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★★★★★

“BMW 330M CI COUPE”

Written on: 25/09/2013

My car is now ten years old having bought it new in July 2003. It was a facelift model finished in Mystic Blue with light tan leather and light wood trim. fitted with sports seats, power sun roof, tint glass, centre arm rest business radio c/d and M pack from new. now with 64000 miles under it,it still drives like new and looks close to new. The only replacements beyond service items are a new set of suspension bushes. This has proved the most reliable, fun car possible.It is now our third… Read Full Review

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“5 years 80000 miles still love it!”

Written on: 23/07/2012 by hooked330ci (1 review written)

Fun Fun Fun...Fun to drive, strong power plant with plenty of instant zoom at your finger tips.Fun in the twisties, corners like a dream..the tighter the better, preferable slicing thru the mtns. Fun to look at.. clean lines,beautiful styling, makes you smile each time you enter the garage and every time you turn the key. The black leather interior,stainless trim,major controls on leather wrapped steering wheel put the awesome sound quality of the Harmon Kardon stereo with it's powerful amp and… Read Full Review

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“Fantastic BMW 330Ci M Sport”

Written on: 31/01/2012

I have owned my BMW for just over 2 months now. It is only my second car & I am over the moon with it. Literally one of the most pleasurable vehicles I have driven & I have driven a few being a Technician. From the second you climb in to the car you have a smile. The leather steering wheel being so much thicker to grip on to than other cars & the interior so is so comfortable & well built... I still love the black lined roof! As you would expect the performance is amazing. From a stand still… Read Full Review

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“Hi, bought this recently having driven a 318 ,320,...”

Written on: 24/08/2010

Hi, bought this recently having driven a 318 ,320, 325, 520. The car is what you expect a prestige, luxury car with class oozing outside, one thing I wasn't expecting the ssg gearbox to be this disappointing. I have been a manual driver in the city all my life and I first thought I wouldn't miss it that much, well the auto mode is so stupid sometimes it changes gears when least expected and from 2nd to 3rd gear is instant. I tried my best to work out a driving style but most of the time I… Read Full Review

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“I brought my first 330ci M Sport in 2006 it was 2 1/2...”

Written on: 11/07/2010

I brought my first 330ci M Sport in 2006 it was 2 1/2 years old and replaced my 2000 325 ci convertible.... and what a replacement it was the power difference was staggering the styling was superb I missed nothing from having a hard top, everything was great until I hit 50,000 miles and the automatic gearbox went on me... £2500 for a fix or £4000 for a new gear box.

Since then I have read plenty of reviews and perhaps I was just very unlucky still I opted to part ex the car for a X5 which I… Read Full Review

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“absolutely brilliant im in my late fifties now had all...”

Written on: 24/05/2010

absolutely brilliant im in my late fifties now had all sorts of performance cars this 330ci msport is the true all rounder smooth accelaration quality build comfortable great sound speed is in control of the tyres not like the m3 i had tip use high octane petrol like v power it may be a few pence more per litre but more miles to gallon and better performance 65000 pounds well spent 2001 imola red coupe highley recomended listen to experiance and ride on people… Read Full Review

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“Bought a 2005 330ci Sport in September 2009. A lot of...”

Written on: 16/11/2009 by viacom1 (1 review written)

Bought a 2005 330ci Sport in September 2009. A lot of people seem to say this is an amazing car, and so far I would agree in terms of the performance. On my route to work, just as I'm leaving the town I live in, there's a 90 degree bend which needs to be taken at a careful 15mph, and once round it the road becomes glorious wide straight country road... perfect for kicking down. Personally I find the accerlation exhilarating! I've only owned 3 cars previous to this; A 1980 MKII 1600 Escort, an… Read Full Review

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Big Dave Midlands's Response to viacom1's Review

Written on: 01/12/2009

I found this review only somewhat helpful because too much time was spent comparing previous cars to the BMW and not enough about the new car. i.e. ownership costs for servicing and tyres, experience of dealers etc... and although the reviewer did say the annoyances were minor, unfortunately the review was dominted by them!
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<br/>I have owned Golf MKIII and MKIV gti's and E46 BMW and the two are worlds apart in terms of driver appeal and quality. Yes ok the trip computer may be different on the BMW and the CD player may not be a flashy unit all signign and dancing affair, but if i need to know the time on the move, I wear a watch, and when you are enjoying one of the best driving experiences money can by this side of a Porsche, who honestly cares about what the elapsed track time is, the audio sound quality and build quality more than compensate.

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Big Dave Midlands's Response to viacom1's Review

Written on: 18/06/2012

I stand by my comments, most of your review is along the lines of 'My golf used to this, my BMW doesn't' Of course they are different, they are different cars in a different class made by different manufacturers. If you read your owners manual you can have a clock on display by pressing the clock symbol on the radio controls and the fan automatically reduces its speed when you start the car. Also the wipers do automatically work when the washers are engaged. I have owned sevral BMW's over a period fo 15 years and all do this. thanks.

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Viacom's Response to viacom1's Review

Written on: 15/03/2010

Response to Big Dave Midlands comment on 1st Dec 2009
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<br/>Hmmm, I couldn't comment on ownership costs or dealership (Sytner) experiences because at time of writing I'd only owned the car about 8 weeks - but if you read the review again, you will see I did mention petrol cost which was the only ownership cost I could possibly comment on at that time. For the record, I have since bought 2 new rear tyres spec: 255/35 ZR 18 90Y MICHELIN PILOT SPORT PS1 and these cost &pound;232 each - cheaper than Sytner supply them.
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<br/>The reason I compared it to my past cars was because it is all that I can possibly compare it to isn't it? I mean, if your first ever holiday was to spain, and your second was to france, would you not compare the 2? I thought my comparisons were significant because, considering the reputation BMW's have (i.e. very good), it was interesting that lesser spec cars were better in some areas - possibly BMW might learn from them and build the PERFECT car?!!
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<br/>If you felt my review was dominated by my annoyances, that is because I didn't feel the need to spend the entire review telling everybody what they already know; that a BMW is a lovely car. Since when did any critic ever praise anything 100%?! And in my defence, my summing up of the car was pretty positive; "an amazing car" "Personally I find the accerlation exhilarating" "gorgeous rich deep hummm" "Love the sterring wheel controls" "best car I've ever owned " "Love the car" - just a few of my comments.
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<br/>I agree the 'annoyances' i listed are fairly minor, but again, i did say this, and I quote; "all my annoyances are fairly minor".
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<br/>Regarding the clock; I disagree with you completely. Yes the car is fantastic, but not all of us wear a watch, which is why you don't find it annoying not having a clock on permanent show (my Golf did!). I personally want to be able to check the time without taking my hands off the wheel or my eyes off the road. And yes, if you're pleasure driving on a sunday then time may not be important, but sometimes people have to drive to a schedule which is when timekeeping must surely be significant.
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<br/>I hope my update helps.

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★★★★★

“ fantastic vehicle dream to drive”

Written on: 19/10/2009

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“I had my 330Ci for 5 months before I got the ECU...”

Written on: 07/03/2008

I had my 330Ci for 5 months before I got the ECU remapped. I dropped a better air filter and it goes great now. Nothing against an M3 but still can keep up with the best of them. The 330Ci looks good even without the sport package and the handling is awesome even with the traction control completely off... I had an Audi A4 1.8T before and swore I would never get anything but a turbocharged car after but 2 rides out in the bimmer and I was sold. Every gear seems to pull just as hard and I am… Read Full Review

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“Engine, I mean wow, the performance is unbelievable,...”

Written on: 17/01/2008

Engine, I mean wow, the performance is unbelievable, I've driven many a sports car even highly tuned raw cars but the 330 not only beats them but it does it with minimal fuss!… Read Full Review

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“I bought my 330Ci second hand. It's a 2001 manual 5...”

Written on: 10/01/2008

I bought my 330Ci second hand. It's a 2001 manual 5 speed with 74,000miles. The thing I like most is the comfortable interior with TV, Sat Nav ,DVD, heated seats,, a must have with leather, that are electric with 3 memory settings apart from a couple of annoying rattles.
A lot of people say the car is very fast, I found that it could do with a bit more power as the car is heavyish although it's not slow. I feel it would benefit having a lsd. Handling is great, you feel very connected to the road… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 3 Series 330 Ci Coupe is a great car, just a...”

Written on: 01/06/2007 by 97M3SDN (1 review written)

The BMW 3 Series 330 Ci Coupe is a great car, just a step below the highly tauted M3. When I first took this car out I was surprised with the low end torque that the motor put out. I have the manual 5 speed which makes driving fun, especially when going into turns, keep the rpms up and you feel you are in a rocket ship. I have the premium and sport package which I highly recommend. I love the leather seats which are very comfortable and very supportive. The back seat of the car is adequate my… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 3 Series 330 Ci Coupe is great fun. ”

Written on: 25/07/2005 by jab177 (2 reviews written)

The BMW 3 Series 330 Ci Coupe is great fun.
It looks great.
I have had this car for 3 years and there are no squeaks. The car still looks new despite being kept on the road… Read Full Review

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“I have had my BMW 330 Ci Coupe for 4 months now and...”

Written on: 16/03/2004 by Indyjoe (1 review written)

I have had my BMW 330 Ci Coupe for 4 months now and just love it! I did install the Dinan S1 program. It has a great engine and handles great on the road. I love the sporty upper class looks.

The only bad points are that the doors do not close easily and the steering wheel needs to be lower… Read Full Review

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“I have now owned a new 330i coupe sports for about 2...”

Written on: 01/08/2003 by Raj B. (1 review written)

I have now owned a new 330i coupe sports for about 2 months. Previously I have owned a VR6 corrado, Alfa Romeo 156 V6 and a few other lowly cars. I have to say, however, that the BMW is by far the most exciting and enjoyable car I have owned up to now. The handling is spot on, although the steering did feel a little light initially. Little things like auto windscreen wipers, auto headlights, the way the passenger wing mirror dips when you select reverse all make the ownership experience really… Read Full Review

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“I can't believe this car! I once owned a Porsche 914....”

Written on: 14/05/2003 by Teaser. (1 review written)

I can't believe this car! I once owned a Porsche 914. It's a real low-end Porsche, but I used to love to go out on the freeways just so I could spin around the exit ramps at 80-mph with both hands on one side of the wheel. Well, this car is 1000-times better!

All the sportiness, control, engine growl and speed plus luxury and a 12-speaker sound system (though I keep it real low so I can hear the engine)!

You sit low to the ground like in a Porsche and you feel and hear everything. Yet… Read Full Review

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97798_Aunt Bella.'s Response to 97625_Teaser.'s Review

Written on: 14/05/2003

Yes, this is a wonderful automobile. I agree that the back seat is a bit small, but the front seats are fantastic - or so I hear. I wish I could have had the key chain that was thrown out! The growl is fun but I prefer the sound system with a little Andrea Bocelli. I use the nice overstear to come off those off-ramps along the Long Island Expressway, using the controlled spin to manuever onto the adjacent streets. It is a safe manuever in this car and makes quite an impression on the surrounding drivers. Ooops, I shouldn't have mentioned I sneak a drive once and a while! Nonetheless, few cars have this fine architectural balance.

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“This automobile is a truly spectacular thing. I have...”

Written on: 07/05/2003 by Michael. (1 review written)

This automobile is a truly spectacular thing. I have driven Hondas and Acuras most of my life. The 330i sport/premium is superior not in the sense of its numerical credentials - such as the Mitusubishi Lancer Evolution - but rather in the way the car feels, sounds and communicates with the driver. It is a liason between you and the road. In this sense, it is superb. The car has a 50/50 weight ratio - thus perfect balance, good low end torque, and superb suspension componentry which makes… Read Full Review

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“I've had my '02 330 Ci (manual) for just over a year,...”

Written on: 02/04/2003 by Paul. (1 review written)

I've had my '02 330 Ci (manual) for just over a year, and now that the thrill of owning my first high-end car has mellowed, I feel I can write an more objective review for prospective purchasers than the one I posted on this site a year ago.

First, let me say that I still think this a truly amazing total package. With a few extra options, the luxury level is top-notch for a car of its size and class, and tends to olverwhelm first-time passengers: most of the people who've been in it compare… Read Full Review

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“2001 BMW 330 CI with 30k, STALLS!!! No, it's not the...”

Written on: 26/10/2002 by Johnq. (1 review written)

2001 BMW 330 CI with 30k, STALLS!!! No, it's not the driver. At low RPM in first or second gear the rpm's drop, then the car dies. Does not happen all the time, but frequently enough. The dealer can't find any problem, so I am stuck with a defective BMW. Ain't life grand… Read Full Review

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97805_Ralph.'s Response to Johnq.'s Review

Written on: 14/05/2003

You need some gas before you take your foot off the clutch! OK, OK, actually, my 330 does not have this problem but I had a 2002 Jaguar S-type V8 that did the same thing - it would just stall. No one could figure it out either. I am not certain what the problem is. I am concerned about all the creaks and noises the interior of my 330 makes.

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337613_Rachael1212's Response to Johnq.'s Review

Written on: 13/01/2008

It could be the throttle body which needs replacing. I've just had that problem with mine (2001 330 ci convertible), and the mechanic said that in other cars this problem manifests itself with the car stalling. In mine, it disabled the accelerator pedal and so I couldn't drive it anywhere. The problem cost me £519 to put right at a specialist repairer which the warranty covered, but at least it would mean that you could drive it properly. It's just surprising that hooking the car upto the dignostics would not show what the fault was!

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107892_G.'s Response to Johnq.'s Review

Written on: 16/06/2003

there may be a crack in the inlet pipe. I had a similar problem with a prvious car. it took months for the dealer to find the problem. Eventually it turned out to be a hairline crack in the intake pipe. This was screwing up the air/fuel ratio and causing the car to stall.

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“I've had my '01 330ci for about 15 months. I love it!...”

Written on: 11/08/2002 by ncoble4. (1 review written)

I've had my '01 330ci for about 15 months. I love it! It handles great, is very comfortable, fast and reliable. The only complaint I have is that the wheels get caked with brake dust very easily and my dirver side door seal has had to be replaced 3 times. Has anyone else had this problem?… Read Full Review

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43760_Ccusanza.'s Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 14/10/2002

I have a 2001 BMW 330ci and my driver side door seal went bad after about 20k miles.

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478123_Les 53's Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 17/08/2009

I have a 2002 330CI Sport and i have the same issue with the door seal. I have now exhausted my supplier as this is the third time of replacement. I need a nearside (passenger side) door seal requirement but cannot locate one can anyone help.
<br/>Regards
<br/>Les

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Mvassaur's Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 23/08/2007

Yes, I do have the dust problem I own a 2004 330 ci w/15,000 miles and most of its time is in the garage. I have seen the dust covers on other BMW's but was advise not to purchase them due to heat transfer. I then purchase the meguriers auto detail collection and this problem has almost stopped. After the wax was applied there is very little dust collection, no more scrubbing just hose it off w/H2O.
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As far as the window sealer the passenger side had to be replaced, last month @ 12,000 miles.......
<br/>It looks as if this should be a recall..............
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<br/>Mike
<br/>I still LOVE my BMW, and so does everyone else.
<br/>When I purchased this machine I fell in love with it, it's loaded and its very pretty, the best thing that I done was keep my old car prevent high miles + helps from others from bumping doors..

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Khc425's Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 04/05/2004

I've had problems with the door seals on my 330 Ci too. Drivers side was changed once, and the passenger side is having it's second replacement.
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<br>My dealer says that BMW was aware of the problem, and would cover it even though my car is a few thousand miles past the warranty. No guarantees are made after this replacement.
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<br>This appears to be a widespread flaw in the seals design. Does anyone know what BMW has done to really address this issue. Replacement of the door seal is pretty expensive (over $500 US).

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Gajnoo's Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 06/03/2004

Its not just brake dust but also road dirt which is picked up if you drive to close to the kerb...try it ...thats not too drive so close

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83244_Chris.'s Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 26/03/2003

I have problems with brake dust, but never had a problem with the door seal. I've had my car for almost 3 years now with 30k on it.
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<br>If I recall correctly, I read on another fansite that you can use the carwax that you'd use on the car, on your rims and it makes it easier to wipe off the brakedust.
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<br>--Chris

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73939_Nop242.'s Response to ncoble4.'s Review

Written on: 19/02/2003

I just had it changed, seems to be a general problem. before i changed the seals the doors didn't close that good. Otherwise what a fantastic car (especially on German highways, you get the needle stucked in no time :-)

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