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Wagon Week: 2003 BMW 325xi Touring

My neighbors’ clean and utilitarian 325i wagon was recently demolished by a texter in a Prius barely 50 feet from our shared garage. Now they’re on the search for another German wagon, so what a great time for Wagon Week! Theirs was a rear-drive automatic, but today’s takes it to another level with the ability to row your own gears with all-wheel drive traction. It’s not that fancy, but that’s what I like about these E46 wagons as they get a little older. They’re clean and can be had without an overload of technology while still providing a luxury sport experience. With a rare combo and low miles, this is a very enticing wagon.

Click for details: 2003 BMW 325xi Touring on eBay

Year: 2003
Model: 325xi
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 74,944 mi
Price: $11,990


All the right boxes are ticked for me. Beyond the manual/AWD combo, it’s a simple one-owner car that looks exceedingly clean. The dealer price is predictably high, but if he can come down a grand or two this is truly a great buy. I’m not quite in the market for this car yet, but I might pass it on to the neighbors next door. If they’re willing to ship it from Pennsylvania, it’d be a great replacement for their dead Bimmer wagon.



  1. Nick
    Nick October 23, 2014

    * E46

  2. Nate
    Nate October 23, 2014

    Good catch, bad typo on my part. Thanks!

  3. Nick
    Nick October 23, 2014

    ya just a typo obvy – my bad, didnt mean to come across as one of ‘those’ guys. this car makes me wish i needed a new daily. i can see it with 18s, suspension, sport steering wheel, etc etc

  4. Ardee
    Ardee October 23, 2014

    My wife has had her 2002 325iT since new with about the same mileage and won’t part with it. It’s starting to get an oil leak here and there and occasionally surprises us with an $800 service bill, but it’s a classic case of a car that seems to be worth more to their owners than the market at large – like a lot of german wagons. Of course, it’s getting near-impossible to find a new real wagon on a BMW dealer lot anymore, amidst the less functional (not) GT’s and less maneuverable SAVs in every flavor. I can’t see these ever being truly collectable, but appreciated just the same for their blend of fun, quality and utility.

  5. sam
    sam October 24, 2014

    I had an ’03 xi sedan, automatic, bare bones, leatherette, no cruise control, not even a temperature reading in the display. But it had that heavy steering and was unbelievably solid at high speeds, in fact it felt better and more confident the faster it went, and the relatively low-tech full-time fixed torque all-wheel power was a nice bonus that definitely helped with stability and control during rain and light snow. Lastly, it returned 20/30 city/highway mpg which is pretty good considering what’s at work. These are bargains and you’re getting a really sweet ride that is definitely different in many good ways from the newer cars.

  6. Bushwick Bob
    Bushwick Bob October 24, 2014

    Well, my dying Benz wagon may feel like a replacement soon…

    What does a service consist of at around 75K miles?

    Is this the timing belt/water pump service?

  7. David B.
    David B. October 24, 2014

    Wow, not sure where that car lived, but if it did all of those 75k mi in PA, the car is in exceptional condition. The front even looks fairly devoid of any rock chips. This would make a great daily driver

  8. Ry
    Ry October 24, 2014

    @Bushwick Bob – I’m entrenched in the e46 community and can aid in your research:
    – Google “ enhanced e46 maintenance schedule” and
    – Google “ dmax cooling service”

    Here’s another clean one in that region, automatic, but less miles, black interior & it does have cold weather package unlike the one featured in this post.

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