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The 330i is a harmonious blend of sportiness and luxury, one of the best all-around packages available. Power, agility, and excellent dynamic control make it fun to drive. Meanwhile, the quiet cabin, well-contoured front seats and composed ride contribute to a comfortable driving experience.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001.
Road Test

The 330i is a harmonious blend of sportiness and luxury, one of the best all-around packages available. Power, agility, and excellent dynamic control make it fun to drive. Meanwhile, the quiet cabin, well-contoured front seats and composed ride contribute to a comfortable driving experience.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 6 (184 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (225 hp)
  • 3.2-liter 6 (333 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Worn front lower right and left ball joints”

Anonymous, ON (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Front passenger ball joint was separating and required replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“upper and lower control arms were replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Replaced rear trailing arm bushings, which then made 4 wheel alignment necessary. This was due to routine maintenance, not component failure”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The vehicle is leaking a combination of oil, transmission and power steering fluids. We simply refill these as needed since it will be very expensive to fix all these leaks”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Power steering fluid leak somewhere in the system”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“This is the second time I have had to replace power steering lines”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“See transmission leak explanation”

Pamela C., NH (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“power steering fluid leaked from both ingress and egress hoses to the reservoir”

Anh N., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“IT is very hard to maintain this car. Several issues come up with hoses, valves etc”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Replaced power steering hoses, routine maintenance, no component failure”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Power steering hoses and filter replaced”

William S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“pump wore out; had to replace. Cost $1200.00”

Anonymous, KS (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Struts replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Worn due to age”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“struts were worn. replaced with after market high performance items”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Rear springs rusted and broke”

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“two broken rear springs were replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Replaced steering rack”

Anonymous, NV (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Intermittent failure in axle half shaft constant velocity (CV) joint (yes, the rear axle -- independent suspension requires CV joints in axle shafts)”

John G., AL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Bent tie rod. Most likely due to the condition of roads in my former home of Ann Arbor MI or in north Texas where I currently live”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“suspension issues causing tire uneven ware”

Lou P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“just went bad and needed to be replaced”

Thomas H., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Engine light keeps coming on. Mass airflow sensor replaced. Light will still come on, but cause cannot be determined”

Elizabeth S., NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Seals are gradually leaking oil. We simply refill as needed since it will be very expensive to replace the seals”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Slow oil leak from seal on bottom, very difficult to access, costly to repair”

Arnold A., TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A gasket needed replacing”

J B., AB (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace a Camshaft Possition Sensor For BMW E46. While replacing this part noticed an oil leak around that area”

Bob I., IN (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“have to replace qt oil every 2 month”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“two significant oil leaks in the past five years”

Lou P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“leaking now second bad leak”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I have to put a quart of oil in about every 2 weeks”

Julie W., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I noticed some oil in my garage, took the car to my regular German-car specialist (not BMW dealer) and he repaired the leaking seal(s)/hoses. No recurrence”

Anonymous, OR (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace the oil pan gasket and oil filter housing gasket”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Needed new valve cover and oil pan gaskets -- very expensive!”

Anonymous, NV (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Took the car in multiple times. There were multiple leaks”

Patricia G., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Oil is leaking and burning from somewhere in the engine. Mechanics have not been able to find the actual leak. Burns about 1 quart of oil every 3,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaks from old gaskets are getting bad. Oil stains starting to appear on the floor. Cost of parts $230. Cost of labor quoted at $ 2100”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaks out near engine under hood, even after repairs. Always carry quart of new oil in trunk”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaked from a faulty oil housing gasket”

Anh N., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“I don't know what 12V plug is but there was a short in the cigarette lighter plug and the rear car cigarette lighter”

Gail P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)
Clock

“I can't reset the clock, to reflect the change between regular time and daylight savings time, seasonally. The "stem", which is supposed to facilitate that, doesn't work as it should”

David F., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Plastic stalk used to set time broke off. Don't try to change the time on these cars”

Scott D., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

“gauge cluster died. had to replace”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Dealer and private mechanic are both unable to figure out why headlights, sometimes right, sometimes left, go off randomly. Turning headlight switch off then on fixes the problem. No shorts or bad connections have been diagnosed”

Greg C., NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Headlights flickered, causing two hours of labor to diagnose the problem (corroded electrical parts)”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“bad ground on rear taillight modules”

Jack V., NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Side marker light burns out frequently”

Greg C., NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Brake light/turn signal (L) bulb connections corroded. Had to replace unit”

Anonymous, CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Indicator on dashboard indicated problems with lights on rear. Replaced one carrier and solved problem”

Phillip G., CT (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Driver's side door keyless entry module has failed”

Anonymous, OR (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Keyless entry no longer working on passenger door”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“As soon as the 3-yr warranty ran out, the $300 key fob stopped functioning”

Scott D., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Oil sensor remained on even when oil was full”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“This car has had an electrical problem with the turn signals and there is also a problem with the power windows. Three of the power windows have been replaced several times which should not happen considering the vehicle was $50k plus price tag”

Gail P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)

“Check engine light stays on”

Anonymous, AE (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“The radiator reserve tank cracked and leaked out all the fluid”

Bryan L., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“3 windows failed. 1 got stuck in the down position in the middle of winter”

Jessica B., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Coolant expansion tank leaked and needed to be replaced with radiator hoses”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Radiator overflow tank was cracked”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Radiator leaked and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Water leaks into lower passenger door area when it rains. No one has ever been able to fix this”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“There was some loosening and failure of some rubber weather stripping, however, this could be also due to the cars 14 year age”

Jon C., MO (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to get bottom windshield weather stripping replaced to due increasing breakage. Real driver side window weather strip fell off. Can't replace just failed piece - stripping only sold for entire side. It is becoming brittle all over”

Jessica B., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Weather stripping on back passenger side window needs fixing”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

“There is a clicking noise that happens when it is being driven”

Anonymous, PA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“vibration in dash board or under the hood that our mechanic could not isolate; noise only when engine is lugging; no problem on open road or when accelerating rapidly”

Stephen K., WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“rear differential / axle grinding noise”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“There has been a squeak coming from the mechanism that raises and lowers the convertible top since we have owned the car. The sound is not consistent and only happens when the roof is closed. Several mechanics have looked at it and no one seems to be able to figure out what to do to stop it”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Fuel evaporator purge valve required replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Twice in last year has check engine light go on due to failing sensors”

K G., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)

“something with vacumn hoses leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump failed stranding me”

Richard R., CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Fuel pump failed at 165000 miles”

Anthony B., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“fuel pump failed on Freeway, a scary experience”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Frozen up fuel pump”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Had to replace 2 oxy sensors in exhaust system”

Anonymous, VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The camshaft position sensor failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“ABS/BRAKE/DSC lights on and off and on”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor (check engine) warning light came on. The BMW service rep. told me I need to replace the oxygen sensors and catalytic converter at a cost of $4,000! It is a 2001 and not valued at $4,000! Time for a new car!”

Russell W., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Plastic used to hold grill panels in place cracked/broke/disintegrated. Emblems hood/trunk lid, de-lamented and exposed bare substrate. Expensive replacement emblems”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Window molding came party way off and had to be replaced. The part's cost seemed excessive: $202”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“car is parked outside in my driveway year around, so some road chips have started to rust, and some of the door trim and rubber trim pieces have become loose”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Interior weather stripping on inside of doors falling off”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Molding trim on inside all along the roof line, this part is glued up and all of it came undone. Costs $700 to have it reglued back up”

Bob I., IN (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint didn't wear well. It faded and chipped easily”

Anonymous, PA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Hood paint faded and discolored”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Due to the salt in upstate NY the car components are rusting badly especially bolts and body panel. Some of the rust is contributes to by the repair to side”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“DSC/ABS hydraulic unit failed; leaked brake fluid. Luckily brakes failed gradually so was able to stop in a safe location. Was told replacement cost would be over $1000. Declined. But then was able to get salvage part (with warranty) for $400 so wen”

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Significant squealing of brakes. Multiple attempts to fix it -new calipers, fluid etc with no relief. Finally replaced master cylinder and it stopped. Told brakes were almost ready to fail”

K G., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)
Normal routine brake wear

“None”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

“I have to use serious muscle to utilize the parking brake effectively”

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Cables were frozen in the frame due to rust. Lots of labor to drill them out”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“My brakes lines rusted through - one in 2012 and another in 2014”

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“My former mechanics fault. I heard squeaking, and asked him, specifically, to check the front brakes. He told me all was "OK". As it turned out, another mechanic had to replace ALL of the components of the front brakes, including the rotors. Expensiv”

David F., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“slow leak somewhere in system. Not repaired yet. Top off coolant about once in 10 days”

Anonymous, CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Since they build the cooling system out of lego plastic it cracks and your engine overheats warping the head YAY”

Lenora A., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Thermostat

“Thermostat housing cracked and had to be replaced around 175000 miles”

Elizabeth S., NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Thermostat was faulty and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

“Water pump has failed twice in the last three years. Initial failed pump was replace with an OEM pump. It recently failed catastrophically, destroying the fan blade assy, the radiator and the belt pulley, and sending shrapnel onto the underside of th”

Mark S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Original coolant pump. Worn out”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“water pump failure included losing all accessory drive belts and the idler system. Quite expensive”

J A., HI (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Compressor failed, required replacement as well as new refrigerant and system repair”

R P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“A/C Modulator causes a/c to shut down causing hot air to flow from vents. Need to replace a/c modulator”

Arnold A., TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“quit working thought it was a relay switch that was bad per BMW forum thought there was a recall BMW said no cost $995 to repair outreageous!”

Anonymous, MO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“AC Blower Resistor part failed for the third time since I own the cars. Repair shop complains the replacement parts are substandard”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Refrigerant needed to be replenished”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“System was slightly low on freon and oil”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Crack in coolant tank. Required replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Universal joint on front driveshaft failed causing excessive vibration. Part cost $1000 CDN. Installed it myself”

T-M M., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Electronic sensor module had intermittent issues. Replacement estimate was so costly, I chose to live with the problem and disable DSC when they occurred”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The system reports intermittent failures. It can be disabled. The repair has been quoted at $1700. I drive with it disabled now”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Close-coupled feedback in AWD system made troubleshooting vibrations and performance issues very difficult and costly. Eventually replaced front half-shafts as last resort and corrected problem. Discovered partially frozen inner wheel bearing compone”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

“BMW's are big holes in the earth that money falls into never to be seen again. lol”

Lenora A., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
CV joint

“Inner CV joints on both front axles are worn causing vibration. Picked up parts in US. Canadian parts are too expensive”

T-M M., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

“Display screen goes to nonsense. Can not set the clock. Clock fast forwards on its own”

Dwayne T., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)
Radio

“Intermittent failure to work; had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Occasionally, for unknown reasons, the radio does not work. It always starts working again after two or three starts and stops (short trips)”

Chuck D., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“A.m. Radio hums in tune with my RPMs”

Steven R., MI (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

“Harman Kardon bass boost speakers failed. I purchased some used Factory speakers for $35 from eBay. Problem solved”

Steven R., MI (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Bearings failed in the gear shift”

W S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“lost reverse”

Ralph F., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“The failure of the torque converter lock-up clutch is exhibited by excessive slip of the TC lock-up clutch”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Small leak in transmission oil pan, replaced, new VERY expensive transmission fluid”

Pamela C., NH (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Malfunctioning range sensor put transmission into limp-in mode. Similar part that costs on daughter's 2000 Jeep Cherokee was $400 on the BMW!”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“needed new alternator”

Anonymous, MO (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Coil

“From service rep: "We ran a fault check and we have a coil in cylinder # 1 that has failed so the car is misfiring. Also the plug in the cylinder is pretty wet and the rest look pretty worn. I would suggest 1 coil $378.00, plus 6 spark plugs.311”

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Ignition coil”

Anonymous, IL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plugs damaged by oil residue. Engine burns oil, and this seems to be a consequence of that”

Anonymous, BC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“Right side mirror motor had to be released”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

“Motor for power window replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Left driver side window motor straining to close”

Anonymous, VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Expensive one even just simply changing the torque converter”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Torque converter lock-up clutch failure causing fault code P0741. This is a common problem with the ZF 5HP19 transmission”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“failure from bad design”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Sensor and motor for variable valve timing failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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