1987 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 13 of 13

1987 BMW 3 Series 325 2.6 Liter inline six from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.6 Liter inline six Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A good looking reliable bargain

Faults:

The signals and lights burn out constantly.

There is also a prevalent problem with blown exhaust gaskets.

Otherwise, the car is great and very reliable.

General Comments:

The car is not very fast at all, and I spend a lot of money on it just to get it to compete with standard Japanese cars. However, I love the body style and the interior, and the car was very easy to acquire parts for.

It handled great and had decent top end power, but was lacking in the shifting and braking departments.

All in all, the car was great though. Overall, I would give it an 8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2000

1987 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carAudi Coupe GT

Summary:

Fast, fun and not a little scary in the wet

Faults:

It's been generally reliable with only parts such as suspension and brakes needing replacement. There have been a few electrical niggles, but nothing that couldn't be cured by cleaning and vigorous shaking. It leaks oil because some fool replaced the oil cooler seal with filler!! And the rad leaks slightly, and I'm debating whether to pour that nasty rad sealer in.

General Comments:

It's a fantastic car. Incredibly well engineered, very fast and with a dreamy engine note. It's a lot quicker than I'd expected, but also handles far worse than I was expecting. Wet weather driving is a bit of a nightmare, and is a bit disappointing. Anyone who goes on about their E30 handling really well is just being biased. In the dry on a cross country chase, straight line speed is the car's forte. It's also a very heavy car to drive. Mine lacks power assisted steering so it's a bit of a brute around town at low speed.

But on the whole I'm very happy with it and would gladly buy another. Although I am going to modify it somewhat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2000

14th Dec 2000, 06:25

Sorry but I don't agree on the handling side - in standard form, yes it's a bit limp, but buy a KONI, JAMEX suspension kit and you can push that car like you won't believe. Maybe you need to take a course in performance driving - that car is mega fun when it comes to tight bends, chicanes, and roundabouts. The M3 E30 is an alltime record holder on handling and the 325i is not far off.

1987 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired68500 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190E

Faults:

Nil so far.

General Comments:

1.7 surprisingly sprightly with the auto box. Not a real hot rod but good enough. Great handling little car, much better drive than my Merc 190 but not as well built!

Seats very comfortable, dash well designed but heater inefficient - takes ages for the screen to clear.

A sound second hand buy but do shop around, I saw some real dogs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2000

1987 BMW 3 Series 325i Coupe 5 spd 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 2.5
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Ex Uk car imported to NZ in 1995 with 55,000 mls, it was the best car I've owned. Problem with the clutch - put down to 'one of those things considering the age'.

General Comments:

I allowed my girl friend to drive one day, we discovered that even BMW's are no match for power poles at 100 km/h!! So watch them in the wet. We didn't quite walk away but survived ok. If you remember that "chicks can't drive BMW's" you'll be OK!! If you need further proof watch the movie called "Ronin".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 1999

22nd May 2003, 14:10

I agree with your comment. During Ronin, it may seem like she knows what she's doing for a bit, but eventually, we all learn that she should not have been sitting in that seat.

7th Nov 2003, 14:41

I am a chick with a 1987 325I and I guess you have to be the "right" chick to tame this beast! I don't have any problems with this car.

31st Oct 2004, 00:20

Sorry guys, I bought an 87 325I convert. 5 speed for my girlfriend, and she loves it. I have had to replace the shift rod, and the bottom mounted shifter housing, and the car has 220,000 miles on it! She wasn't the one who broke the shifter hardware either... it was me. All in all it is definitely a great car, just make sure that you keep your valves adjusted and your oil changed... no matter who is driving.

1987 BMW 3 Series 316 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Clutch slave & master cylinders.

General Comments:

Superb introduction to BMW character offset by relatively high fuel consumption and lack of power. Drum brakes are devoid of feel. Dry weather grip is fantastic but in the wet it's a handful. Weber carbs give excellent response but is tricky to drive smoothly in town. Tough as nails.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

1987 BMW 3 Series 316 4 door 1.8 carb petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.8 carb petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Carb engine always seemed to have an uncurable flat spot. Sun visor broke.

General Comments:

The carb engine isn't a patch on the injection. Reliable car with good handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 1997

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 48 reviews