1991 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 9 of 9

1991 BMW 3 Series 318iS 1.8L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carBMW 325e

Summary:

Get a BMW. But not one like this!

Faults:

Timing case profile gasket.

Fan clutch.

Coolant hose.

Shocks.

Steering rack.

General Comments:

The car handles like it is on rails, and is usually fast enough to satisfy me. However it has been a bear to take care of, very expensive. I'll buy another BMW some day, but not one this cheesy.

Interior/exterior design is classic. Ride on the highway is horrible and loud. Steering wheel still vibrates even though I've invested $4000 fixing it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2001

10th Apr 2001, 23:34

I have a 1990 BMW 318iS, and you are correct, they are hard to take care of and can get expensive. However, mine is by far the most comfortable ride that I have owned in my life. There is something to be said for the comfort of the "Recarro" style seating. Also, running on rails is an understatement.

1991 BMW 3 Series 316i E36 from Finland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired251000 kilometres
Most recent distance322000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Tipo

Summary:

Go for the 320i, if you want more performance

Faults:

Not much. Recently I had to change some minor suspension components, but apart from that I have had no problems whatsoever.

General Comments:

Excellent driveability, good looks, reliable, the best car I ever owned. Too small engine, though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2000

1991 BMW 3 Series 325i SE 2.5 6 cyl petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 6 cyl petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carToyota 4Runner V6

Summary:

Wonderfully built and designed sports sedan

Faults:

Small radiator leak.

I have replaced many wear items as maintenance (I'm a stickler for keeping things well maintained!)

Some suspension rubber components need replacement - it's feeling a bit "squirrely" at high speed, and on windy uneven roads :-)

General Comments:

Handles VERY well, watch the tail in the wet though... it can come round to bite you if you are not careful at speed!

Parts are a lot cheaper than for our previous Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2000

1991 BMW 3 Series 325 SE 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Pricey, patchy performance saloon

Faults:

Washer bottle pump.

Lambda probe.

Heater.

Gearbox has gone into emergency mode twice, once because of a lack of oil.

Bulbs blowing all the time.

General Comments:

Excellent handling and ride.

Good performance.

This car has caused me nothing but grief in the five or so weeks that I have had it. I was lead to believe that the Germans have a very good record for malfunctions on their cars but now I'm not so sure. Would seriously consdier swapping this for a later, bigger car from another manufacturer, eg Vauxhall Senator. Very disappointed with BMW. Pricey parts but OK if you can find a good specialist. I would have to think long and hard about buying another BMW.

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

Review Date: 7th June, 2000

1991 BMW 3 Series E36 316i 1.6 from Slovenia

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Bought it secondhand a bit more than a year ago with 73.000km on the odometer, which now stands at 108.000km. Since then I had replaced all four shock absorbers, front brake rotors and all brakepads. The exhaust is also about to go.

General Comments:

I absolutely love it. The handling is top-notch (I prefer RWD for greater control in all conditions). It would be even better with a bigger engine. The trunk is too small, but then my previous car was a Volvo 244, so I guess I'm spoiled :). If I can afford it, my next car will also be a BMW, preferably a 5 Series with at least a 2.0 engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 1999

1991 BMW 3 Series 318i Saloon 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

The only things that have gone wrong in two years are the exhaust broke (got it welded and is still going alright) and the drivers door handle broke.

General Comments:

The best car I have ever owned - massive pulling power, a bit unpredictable in icy conditions but the looks you get when you're driving around town are class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 32 reviews