1988 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8L gasoline
If you are a child of the 80s, you've got to drive this stylish car!
When I bought the car, I had to replace the front brakes. The car was very cheap, so it was no problem at all.
After one year, the exhaust was rusting hardly so I had to replace it. The new exhaust only lasted for 2 years, so I had to replace it again. Now it's rusting again... I don't know why the car has such problems with the exhaust. Other owners of such cars don't have these rusting problems.
2 years ago the car broke down while I was driving on a crowded highway; the fuel pump had died after 23 years of duty.
In middle of 2012, the service lamps went wrong. I assume the batteries in the instrument panel are down.
This cars needs relatively much service: Oil change after 10.000km / spark plugs & air filter after 20.000km / drive belt after 45.000km.
This car is fun to drive and its suspension is very comfortable. You can't compare it with a Cadillac, but it's quite nice. The modern cars are way too hard. The seats are also comfortable.
The engine is not built to win races, but it fits to the car and you can drive smoothly down the road. If you are in a hurry, you hit the gas and the kickdown will do its job. The gas mileage is okay for a car of its age. My car takes 9L/100km.
Unfortunately the inner space of the car is not very roomy. People over 1,90m will not find a good seat in the BMW.
I use the car as a daily driver and I won't miss it. It's comfortable, fast, stylish and I can depend on it. These days the E30 becomes more and more rare, so that people come to me to talk about the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st February, 2013