The 2000 BMW 3-Series are rear-drive cars that are available as a two-door coupe or convertible and a four-door sedan or wagon. BMW has thought of everyone when producing this series. From the family man in need of a safe, reliable wagon to the bachelor desiring a convertible with luxury, comfort, and style, there is something for everyone. Drivers get the satisfaction of incredibly smooth acceleration, along with beautiful handling. The safety and convenience features in the 3-Series models leave little to be desired.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible, sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: BMW 3-Series 323Ci, BMW 3-Series 328Ci, BMW 3-Series 323i, BMW 3-Series 328i, BMW 3-Series 330Ci, BMW 3-Series 330i
The 2000 BMW 3-Series wagons, convertibles, and coupes are new. The hatchback models have been discontinued. Otherwise, there are only minor improvements after the complete redesign in 1999.
The 2000 BMW 3-Series has approximately a 176-inch length, 68-inch width, 56-inch height, and 107-inch wheelbase. Features vary, depending on model and body type. There are body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome trim around the side windows, heated power door mirrors, halogen fog lights, and daytime running lights. Xenon headlights are offered as an option.
The interior of the 2000 BMW 3-Series is roomy enough to fit up to five passengers, depending on its body style. In the front, there are six-way power-adjustable leather bucket seats divided by a fold-up armrest with a storage compartment. There are pockets in the doors for easy storage. In the dash, there are logically-arranged gauges that can be easily read and conveniently located controls. The 3-Series features power locks, one-touch power windows, automatic climate control, front and rear reading lights, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included and 10 speakers.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 BMW 3-Series comes packed with either a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque or a 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that cranks out 193 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. A three-liter, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 225 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque is also available. All three engines combine with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The result is smooth, strong acceleration. These BMW models are capable of going from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds and have a top speed of about 140 mph. The 3-Series is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This setup provides for an exceptionally smooth and stable ride. Handling is excellent, giving drivers the ability to maneuver gracefully in traffic and take corners with ease. Steering has a good feel, allowing for precise control.
The 2000 BMW 3-Series is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control for improved handling. There are driver and front passenger front-impact and front side-impact airbags installed. Rear side-impact airbags are optional. Child safety door locks are integrated into the rear doors.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 3-Series, 2.5-liter: 18/26 mpg city/highway
BMW 3-Series, 2.8-liter: 18/25 mpg city/highway
BMW 3-Series, 3.0-liter: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Good acceleration
- Excellent handling
- Built tough
You Won't Like
- Costly to repair
- Limited cargo room
- Difficult rear entry and exit
An all-around winner.
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