1987 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 9 of 13

1987 BMW 3 Series 316 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carRenault 9

Summary:

If BMW still made these, I'd buy one from new!

Faults:

Had used a small amount of water since bought. Developed into a severe failure at 133000 miles - cylinder head defect. Repaired with epoxy resin!

Damaged linkage on carburetor prevented correct idle. Repaired soon after purchase.

Driver's seat fabric wore through at just over 100000 miles.

122000 miles - Fitted Weber replacement carburetor.

126000 miles - changed back to original carburetor!

General Comments:

This has to be the most enjoyable car I've ever owned. Once a few initial problems had been rectified, the car proved itself to be economical and reliable. Fuel consumption was around 36mpg, worst was 32mpg and best was 43mpg.

The Weber carburetor solved an unsteady idle problem, but drive-ability and economy suffered badly. Average fuel consumption went down to 28mpg.

Even though the car had 205-55-VR15 tyres and did not have power steering, the steering was incredibly light and precise. Driving any car with power steering after driving the 316 felt like the steering coupling was made of elastic!

Servicing: You can service these yourself - use a good quality oil and the engine just won't wear. The cylinder honing marks were still visible on mine at 133000 miles!

Be aware that most mechanics don't understand the 2BE electronic carburetor on this model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2002

1987 BMW 3 Series 325 Inline 6/2.6 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Inline 6/2.6 Liter Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance95700 miles
Previous carNissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

Low performance, but very reliable if taken proper care of

Faults:

Broken door catch.

Ripped shift boot.

Power steering leak.

Cracked dash.

Blower motor failed, was expensive ($600) to replace and dealer installed it carelessly by using a strap to large to hold the motor in place.

All 6 fuel injectors were clogged.

One broken ground strap caused A/C and Secondary cooling fan to be inoperable therefore causing engine to overheat.

Otherwise, normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

This car has wonderful handling.

With quick and simple modifications, performance has ultimately improved.

Very stylish look, but styling kits are super expensive.

No cup holders in the center console, bad idea.

Factory stereo wiring makes installing custom stereo difficult.

Repairs on maintenance are very expensive.

Horsepower is very low and unacceptable.

The torque is high which is good and compensates for some of the loss of horsepower.

Stock exhaust gives more power to the car than free flow exhaust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2002

1987 BMW 3 Series i 6 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 6 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles

Summary:

A wonderful car reliable to all

Faults:

Had to replace the timing belt. Many people are not aware that every 60,000 miles it needs to be replaced. The ball joint also needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

I love this car! It is my first car and has never really given me any problems than the ones listed above. It is great on gas, easy on the tires and accelerates nicely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2002

1987 BMW 3 Series 2.5L turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5L turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres

Summary:

Price is big, but so is grunt... as they say, I have unleashed the beast in my beemer!!!

Faults:

Not a lot, I had the engine re-built, blueprinted, balanced, tuned and fitted with lots of modified parts when I first got the car so there was basically very few old parts on the car to give me trouble (mechanically speaking)

General Comments:

The car is a gem to drive, the turbo is fantastic, it runs like a rocket, drinks a bit of fuel, but that's OK as it has lots of grunt.

The car has all race parts as said above including the engine being re-done totally from the ground up, power chip, new exhaust system (modified one), 17" alloy wheels, Pirelli rubber (brilliant stuff), strong brakes, re-spray in hot red, stripped of back seats (less weight) + much, much more... to much to list, this car is just a beast of a car to own and to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2002

1987 BMW 3 Series 325i Special Edition 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance358094 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

358,000 miles ain't bad!

Faults:

Nothing really, just general wear and tear.

General Comments:

I'm not lying about the mileage, it's the same engine, she is serviced every 6 months.

Very reliable, drinks quite a lot of fuel. FAST to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2001

9th Dec 2004, 13:24

Is the car still running? What's the mileage on it, now? Has it hit 400,000 miles yet?

7th Feb 2005, 15:22

I thought mine having 187,000 miles on the clock was impressive. So I decided to crash it into a tree.

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