37 BMW 3 Series results
2003 BMW 3 Series OWNER RATINGS & REVIEWS
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Good car for a DIY-er
The German engineering in this car is exceptional, over 150,000 miles and the car still runs like new. Keeping up with normal maintenance is the trick behind keeping it in such good condition. The car is 13 years old and the leather in the backseat still looks brand new and can rival most new cars on the market. The wood trim has held up better than anyone could ask for, along with most of the tools on the inside. No matter what, this car is fun.
Fun to drive, but not practical.
I do love driving this car. I find it handles well, turning accelerating, and I love the sound of the engine. However, the maintance and upkeep costs are just too high. I have actually performed the majority of maintenance on my car myself to help reduce cost, cause even a simple trip to the mechanic can be $1000 minimum. I had also heard before buying the car, that some BMWs are great and some are just lemons. I think I got the lemon. I had the motor/engine replaced at 30k miles. Along with the motor radiator and water pump. I also replaced all of the door window actuators at 40K along with a lot of the dash switches (lights, hazards, windows, etc) This car has had something on it replaced pretty much every month since I bought it.
Really, the ultimate driving machine!
This vehicle is truly the ultimate driving machine! I love the compact nature of the car, the body is very sleek. I have put over 100,000 miles on the car and have had very few problems that required lengthy repairs in a shop. The only problems I have had were very minor and easy to fix on my own. For example, the material on the roof is starting to come off and it needs a tuck in, the leather on the drivers seat is starting to split at the seams, and the button to roll the window up and down came off. The leather interior is very high quality and extremely comfortable. The steering and handling of this vehicle is out of this world! I feel that this vehicle is very reliable, you can go just about anywhere with it and not have to worry about it breaking down or having problems.