1988 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 9 of 9

1988 BMW 3 Series 325i Touring 2.5 12 valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.5 12 valve
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Slight oil leak from oil filter head when cold, not fully diagnosed exactly what problem is yet.

General Comments:

Fantastic car - a bit different. Proper wolf in sheep's clothing.

Great performance (estate remember), fuel economy better than expected (24/25 mpg av), very reliable, cheap to run.

If people tell you BMW's are expensive to run, they're WRONG!

Have had BMW's before, think I will again...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 1999

24th Apr 2005, 13:54

Oil leak is from the pressure relief valve "o" ring on the plunger the kit from BMW agents costs under £5 and all you need is circlip pliers to change it.

1988 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.5
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10

Faults:

Actually gone wrong whilst I've owned it - nothing. It even passed it's MOT 1st time.

General Comments:

Stunning performance & strong engine for the age. Spec relatively high - and even all the electrics still work.

Handling is supreme, except in the wet.

I can even pull away from a WRX Impreza in the dry now it's performance has been enhanced!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 1999

23rd Nov 2005, 13:02

I've been wanting one since last year 04, just still have my golf mk2 which is going well. my work mate had a bmw325i and I feel in love with the shape e30 model, especially when you sit in it, it's amazing and the sound of the engine when I drove it around the block is superb. I can't wait to get my hands on one, who needs a new car when you can have this beast!!! long live BMW

19th Jun 2008, 20:56

I just bought an '88 325i last week. It does need a few things, but it's fun to drive even with bad shock absorbers. I can't wait to get those replaced and REALLY drive it. That engine at low speeds sounds like an airplane. New cars are fine, but I love the organic feeling of this car and being able to hear and feel everything I do with the car.

1988 BMW 3 Series 320i 2 door Coupe 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

1 exhaust.

Clutch master cylinder.

General Comments:

Fantastic car, very smooth.

Great dash layout.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 1998

1988 BMW 3 Series 320 coupe auto 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Thermostat controller, tappets.

General Comments:

For an old car it went like a rocket, 140 mph, nice inside and looked nice but when 1 thing goes it all goes and costs a fortune.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 1997

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