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2003 BMW 3-Series Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2003 e46 325iT by ds.wilson



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Great car. Would buy again.

Reviewed: 2003 BMW 3-Series

4dr Wagon 184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

Why the 2003 BMW 3-Series?

Reliability & durability

Car has had outstanding realiability considering its use daily in a four season climate. Parts are easly to get and inexpensive if you shop wisely. Many DYI resources on the net for regular service needs, and thus far most projects have been straightforward and easy.

Materials & workmanship

Car is well built and still has solid integrity at 113k. Interior has worn well, cleans up near to new. All controls work as new, seats still firm, doors shut vault tight.


Car is by far our safest car due to the handling,DSC,and overall performance. Excellent in inclement weather including snow and ice. DSC is seamless and provides uncanny stability in slippery conditions, almost defies physics.

Powertrain performance

My love affair with BMW six's continues. The powerband is matched perfectly to the car (5spd). Pulls much harder than the HP figures would indicate. Sounds flawless at high RPM. still runs as new at 113k.

Driving position & visibility

Excellent ergonomics. Very comfortable on long drives.

Why Not the 2003 BMW 3-Series?

Cargo capacity

Small boot. We have the 325iT. I seriously think there is more room in the sedan trunk.


Sunroof is noisy at highway speed. Have had other (older) BMW's that this was not the case.

Audio & nav systems

Should have had an Aux input as standard in 03

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