2003 BMW 3 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,175 - $12,870
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
184-333
Seats
4-5
Color:  Oxford Green Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,175 - $12,870
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
184-333
Seats
4-5

BMW 3 Series Models & Trims

325Ci $4,236 - $5,619
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 $4,521 - $5,928
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 18 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
M3 $10,969 - $12,870
Horsepower: 333 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8, 19 (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 $4,175 - $5,530
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
325xi $4,196 - $5,555
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 $4,605 - $6,016
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 18 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
330xi $4,916 - $6,335
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (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

Owner Reviews

4.25

48 Reviews

5 star 44% 4 star 40% 3 star 15% 2 star 2% 1 star 0%

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

How durable and reliable it is.

My BMW is my best friend. Although my car is a older version of BMW (2003) it still gets me from point A to point B with little to no problems. Of course it can be a bit pricey when something goes wrong. Foreign cars can be a bit expensive but I feel that It's not a bad thing because the car is worth it. Smooth, still runs quick. Like anything if you can keep it clean and keep up with maintenance than you'll have a car you can hold on to.

- Alexis G

Stick shift is the best to drive this car.

I have a 2003 stick shift BMW 425ci. When I first bought it, I did really like it but the times goes by Its giving me more problems and going to a BMW dealer is so expensive were sometimes I cannot afford it. Maybe if I bought a newer one I would've love it. I just wish that the service is not expensive. I guess the expensive car you get the more you pay in a service since Its a European car.

- Christian C

A pure driving machine, consistently delivering performance and reliability.

My vehicle us a 2003 BMW 325i sport. I commute approximately 60 miles per day. My car makes my commute incredibly fun as the steering and throttle response are very crisp. This makes it easy to carve a path through humdrum traffic. My car takes any abuse I can give it, and does so all while delivering reliable power coupled with seamless shifts. My car is an absolute joy to own and drive!

- Amber C

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Front angle view.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$4,236 - $5,619
$4,521 - $5,928

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L (152) DOHC 24
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
Optional
Optional
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 - 32.2 (in.)
32 - 32.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

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

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
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
Standard
Standard

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

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Optional
Optional
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
P225/45R17
P225/40R18

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
3197 - 3627 (.lbs)
3285 - 3704 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Torque

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

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

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
24 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
20 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
29 (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

Automatic Headlights
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

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
Standard

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

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*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 (2)

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.
Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
03V160
Summary:
On certain passenger vehicles, the window lifting anti-pinching device might not function properly, and occupants could be pinched by a window that is being closed.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the electronic control unit for the window lifting anti-pinching device. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during May 2003. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

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