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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"it's a BMW and lives up to the reputation."

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Corners nicely, plenty of pep to merge on freeways."

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)


Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"When you need it it is fast and quick. Sometimes I don’t realize how fast I’m going"

Anonymous, BC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Bought this car for what it was intended -- a sporty coupe that I could also enjoy on a race track. It is my daily driver and I could use a larger four door sedan but this car is so much fun to drive that I do not want to sell it. Perfect enthusiast car without breaking the bank."

Gary G., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Still is reasonably fast after 18 years. Suspension is wonderful compromise of sportiness and comfort. Still has reasonable feel through the steering providing feed back. Very good on highway and windy backroads. Goes where pointed."

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I love my car's handling. I have the sport (and luxury) package on it, and it makes me feel as if I'm more a part of the driving process. The acceleration is wunderbar, too. Friends who have driven my car also have complimented the driving experience."

Jennifer A., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Great performance and handling"

Richard S., TN (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling and acceleration"

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"It drives like a car should drive."

Ronald S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I love the acceleration the 330I has, the car handles great like a BMW should."

Anonymous, PA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Precision handling at over 102000 miles"

Ralph F., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent power and acceleration at all rpms. Handling superb."

Thomas M., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)


Anonymous, HI (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling and simplicity of controls. Front and rear visibility from driver’s seat."

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Very powerful and responsive"

Sally B., FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling"

Mary M., IL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"A wonderful driver's car; a pleasure to drive."

Andrew D., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"This is the car that allowed me to understand what "good handling" meant. It responds as needed with acceleration and responsiveness. The turning radius is so tight that "you can make a turn after you have already missed it"."

Anonymous, GA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I really enjoy the way the car accelerates and handles. This is probably the number one positive feature on this car other than the silky smooth engine/transmission driveline combination."

Joseph V., NY (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a great handling car."

Michele C., NV (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is very linear and quick. The handling as well is very precise- much more so, even, than newer longer wheelbase cars when driving on the highway. It is great otfeel such close control over a car's handling."

Timothy M., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"This is my wives car so I don't drive it that much. This car has a 3 liter engine and delivers power effortlessly and well up to 160 kph without breathing hard. It is 16 years old and the performance has hardly dropped off although we do have it serviced regularly by our service guy (not by BMW)"

Ken M., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Great all around driving experience. Good acceleration, braking, handling and comfort."

Anonymous, MD (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration. Good handling. Great BMW service when the airbag and other things were recalled. Even though i bought the car when it was many years old, BMW treated me like an original owner. Excellent service. It is a good drive, but a little hard for my wife and myself to get into at our age (67 and 65). I think it's a better fit for younger drivers."

Anonymous, NC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Responsive engine; quick and precise handling. Great fun to drive."

Anonymous, AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series)


Thomas O., FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I very happy with the engine of this car and the handling"

Donald S., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is excellent. AWD makes handling exceptional on snowy and icy roads."

RUSS K., OR (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent handling, easy control"

WARREN L., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration and handling are outstanding."

JAMES M., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Lots of power when accelerating,great to handle,hugs the road on turns"

SALLY B., FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles extremely well on freeway."

TOM C., WI (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a BMW....need I say more?"

CAROLINE L., AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Really fun to drive. Hugs the corners, smooth drive, ragtop convertible is reliable"

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"At 93,000 miles, replaced shocks, did alignment, car drives like new. Will probably keep it til it dies."

RALPH F., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"This car handles like a much more expensive sports car. Overall, I prefer it's simpler controls to the later models of this same model. The new models are over instrumented"

WILLIAM F., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"straight 6 gives good power, acceleration and does it smoothly and quietly"

KEN M., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Very powerful, handles beautifully."

BRUCE J., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Great value, safe, economical, roomy, drives very well adequate power good braking and handling. Very crash worthy saved our lives in a bad crash with an animal."

Anonymous, OR (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The engine and brakes are very strong - a big asset in freeway driving with merging and sudden stops. The tight turning radius is superb! The engine hesitates slightly when floored."

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)


Anonymous, OR (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Even after 15 years and 157,000 miles the car runs well, handles well, and is a pleasure to drive."

KENT M., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Very high performance sport car, good handle, good accelerate viehcle. Like the automatics shifting and stick shifting system you can choose during driving."

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is a fun driving experience and handles superb, hugs a curve and has excellent braking. It has a sport suspension yet a comfortable ride. Love this car. My Grandson has asked for it and it will be passed on later this year for his 16th birthday gift."

JOY B., FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Every time I drive it, the smooth engine and responsive steering reminds me why I bought it!"

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Best all around car I have owned. Its 15 years old and I still haven't found a suitable ( cost effective) replacement."

HOWARD B., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Smooth ride, quiet interior, not much road noise."

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Bucket sports seats excellent. Engine noise pleasant. Tire noise more than I would like. Firm ride, as you would expect."

Thomas M., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Awesome sport seats, reasonable quiets. With sport suspension it’s not too harsh. Some tire noise. Egress from low seat is not as easy as it used to be. Lovely steering wheel and soft touch points. Gear lever is sublime.. wife finds controls to heavy."

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is comparable to my previous MB 450 sedan"

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Seating is on the spot---not too soft and heated"

Margie C., SC (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Rear seats are very uncomfortable / tight for most people. My 1994 3 series did not have this problem."

Beth B., MI (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The car is smotth driver on smooth roads and drives with precision on all roads at all speeds. With low profile tires, however, rough roads are not as well suited."

Timothy M., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Great seats. Quiet ride."

Anonymous, GA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I am very happy with the comfort of this car which is why I still have it"

Donald S., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has the sports package installed, so on Tucson's horrible roads it can be rough and not overly comfortable. However, it still rides and drives like a new vehicle. It is immense fun to drive."

Anonymous, AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The extendable under-thigh support makes the already-excellent seats even better. All cars should have them."

ROBERT W., OR (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Seats are exceptionally comfortable for my lower back. Heated seats are great for winter weather in Oregon."

RUSS K., OR (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I've driven this car from coast to coast four times and every time, I remark on just how comfortable, quiet, and easy to handle it is. The fuel economy on these long trips was almost 35 mpg. A great car."

CAROL B., MN (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"It is the most comfortable car we have ever had. The seats are perfect and the ride is firm but pleasant. Noise has become a little loud the last few years however."

JAMES M., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"Climate control very unsatisfactory. Mechanics unable to get venting so no way to get outside air & must use Ac. Defrost had only 1 speed - high & noisy."

Anonymous, MN (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The leather seats showed significant wear very quickly. I had to stitch the driver's seat upholstery when it split"

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It worths the praise "Car of the Year""

WARREN L., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I got good value from this vehicle because I am able to fix most problems myself without going to a dealer. If I had to go to a dealer my answer would have been different..."

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"I purchased this 15 year old vehicle 1 year ago with 58,000 mi on it for $8000. . I have put an additional 18,000 mi on it and the only repair I've had to do was replace the thermostat. It's a convertible, comfortable, and a blast to drive!"

J K., FL (2001 BMW 3 Series)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Still good looking 15 years after mfg."

TOM C., WI (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The E46 BMW 3 series is classic, the best-looking ever and the size is just right, unlike the ever-growing successor models."

ROBERT W., OR (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"The 2001 330i has such a classic look and in my opinion the best of all of the 3 series models."

CAROLINE L., AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series)

"It still looks good after 15 years"

KEN M., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series)
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