations. Interior trumps many more modern cars by a long shot. I remember working on the newer bmws thinkin that the interiors werent even close to how well the e46 coupe interior was. The newer ones were functional and the e46s were sexy. To be blunt. Electrical has been solid and quirk free. No leaks ticks knocks smoke or complaints from the engine. Never a single misfire or stutter in our 5 years together. I truly respect this inline 6 engine( m52tub28 specifically) The engine is silent, absolutely vibration free. very stout and responsive. More than enough to get thru traffic on demand. Car handling is something youd have to experience. Its precise predictable and confident. Car excels on tight twisty roads. And rides as calm as the breeze on the freeway. 95mph feels as calm as 65mph. In summary Pros: Reliable -Easy repairs. Affordable if you shop around -Solid interior/ exterior design. Sexy.functional. -quiet, calm and quick. Stealthy i dare say. -responsive engine and handling - mostly oil changes abd tire rotations - tons of aftermarket support. -daily driver hot weather or cold Cons: Can be poorly maintained by previous owners DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND YOULL FIND A GEM. THEYRE OUT THERE. cooling system ( primarily expansion tank and radiator) can be problematic. Easy to replace. Done it roadside before. Not as expensive as youd think. bushings: long story short is there alot of them and when they go bad the ride feels a little more sloppy. Subframe mouting locations. Can tear or crack if abused. (Especially by previous owners) Can be felt as a 'clunk upon certain braking/acceleration situations. LOOK BEFORE YOU BUY I think ill keep this one. Might pull her off daily driver status this year and keep it as a weekend cruiser or date car. Still looks new and stands out from todays tasteless econoboxes. Im certain this car could go on another 10 years as a daily. She never complains and never hesitates. Dont let anyone tell you a bmw is hard to own. Do your research Buy the right one. Maintain it And you wont be dissatisfied

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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