1985 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 2 of 8

1985 BMW 3 Series 323i 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired194000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres

Summary:

A BMW 323i is a great car for everyone, and has so much potential

Faults:

Minor electrical problems, headlight and brake light seal is broken, so that causes water to get in when it rains, easily repairable.

Boot leaks when it rains, nothing severe.

Limited room for taller people, (I'm only 5ft. My partner is 6ft and he's only just comfortable)

Isn't the best when it comes to mileage. Great on freeway, but terrible in city and stop and go traffic.

General Comments:

Great car, it's my first (learned on an old Suzuki Swift and a Mitsubishi Delica).

Great handling and steering.

These cars hold up great over the years.

Enough power without being a silly, "teenager hoon" car.

Very classy, love the car's body, definitely a favourite.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2010

1985 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance200018 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Best thing the German's have ever made

Faults:

My clutch line just went out, and I had a brand new exhaust installed.

General Comments:

This car is great, and I have had it for about 6 years. It's my first car. This car just keeps going!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2009

1985 BMW 3 Series 325e from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired189000 miles
Most recent distance189000 miles
Previous carVolvo V70

Summary:

Pristine condition

Faults:

Folks, I just purchased this gem and when I say gem, I mean gem. This is the classic, one owner, kept in the garage, driven in dry California.

Although it has 189,000 miles, you could eat off the engine (and it is not steam cleaned, clean - its just isn't dirty).

I did zero research on this model, but from what I am reading, I have really lucked out.

There is not a crack in the leather, the dash and all dash components are perfect. Even the front skirt has little to no wear. It looks like it is a 2 year old car.

Of course I want the car to remain in this excellent condition; can any give me some tips on anything I can do beyond normal. maintenance? Suggestions on oil, etc.

General Comments:

I have just got the car, and will update this posting, but for now, it is a beauty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2008

1985 BMW 3 Series E eta 2.7 liter M20 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 liter M20 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180899 miles
Most recent distance202000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Great little cruiser

Faults:

The car was very slow on take off like it was only running on 2 cylinders. Looked under hood to discover it was missing a 1-1/2” link connecting the throttle linkage cable. Added missing linkage and boy what a difference, I could actually keep up with traffic and sometimes pass them.

The on-board computer and display lights were sporadic which stopped the MPH dial from reading actual speed, replaced all bulbs and reseated cable harness. Works now.

One of the rear door locks didn't work. needs new actuator. haven't fixed yet

The odometer didn’t work found out the gears go bad, haven’t fixed yet.

There is a weird intermittent sound coming from the rear of the car almost like a growling grind, could be the rear diffs not sure. Must be common with these cars.

The leather seats are worn, just a few cracks. Will add seat covers or reupholster.

Power steering was out when purchased, needed hose clamp re-fitted and a power steering belt.

Rear windows and sunroof were stuck closed. A little elbow grease and a can of WD40 on the joints worked like charm. :-)

General Comments:

Wow from stepping out of a 2001 325I into a 325e was like stepping into a historical event, and I had front row seats. Granted it doesn't have all the fancy wood trim, Xeon lights and all the fancy gizmo's that most newer cars have, Yes I do like those, but I must say that I was very impressed to see a car of its era have all the features my newer car had, i.e. outside temp, fuel range, and average fuel consumption and much more at your finger tips, its like it was made for the future for thing to come.

If you are looking to buy an older vehicle you should first do some research on it and see if it is worth buying. Some cars can have rave reviews and the second you go out and buy one you find out it’s a lemon, I know I’ve been there. I actually bought mine based on some of the reviews in this forum. Lastly, but most importantly, make sure if you do decide to buy any older car, make sure you get a decent maintenance history on the vehicle, this can save you a lot of grief in the long run. and a little know how always helps too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2008

23rd Oct 2008, 16:10

Nice review, I think I'll look into getting one for myself!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 27 reviews