1987 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 8 of 13

1987 BMW 3 Series 325e 2.5 liter, 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter, 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance180100 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco

Summary:

It's the ultimate driving machine.

Faults:

Replaced the AM/FM/casette at about 178000 miles.

Replaced the gaskets around the back lights and the trunk gasket to solve a leak at about 177,000 miles. (did it myself)

Inspection 2 at 167,765 miles.: $1691 (with labor)

Front shocks & mounts

Oil pan gasket

Rear rotors, sensors

Brake pads

Plugs, filters, belts.

4 tires @ 112,453 miles.: Michelin MX4 $538.

Front end @ 147,114 miles.: $797

Front rotors, pads, sensor, lower control arms, bushings.

Oil level switch @ about 140,000 miles.: $129.

Replaced front and rear windshield moldings @ 136,200 miles.: $205.

Replaced second water pump @ 136,000 miles.

Etc., etc., etc.

General Comments:

I've got a complete maintenance file on this car, all the way back to the original brochures.

It's expensive to fix, but it doesn't break very often.

I drive it hard; love to heel & toe it through a curvy road.

All the maintenance has been routine wear & tear - no accidents; no fender benders.

It's been all over California and still looks like it just rolled out of the showroom (save for a few minor blemishes). I change my own oil & wash and wax it by hand.

It's still a lot of fun and revs right up to redline. It's predictable and nimble. Shifting into 5th at 80 justifies the advertising.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th January, 2003

16th Apr 2003, 18:44

The eta engine's displacement in your 325e is 2.7l, not 2.5.

1987 BMW 3 Series SE 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

A high performance star and is perfect in every way

Faults:

I needed a new steering rack at 110000 miles.

I needed 2 ABS sensors at the same time.

General Comments:

My car has never let me down and goes like the wind.

She is comfortable and handles great.

I use Mobil 1 oil as she has never had any other oil used in her, resulting in the engine being just like new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

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

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Reliable performance bargain

Faults:

The exhaust fell off at 155000 miles which I replaced with a Scorpion stainless steel system (lifetime warranty and sounds aw-some). Drivers side electric window motor packed in, replaced with second hand one. SI/On board computer gremlins replaced SI board batteries and no further problems.

Factory fitted immobilizer screwed up one time leaving me stranded RAC man sorted it out thankfully. Water ingress into boot, replaced light seals and boot seal, but still getting a damp boot??? Drivers side seat worn easily repaired. Broken rear coil spring picked up at last M.O.T. replaced for £80.

General Comments:

This car has been a bargain as I only paid £1000 for it.

Car was bought with full BMW history.

Wet weather handling leaves a lot to be desired though.

Still holds it head against more newer machinery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2002

1987 BMW 3 Series 325 6 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired129500 miles
Most recent distance139618 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

A wonderful car, and what a steal!

Faults:

Antennae is stuck in the halfway position when I bought it, still that way, but I kinda like it up.

Needed a new cold start valve.

Transmission lugs from first to second.

Blackout trim has sort been fried by the sun (I've seen it on every other 97 BMW).

Tape player decided to not work anymore.

Speakers crackle horribly when the volume is adjusted.

General Comments:

It's a cool little 2dr coupe, nothing complicated.

Its quick and handles like a charm, and hugs the road, very sturdy.

Gets good gas mileage and doesn't burn any oil.

Interior is simple, clean and I still can't get over that cool thermometer!

I should have bought one with a manual transmission, which I will probably end up doing.

A real piece of art. Overall Id rate it a 9 out of 10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2002

18th Mar 2006, 21:02

I just bought 87 BMW 325E two door and looking forward to driving, making minor repairs myself. At the present time I'm having a rebuilt top-end engine with new seals and timing kit installed. Replacing hoses in hard to service areas of the engine before installing. Replacing the front and shift seal of the automatic ZF. This 325 had the cloth interior that I thought I would enjoy over the leather for a change.

Hope you still enjoy driving your 325e.

Regards,

Hollywood9.

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