1989 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 10 of 10

1989 BMW 3 Series 325i Convertible 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 450SL

Summary:

Just a truly spectacular auto that will last forever

Faults:

Water pump at 50,000 miles... otherwise, in 11 years, nothing!

General Comments:

This has been a truly spectacular car. I've added a performance exhaust and computer chip to add horsepower. It really flies... and looks great with the top down.

With the top up, its style reminds you that it is eleven years old. The windows also rattle slightly when up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2001

1989 BMW 3 Series 316i Coupe 1.6i from Belgium

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 kilometres
Most recent distance124000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Kadett C Coupe

Summary:

A nice looking, cheap car

Faults:

Motronic went crazy after a radio installation, engine sounded not nice at all :-(, after a reset of the motronic (=20sec job :-) ) car ran fine again.

General Comments:

Nice comfortable car, fuel consumption 9-10 liters/100km, goes very well, but the handling is not as great as on my previous car, a Opel Kadett C Coupe, driver feedback isn't that good, thus not sporty, (What the heck is this car's weight distribution???, and how much does it change when cornering?/craking??). In this field my previous car was a lot better, but counting everything, this one offers the better ride, go for it!!! It's cheap and fun!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2000

1989 BMW 3 Series 325i Touring 2.5i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5i petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carBMW 323i E21

Summary:

Fast mover with space

Faults:

Whining differential (replaced).

Wooden brakes (changed to Ferodo).

Leaking wash bottle (used silicon).

General Comments:

My old 323i used to take off from 4000 revs, this one takes off from 2000.

Very comfortable long distance high speed cruiser with room for the slightly larger essentials.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2000

1989 BMW 3 Series 320i Coupe 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 416 GSi

Summary:

Guaranteed head turner

Faults:

Drainage bung behind the driver's seat in the floor needed replacing.

Super wide Carlos-fandango alloy wheels needed cleaning.

Slight oil leak from the front of the engine - suspected cam seal.

General Comments:

Enjoyable car to drive.

Slightly thirsty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2000

1989 BMW 3 Series 325i SE 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carBMW 320i

Summary:

Small, fast and great

Faults:

Clutch.

Water pump.

Windscreen washers.

Headlamp washers.

General Comments:

A smashing car to drive and reasonable petrol consumption for the engine size.

Seats not very comfortable, but who cares!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2000

1989 BMW 3 Series 318 2 dr 1.8i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.8i
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

I warped and cracked the front discs three times in 20,000 miles. BMW badges in front wheel centres charred from heat. Rear damper mounts wore out. Nothing else.

General Comments:

For a car to be driven this hard and show such reliability is a compliment to BMW engineering. Braking system was uprated to 325i spec, OE vented discs/discs, to stop fading due to abuse. With the standard brakes, these cars have a 1.1G deceleration potential, stopping easily from 100 mph in 100 yards. With the uprated brakes it could do this far more times before fading. In the wet this car gripped like a leech, just get good tires. I recommend Goodyear Eagle NCT2 205/55 R15 for great wet/dry grip and very progressive at the limit.

Economical/reliable/great handling/low running costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 1999

1989 BMW 3 Series 325i Sport 2.5i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.5i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Every now and then the starter motor refuses to turn, and when it does it makes a crunching noise. Passenger electric window switch keeps failing, and the wipers often stick.

General Comments:

Good strong engine, goes on forever. Very comfy on long journeys. At 90,000 miles the car has no squeaks or rattles and is very smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 1998

1989 BMW 3 Series 325i SE 2.5 injection petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.5 injection petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

Console lights on heater buttons have gone out, due to wires coming loose.

General Comments:

Great performance, spec and reliablity for a car of this age. Servicing prices can be expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 1998

1989 BMW 3 Series 318iS Old Shape 1.8 16 valve petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.8 16 valve petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

One interior panel warped a little.

General Comments:

Best car I ever owned, I miss it. Wonderful handling. Suspension too stiff for long distances but great for the country. Slightly noisy but great fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 1997

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 42 reviews