This car is running well and has the usual signs of wear and minor body issues. The mileage is only 116, 000 miles leaving plenty of life in this car. The exterior is a sharp black and the interior is tan, reducing the heat the car accumulates in the fun. The convertible is great fun for kids as well as adults. We especially enjoy driving through town on warm summer lights. Like all BMW's, the handling of this car is amazing. I have avoided several highway accidents due to the superb handling and braking. All together this is a sharp looking car with the performance to match. There are no current problems with the car that need immediate repair.
You will have no other maintenance problems other than wiring issues.
The 2002 BMW 3-series 225i is a fantastic car and feat of German engineering. Even almost 20 years old this car still has tech feature that were cutting edge at the time keeping it young for a while. The engine runs strong with smooth rides all over town. The maintenance problems you'll run into is its electric wiring. Sometimes lights will come up on the dash making you think the engine is ruined, but is only a wiring issue. Always such a relief!
Great driving vehicle, some general issues, but if you are willing to do or know someone who can do the work I would highly recommend it!
I was informed that these types of vehicles are known for having AC issues. I haven't experienced any yet, but there have been some other issues that have come up. I was also told that on average it costs about $1000 a year for maintenance, but I've spent about half of that in the almost 2 years I've had it. Most of it was just general maintenance (brake system; Filters; oil changes & Tires), in my opinion that is great for a 16 year old vehicle.
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4-wheel disc anti-lock brake system (ABS) *
Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) w/dual stage, dual-threshold deployment sensors
Door-mounted side-impact airbags
Front seat side-impact tube-deployed head protection system (HPS) *
Height adjustable front safety belts w/automatic tensioners, force limiters *
Rollover protection system *
Automatic-locking retractors on all passenger safety belts for installation of child restraint seats
Traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) *
Side-impact interlocking door anchoring system
Daytime running lights *
Fuel cutoff (triggered by airbag deployment)
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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