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Old 05-16-2004, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of purchasing a 2001 or 2002 325xi or 325i. I never owned a BMW, how are they for reliability? Do these model years have any known problems. Is there anything specific, I should make sure if fixed before purchasing? My previous cars have been Acura's they were very reliable I am just looking different.
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In the long run the BMW probably won't be quite as good in the reliability department as an Acura. I owned a Integra for 4 years prior to my 325i, and never had a single problem with it. I was a bit leery switching to BMW but after I test drove the 3 series, I was sold, despite that reliability issue hanging over my head. I've had my BMW for nearly a year now with no problems whatsoever.

If you going for a 2001, it might have a little warranty left on it, depending on when it was 1st purchased. You might hear or read about crappy steering on 2001 325 and 330s - the early production cars for 2001 had lightened steering that drew quite a few complaints. BMW corrected this sometime during production of the 2001's, so mine for example (built in 7/01) was fine, same as the 2000 328's I drove.

Some other common problems I've heard about are defective window regulators and problems with the sunroof, but I've yet to have any such problems.

If your really into the driving experience you won't be disappointed (especially if you go with a manual ) in the 3 series; no Acura (NSX not included) will compare in this department.....my Integra didn't, and neither did the TL Type S (2003, previous model than the current) that I test drove prior to buying the BMW.

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check consumerreports.org or the Consumer Reports magazine or Consumer Reports Annual buying guide at your library or bookstore for reliability reports.

Acura,Lexus,Honda and Toyota are more reliable than BMW's (and most other cars for that matter). For example, I have a '97 Honda Accord that has never had a drive train mechanical breakdown. Just oil/fluid changes, brakes, tires, & one window motor. All though I don't know for sure, very few BMW's could match that record.


As far as the driving experience, BMW owners (100%) love it.
As far as more expensive repairs, we live with it.

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Are Acura's the same as Honda's?
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Acura is a luxury Honda. Same at Lexus is for Toyota.
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