1986 BMW 3 Series e m20b27 from North America
Well, I somewhat knew what I was getting myself into when I bought this car, it was one step away from the junk yard, minus the drive train. the engine has pulled great since I got it, just everything around it is falling apart, I thank the P/O for not providing maintenance, I got it for $600, so I shouldn't be complaining too much, but some things were horrific on it, the fact the car still ran despite all the hacks and all the worn or broken parts is amazing. the fact it had little or no fuel pressure and pulled hills without sighing is crazy in itself. despite all the repairs, problems, and urges to destroy the thing, I still love it when I drive it.
Great car when it is running, if I had gotten the same model from an original owner who maintained it, I do believe I wouldn't even known these cars could have problems at all! the 325e gets a lot of flak for being the "slow" model (max speed: 118 mph, compared to the sportier "i" models which get 140 mph), but for a daily driver, the acceleration and torque this little beast has is perfect, good fuel mileage, and I rate it high on comfort because of how the car handles, it has comfortable handling, 18 point turns are not a problem, if you know anyone learning how to drive, have them practice on one of these.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2007
28th Nov 2007, 20:05
The top speed for the I models isn't 140mph, but a mere 125 on a good day with little to no wind.