1982 BMW 3 Series Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1982 BMW 3 Series E21 M20B23

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission M20B23 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini


The car is fun to drive and own


The interior needs a re-trim.

The exterior needs a respray.

The viscous fan coupling had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Wherever you point the car it goes, there is no under steer and very little over steer.

The acceleration is excellent, and after 25 years the car still runs beautifully.

The car has a button for it's ignition, which is a unique feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2007

1982 BMW 3 Series (austalian specs) 1.8i

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8i Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired192000 kilometres
Most recent distance199000 kilometres


A good priced stylish little car!


Hazard Light switch needed to be replaced, but this was a simple job.

Drivers seat needed to be reconditioned.

Dash is cracked as car has been a country car in Australian heat somewhere. This may be replaced in time, at the moment a dash mat is both providing protection, and hiding it from view.

Paint on the hood and roof is also slightly cracked, as mentioned before from the harsh conditions it has had to bare.

Speakers seem to be a bit touchy. As the previous owners have replaced the original radio with a holden one for some reason. New speakers and Cd player will be installed soon.

Mechanically this car is in fantastic condition!

General Comments:

This is my first car, although I have driven my parents Ford Fairlane previously.

It's a great little car, great for around the city, but speedy enough for long drives.

A good car if you want something cheaper, and therefore you need to go for an older car, but at the same time want to maintain some style and comfort!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2003

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews