About BMW 323Ci
Belonging to the BMW 3 Series lineup, which is the BMW's top seller in the United States market and the successor to the BMW 02 Series, BMW 323Ci was built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, between 1999 and 2000 as an entry-level luxury vehicle. Originally introduced as a model in the fourth-generation 3 Series lineup, 323Ci happened to be available when the 3 Series adopted much equipment for the first time. Competing against the Volvo C70, Volvo S70, and Saturn LW, 323Ci was manufactured for only two years before it was discontinued and replaced.
BMW 323Ci (E46) made its debut for the only 2000 model year when the 3 Series was in its sixth generation. It was offered in two body styles, 2-door coupe and 2-door convertible but came in only one trim level. Available for several packages such as Premium, Sport, and Cold Weather, BMW 323Ci was equipped with many standard luxury features such as a rear semi-trailing arm suspension, MacPherson strut suspension in the front, Xenon headlamps, fog lamps, automatic climate control, power-adjustable seats, satellite navigation, premium audio, Dakota leather upholstery, glass sunroof, heated front seats, Bluetooth and USB audio input. During its lifetime, BMW 323Ci was powered by a 2.5 L inline 6-cylinder engine rated at 169 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through either a 5-speed automatic transmission, a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.
BMW 323Ci Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As the unequivocally the best car in the entry-level luxury car category, BMW 323Ci could meet many drivers' demand for an affordable famous branded car. But considering that the youngest 323Ci now is at least seventeen years old, you have to be prepared for these common problems on it in advance:
First, for an old model like BMW 323Ci, the engine must be the first part to go wrong since its working condition is decided mainly by the length of the vehicle service time. In return, the engine failure will influence the vehicle performance and even shorten its service time. You had better try every means to get this problem solved as soon as possible with the help of professional 323Ci repairmen. Normally, this issue often starts with strange sounds from the engine such as whining, squealing or rattling; if get ignored, the engine will run roughly and have performance issues such as misfiring, stalling or suffering from hard starting or inability to start; the last chance for you to save all is to notice if the vehicle loses power while accelerating or has poor fuel economy and if the Check Engine Light is lit. You should keep the 323Ci spark plug, engine control module, oxygen sensor, air filter, oil filter, fuel pump, oil pan, valve cover gasket and timing belt to prevent all these from happening.
Second, another horrible issue on BMW 323Ci has a close relation with above-mentioned engine failure and it is the cooling system failure. You may have heard of this problem but have never attached enough importance to it since you thought it as an air conditioning system, which provides warmth or coolness for occupants. In fact, some experienced 323Ci drivers told that when the cooling system started to leak coolant, the engine will suffer a lot. If the cooling system does not have adequate coolant levels, the engine will overheat a lot and keep at a high operation temperature, which is harmful to the engine performance and its lifespan. If you leave it aside, all symptoms of engine failure will appear soon. Therefore, in order to prevent the worst situation, once the Low Coolant Light comes on, please inspect if the 323Ci water pump, intake manifold gasket, coolant reservoir, radiator, cooling hose, radiator hose, and thermostat are working properly or not.
If you want to enjoy a perfect ride on BMW 323Ci, maintaining vulnerable auto parts on it is a must. Parts including 323Ci seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be on the routine maintenance list considering their important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving climate.
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