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BMW 3-Series Compact 325ti SE 3d (01) (2002/02)

BMW 3-Series Compact 325ti SE 3d (01) (2002/02) - Owner Review

As good as my ex-company 330i sport and far more versatile. Standard 3-Series saloon boot is a useless shape. Huge amount of grip makes fast driving fun yet resonably safe. Have found it easy to stall at slow speed on full lock.
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BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04)

Value

3 out of 5

Expensive. Fortunately mine was an ex-demo and did have a CD changer fitted.

Costs

4 out of 5

Expensive to service. Oil and filter change £174, 32,000 mile service (Inspection 1) £404.55! Get 32.4mpg. Have seen it at 34mpg on long fast runs in the summer.

Driving

4 out of 5

As good as my ex-company 330i sport and far more versatile. Standard 3-Series saloon boot is a useless shape. Huge amount of grip makes fast driving fun yet resonably safe. Have found it easy to stall at slow speed on full lock.

Performance

5 out of 5

Not as quick as the 330i, but there is not much in it. Sounds just right when pushed.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Although it hasn't lost a coolant hose on the M25 like my Z3 did in the first week I had it I have had the gearbox replaced (jumping out of 3rd gear on overrun). Now done 41,000 miles and rear shocks are just starting to get noisy. Otherwise, no faults.

Image

4 out of 5

A friend from France (woman) says "it's amazing how it is bigger inside than outside."

Comfort

5 out of 5

Having been caught out by the 330i sports VERY noisy low profile tyres and hard suspension I delibrately chose standard profile tyres for this car. Vast improvement in the level of road noise, but suspension just as hard. Front seats very comfortable.

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Security

5 out of 5

Not stolen yet. Mind you I did leave the window wide open in the car park last week.

Service

5 out of 5

So far, no problems.

Problems

Bodywork
-

Engine
-

Gearbox
Replaced. Jumping out of third gear on overrun.

Other
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Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes