2004 BMW 3 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Silver Gray
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,104 - $14,209
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
20 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
184-333
Seats
4-5

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BMW 3 Series Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 325Ci $4,104 - $5,491
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 330Ci $5,374 - $6,787
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon M3 $12,212 - $14,209
Horsepower: 333 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8, 19 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 325i $4,396 - $5,789
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 325xi $5,074 - $6,465
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 330i $5,290 - $6,711
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 330xi $5,101 - $6,522
Horsepower: 225 hp
Engine Type: Gas 6-Cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
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Owner Reviews

4.39
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Reliable with minor issues.

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Very reliable but have run into problems with the catalytic converters and interior problems. My car was used before I got it so this might be due to prior user error. Best driving car I have ever had and many people feel the same way after driving it. The features are very nice and are just what you need in a vehicle.

Maggie M
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BMW 325ci, is a very good performance car. Also very luxurious.

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I don't really have any problems with my car besides the interior, but then again I brought it used. Absolutely love the way the car feels in the turns. Also the seat are very comfortable. No motor issues at all with the car. Everything is very enjoyable with the BMW 325ci 2004.

Annie R
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It is expensive to maintain.

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I've never driven a car with as good of handling as my BMW 325xi. The car is good on gas. It is fast and accelerates better than most with the v6 engine. The only thing I dislike is that it requires a lot of expensive maintenance and it's not very good in bad weather.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$4,104 - $5,491
$5,374 - $6,787

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
225 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L (152) DOHC 24
3.0L (183) DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

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

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
36.3 - 38 (in.)
36.3 - 38 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32 - 33.2 (in.)
33.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.2 - 36.5 (in.)
36.2 - 36.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
7.7 - 9.5 (cu. ft.)
7.7 - 9.5 (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
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Cell PhoneHookup
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Standard
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Standard

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Leather, Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
4 - 5
4 - 5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Optional
Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
Optional

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
68.5 (in.)
68.5 (in.)
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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

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
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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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)
20 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Optional
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Optional

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

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

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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N/A
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
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Good
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Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes w/Dynamic Brake Control *
  • 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 *
  • Front safety belts w/automatic tensioners, force limiters *
  • Rollover protection system *
  • ISOFIX 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)
  • Battery safety terminal
  • Crash sensors automatically turn on hazard/interior lights & unlock doors
  • Coded driveaway protection
  • High-performance tuned anti-lock braking system w/Dynamic Brake Control *
  • Front door-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Automatic height adjustable front safety belts w/automatic tensioners, force limiters *
  • Child seat automatic safety belt locking device
  • Traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control/M-variable differential lock *
  • 3-point safety belts for all seating postions *
  • Rear door child safety locks *
  • Rear child safety seat anchors *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (1)

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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.

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