1990 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 gas


Long lasting quality


Since 91 the only things I had to replace were the back tires and a chip mode. I let the mechanics check it once a year for regular inspection. No power steering, and that takes me crazy to park; air conditioned wasn't included in the package (i had to spend 2.500 € to install it) ; the 1.6 engine is slow and not appropriate for its size and to pass cars you need to shift down often to have reasonable performances, so I would suggest to choose starting from the 1.8 version. On high speed the steering wheel starts trembling.

General Comments:

Excellent quality of everything, and even if my car only has few mileage comparing it to its age, is very good for almost any kind of trip, it stood under all conditions: rain, hot sun, snow, ice, hail... NO RUST AT ALL! And the engine still starts like new. Even if here in Italy streets conditions are not always at their best, I never had to replace shocks and it still keeps a good stability. The only thing I would change is the rear wheel drive, not so good on slippery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2004