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 the responsive handling I've come to expect from BMW over the years. The 6-speed manual transmission has good low-end acceleration and the high gear is good for highway driving, and helps improve the MPG."

Anonymous, OH (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Traded a S2000 for this so my wife could get in and out easier as we are in our late 60's. The car is fun to drive. Performance was important and the car has lived up to my expectations. Also it is a convertible."

Anonymous, VA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"This car has manual transmission and CHP performance package - it is very responsive and really fun to drive!"

LEE J., AR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Precise handling. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Very good acceleration."

Anonymous, CO (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"drives now (11 years and 70,000 miles later) just like it was new, great acceleration, tight cornering, hugs the road, just right suspension"

RICK B., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Great acceleration & handling"

TOM B., HI (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I've owned the 330i for 11 years and I still smile every time I get in it. Wonderful car! Still."

PAUL F., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"i like the responsiveness of the steering and the sports car feel to the way it rides. The abs brake system worked very well in an emergency situation, also the anti rollover."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Suspension, brakes, handling very well setup for spirited driving. Acceleration good, not great."

BENJAMIN M., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Best driver road feel for those who want road control"

Anonymous, BC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It still rides on rails, drifts and accelerates like a scalded dog."

STUART B., NC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles great. The seats have comfortable cloth upholstery."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"handles well and fun to drive"

Anonymous, BC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It handles very well, corners easily and smoothy, has a lot of acceleration--a pleasant experience all told."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Great car"

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW 325 is fun to drive. Comfortable, handles well and looks good."

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is great (5-speed manual), with BMW's signature and UN-turbo'd six (replaced with turbo 4's on the new models). It's not a muscle car, but then I don't have male ego problems. Handling is inspiring. I can leave the legions of unconscious dopey tail-gaters behind on any curve, since most of them are driving Japanese slushboxes or wallowing SUV's. Satisfying."

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent driving and performance. Driving this car feels like an extension of my body. After 12 years, the engine is still strong and problem free."

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"decent acceleration nice handling"

Anonymous, CT (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It has decent acceleration and great handling and gets 28 mpg highway at 80 mph. Its a practical sports car."

CHARLES L., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It's so great!! I love it!! I drove every other car first then test drove BMW. Wow, the decision was made. And I lived in Germany so saved a lot of money on purchase."

JOY B., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent handling and performance"

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It is just a pleasure to drive. Handling is quite good."

Anonymous, TN (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"As a typical "M" car, acceleration is awesome and handling is very sporty and solid. The six peed stick transmission adds to the overall driving experience."

Anonymous, SC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"A dream to drive especially on curvy roads"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It is a dream to drive, it corners easily and has a great turning radious. After I drove it all other cars were just cars. It hugs the road and has a great feel to it while driving. I didn't get to comment about the comfort. It has an extension on the seat so you can pull it out for longer legs. As a result, the seat is extremely comfortable and doesn't put pressure on one's back."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"the turbo has very quick response"

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Wow! Meant to be driven!"

Anonymous, OH (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Fun to drive, great handling!"

Anonymous, NC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"smooth in-line 6 cal good acceleration and great handling"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"This car is just plain fun to drive... on the coast, in the mountains... heck even in bumper to bumper traffic With the top down .. your smile goes up With the top up it's pretty quiet for a convertible ... and it's still fun to drive... watch your speed though it's easy to go 85 and not know it"

Carl S., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"cornering"

Anonymous, TX (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Handles extremely well - confident it will go where I want it to go"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Still a wonderful driving experience 12 years later."

Anonymous, MD (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I'ts been a good car. It drives like a "pocket rocket". Unfortunately it's too low for our aging bodies so we'll be selling it. (Going for an Audi 3)"

George E., FL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent drivers car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Car has a manual transmission. Handling is responsive, is easy to upshift or downshift, and gets good highway mileage with the 6th gear."

G U., OH (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Control and confidence in handling very good for an older vehicle."

Wallace T., MI (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"acceleration and handling are excellent. quick response. braking is excellent."

Anonymous, KY (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Is a fun car to drive; has plenty of power; equipped with the sport suspension it handles very well, even when pushed fairly hard."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Excellent acceleration. I like being able to push on the accelerator and know I can get to the other lane quickly. It's also nice going up a hill and not struggling to do so."

Anonymous, AL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"The vehicle is a pleasure to drive, but pricey to maintain."

Anonymous, WA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"the car has almost 50/50 weight distribution between the front and back wheels and it handles very nicely."

Thomas B., ON (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Sporty ride with good handling"

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I love the power and control"

Dana R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"The 3 series BMW continues to perform well in acceleration and handling even after the 2ook miles."

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"The car has fabulous handling and strong acceleration if desired. Just a joy to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"This generation of BMW drives and handles far superior to any succeeding generations. BMW's have become bloated and soft. Will not buy another until they return to the core BMW driving experience, i.e. "The Ultimate Driving Machine" motto that made them famous."

Anonymous, PA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"good acceleration and nimble handling very fun to drive"

Joseph N., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"as BMW advertises -- it is the ultimate driving machine"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"The BMW is nearing 14 years old and I still smile every time I get in it. It's comfortable, quick, stylish and gets 25 MPG. I love that car!"

Paul F., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Acceleration is relatively good, despite heaviness of X-drive vehicle. Handling is excellent, especially at high speeds."

Anonymous, MD (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"solid, very good road response"

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Handling & acceleration with sick shift is outstanding"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"This is a 6-speed manual transmission. It operates smoothly and responsively, accelerates cleanly, and handles tightly. It is a joy to drive this car."

Anonymous, MI (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"A great driving car in all facets"

Anonymous, OH (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"very fun to drive with excellent cornering and good acceleration"

Anonymous, NC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It has great acceleration when entering highway."

Judy H., AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a pity that no current BMW emulates or improves on this car! This is the epitome from when BMW cared about the driving experience, and not the gadgets and luxury that isolates you from driving."

Anonymous, PA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Sport seat fit very well even after 11 years. Handling is still pretty good. Had a thermostat issue last winter, but other than that it fine. There is road noise, but its due to the performance tires I use"

PAT H., ON (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Either you "get" BMW's or you don't. If you "like" a car which drives like a boring toaster, get a Japanese model. Most are beautifully made and totally BORING slushboxes. BMW's handle, swerve (accident avoidance), brake in a totally predictable and tight way. My 10-year old BMW coupe still has NO RATTLES, is still "tight," and has fantastically comfortable, body-holding seats. Once I replaced its original 2005 (buggy) cooling system with 2008 parts, the car has been trouble-free. 11 years an"

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Basic seats - if you have the option, buy the sport seats"

KAREN D., PA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Front seat foam broke down after 12 years"

Anonymous, TX (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"These seats have seat extenders and they fit your back making them extremely comfortable on those long trips or just touring."

Howard S., GA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Standard sports car seats, not very comfortable for long trips"

Rita A., AL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Great ride and low noise. The most comfortable car I have ever owned."

Anonymous, MD (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"lumbar support excellant"

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I love the feel"

Dana R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Noisier than many cars and rough ride. You can feel every bump in the road. Certainly not a luxury ride, but it's to be expected (I guess) in a performance car."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Sporty but comfortable convertible."

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"The seats are hard, but good for long distance driving."

Thomas B., ON (2005 BMW 3 Series)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"This car has maintained it's appearance, handling and power for the entire 11.5 years I have owned it. It is still a joy to drive."

STUART B., NC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I buy 3 series convertible BMWs used because they are pretty good cars, fun to drive, fairly reliable with ridiculously expensive OEM parts costs because you can find a 10 yr. old car in excellent condition with low mileage because they are freuently "Sunday" cars and not the "work horses" of the family. I prefer older cars with low mileage to newer ones with the same miles because the parts are cheaper. My 2001 BMW interior mirror OEM was $300, the 2005 is $700 because it has rain sensing and"

CHARLES L., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"A classic"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"CLASSIC styling, clean simple lines"

RICK B., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I am the primary driver and I love this car. Had it built in Germany to my specs, and it is my dream car!"

JOHN R., GA (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"2 dr coupe, looks smart and styling is classic."

PAT H., ON (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"I like the body style better than the newer models."

Anonymous, OH (2005 BMW 3 Series)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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