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 10 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

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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.

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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 2002 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Body control module

"intermittent operation of keyless entry and master door lock. at one time, could not get out of the car; had to roll driver window down and use the key to unlock the driver door. also, every window regulator on the car has been replaced"

Donald J., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"DSC Module and dashboard display system had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"tail and brake lights burn out"

Mark R., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"rear light intermittantly to out"

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Short in rear lights. Repaired after recall notice"

Mary M., MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Interior warning light indicates exterior right turn lights malfunction; stops spontaneously then starts again"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"A bulb went out in the running light below headlight"

Anonymous, NM (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"following an auto battery failure and a jump start none of the gauges worked. turned the lights on then gauges worked however, fog/bright light indicator has yet to work. Also, the computer that displays the temp, mpg, mileage remain, and next inspe"

Donald J., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine Temperature gauge not working, waiting to be diagnosed"

Anonymous, BC (2002 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The gauge cluster stopped working and had to replace it. The cost for this part was 1780.00 excluding installation and reprograming it."

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

"Turn signals were the problem. When I went to check bulb the plastic arms that held the turn signal housing snapped (both sides). Cheap plastic didn't last after 13 years and literally fell apart. Problem could have been prevented by using metal rat"

Joesph S., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"simple bulb burnout- replaced myself"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"xenon headlamp would not illuminate upon starting. If I turned engine off and restarted the light would illuminate"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"xeon headlight failed, resulting in a trip to the dealer, who replaced the headlight$$$$$ then had to go back several days later and have the "ignighter" replaced$$$$$ resulting in two trips to the dealer due to their incompetence in ordering the cor"

Anonymous, WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Intermittent outrage of left headlight. Hard to diagnose without a large ticket repair."

Mark H., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series)
Keyless entry

"Auto door locks have been a recurring problem. First repair fixed problem but problem - the door locks would close but not open - recurred a month later. Took car to BMW dealership and they said the electric motors were "old and tired" and should be"

Joesph S., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Doors fail to unlock when the open button on the keg fob is pushed"

Benjamin G., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i)

"The only door that could be unlocked was the driver side door. The Passenger front and rear doors could not be unlocked, which could lead to a passenger being trapped and unable to open the doors"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"battery went dead in the remote. Had to use the key manually then the door lock fail, resulting in me being locked out.$$$$$ to replace the keys and door lock"

Anonymous, WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Remote key stopped unlocking/locking doors; I was able to reprogram key (via YouTube video) to open door and trunk but not to lock the door. BMW wanted $300+ for new key"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"The key fob no longer unlocks or locks the car & the key doesn't work on the driver's door either, so we're forced to leave the driver's door unlocked at all times! One time our dog accidentally stepped on the door lock button & locked us out of the car! Daughter had to crawl through a window!"

Julie I., (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The control module for the electronic locking system went out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Technically related to door locks: intermittent locking/unlocking the door that finally broke (even with physical key. This time had to change the electronic board and the drum. BTW had changed window-pane up/down controller a few times"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"3 out of 4 door locks worked perfectly, the driver's door stopped unlocking but would lock normally. Upon much internet research, determined that the General Module 5 (GM5) was malfunctioning and sending incorrect voltage to driver door. Was able to remove and repair GM5. All door locks operate normally now after the repair."

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 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

"Wasn't working. Replaced by dealer"

Frederick C., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Not cooling and as always with BMW, very expensive to repair"

Anonymous, AR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i)

"The system seemed to lack power and the air was not cool. But it seems to be working well at this time"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Paint began to face on front and rear bumpers, and on rear panel"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The heat can not be regulated and always blows very hot requiring me to open drivers window during the winter to cool off"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci)

"cannot adjust, temperature"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"burned out"

Mark R., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced w evaporator"

Karl A., SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working. The resistor was replaced and now the blower motor quit. I have also experienced problems with the A/C control panel"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"had noisy fan blower replaced once previously, same problem"

Steven M., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i)

"blower stopped"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"Blower fan stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"FAN DID NOT OPERATE ON LOW SPEED"

Anonymous, ID (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"All window operators failed, individually. Also the sunroof operator failed. Clearly a design issue"

Anonymous, SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Labor $ was very high $1400"

Karl A., SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The climate system can develop a leak through the evaporator. Only way to get to it is to disassemble the dash -- making an expensive job much more so"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"heating systems get off in winter time (only cold air was blowed out)"

Anonymous, QC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The temperature control doesn't work- it always sets the temperature to the highest setting. During the winter I have to periodically open the windows to cool down the interior."

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series)
Refrigerant leaks

"Not the first time this problem has occurred"

Anonymous, AR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i)

"I have experienced two refrigerant leaks in 2 consecutive years. Each time a separate valve was replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Have spent literally thousands of dollars on a/c repairs on this car over the years. A/C now slowly leaks refrigerant so that I must get it re-charged ever 3 months. Still leak cannot be found by auto mechanics"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"simple fitting was leaking"

Anonymous, SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Low oil warning light kept coming on and then going off. It was (finally) found to be defective"

Barbara J., MN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"Started needing oil changes more often, also noticed some burnt oil smell. Mechanic discovered rather major oil leak, needed replacement of many things and clean-up; cost about 800 dollars"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaking oil, had to have it fixed more than once. Burn more oil after the car was over 90,000"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"My car has been getting oil leaks for a few years. I have had several repairs to correct. My mechanic says an engine gasket should be replaced. Since the labor is significant, he suggests we watch the problem before I have this repair done"

Joan F., NJ (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"slow oil leak, required engine teardown and gasket replacement to fix"

Anonymous, MS (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"repeated repairs needed to fix series of engine leaks"

Steven M., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i)

"Fixed oild gasket leak, but there is still more leaking"

Paul N., GA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Small amount of oil are being consumed somewhere. I can't smell it or see it"

Paul Y., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Multiple oil leaks causing various gadgets and drive belts to be replaced resulting in thoUSnds of dollars in repairs"

Lee S., PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine leaks some oil and burns oil. Need to add 1 quart per 1,000 miles."

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan leeks"

D K., BC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leak. Oil pan gasket leak. Oil filter housing leak. Oil seeps from these gaskets, so replacement was advised, but leaks were not so bad that oil level went down or that oil spots were left on garage floor"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"I learned that BMW is known for plastics and gaskets hardening or drying out as they age causing expensive repairs"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan"

Anonymous, BC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I guess a 15 year old car will have occasional leaks"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"Frequent smell of burning oil at occasional intervals"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There are small oil spots on the cardboard under the car. Nothing excessive."

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A minor oil leak from an old hose connection."

Anonymous, CO (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket and oil pan gasket leaked, but not enough to use a meaningful amount of oil, just messy, and common as this generation of BMW ages."

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

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

Alignment

"It was 5% out of alignment. fixed it once, had to go back twice to "fix" it two more times"

Liam S., WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Ball joints

"more play in the steering; thumping noise when going over bumps"

Jay F., TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Bushings

"Problem discovered during routine maintenance. No driving problem noticed, but did notice more responsive handling after the service"

John M., OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bushings were cracked and needed to be replaced. Once replaced steering wheel vibration disappeared."

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Had a minor hose connection problem. Dealer replaced item"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The system failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i)
Shocks or struts

"replaced front and back struts, front coil springs, and tie rods. i consider this maintenance on a 13 year old car with 185,000 miles"

Jeff W., OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Suspension really bad - coils are broken"

Dileep K., CT (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"shocks and struts needed replacement due to fact they were the originals"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken left rear spring discovered during routine visit to dealer for oil service"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"broken rear coil springs"

Anonymous, NH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Unfortunately cracking rear springs are a very common issue for this car"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Have replaced rear springs twice on this car. Car has never been driven roughly. Always on pavement"

J W., AB (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Broken suspension coils on both sides were replaced due to brake pads stucked to rotor several times during first few years of ownership"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"the suspension springs on both sides broke one after another over 2 years because the rear brake shoes stucked on the drums and failed to release due to rust from the moisture between brake shoes and drum. Moving the car put a lot of pressure on the spring to release the the brake from the drum, causing the springs to break"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"U bolt on steering column worn, causing the steering to grab"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rack and pinion unit had to be replaced because it was not working properly (noises, ). Struts had to be replaced too. This was in October 2018 now, May the 5 th., I had to take it to the repair shop to have these same items replaced, plus some bushings"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration diagnosed to bad brake caliper and left control arm - heavy rattling and was told car is unsafe for driving until it was fixed. Cost almost 1000$"

Dileep K., CT (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Worn out left rear xafter 201,500 miles...not bad"

Anonymous, TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-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)

"Doing a smog test indicated a fault in the system related to an air leak in a rubber hose"

Harold S., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

""Check Engine" light. $1600.00 fix"

Peter B., OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"In May 2019, Service engine light came on and OBD code 0455 was found along with 1620 for thermostat. They replaced detection pump, canister, & filter for 0455, and they replaced thermostat and housing for 1620. Total cost with oil and oil filter change was $2117. The Service engine light came on again 8 August. My obd reader again said fault 0455. I turned it off and am waiting to see if it will reoccur. I still like the car, but repairs are expensive."

David C., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace intake runner valve at 234k miles"

Anonymous, UT (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"needed new catalytic converters"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"repeated check engine light warnings"

Steven M., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series)

"Difficulty getting the car to pass smog inspections because of computer glitches, not because of emissions."

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed. Expernsive as there are two pumps and a saddlebag fuel tank"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"it died and could not get it started"

Carl B., WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car suddenly wouldn't start, was eventually diagnosed as a fuel pump problem. No similar issues since the pump was replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Air intake system had a hole in the rubber boot intake which caused a fault indication on a smog test"

Harold S., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"Check engine light keeps coming on after adjustments"

Anonymous, VA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"All the sensors had to be replaced. Engine light still on even though several mechanics have repaired the car. Car will not pass smog because of faulty sensors."

Julie I., (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve position sensor, caused engine to stall after start. Other emissions related sensor failed, would not pass smog test."

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Car is very old. Had the following OBD codes: P0171 Fuel system to lean (cylinder bank 1) P0300 and P1350 Random/multi misfire detected P1349 Misfire cylinder 4 with fuel cut-off P1352 Misfire during start cylinder 6 P0174 Fuel system to lean (cylinder bank 2) P0444 Evap Emission system purge control valve circuit open P0128 Coolant thermostat P0300 Random/multi misfire Had master mechanic (not dealer) replace Vent hose, Gasket, Vent Pipe, Connector Line, Elbow Tube, Pressure Regulator, Evap P"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-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

"exterior plastic and rubber drying out, cracking, and falling off"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Rain channel separated from the body"

Tom C., TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Many exterior trim/molding pieces are held on with plastic clips, which have become brittle and are starting to break all over the car"

Felicia H., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"front bumper/molding dislodged from scrapping on parking curb"

Anonymous, AK (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"tail light assembly was dislodged at car wash"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"trim above rear door fell off. This has happened before"

Jay F., TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"loose door/window trim which required rubber cement to reglue which I did myself"

Morris B., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Interior trim covering center dashboard/controls is disintegrating/peeling. Plastic cover for small compartment fell apart. Cloth covering ceiling is wrinkled. Door molding falling off, the plastic pieces holding them in place have just cracked in many pieces"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the paint, especially on the hood is chipping and the underlying steel is beginning to oxidize"

John M., OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The paint has been consistently fading on the front doors"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"The car has always been kept in a garage, so the main paint job has held up very well. The rust is on the door thresholds"

Barbara J., MN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"Rear quarter panel"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rust starting at back of rear wheel well where it hits the bumper"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Original materials on car. Did most. Parts replaced when car was hit when it was 3 or 4 yrs old were not treated to prevent rust. These parts rusted and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"I drive the car throughout the winter on salty highways, but I wash the car frequently. Was very disappointed when rust started to develop in the rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-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

Convertible top

"hydraulic cylinders failed seriatum over the course of three months"

Robert L., DC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Sunroof

"no longer opens - problem with the opening mechanism"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"outsidewater could not get out from sunroof pipes along the Windows so it overflowed into the instrument cluster who getout of order and must be replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rail problem prevents opening"

Anonymous, OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

"Window regulators have a cheap plastic piece that breaks"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"left rear window slow to open/close or won't do it at all"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace electric window mechanism in three windows"

Mary M., MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"window regulator for each window have failed in succession between 70,000 and 105,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The mechanism for both the driver and passenger power windows failed in the last year. Independent dealer verified that this was a common problem"

Felicia H., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"all four power windows have failed resulting in $250 per window repair"

Lee S., PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Broken actuator"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"window opening gears failed"

Anonymous, OH (2002 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

"We bought the car used and the coolant tank had been replaced with a new genuine BMW part just before purchase. It cracked after a year or about 18,000 miles and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Radiator source of leak- had to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"This car has been experiencing antifreeze leaks. I had to replenish antifreeze every week but the repair shop cannot find the cause. It does not overheat but I am worried considering how expensive repairs are for this brand of cars."

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Plastic radiator part became brittle and leaked needed replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Overheating

"Overheating again...after replacing thermostat and water pump. Did this a second time and additionally replaced a cracked overflow container which was leaking water. Time to trade this vehicle as too many little things popping up. Ridiculous costs"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"mechanic said it was due to an air bubble in system that had to be flushed out. it worked and they didn't charge me for THAT repair"

Michael S., NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radiator

"Replaced due to cracking/leaks of plastic components"

Ellyn R., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Coolant reservoir replaced along with hoses"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The radiator split. It was made of metal and plastic and split where the two materials meet. My mechanic found a all metal replacement"

Bob R., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

"Plastic cooling system parts in this generation of BMW are known to fail at 80,000 plus miles, so I replaced water pump, thermostat, hoses, expansion tank as a necessary maintenance task before failure."

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

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

"Coolant leaking, replaced coolant tank and upper hose"

Jun L., MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"water leaked into trunk after rain or going through car wash. After one storm I had 6"of water in the trunk"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci)

"the trunk leaks around the sealing. was taken to BMW service..told it was fixed and still water gets in whenever it rains."

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaks from sun roof right and left front. Release hose on right side was disconnected. left side tube was clogged"

Anonymous, PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water came into my car through the doors because the plastic sheet inside the door panels came unglued. Multiple doors not just one"

Anonymous, SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rivets on engine heat shield pulled apart."

D K., BC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Exhaust system rattle, chronic"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace bushings for the 2nd time on 3 years. I was not surprised the first time but was surprised they went bad 3 years later"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The ABS/DSC module failed"

Anonymous, AL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Calipers

"one front caliper failed and replaced due to seized brake pads on the rotor when there is excessive moisture between the pads and rotor such as after washing car and parked car immediately without driving for a small distance to warm up the rotor to"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Warm front wheel fixed by rebuilding both front calipers"

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Comments on braking and suspension already noted"

J W., AB (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"One front caliper was dragging. Tolzien replaced it and the brake lines."

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to have front brakes replaced (after more than 120,000 miles on them, so no complaints)"

Anonymous, CT (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Brake lever needs to be pulled all the way to the stop to be effective"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"rotors worn down and needed newones"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.2-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

"This is the 2nd alternator I've had to replace on this car. First one was after 5 years. I expect better from a premium car brand"

Cheryl M., ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Would not start and would not hold charge"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Coil

"#1 ignition coil misfired"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 BMW 3 Series None 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Engine harness

"wiring harness shorted out and started a fire with the hood closed. The fire melted the latch mechanism and we had to pry up a corner of the hood with a crow bar to spray the engine compartment with a fire extinguisher. The car was a total loss"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Replaced badly misfiring spark plug"

Margaret M., CA (2002 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

Differential

"Loud noises that were traced to loose nuts (required retorque'ing)"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Front axle became unattached, left me stranded on the hwy. Driving home on multi lane hwy all of a sudden There was a complete disingagement of motor and wheels"

Anonymous, CO (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Rubber boot on axle deterated, threw grease everywhere and the axle disengaged from the diff. Stranding me on the highway. The only way to fix was to replace the whole axel and alignment was required."

Anonymous, CO (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The blower motor resistor has failed twice and is expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"master conrol unit for ESC, ABS, and traction control needed to be replaced with a used unit"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Dealer says new clutch needed"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had may car in for an oil change and they recommended I change the clutch. Said sure."

John S., ON (2002 BMW 3 Series None 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Slipping transmission,needs new one"

Jeanne T., GA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i)

"Transmission rebuild cost $5000, including minor maintenance items. Car needed more care than I was able to give it, due to my health problems. I;m very satisfied w;/ the work, not done by BMW"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Most significant issue was the manual Getrag 250 transmission kicking out of 3rd into neutral. The design and BMW's claim of "lifetime" MTF are to blame. If new fluid doesn't resolve this issue you're looking at $3k to put a rebuilt transmission in"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-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

Radio

"On/off control no longer works. Dealer says it can't be fixed but instead a new radio is the only option at a ridiculous price. Therefore, we simply turn the volume down when wanting to turn it off"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Volume control on radio does not work.Only the volume control on the steering wheel works"

Bob R., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"on/off volume knob doesn't work"

Jay F., TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

"speaker cones failed, required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Excessive oil consumption source of which evaded multiple attempts to diagnose but more recently appearing to be resulting from wearing of piston rings or valve stem guides and or seals now resulting in misfiring and engine damage"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"bad oil leak that required close to $1k of labor work with gasket replacement to fix"

Michael S., NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The car began running extremely roughly, as if on only three cylinders. Diagnosis was that engine had to be replaced. We replaced it. Car ran fine since."

Sandra M., OK (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Head gasket failed. This was a $4,000 repair at the dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"air bag recall"

Anonymous, PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to disconnect the driver door airbag to access the lock actuator. Disconnected the car battery prior to any work. Didn't re-connect battery until all work was completed and airbag was re-installed and connected. Still ended up with airbag warning light. Have not corrected it yet."

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 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

Slipping transmission

"Transmission will sometimes slip in the mornings. The slippage is not consistent"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"It gas a Hydramatic transmisi¿hat Would not shift, into, reverse"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
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