1993 BMW 3 Series 318is 1.9ltr from Australia and New Zealand


A great example of German Brilliance


Nothing so far has gone wrong with the car. I have only had the car for 2 weeks now, so this may not be the best indication, however, if the current situation is anything to go by, then I'm in for a great run.

General Comments:

This car is not very quick at all, but it is built very well. It feels very safe to drive, stable, and handles really nicely around corners. It is a heavy car admittedly, however, this doesn't transfer into poof fuel mileage. So far, I've driven 400km, and have 15 litres left before empty. Personally I believe that is great economy.

The car itself is very basic interior wise, however, for its plainness, it is still very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2004

1993 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 from North America


Nice Car, but Wet


I had a problem. I just purchased this car... which I have all service records from. The car seems to have had some minor problems, but nothing major. I had discovered a problem and have no clue why this is happening. I floor behind the drivers side rug is soaking wet... Window wasn't open, sunroof closed (no signs of water). Water anywhere except on the floor? Any idea's? A/C leak maybe?

General Comments:

I really love this car. I do see some rust around the rear door tops, but I'm having it all repainted so that doesn't matter. This car seems to run great, but I guess time will tell.

Great on gas not like my Dodge Intreped ES for sure.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2003

1993 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8L in-line 4 cylinder from North America


A great first car - Don't buy without service records


Ball joints needed replacement immediately after purchase.

Back-up light switch that screws onto transmission. Only $20 and I managed to convince the dealer to put it in for free.

Thermometer screen flickers, but still displays correct temperature.

Serious rust has developed along many seams around doors etc. as well as the rocker panels almost totally eaten through from the inside out.

Timing chain cover (upper and lower) oil leak.

Engine/transmission main seal oil leak.

Cylinder head oil leak.

All these oil leaks have contaminated the clutch, which now slips badly.

Minor interior problems due to age and wear. Many repairs of this nature you can do yourself very quickly and easily. Nothing to fuss about.

General Comments:

When I saw this car, it was love at first sight. It is 11 years old and it's still one of the best looking cars on the road. I was so obsessed with it that I ignored the signs that this car might be trouble.

The car is quite comfortable. It is fairly easy to find a good driving position despite the lack of tilt-steering. However, on longer trips you'll have to move around quite a bit to keep from getting sore. This car has ergonomics in mind, but is not even and entry-luxury.

The performance is lacking, but quite reasonable from a 1.8L engine. You can manipulate the 5 speed gearbox enough to make your ride interesting, but if you want power, try the 325i. Another route is to go to the aftermarket and look at superchargers/computer chips, but by the time you put money into that you could be driving a 325i, which is a nicer car anyway.

Put simply, the stock sound system is terrible. It is a 6 speaker system, but it totally lacks any low-range response. I'm not the type to drive around with bass you can hear down the block so I'm not expecting too much. It's just that the original speakers are very cheap.

The handling on the 318i is awesome! It will whip around corners with confidence, but due to the lack of traction control you can cause the back-end to come loose with a little throttle. It is also a fairly comfortable ride at the same time, dealing with rough pavement with an abundance of poise and refinement.

This is not a quiet car by any description. You always know the engine is there, especially at highway speeds - At 120km/h the engine is at 3500rpm in 5th gear.

There's a full-sized spare tire!

If you buy this car, make sure it has been dealer serviced, I can't stress that enough. Then take it to your mechanic anyway. Main concerns are body rust and oil leaks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

4th Dec 2005, 12:28

I would be thinking about it.