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Pros: The way it feel to drive it
Advice: Drive it and then buy it!I have only had my BMW 3 weeks, but I just wanted to say I love it. I have never owned a car that was this much fun to drive. I performance is great. Acceleration and braking are both excellent. I would recommend this car to anyone. I considered a Lexus ES300. I never really wanted a BMW until my husband got his. The first night he got it, we went for a drive an I immediatly loved it and wanted one.
Pros: The sport seats, steptronic transmission, xenon headlights
Cons: The center console/ armrest - storage area in armrest is completely useless
Advice: If you have the means, I highly suggest buying one. One thing to be aware of, dont expect to get anywhere haggling with the dealer, they wont dance on anything below msrp. I tried 6 dealers, none would budge.The 2002 325 ci is simply fantastic. What a piece of art. From the attention to detail in the interior to the exterior curves, bmw has put together one hell of a machine. The acura tl type s, cant even compare. I test drove both, and bmw had the acura beat in every possible category. The sports seats are absolutely unreal.
Pros: Acceleration, Cornering, Comfy Seats.
Cons: Internal compartments are a bit small, brakes are a little stiff (although I've only had this a few weeks)
Advice: Optional features are pricey, but make all the difference. Leasing is usually the best dealSmooth drive, great pickup & cornering. Worry free driving on slick roads. Very comfortable and ergonomically designed inside. Plenty of trunk space + fold down rear seats & ski bag makes its easy to carry lots of stuff. Not the 'best of breed' from BMW, but if you want a great drive with comfort & style at reasonable price (relatively) - look no further. I would reccomend the luxury, cold-weather, and sports packages. Harmon Kardon system is not bad, but not the best I ever heard.
Advice: Get his great bang for a buck car!For a 2.5 litre engine size combined with the gearing this cars is quick and zippy. One can do 100 mph in 5th and just pass the peak torque band @3500 rpm. But BMW seems to have modified the torque curve so that it is flatter giving a lower peak torque @3500 rpm but increasing the overall hp from 170 (99-00 models)to 184 (b)hp. it simply means one can have more overall torque in gears 3, 4 and 5 and spend much time in there, without having to shift gears frantically. So it's quick but not fast and that's what one gets into the 330 for if one is looking for a better acceleration/power band. The 2.5 litres seems to be a core engine size and having been there since 92 -95 (as the bigger engine size)and 98-current as the smaller engine size, it has lot of acceleration and power to offer. To put it smartly it's a great bang for the buck. i mean where else would one find 184 pure bred Arabian Stallions pounding down the freeway, combined with the looks, styling and handling for less than $27k. Amenities, i ordered moonroof and Titanium silver in my 2-dr. version. Rest is stock, which for 2002 includes Automatic climate control, in-dash CD pathway lighting, 4-function obc, and remote entry. I found this to be plentiful as rest just gets in the way for enjoying the car. This is truly a driver’s car. The handling is great and BMW has come up with aluminum suspension parts and pistons heads and so is the engine block is with coated with cast-iron liners. So overall weight is reduced thus improving handling. The 17' wheels offer better grip compared to the stock Conti's which squeal when cornered too tight too fast. The DSC system is great, it's standard and measures wheel spin, steering wheel angle, rotation about yaw-axis to correct wheel slippage. One gripe that i could think of when i compare it to my E36 ('97 328i)is the oversteer in 2002 3'ers. Slight but it's still there. Well perhaps to overcome the understeer of the early model years. But i am happy with the current car and this is the also last model year for the coupe before it gets a face-lift like 02 sedans next year.