1988 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 6 of 9

1988 BMW 3 Series E30 324D 2.4 diesel from Poland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired296034 kilometres
Most recent distance301129 kilometres
Previous carFSO ZUK

Summary:

Great comfortable and tough car

Faults:

I haven't had any problems. The last owner had to do some work, but it was normal changing of some parts after 20, 50, or 100 thousand kms.

General Comments:

I love this car, it's very comfortable (for people who sit in the front, the rear seats are not very comfortable - for two "normal" persons).

The engine is silent (and it's diesel). It drinks about 6,8l/100km., so it's cheap. It's not dynamic, but for driving it's enough - after 2500rpm she becomes much faster. To drive about 150/160 km. per hour it's not, but -like I said- it's not dynamic (about 13 seconds to 100).

It's quite good looking inside and has a very tough engine. In the winter, when it's -15, it starts with no problems. For me - all is OK, maybe this place in the rear - why is so small?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2004

1988 BMW 3 Series 320 SE 2.0Li from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0Li Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired88058 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles

Summary:

Boy racer killer

Faults:

None so far.

General Comments:

Well, what can I say. YAHOO!!! What a beast. It may be 16 years old, but can she fly.

The main reason I bought the car was to annoy all the little boy racers in their Novas and Fiestas. The looks I get when I pull up at the lights are comical. They laugh at me because they think it is a heap, although they soon shut up when I rev her up. When the lights turn to green she just picks up her skirt and runs. The boy racers don't know what has hit them until they eventually catch me up at the next set of lights. Hee Hhe what a honey. I shall be keeping hold of this baby.

If anyone knows the performance figures of the 320i 1988 model, could someone put them up as I am interested in just how fast the old girl is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

28th Jan 2004, 06:22

Quick update, 90000 on the clock and everything is fine with the car. Just had a 3 inch big bore back box fitted. The noise is absolutely fantastic. She has a bassy roar at low RPM, and rises to a loud roar at medium RPM, all the way to an all out howl at high RPM. In a shouting competition, this car would be a genuine winning contender. I always take her to the red line, just to hear her scream her lungs out. Over steer moments now have a squeal of tyres and a HOWL from the straight six. I think I am in love.

1988 BMW 3 Series 325is 2.5 liter inline 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter inline 6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired169800 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Turn heads for only a few thousand dollars!

Faults:

Back light in computer has gone out, "light check" button on ceiling panel has popped out, is now a spring, but is still usable. minor wear/cuts on seats, nothing major. clutch hydraulics went out at 160,000 miles. a/c is no longer working. (all of this was under my fathers ownership from 1992-2003)

General Comments:

A great car to learn manual driving on. I learned how to drive this 5 speed in 3 days of driving, and it has driven incredibly nice since it was given to me. It is a great car for me, being 16. It could, however, be incredibly dangerous under the driving of an irresponsible person. The seat, and the car sits incredibly low, you don't sit in a car... you sit in a cockpit! It still drives beautifully even with 170000 miles on it. The car also gets great gas mileage, which is one of the reasons I wanted it so badly to start with.

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

Review Date: 13th December, 2003

15th May 2005, 17:24

What is the gas mileage you get roughly?

14th Nov 2006, 13:42

Incredibly dangerous to drive? Hmm. In what way? I've owned a BMW for 9 years - and only find you need "good or excellent tires" and good driving skills. If driving in the snow/ice without snow tires, yes it can be dangerous, as any rear-wheel drive car can be.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 30 reviews