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2002 BMW 330 Ratings

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BMW 330 2002
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    4/29/2010 6:36:05 AM

    2002 BMW 330

    Utter disappointment

    Pros: Convertible

    Cons: $7500 repair bill

    Having had decent relations with BMW for several years the engine in my convertible tried to self destruct this February. Apparently there is a known cold weather blemish with their M54 engine's oil separator. It freezes, crankcase oil is sucked into the intake and hydrolocks the cylinders. This happens with little warning. In my case I missed the black exhaust for a couple of hundred yard prior to the lockup. It seems BMWNA really could care less about doing the right thing and prefers to point at their warranty. Anyone with that otherwise sterling engine should get their separators replace with the upgraded version.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    7/30/2005 12:13:42 AM

    2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe

    Pros: Responsiveness

    Cons: Interior molding fell off twice; apparently a standard feature

    Advice: Do not purchase this vehicle

    The larger engine is the only way to go. Great engine. Terrible quality control on the rest of the vehicle. I have replaced the front bumper twice as a result of going over standard parking stanchions. BMW now has a disclaimer about this feature.

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    6/4/2005 11:52:28 AM

    2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    Advice: this is the car that everybody needs

    bomb

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    1/16/2005 12:36:27 PM

    2002 BMW 330 - RWD Sedan

    Pros: acceleration/performance

    Cons: looks

    Advice: good value/performance

    This car replaced a Mercedes E320. The BMW has been much more fun to drive with a muscular feel to it. IT has proven reliable and all maintenance covered under my 3 year lease. My only quibbles revolve around the looks (I think the Mercedes is more elegant looking). The dash is rather bland and the center console provides little storage space.

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    9/3/2004 5:08:55 AM

    2002 BMW 330 - AWD Sedan

    Pros: The exhilerating way it takes curvey roads

    Cons: Limited seat-tilt controls

    Advice: Buy this car if you like hugging the road at fast speeds

    I soured on this otherwise wonderful car early on for 2 reasons: seat comfort and the AC system (can't get fresh air, have to run AC all the time or the windows fog up). Now that my lease is up and I'm shopping for a new car, I'm starting to put things in a different perspective. You name it, I've tested it - TL, TSX, G35, ES330, C320 4Matic (I LOVE this car with the stunningly bad reliability ratings!), Camry XLE, Passat, and Subaru. My conclusion - nothing drives like like the BMW. I know I'm not a very good driver, but this car makes me feel like I am! I've had 3 years with no serious problems like some of these other cars - transmission, engine, electrical, etc. And all my routine maintenance has been free, except a replacement tire. Of course they couldn't fix the AC problem, but at least the 2005 3-series now has improved seat comfort. Very little else has changed from 2002 - 05 that I can see. Wish they'd get rid of the orange lighted control panel. I'll probably end up buying the '05, unless I can rationalize going with the impractical MB C320....

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    7/17/2003 5:35:36 AM

    2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe

    Pros: styling

    Cons: handling in the snow

    Advice: awesome car but you need a Jeep for the winter

    Great handling and performance plus a killer body style make this car a keeper!

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    9/22/2002 10:35:41 PM

    2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe

    Pros: sound system

    Cons: the center console. Too awkward

    Advice: BUY IT!!

    Within the first 3 minutes, I knew this was a great car. It handled exceptionally well.