1999 BMW 3 Series 316i


Great handling, poor quality


Difficulties shifting the gears, fixed by the dealer under warranty.

The A/C fan speed had been changing randomly. Fixed by the dealer, he mentioned that this is a frequent problem.

The signal lights did not make the ticking noise when used. Fixed by replacing the entire dashboard.

The power steering begun leaking after 15 000km. Replaced under warranty.

Headlight bulbs are blowing every month. Told by the dealer that this is a known problem caused by the clear glass headlights.

General Comments:

The car holds very well on the road, and is a real pleasure to drive.

The 316i engine is dull and you feel that the car deserves a much stronger engine.

It is BMW at its best in terms of being fun to drive, but choose a stronger engine. I had been surprised by the number of problems the car had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2001