1984 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 4 cylinder from North America
It's the most rugged, most reliable BMW you'll ever own, although the least powerful as well...
Brakes have been done 2x in 10 years.
The original radiator was replaced well after 300K miles!!!
Two major tune-ups completed.
Struts in the front were done recently (although they needed doing much earlier).
The car has been a terrific handler despite my lazy upkeep!
I actually disagree with most prior opinions of this car, with the exception of its slowness. It most certainly is out of first gear with the three speed automatic!!! Its handling is excellent, and second to none. Its turning radius is darned near perfect. It virtually has no body roll whatsoever!
Most replacement parts are very reasonable, except the radiator, which will cost you 300 dollars unless you find a generous seller!
Being a 1984, it is also the first of its E30 body style, so some parts may not interchange with later models.
Of the 12 cars I've owned in 17 years of driving, I will NEVER sell this car, as it is the most reliable I've ever owned!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2014
31st Aug 2014, 19:37
US$300 for a radiator is actually very reasonable. You've got Pelican Parts, and the parts of even Porsches there can be bought very cheap relatively.
I had to replace a radiator on a 1992 Audi 80 (4-cylinder) which cost NZ$600 at the time (US$510 at current exchange rates), whereas the Honda Accord Euro (Acura TSX Mk 1) when newly introduced, if you needed a new radiator, cost NZ$1,200 (US$1020) to replace. Had my car been the manual Audi, it would have cost half that - and the radiator was not original Audi either, it was I think a Nissen replacement part.