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2001 Bmw 330
4.7
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THE Ultimate Driving Machine

by from Napa, CA on June 29, 2011

I just bought a used 2001 bmw 330ci. This car is AMAZING!! This car has so many awsome things about it. First of all, the performance is even better than what I expected. Mine has the sport and premiu...
I just bought a used 2001 bmw 330ci. This car is AMAZING!! This car has so many awsome things about it. First of all, the performance is even better than what I expected. Mine has the sport and premium packages and the premium harmon kardon sound system is great! The bass is very good and the speaker quality allows the listeners to think that they are right next to a live concert! All the gadgets on the car are up to date, even for an 01'. The blinkers and windshield wiper buttons are all well placed and easy to operate. I waited a year for the right car and it was well worth it. BMw doesn't call their cars "Ultimate Driving Machines" for no reason.
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Great car for the home mechanic

by from Shenandoah Valley VA on September 28, 2012

Bought a 2001 330i manual transmission car with 110,000 miles. Replaced the shocks and struts with Bilsteins (including mounts and reinforcements), replaced spark plugs and valve cover gasket; rebuilt...
Bought a 2001 330i manual transmission car with 110,000 miles. Replaced the shocks and struts with Bilsteins (including mounts and reinforcements), replaced spark plugs and valve cover gasket; rebuilt cooling system, replaced front control arm bushings. ALL of these things WILL need to be done before you get to 125K, but if you can do them yourself they cost no more than similar maintenance in a Honda, Toyota or American car. And the BMW is infinitely easier to work on. It is a pleasure to drive; can easily yield 31 mpg with a little bit of restraint by the right foot. Handling is superb. I bought my car for $8400 (exceptionally clean) and have invested another $1500, but I smile every time I start it up. Used E46 manual transmission BMW's in good condition represent one of the greatest used sporty car values on the market. Aftermarket parts abound. Youtube is full of videos to help you with repairs. But you probably will not enjoy it as much if you have to pay someone else to work on it. Look for an independent shop in your area...even if you have to drive two hours it will be better than going to the dealer! And don't ask anybody to sit in the back seat for more than an hour if they are taller than 5'8".
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Best car I've ever owned

by from Chicago suburbs on October 29, 2010

The 330CI is a rock solid example of what a great car should be! Handing, performance, comfort, styling, very low interior noise levels, the list goes on. Overpriced yes, but you get what you pay for ...
The 330CI is a rock solid example of what a great car should be! Handing, performance, comfort, styling, very low interior noise levels, the list goes on. Overpriced yes, but you get what you pay for and that's why i bought mine used. If it just had and another 100 ponies and a standard LSD, i wouldn't drool over every M3 i see. Guess what my next car will be......
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Best Car I Have Ever Owned.

by from Edina, MN on February 23, 2009

The value of this car is outstanding. My friends who bought Mercedes and Lexus have had to turn them in for a new car. Those who bought domestic have disposed of their cars. My 330i runs as good today...
The value of this car is outstanding. My friends who bought Mercedes and Lexus have had to turn them in for a new car. Those who bought domestic have disposed of their cars. My 330i runs as good today as it did eight years ago and I expect to get another 100,000 miles before I have to buy another BMW!
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Great car!

by from Princeton, NJ on November 17, 2011

I currently own a 2007 X5, when my job changed, and had to commute over 50 miles (one way). I wanted to keep the X5, so I asked my salesperson at the dealership to let me know when an older model 3ser...
I currently own a 2007 X5, when my job changed, and had to commute over 50 miles (one way). I wanted to keep the X5, so I asked my salesperson at the dealership to let me know when an older model 3series gets traded in. He called as soon as this 330i came in. Once the car was checked out and found to be mechanically sound, I purchased the vehicle. What a great car. Handles awesome (even in the pouring rain). A joy to drive; the steering is on point; car manuevers perfectly, and extremely responsive.
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e46 330ci; closest e46 3 series to e46 M3.

by from on August 12, 2013

I was in the market for an M3 but came across a 330ci. I was hesitant at first in getting the car because I really wanted an M3 but good deals on M3's are hard to come by. So I came across a 330ci (co...
I was in the market for an M3 but came across a 330ci. I was hesitant at first in getting the car because I really wanted an M3 but good deals on M3's are hard to come by. So I came across a 330ci (coupe) and I do not regret buying it! So far, so great! Better than I expected. I wish it were manual but that's okay. The drive drives like it's new. Handles great. The interior and body are in great shape. I am very fortunate to have find a great 330ci. If you're in the market for an M3 or in the market for a 3 series, don't hesitate in getting a 2001 to 2003-4 330. Also to note, the 2001-2003 330 engine was on Ward's Best Engine list for those years! (3 years in a row).
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The best toy I have owned

by from Vhicago on November 11, 2007

I have been driving 330ci manual for 20 months and all I have is fun whenever I drive it. It provides very good acceleration , the handling is superior than most sport cars I have driven. Manual gears...
I have been driving 330ci manual for 20 months and all I have is fun whenever I drive it. It provides very good acceleration , the handling is superior than most sport cars I have driven. Manual gears are precise. The gear shifter travels a bit more , but after market short throws are available. If there are four people in the cars it gets a little cramped. Engine sound is addictive. I do not listen to the radio, although it has such a nice sound, just to listen to the engine. Quite on long trips , no wind noise at all around 70-75. Sport suspension is a little hard on on bumps , but I can stand it. Recommend the car to young , spirited drivers.
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If you can't find an M3 get this.

by from Merritt Island, FL on February 26, 2012

We purchased this car used in 2007 with 48k miles and currently has 80k. The car is fast -we also installed a performance chip. Gas mileage is tolerable, about 26mpg hwy and 15mpg city. Only issues wi...
We purchased this car used in 2007 with 48k miles and currently has 80k. The car is fast -we also installed a performance chip. Gas mileage is tolerable, about 26mpg hwy and 15mpg city. Only issues with the vehicle is the air compressor for the a/c leaks, so it must be charged every couple of months (but who cares, we put the top down). The back flaps of the convertible top constantly come undone -a nuisance, but not a deterrent (common issue). The engine top drains into the trunk causing the trunk to fill with water (poor drain design), because we leave the car parked outside now. Small trunk space -so prepare to pack light on trips (plus for males, major complaint for females). The greatness: it starts every time. It accelerates really quickly -just as fun as our '86 MKIII Supra and '06 Cayenne Turbo S. The seats are comfortable and the interior has held-up really well all things considered; we pile dogs in (mastiffs and pitbulls) and messy neighborhood kids. The audio is ok- if i wanted a better sound quality i would not have purchased a convertible. In all -great car to get you from point A to point B.
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Great fun, cheap!

by from Mesa AZ on February 1, 2012

After 5 winters in Arizona I finally realized it was time for another convertible. Since I've had pretty good luck with the 2000 BMW Five Series I drive during summers in NH it was natural to gravitat...
After 5 winters in Arizona I finally realized it was time for another convertible. Since I've had pretty good luck with the 2000 BMW Five Series I drive during summers in NH it was natural to gravitate to an older 3 series Cabriolet and I was lucky enough to find a very nice, lightly used 330iC with good equipment and nice colors (black over red). I vetted the car carefully, ran a Carfax, a pre-purchase inspection and obtained service records. What a blast! This little car is just outstanding to drive with great power, handling and ride. Don't be afraid of older BMWs, if they are well kept, they're great buys and they're built to last (my 528iA has almost 140,000 miles) . I bought a really fun convertible for the price of a loaded Ford Fiesta!
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Ultimate Driving Machine

by from Camden, Maine on August 22, 2011

330xi is an awesome car. All wheel drive is critical for Maine winters. 5 speed standard is a blast to drive. Tons of power from the 3-liter straight-6. Corners excellent, looks beautiful, and brings ...
330xi is an awesome car. All wheel drive is critical for Maine winters. 5 speed standard is a blast to drive. Tons of power from the 3-liter straight-6. Corners excellent, looks beautiful, and brings attention to itself. Love my new car. Granted, it's ten years old and has 90k on it, so perhaps at $8500 it's not necessarily economical in the sense that you get an old car with a lot of miles for a substantial amount of money. But you get what you pay for, and this is definitely worth it. Biggest problem will be the repairs...definitely going to be a large expense anytime it needs to be taken to the mechanic. Hoping to do a lot of the work myself. So far nothing but good things to say!
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