1987 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5L from North America
Mediocre performance, poor reliability
Instrument cluster lights.
Glove box lock.
Inside door handle.
It takes experience to shift the 5-speed smoothly. I don't think it's the best 5-speed to get.
The vehicle handles really well.
It's reliability is well below average, mainly due to its age and mileage.
Parts are expensive.
BMW are not suitable for beaters.
The mileage is not very good in city driving, less than 20mpg.
The M20 engine in 325i series is very underpowered at low speeds, has little torque.
To get moving, you have to rev it to 3,000 rpms or so. From the stoplight, it's very slow and even a 4-cylinder Ford Escort is faster, except when you get to the 3rd gear and rev it pretty good, it's very fast. I think they improved it with later engines after '91.
But this engine is noisy, weak for a 6-cylinder, and thirsty AND needs constant maintenance such as regular timing belts, valve adjustment. It will tick like a Zinger sawing machine no matter what you do with it, apparently this is normal and doesn't hurt anything.
The interior is made with horrible, brittle plastic parts, for example the glove box got stuck and when trying to open it, the handle broke, and now there is no way to access it.
I think its reliability is below domestic or other imports.
It handles very poorly in rainy weather. I cannot imagine how it drives in snow, probably not an experience you want. In fact, the PO wrecked it on snow.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd April, 2006
I think maybe you got one that wasn't taken care of. I have a 1987 325 and it is amazing. Of course mine has the 2.7L with 170 lb-ft of torque though, but I wouldn't imagine that would make that much of a difference. I'm sorry that you got a bad one because they really are amazing cars. I was thinking about buying a newer car soon, but after thinking about it and realizing how much I love my 325, I decided I would rather just dump about $17,000 into my Bimmer instead. I'm at 235,000 miles already and it is still running strong, but I want to put in a 300hp M20.