1985 BMW 3 Series Reviews from UK and Ireland

1985 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6i petrol

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Favorit

Summary:

Budget Style

Faults:

One thing - The rear diff gave up. - Not financially worth repairing after that.

General Comments:

A comfortable and classy car.

By no means a sports car, but a quiet and pleasant motorway cruiser.

A little heavy on the petrol, especially around town.

The rear diffs are the Achilles heel of this car. To an older BM like this, not in pristine condition, unless you have garage facilities to repair it yourself, it is not cost-effective.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2003

1985 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.3 injection straight six pet

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 2.3 injection straight six pet
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

All electrical items a bit dodgy, such as windscreen wipers, wing mirrors, sunroof, windows.

Auto gearbox failed, rebuilt and just failed again (c£1,000 a time).

Coolant sensor light remains on constantly. Trip computer had 3 new boards and still doesn't work!

General Comments:

Good firm ride and confidence boosting acceleration. Nice size car handling brilliantly.....until it rains! Petrol economy on long runs is good but guzzles petrol on in-town motoring.

Debating another 2nd hand BMW or an Audi (50/50).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 1998

18th Dec 2001, 05:28

Head cracked twice, rear suspension noisy, diff bearings failed. A lemon.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews