1985 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 from North America
Very good learning experience
Replaced back tires.
I had to replace a loose alternator belt.
One hose leaked, so I replaced all the hoses.
Had to replace the water pump.
Drivers side door makes a weird noise when opened and closed.
Front passenger side window works when it wants to.
Chrome molding around the driver's side door fell off.
This is my first car, and unfortunately it has had me on the side of the road three times. Two out of the three problems (leaky hose, disconnected battery cable) were remedied while on the road and only once (failed water pump) did I have to have it towed to a mechanic. I have learned a lot about cars this year.
I love the way the car handles turns.
I'm still not used to the loud European engine.
This car still looks good inside and out, despite its age. You can tell its quality is better than a lot of cars that are newer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2003
9th Dec 2003, 23:25
The loud engine may be a leak in the exhaust header or down pipe; my '84 is reasonably quiet. The hitch in the driver's side door is probably a check strap in need of grease, or in some cases, with a broken mounting.
28th Aug 2004, 14:56
My passenger window also only worked when it wanted to. I pulled and disconnected the switch from the middle console and cleaned it with alcohol and now it works like a dream.