2001 BMW 3 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,225 - $11,505
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
184-333
Seats
4-5
Color:  Titanium Silver Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,225 - $11,505
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
184-333
Seats
4-5

BMW 3 Series Models & Trims

325Ci $3,225 - $4,556
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
330Ci $3,580 - $4,925
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 17 x7.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
M3 $9,736 - $11,505
Horsepower: 333 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
325i $3,563 - $4,886
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
330i $3,845 - $5,212
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 17 x7.5 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.42

43 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Maintenance including oil changes tend to be pricier than the average car.

This car is older so it has its quirks. The electronic parts of the car have been unreliable. Sometimes my passenger side door will not open even when I try using both the key remote and indoor lock/unlock. Recently the air conditioning has also been inconsistent. When it works it is nice and cold, but it does not always blow air when I turn it on. Overall it is a great car that is reliable on the road and has no major issues. The electronics have been the only concern.

- Kate K

It is an overall German quality car that may have coolant system problems.

The BMW is a great car with a great transmission but has a faulty coolant system very comfortable to drive and handles well and has very little body roll very strong engine and great on mile per gallon mileage it has 17 inch rims low profile tires compact in size all leather seats wood grain chrome exhaust high quality German manufactured parts and high-quality speakers.

- Xavier A

Interesting detail of my vehicle is that the gas mileage is great.

Transmission problems, window motors and speakers blow easily. Love the gas mileage. The way it drives and handles is great. I have had to put it in the shop a few times hate paying for the synthetic oil changes. And if you lock yourself out a locksmith will cost you $200 to $500 to get back in. There is no trunk release inside of the car.

- Nicole R

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,225 - $4,556
$3,580 - $4,925

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L (152) I6 engine w/variable valve timing
3.0L (183) DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.5 - 38.3 (in.)
37.5 - 38.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32 - 41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.4 - 36.9 (in.)
36.4 - 36.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
7.7 - 9 (cu. ft.)
9 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Cell PhoneHookup
Standard
Standard

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Leather, Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
4 - 5
4 - 5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Standard
Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/45WR17
P225/45ZR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
107.3 (in.)
107.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.4 (ft.)
34.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
176.7 (in.)
176.7 (in.)

Width

Width
69.2 (in.)
69.2 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3252 - 3560 (.lbs)
3197 - 3256 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Torque

Torque
175 (ft. lbs.)
214 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
N/A (.lbs)
N/A (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.6 (gal.)
16.6 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

City

City
20 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
29 (mpg)
30 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire, Temporary Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire, Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Not Available

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
Not Available
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side N/A
  • Roof Strength N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
Not Available
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (4)

Air Bags Jul 16, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 16, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V428000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sports Wagons; 2000 328i sedans and coupes; 2001-2005 325i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sport Wagons; 2001-2005 325xi sedans and Sports Wagons; 2006 325i coupes and convertibles; 2001-2006 330i sedans, coupes, and convertibles; 2001-2005 330xi sedans; and 2001-2006 M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the air bag inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure could cause rupturing of the inflator resulting in metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag, free of charge. An interim notice will be mailed to owners in August 2014. A second notice will be mailed when an adequate supply of parts is available, currently anticipated to be in October 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Air Bags Jan 20, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 20, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V047000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2002 BMW 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 323Ci, 325Ci, 330Ci, M3, 323iT, 325iT and 325xiT vehicles, 2001-2002 525i, 530i, 540i, M5, 525iT and 540iT vehicles, and 2001-2003 X5 3.0i, X5 4.4i, and X5 4.6is vehicles. These vehicles may have had a driver-side air bag module installed as replacement equipment such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bag, or as a remedy part for a prior recall. These replacement modules contain an air bag inflator that may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver side air bag module, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 15, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
01V245
Summary:
On certain passenger vehicles, two screws that secure the parking brake cable mounting bracket to the backing plate on one or both sides of the vehicle were not tightened properly. As a result, the screws could loosen and eventually fall into the parking brake drum. If this were to happen, the cable mounting bracket would no longer be fixed to the backing plate and the parking brake could no longer be applied on that side of the vehicle. It is also possible that a screw could lodge within the parking brake drum, impairing the free movement of the drum. This would produce noise and could cause the parking brake on that side to lock up while driving.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will replace the parking brake cable attaching screws and securing them with the proper torque. The manufacturer reported that owner notification would begin during August 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.
Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
01V206
Summary:
On certain passenger vehicles, the engine auxiliary/cooling fan operation, including variable speed, is electronically controlled. Failure of the fan motor can cause the electrical circuitry of the fan control unit to overload and fail, causing the fan to stop operating. If this were to occur, engine overheating and subsequent engine damage could result. In addition, it is possible for the failure of the electrical circuitry to cause a fire in the fan control unit, which is mounted on the fan and located in the front of the engine compartment.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will replace the fan. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was to begin during July 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

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