BMW 3 Series Review from Israel

1996 BMW 3 Series 316 Compact 1.6

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 kilometres
Most recent distance168000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Nubira


Rock solid ride, comfort and good looks


I bought the car from a dealer who replaced the motor of the windscreen fluid spray and the interior lining of the roof which was sunken.

A week later, still under a 3 month dealer warranty, the dealer replaced an electric relay controlling the radiator fan. I was advised that the fan works only at high speed (it's supposed to have a low speed setting, too). Due to the high cost, I decided not to fix it since I was told that the high speed setting does no damage except for the excessive noise.

At 162000 I replaced all four tires.

At 167000km during regular service a belt tensioner pulley was replaced and the rear brakes were overhauled (etched).

The interior lining of the A-pillars needs to be tightened or replaced.

General Comments:

This car just feels rock solid. The sound of the engine is so smooth, you'd never guess it's 170000km age...

While it's not very quick, it is very satisfying once you get passed 3500 rpm, and I have plenty of fun with it.

Another interesting point is its efficiency, which is almost an exact match to what my Nubira delivered, i.e. 10.5km/liter on average, 9.5 on intensive city and close to 14 on the open road.

Finally, I love its compact size which makes parking in the city much easier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2004

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review