BMW's 325i was the crown jewel in the 3-series collection, a top-ranked sports sedan, having earned the highest accolades from car enthusiast magazines as well as consumer research publications. During the nearly 20 years it was in production, it set the standard for others in its class, well-known for its superior handling, reliability and stylish design. It was the most widely sold BMW in the U.S.
The BMW 325i first became available in the U.S. market in 1987. It had a 2.5 liter I6 (inline 6-cylinder), 168-horsepower engine, which could do a very respectable 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The "i" stood for "fuel injection," fairly standard now, but something to boast about at the time. In the early 1990s, the 3 series got a facelift: the new design was less boxy, had a lower center of gravity and more curves and aerodynamic lines. This design has mostly stayed the same up through the most recent member of the 3 series family, the 335, with some slight modifications. The last year for the manufacture of the 325i was 2006, which was available with a more robust 3.0 liter, 215-horsepower engine and a Steptronic transmission.
Body, Engine and Transmission Types
The 325i is available in several different body types. There is a two-door convertible (325Ci), two-door coupe, an all-wheel drive (325xi), a four-door sedan--the most popular--and finally, a four-door wagon. The engines on the earlier versions were five-speed, 2.5-liter I6 (inline 6 cylinders). The more recent iterations offer a more robust 215-horsepower, 3.0 liter I6, available in either a five-speed or a six-speed automatic with a manual option (Steptronic), which allows the driver to go between manual and automatic at the flick of a wrist.
The BMW 325i made "Car and Driver's" top ten list out of the gates, and stayed there every year it was in production. The 325i was also very well-received by Consumer Reports upon its introduction, and through its years of production was ranked highly by CR for reliability, performance and resale value.
The most recent model of the 325i, the 2006, is priced just north of $17,000, according to Edmunds "True Market Value." True Market Value is determined by a continuously updated survey of dealer sales data across the U.S., factoring in inventory levels, local market sales conditions and unpublished sales incentives.
The BMW 325i is fairly efficient when it comes to fuel economy, especially considering how much power the engine puts out. The most recent year, 2006, offered EPA fuel economy of 18 to 21 mpg for city driving, and 26 to 30 mpg for highway driving.
- Photo Credit BMW Fronto image by crossgolfing from Fotolia.com
BMW Tire Problems
BMW vehicles are generally noted for their dependability and prestige. But tire problems are the most well-known frustrations from this manufacturer. Some...
The 2001 BMW 325i Oil Capacity Specifications
One of BMW's longest running model lines, the 3-series has been around since 1975. The 2001 BMW 325i is a "saloon"-style, four-door...
How to Fold a Manual Side Mirror on a BMW 325i
Some BMW 325i models came equipped with power folding side mirrors. With the touch of a button mounted on the door panel,...
How to Troubleshoot a BMW Transmission
The BMW is a very popular European car known for efficient gas mileage and reliability with minimal servicing. There will come a...