It's a very reliable vehicle if you keep up with oil changes and regular maintenance. A problem with the vehicle is that the window regulators break often. It doesn't affect how the car drives but it is an inconvenience. Since it is an older car there aren't many features but I give it a 10/10 for comfort. I am 5/6 and I fit very comfortably in the car.
My model has the adaptive headlights. While the halo's may look cool, I prefer having headlights that change their aim based on steering position. I am still getting used to the low profile tires though, you feel every bump in the road, but it handles great.
Recently I have been having some minor issues, mostly due to my lack of regular maintenance. The car is solid, comfortable and pretty reliable. The car is 13 years old now and in the 4 years I've had it the only time It broke down was when a belt broke. Any other time I was without it was for planned work where I drove it to a scheduled appointment.
My experience with my BMW.
Right now my car is on the recall list for the airbags, but other than that it is a good car. It is very good on gas, I think all BMW are good on gas. It does have a lot of computers and sensors so it will let you know when something is wrong. As long as you pay attention to your car and get it serviced it will not let you down.
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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
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Air BagsJan 16, 2019
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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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