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 9 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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?
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

Ball joints

"Front passenger ball joint was separating and required replacement"

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

"Worn front lower right and left ball joints"

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

"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)
Power steering leaks

"See transmission leak explanation"

Pamela C., NH (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"Power steering fluid leak somewhere in the system"

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"recall on steering wiring"

Anonymous, MD (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"pump wore out; had to replace. Cost $1200.00"

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

"The coil spring is broken on the driver's side due to old age. And the struts need to be replaced too."

Norman K., IL (2001 BMW 3 Series None 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Replacement required"

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 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)

"A bearing on top of a L front strut was making noises when car was first started and wheels were turned R and L. AMCO lubricated the bearing and noises stopped, but 1500 mi. later are recurring. Am sure the car needs both front struts replaced."

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

"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)
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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced steering rack"

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

"Needed replacing"

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

"the vibration are due to the strut and spring problem."

Norman K., IL (2001 BMW 3 Series None 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)
Tie rods

"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 computer

"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)
Oil leaks

"During check up, a leak was detected and fixed. Not sure where. There is another leak which is not that serious-not worth the cost of fixing"

George G., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

"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)

"Previous owner neglected to repair a PCV issue, causing a large number of oil leaks from gaskets. I replaced all the seals myself, but I was quoted 3000$ CAD for the replacement of all of them (around 450$ CAD in Parts at BMW Dealer MSRP). There are a lot of little issues like this with very high labour bills for the repairs."

Brendan S., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Front end oil leak, split hose"

Anonymous, VT (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"valve cover gasket"

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

"The car was leaking a substantial amount of oil. When I took it in to be fixed, they kept finding other parts that needed to be replaced. Hoses previously replaced had to be replaced again due to cracking. Couldn't use the car for weeks at a time while getting things fixed."

Anonymous, NC (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)

"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)

"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)

"leaking now second bad leak"

Anonymous, 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)
Body control module

"Failed connector (broken pin on anti-theft daughter module) (failed pin was soldered to board) caused intermittent, then eventual no start, and was very difficult to track down."

Brendan S., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Clock

"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)

"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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The air bag recall went well!! We needed to retire the rear deck lights as they caused the dash lights to go on and drained the battery overnight. We had to replace A/C components as they wore out. We now have an overheat warning light that won't go out [stuck] not overheating!!"

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-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)

"bad ground on rear taillight modules"

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

"gauge cluster died. had to replace"

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

"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)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry no longer working on passenger door"

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

"Driver's side door keyless entry module has failed"

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

"Check engine light stays on"

Anonymous, AE (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"expansion tank leak"

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

"Water pump failed, causing complete cooling failure, and also severing serpentine belt which drives the power steering and alternator. The car was pulled over before overheating and towed to a repair facility, and it's running fine now."

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

"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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather stripping on back passenger side window needs fixing"

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The convertible top bay drains stopped up causing water to accumulate in the bay and leak into the trunk. Clearing the drains was not easy."

Gerald F., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"All exterior seals needed replacing. Only 68thousand km"

Dirk R., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
Squeaks or rattles

"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)

"There is a clicking noise that happens when it is being driven"

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

"rear differential / axle grinding noise"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-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)
Wind noise

"The noise from outside the vehicle could have been better handled in manufacturing so that it's a more quiet ride."

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

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)

"Check engine light went on and off for several weeks. Mechanic cleared the code and it stayed off for a while, but eventually came back on and stayed on. Seemed to be difficult to diagnose, but he finally concluded it was the evaporative canister purge control valve and replaced it. That worked."

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

"something with vacumn hoses leaking"

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

"Had to replace oxygen sensors and two catalytic converters."

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

"Fuel evaporator purge valve required replacement"

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

"Frozen up fuel pump"

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

"Fuel pump failed stranding me"

Richard R., CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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)

"Fuel pump failed at 165000 miles"

Anthony B., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Cam Shaft Position Sensor replaced to clear engine light and allow car to pass smog test."

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

"It took more than one visit to get the new O2 sensors dialed in with the on-board control systems. We used a shop that had experience (and with whom we had had good experience and service), but not a BMW dealer or exclusive specialist. They made the work good and were accommodating. That said, we should have gone to an exclusive specialist (or a dealer... though they can be expensive)."

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"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)

"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)

"ABS/BRAKE/DSC lights on and off and on"

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant recovery system cracked-fluid loss."

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

"plastic reservoir leaks, have had to replace it 3 or 4 times, other plastic parts have broken like input to radiator which I had to replace, gasket leak around water pump. Almost destroyed engine because of plastic housing at bottom of reservoir had cracked and engine overheated. Overall too many plastic parts prone to failure"

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

"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)
Cooling fan

"Cooling fan would not shut off and ran the battery down."

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

"Complete radiator failure; lost all coolant. Two day later the reservoir failed."

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

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"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)

"Entire brake system failed cost 4000 to fix"

Dirk R., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
Calipers

"Rusted and stuck. Many due the damn salt in upstate ny"

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

"Pulsating brake pedal. Replaced rotors and brake pads."

Sean B., OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"None"

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

"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)

"I have to use serious muscle to utilize the parking brake effectively"

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i)
Regular brake failure

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

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

"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)

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

"A/C failed"

Frederick S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"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)
Automatic climate control

"Final State Resistor that controls blower speed and cabin temperature died & needed to be replaced (after diagnosis)."

Thomas M., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"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)

"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)
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 leaks

"Valve failed causing refrigerant to leak"

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

"Crack in coolant tank. Required replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rubber trim around windscreen and side windows deterioration - weather leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 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)

"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)
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)

"paint is cracking and peeling off the front bumper near the bottom. Parts of the front bumper (pieces that are scored to come off) have fallen off accidentally"

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

"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)
Rust

"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)

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

4WD/AWD components

"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)
CV joint

"It. Needed replacement"

J B., AB (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"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)
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)
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)
Stability control (ESC)

"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)

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)
Rough shifting

"About once or twice a month the car lurched and made a bump sound when changing gears. This condition went on for 1 to 5 miles and then self corrected."

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

"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)
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)

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)
Radio

"A.m. Radio hums in tune with my RPMs"

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

"The radio has a home in am mode. It seems to reflect the RPMs of the engine the faster I go the higher pitch the hummus. It's a pain in the bottom. I tried to see if I can buy a device that will fix it but no luck. Years ago you could buy a little device that you put in your power line they will get the hum out. No problem in the FM mode. It's the Harman Kardon stereo with a K set on the dashboard and a 6 CD player in the trunk. Who has K sets anymore? Going back and forth to the trunk to change CDs can be a project in the winter. But my complaint is the home and am mode."

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

"Intermittent failure to work; had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i)

"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)
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)

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

"3 window motors have gone out on this car. two have been fixed at over $500 each and we are waiting to decide whether we will get a new car or keep this one a while longer"

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

"Each of the four windows stopped working at different times and started making horrible noise. The mechanism that moves each window up and down failed right around 100K miles."

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

"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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"did not pass smog check due to leaking hoses."

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)
Other/unsure

"Recall to replace air bags"

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

"Recall airbag was replaced no charge"

Ken C., NH (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The recall was well handled by BMW when they got in the OEM replacement parts. But it put the public at grave risk off injury or death. They should have provided free rental cars to avoid risking our lives and automatically compensated us for the trouble they caused by using inferior 3rd party parts !!"

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Boltss not tightened properly and starter loose"

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

"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)

"Expensive one even just simply changing the torque converter"

Anonymous, CA (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)

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

Alternator

"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)

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)
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