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

"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)

"A GREAT DRIVING VEHICLE"

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)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"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)

Value

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)

Styling

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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