1995 BMW 3 Series 318 SE 1.8 petrol
Reliable enough for daily use, but can still put a huge smile on your face!
Not a single thing... perfect.
Has not missed a beat in 20,000 miles.
I had never owned or driven a rear wheel drive car before, but this is just great. Admittedly, in the wet, or snow, without traction control, the back end creeps out under pressure, but in the dry, the BMW is fantastic.
I can't quite put my finger on why the handling is so great, but I look forward to driving to work every day. The engine isn't massive, but is decent enough to get along on the motorway without any issues, and overtaking speed is easy, as is getting from 60 to 100 (obviously track only ;-)
The SE comes with electric sunroof, but unfortunately, no aircon for the year my car was.
I now only ever want to drive BMW's. I only paid £2,600 for mine last year, but it has been so reliable, such good fun, that I would find it hard to go to any other car make.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2006
9th May 2009, 14:40
I notice you don't mention the odd driving position - maybe you're used to it. A good car I would agree and although I haven't driven one, there's a 318i SE in the family and it's a good solid car, if a bit "gutless".
10th May 2009, 07:25
Driving position is a matter of opinion. A lot of people would say the driving position is very good, or at least average. I can't fault it. Yes the 1.8 (115bhp?) version is a bit slow compared with the larger engined counterparts. There are 1.8 & 1.9 versions, both with 140bhp, which are quite peppy.