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2002 BMW 330 Consumer Reviews

4.4
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Awesome Car

by from Houston, TX on January 28, 2010

My 330CI coupe is an awesome car. No wonder it is always rated as one of the ten best cars in the world at any price. Quality and workmanship is great and it rides like it is new, even after 7 years. ...
My 330CI coupe is an awesome car. No wonder it is always rated as one of the ten best cars in the world at any price. Quality and workmanship is great and it rides like it is new, even after 7 years. You won't find a better car for the money. Usually I sell cars after a few years because of boredom with it or the poor workmanship begins to show, but not this car. It is joy to drive every time I get behind the wheel.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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BMW 330xi

by from Columbus, OH on May 21, 2006

Very responsive, excellent handling. 3.0 liter engine, with automatic transmission, provides great "vrooom" in this 300 series vehicle. Gas mileage is just fair. 4-wheel drive does not seem to detract...
Very responsive, excellent handling. 3.0 liter engine, with automatic transmission, provides great "vrooom" in this 300 series vehicle. Gas mileage is just fair. 4-wheel drive does not seem to detract from performance, and provides excellent traction in snow and rain. Feels very solid with tight controlled steering.
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Does recommend this car

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average driving machine

by from on November 10, 2009

I bought this car used w/ 60,XXX miles on it. I love driving the car but hate the fact that there are so many common problems (my biggest concern w/ this car). The car currently has 85,xxx miles after...
I bought this car used w/ 60,XXX miles on it. I love driving the car but hate the fact that there are so many common problems (my biggest concern w/ this car). The car currently has 85,xxx miles after 2 years and I have had this car in the shop for repairs 5+ times. Below are common problems that have been repaired on my 2002 330xi. There have also been numerous complaints about these problems on forums and from other owners so make sure you do your homework before you buy this car. Problems + repairs: -Window regulators (all 4 have been replaced)... went to the shop 3 different times -Sunroof -CV axles -Oil filter housing gasket (was leaking) -electrical plastic cover melted in rear tail light and caused a short Problem I still have: Burning oil even though I drive this car very soft and use Mobil1 0W-40... Some say it's the CCV which is a $700+ job from BMW... took the car into the shop and compression seemed fine and head gasket was clean so this may be my next fix on this car. Overall, fun car to drive but shop bills will creep up on you. Probably my first and last BMW. If you don't get hit w/ these problems then you've dodged a bullet, but if you do...I feel for you -
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Does not recommend this car

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Great car for the money

by from San Francisco on December 29, 2011

I bought my 2002 BMW 330i two and a half years ago in my bank's auction. Cars where people couldn't afford to continue with their monthly payments for the auto loans, hence repossession by banks. I b...
I bought my 2002 BMW 330i two and a half years ago in my bank's auction. Cars where people couldn't afford to continue with their monthly payments for the auto loans, hence repossession by banks. I bought my 330i at only $9,900 at that time, in 2009, when market value was around $11,800-$13,000 depending on conditions. The mileage was 79,000 miles. Many people who buy used cars never look at CARFAX reports. I did. I ordered CARFAX for about $40 at that time. And the report showed that the cars had been regularly maintained by BMW dealer. The report also stated that there had been no accident, and with clean title. I bought the car, and have been enjoying it ever since with really trouble-free ownership up to today. So far, I have only spent $235 for the last two years in alignment of the front wheels after hitting portholes on some bad part of the freeway a while back on I-85, and part of the $235 was also for 3 times of oil changes. The car still drives flawlessly today, it actually drives like new according to my co-worker who owns a 2010 3-series. The acceleration is ....wow.... so powerful even in my automatic equipped 330i. The braking is very solid also and give lots of confidence in hard cornering. The auto-tranny shifts flawlessly and is very smooth, downshifts fast whenever I need it to. The steering response is probably the best in any cars I have driven so far, including a used S2000. I almost bought another S2000 before finding this BMW, which was cheaper in price at the time when I purchased it. I have no regret, and it was money very well spent. So far, my ownership experience has been trouble free. It has over 100,000 miles now, but it still drives smoothly, powerfully, and never complaints. The power is always there whenever you want, the throttle response is so fast, turn-in at corners is so accurate, right where you want it to go, and I always have to remind myself that I share the road with others and I do need to driver slower so that cops will not give me tickets. Well, what can I expect in driving a sport sedan, the tendency to drive fast is always there. I love this BMW, I will buy a newer one with the twin-turbo version in the 2009 335i next year. I am still waiting for that one to come down more in price. Wow, what an amazing car! Thanks BMW. Really. From someone who lives in San Francisco as a banker in a small Credit Union. Thank you again.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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BMW 330i is a constant theadache

by from TX on October 1, 2010

I'd like to start saying that I love my BMW, it drives great, looks awesome on the road and love the interior and quality of components. The bad part of have a Bimmer is going back to the mechanic sho...
I'd like to start saying that I love my BMW, it drives great, looks awesome on the road and love the interior and quality of components. The bad part of have a Bimmer is going back to the mechanic shop so many times and yes..it is not a cheap car. I bought this 330i at 87,000 miles 2 years ago, since then I've been in hte shop for almost 7 times, ingintion coils (4140 each), AC sensorrs, suspension problems had to replcae almost everysingle bushing(control arm) on 4 wheels,oil leaking, thermostate, window regulator from passenger sit....I think that is al....I'm tire of this beautiful Bimmer....It is for sale now, Iwill miss it but I won't miss spend so much money like never did before.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Best BMW 3 series ever made

by from Ashburn, Va on September 10, 2012

I have owned about a dozen BMWs in my lifetime but the 330ci convertible with the premium and sport packages is the best one I have ever owned. It is stylish, performs like a sports car should, is ver...
I have owned about a dozen BMWs in my lifetime but the 330ci convertible with the premium and sport packages is the best one I have ever owned. It is stylish, performs like a sports car should, is very quick and gets great mileage. If you care for it properly it will last a few hundred thousand miles.
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Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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sporty 330ci

by from Wheaton, IL on April 2, 2008

I love my ride, i had a 325ci, but this ride is faster and really nice, relible, runs great, just put some nice syn oil, and you should be fine, you will love this car too. 5stars all the way.
I love my ride, i had a 325ci, but this ride is faster and really nice, relible, runs great, just put some nice syn oil, and you should be fine, you will love this car too. 5stars all the way.
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My Favorite Car!!!

by from SC on January 5, 2007

I can't think of any complaints at all!!! Fun to drive! Very reliable. Great stero system. Good trunk space.
I can't think of any complaints at all!!! Fun to drive! Very reliable. Great stero system. Good trunk space.
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Cleanest car I have ever owned

by from Annapolis MD on September 29, 2006

Driving experience is awesome-car turns on a dime--very tight handling in both city and highway situations, superfast acceleration. If you love to drive, you will love this car!
Driving experience is awesome-car turns on a dime--very tight handling in both city and highway situations, superfast acceleration. If you love to drive, you will love this car!
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Probably best car around for the buck!

by from Tucson, AZ on November 17, 2008

Hopefully BMW will keep producing the 3-series because our family will keep driving them as long as they are around. Absolutely trouble free and a blast to drive.
Hopefully BMW will keep producing the 3-series because our family will keep driving them as long as they are around. Absolutely trouble free and a blast to drive.
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Does recommend this car

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