BMW 3 Series Reviews from South Africa - Page 2 of 2

1993 BMW 3 Series M325i 2.5 V6

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance158000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Supreme quality and performance

Faults:

Radio chip was short circuiting.

At 152000 kms the radiator had to be replaced.

Blue smoke is coming from the exhaust.

The driver electric window arm snapped, and the passenger electric window motor stopped working. The dealer wanted R3000 for the arm, and R1870 for the motor.

General Comments:

This is a lovely car to drive, with loads of style, and a beautiful shape.

The sports seats are a bit too low, and can be hard at times.

It is very heavy on fuel and servicing, and parts prices are unreal.

The car is very, very low, and scrapes on the smallest of bumps.

You have to watch your speed in this car because you can be doing 90, and it feels like 60. It's extremely nimble and grips the road well.

Being a rear wheel drive it is a bit skittish in the wet.

I absolutely loved this car, and was very sad to sell it, but I didn't have a choice as it was expensive to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st June, 2010

1994 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0 inline 6, petrol

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 inline 6, petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired233000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Great blend of qualities at a bargain price

Faults:

Water pump imploded shortly after I bought the car. With it I replaced the radiator and the thermostat as closer inspection revealed they were also on their way.

Replaced the front crankshaft seal and the tappet cover gasket to stop an oil leak -- both were relatively minor repairs.

General Comments:

I love the way the car looks. I love the way it handles. I love the way it sounds. It's quite an amazing car, considering it's a 4 door saloon and it's now 10 years old.

Somebody once said that the real measure of how good a car is is whether you could live with it for the rest of your life. I could definitely keep my 320i forever, and I'll be happy with it.

The car generously rewards sporty driving -- maybe that's why so many people drive them hard! It's a pleasure to work the manual gearbox, listen to the free revving engine and feel the build up of G-forces in a corner. It returns between 20 and 30 mpg depending on your driving, it's totally in your control.

Even though it's 10 years old, I love looking at it and after having it for a year I always look forward to driving it. I never thought BMW's were worth it however now I see why so many people like them. The only thing I would recommend to prospective buyers is to test drive a 325i if they want more straight line speed, if they can afford the extra cost (mainly in insurance premiums, fuel is more or less the same).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2004

1999 BMW 3 Series 318is 1.9

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Overpriced, overrated, underpowered, overserviced crap

Faults:

Radiator went bad. Left my ass stranded in the middle of some desolate African highway.

Gearbox, had to drive for 80 km's in second gear as it was the only one that worked.

Clutch, once again left me in the middle of nowhere. Thank God for tow trucks.

Air conditioning. Broken down twice. You try driving in Africa without it. It's great to have but kills what little power the car has drastically!

And lots and lots of little things.

General Comments:

It handles very well for a sedan compared to most US models.

It is in my opinion drastically overpriced.

It's as fast as a door mat (do yourself a favour and get a 328, 330, or M3).

The service from JSN Motors in Johanesburg South Africa really really sucks, If you don't drive a 7 Series you might as well not exist).

Nice interior design.

If it wasn't for my 80,000 kilometer road warranty I'd be bankrupt. You could get a better deal for a heart transplant than the dealership will give you!

Makes my 99 Buick feel like the space shuttle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2001

9th Jul 2001, 01:06

Well it is a known fact that South African built BMW's have inferior build quality and most mechanics will not touch them.

Did you not realise when you test drove the car that it had no power?

12th Jan 2005, 01:35

Well known fact that South African made BMW's are poor quality? I think you need to check your "facts". BMW's assembly facility in Pretoria has been rated higher than the German facility in terms of production quality.

I have owned an E46 328i for the past 4 years - the most totally trouble-free motoring one could possibly imagine. Not a single technical problem, and it now has 125000 km on it - just barely run-in! Awesome performance and handling, combined with very good economy (overall fuel consumption average of 8.8 litres per 100 km, and have obtained as low as 7.4 l/100 during highway cruising at 130 km/h). Service levels from all BMW workshops I have dealt with in the course of routine maintenance visits have been excellent.

I have owned E30 (1985 323i) and E36 (1996 320i) 3 series BMW's, and they were all brilliant cars which provided me with nothing, but enjoyable trouble-free driving over a total of almost 400000 km. I am unlikely to drive any other manufacturer's product soon.

1998 BMW 3 Series 318i E46 1.9 petrol

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.9 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

There is a rattle from the driver's door window winder. Been in twice -- not fixed.

General Comments:

Magnificent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2000

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews