1991 BMW 3 Series 318i 4 cylinder from North America
An excellent value over the long haul, especially if you can maintain on your own
Head gasket blew at 52,000 miles, was out of warranty, but dealer covered 50% of the repair cost after much complaint.
Extensive electrical problems while under warranty. BMW dealer has to bring in an expert from headquarters finally as I threatened to sue under PA Lemon Law, after bringing the car in so many times for correction.
Dash board cracked in seven places.
Door drip trim fell off and other minor body parts failed.
After 15 years with this car I have become attached to it. It drives and handles well after 118,000 miles. The last 60,000 miles have been problem free and the gas mileage is close to 30mpg. I can afford a newer fancier car, but when I compare them to what I have with my 318i and the cost differential I stick with this one.
The body is beginning to look classic and often draws more attention than newer BMW's.
I would recommend the 1991 model over earlier e30 body styles, as engine is better and it has a driver's side airbag.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2005