1992 BMW 3 Series 325i Coupe 2.5 from Lithuania


Good-looking reliable performer - all you need


Alternator belt holder flew off while driving. Purely my fault for not replacing it when purchased the car.

Speedometer has started showing random things, but somehow fixed itself 2 days later. No problems anymore.

So basically nothing wrong with the car itself whatsoever.

General Comments:

The car is a perfect example of BMW engineering. It has been built 14 years ago, but after being well looked-after, the Coupe is still a head turner and above all an amazingly great performer.

For certain reasons I had to buy an automatic, but the disadvantages of this gearbox are easily compensated by the 192 horses under the hood. The pull is so excellent, it's really hard to keep yourself within the speed limits. 0-100 km/h is easily achieved in 9 seconds. I took it out to a 4000 km trip to Germany. Entire distance was driven in the speeds varying from 160 to 240 km/h. The gears apparently are quite long, because while at 210 the tachometer shows only slightly over 4k rpm. And only mere 5k rpm when driving at 240. So knowing there's still a thousand revs left until the redline, I assume it can easily exceed 250 km/h barrier. All that without a minor breakdown. Think of another affordable vehicle with that kind of performance and reliability.

It also survived the track test brilliantly. The over-steer caused by rear wheel drive is easily killed with a light opposite steer. It handles absolutely perfectly. Lapping Nurburgring Nordschleife was a sheer driving pleasure, just like BMW itself says.

Expensive pleasure though. With me at the wheel, in city area it consumes nearly 15 liters / 100 km, while out on the freeway with constant 140 km/h, it's easy to stay within 8-10. So relatively economic on the other hand too.

Backseat space isn't perfect. But if you look at it with the Coupe standard in mind, it's a real limo. In other cars of that kind, there is literally no leg space in the back, while in this BMW 4 people can travel really easily. Maybe not around the world and not like in a sedan, but surely better than in any other Coupe I can think of.

After all the 10.000 km in total that I've driven it (and I've driven it really, really hard), it still works like brand new. Absolutely flawless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2006

1992 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5 V6 from North America


Good, but just not good enough


Interior door panels come undone.

Break and ABS sensor lights come on even after breaks are replaced.

"Check Coolant Fluid" appears at start up even when full.

Bogs out on even small dips in the road with passengers in the back, even with new shocks & springs.

General Comments:

Over all this car is good. I wouldn't get this old of a car again. I like the look, feel, sportiness and fuel economy of this car, but when it's this old, you get too many problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2006

7th Jun 2006, 09:11

First of all, the E36 body style is a terrific design. I realize that the last of the E30 models were probably better-finished than the first of the E36 models, but the problems were easily corrected. I agree, the interior trimmings on the early E36 were not quite up to BMW standards, however they did upgrade the interior in 1994. My '94 has a perfect interior, noticeably nicer than the '92 and '93 models. The brake sensor wires must be replaced when the brakes are changed if the light was on before the brake job. If the light never comes on, replacement should not be necessary, as the wire is set down in the pads and only activates the light when it becomes exposed and completes the circuit. The coolant sensor should be an easy fix. I don't know what to offer on the suspension problems though.