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BMW 3-Series Compact 325ti Sport 3d (03) (2003/03)

BMW 3-Series Compact 325ti Sport 3d (03) (2003/03) - Owner Review

Very good handling (cornering, braking etc), but is it really suited to UK roads (see comfort)?
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BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04)

Value

3 out of 5

Can't argue on the quality of the engineering and safety levels, but a 24K car really shouldn't have a radio cassette and a so-so 6 speaker sound system. My old MK 4 1.8T GTI was better in this regard. Makes a much better 2nd hand buy.

Costs

4 out of 5

Not really a budget option - only getting 26-27 MPG on its preferred diet of super unleaded (Optimax).

Driving

4 out of 5

Very good handling (cornering, braking etc), but is it really suited to UK roads (see comfort)?

Performance

5 out of 5

Lacks a little mid range punch compared to old 1.8T Golf, but top end performance is really sparkling and it corners like a dream. The straight 6 also sounds fantastic when worked hard!

Reliability

4 out of 5

Only owned car for a month or so, but did need to call the free BMW assist people who were excellent. Apparently just a loose lead that must have been disturbed by the dealer cleaning the car as I have bought it 2nd hand.

Image

4 out of 5

Sports body kit, certainly doesn't help it blend in so expect the typical BMW reactions. I thought this was a myth, but no I am just going to have to get a thick skin -) Still not 100% sure on the split front lights though.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Had optional full leather trim and sports seats and driving position is excellent. Fit and finish generally up to Audi / VW standards, but a few details aren't quite as well done. Good solid job though.

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Insurance group: 33

Security

5 out of 5

BMW are well know to have good provision in this area.

Service

3 out of 5

BMW assist is excellent, but selling dealer much less impressive.

Problems

Bodywork
-

Engine
-

Gearbox
-

Other
Lose lead in engine compartment.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes