1992 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1992 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 from Portugal

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A rare beauty, 9 year old car!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing, only a few problems with the electrical system, but nothing that a brand new fuse can't fix.

General Comments:

I bought the car because it is lovely and my wife likes it.

I have tuned the car because the max speed was poor. A few more horsepower and the problem was fixed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2001

1992 BMW 3 Series 318I 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired162200 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

It was a very good deal

Faults:

The air conditioning does not work, but can easily be repaired. It most likely just needs freon.

The rear brakes will need to be replaced soon.

General Comments:

It handles very well.

It has a lot of nice features, such as power windows, power door locks, and a sunroof.

It was a steal at $4,000. My dad worked at the dealership, so I was able to get it at wholesale.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2001

1992 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 LPG from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 LPG Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 318i

Summary:

Just fantastic!

Faults:

I've had some interior problems and the car drives very badly on petrol.

General Comments:

It's a fantastic car! Great handling, but maybe a bit underpowered for a 100 hp car that weighs 1206 kg. I only believe that the previous generation 3 Series (the E30) had a stronger interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2000

14th Feb 2001, 10:20

Hi,

I'm looking to do an LPG conversion on my E30 318i. Can you tell me the air mixer unit is located?

Many thanks,

Richard Gould, UK.

20th Feb 2001, 12:32

All E36 interior quality faults were fixed by late 1992 cars, the build quality from then was superb.

1st Aug 2001, 16:02

Hi,

I've got an E36 coupe, 1997. The handling is so poor if you go offroad, and the engine gets more noisy when you reach above 170 KM/h. The car still only has low kilometers on it, about 25 thousand...

7th Sep 2004, 18:15

A 316i, off road, going 170km/h?

I think the engine has a right to be noisy, it is not even an off road car.

6th May 2006, 18:13

The engine will be noisy at that speed even if it where on the motorway. It would be doing at least 4000RPM...

13th May 2008, 16:06

My 316i seems to be a bit sluggish.. Was wondering if anyone has any idea to give it a little more boost? Tried injector treatment but didn't seem to do anything. Also when first started in the morning it revs up and down for a minute or two before it goes to a normal idle... Any suggestions?

1992 BMW 3 Series 318i Auto 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Ride is terrible. Major recall in 1997 due to steering rack fault (fixed free of charged). Center heating unit broke, passenger rear door faulty.

General Comments:

BMW's are prone to criminal damage due to image. Dealer has been very good but repairs are expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1992 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Manual sunroof stuck after it came off it's rails. Tappets are currently rattling.

General Comments:

Performance of 1.6 engine is poor at town speeds, but >50mph and its cool. But hey, it's my first car and it looks fantastic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 24 reviews