1984 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.3 fuel injection


The slogan 'the ultimate driving machine' was made for the e30 323i


The head gasket failed at 154,000 miles.

The clutch was replaced at 157,500 miles.

The engine mounts were replaced in august this year, they were last changed in 1996 when I bought the car.

General Comments:

This car demands respect from the driver as I have found out over the last 8 years of ownership. if you decide to try to push the car it will bite you back.

The acceleration of this car is brilliant...no, amazing is a better word for it.

The rear cabin space is a little tight, but I've driven with 2 adults in the back numerous times and we got out at the other end of the journey and they were fine on every occasion. the front and rear seats I changed to recaro cloth trim which made a lot of diference comfort-wise.

The 0-60 time of the standard 323i is half a second quicker than the 325i due to its gearing and differential set-up.

My car knows when I've got spare cash lying around and always starts playing up then, never when I'm skint.

The car has always got me home, it has never left me standing in the rain awaiting assistance from the aa.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2004

23rd Apr 2005, 21:46

Being a pre '86 car, does this model require leaded fuel or will it run on Unleaded without damage to the engine?

9th Jul 2007, 02:21

Spot on review mate. I have an '83 323i and it's been a gem. As long as you maintain the car well, and change what needs to be changed when it needs to be changed, all's fine and dandy.

But beware, do not speed in the rain. It'll bite (been there twice, I'm a slow learner).

The straight six sings all the way to the red line. Performance not far of from a 325i. In fact the engine sounds sweeter than the 325i, but that's just me.

All in all, I love the car, it's got soul.

1984 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.3 petrol


Great car for the money


Gearbox failed.


Minor electrical problems.

Driver's seat broke.

General Comments:

Very limited rear legroom.

High consumption in town.

Great performance, great feel for a 16 year old car, bulletproof engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2000