1998 BMW M3 Review from UK and Ireland

1998 BMW M3 Evo 3.2 Straight 6

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2 Straight 6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Good whilst it lasted

Faults:

The passenger electric heated developed an electrical fault, caught fire and totally burned out the car.

General Comments:

Only owned the car 6 weeks.

Had covered 100,000 but was still an excellent car to drive, plenty of power, brakes good and steering very precise, excellent cornering.

Terribly heavy on fuel, even when driven slowly.

The dash I found to be not so good on this car; not very special considering it's an M3.

The radio/cassette/cd changer was also dreadful; very poor sound, even with upgraded speakers.

Passenger heated seat burned out the car, and after searching the web I am no the first owner to suffer this problem... not what you expect from BMW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2008

5th Sep 2008, 18:02

When driven @ 80mph in top gear, you get just over 30mpg - that's good for a 3.2 engine, especially a high performance model. What with the seat problem & the poor Mpg, it sounds as though you bought a lemon.

10th Sep 2008, 15:06

Well it least when it went wrong, it did so in style! Shame though.

11th Jan 2010, 22:57

LPG would be worth considering or buy a 318is LOL.

Poor M3 though, never hear of Saxos catching fire or clapped out Kenwood blasting Corsas!!

Wheres the justice?

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review