1994 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 12 of 12

1994 BMW 3 Series 320i Coupe 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

A superb car

Faults:

The tyres wear quite quickly compared to my Audi 80. They are sticky Pirelli P7s, so that may have something to do with it!

Clutch is hard to judge when the car gets hot/after a few miles.

ABS light has come on permanently, not dangerous, but I need to look into it.

No other problems at all.

General Comments:

A superb car, I can see why people enthuse about the 3 Series BMW.

The handling is excellent, the grip is prodigious, the ride very smooth.

The engine is creamy smooth and does not increase in volume even right up to the rev. limiter.

The seats are very comfortable even if they do not look all that special.

This being the Coupe, I can get quite a bit of stuff in the surprisingly large boot. The reason for this, is that the back seats fold down as standard, unlike the saloon's.

The dashboard is very clearly laid-out and driver oriented, but the overall design 'attractiveness' of it is not in the same class as the Audi 80 (1988 model) that I used to own.

The other thing is that the car attracts a lot of nice comments from friends and strangers alike. I have had people come up to me and offer to buy it pretty much on the spot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2002

1994 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 petrol injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Great entry point to the driver's marque

Faults:

The only major fault was with the solenoid after about 2 and a half years. I was told by the repair man that this was a common fault. The starter just wouldn't turn over. The solution (before a new one was fitted) was a foot-long stick of wood and a hammer - one or two gentle taps and it came free.

Useless in snow because of rear-wheel drive. Need studded wheels but they're illegal in this country, although mandatory in some others...

General Comments:

Underpowered compared with 6 cylinder engines, but not short of top speed (125+mph on motorway)

Ergonomically well designed - everything where it should be.

Very comfortable and easy to drive - very responsive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2001

1994 BMW 3 Series 325IS 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carSsangYong Musso

Summary:

Safety and high acceleration, but nothing else

Faults:

Poor electronic system. Rain drops started going through the electronic box at 60,000 miles. While I was washing my car, water went through. Cost me US$1500 to fix it.

Once a month, the engine went out while I was driving a low velocity at 40,000 miles. I had to wait for 30 minutes, then I could jump up the engine. I have visited the BMW dealer in the states, but they couldn't it figure out. Unbelievable!

General Comments:

This car can protect you in any kind of danger. I had a serious accident on the freeway in 2000. I just walked out of my car. Good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2001

1994 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 petrol from Turkey

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired161000 kilometres
Most recent distance172000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

I think it has good performance

Faults:

Main brain of the car was spoiled in the car wash because water entered it.

I heard that this situation exist at all BMW cars.

General Comments:

Its parts and workmanship costs are very expensive in dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2001

1994 BMW 3 Series 325 Coupe 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Factory remote opening of doors a bit intermittent.

General Comments:

Brilliant car, bought in April 1999 with only 17,500 miles on it after 5.5 years. Superb engineering, no rattles or sqeaks. Best compromise if M3 is too expensive. Best handling and most fun car I have EVER had. Definitely a drivers car.

The sound system in early E36 (not sure about later model) BMW's is complete rubbish, so had to spend a bit getting that sorted out, and had another immobiliser fitted. Insurance is a bit high at 17, but who cares. Fuel economy not bad, I have had 34 MPG on a long run. If you own a Vauxhall Calibra, ditch it and get one of these, you will not regret it!!! Next one will be 328 Coupe with M3 body kit!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1999

22nd Jan 2001, 12:25

If you own a 325i ditch it and get a Nissan 200SX (yes, really).

Bless my soul!

Sorry to sound like an echo.

15th Oct 2001, 17:29

Yeah, but BMW reliable?

I'm going the other way, 200SX to 325. Even though performance is superb in the two hunny, mine was just too unreliable.

5th Jul 2003, 15:55

When you say at 17, are you aged 17, or is the 325i coupe in insurance group 17???

1994 BMW 3 Series 318is from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Within 3 miles of purchase throttle stuck wide open. Problems with brake pedal pressure meant it cost dealer approx £2500 in parts to sort. Synchromesh failed on 4/5th gear.

Massive oil leak from rear of cylinder head turned out to be (after I had removed head) a loose oil bung. Took 10 seconds to tighten. Cost me £170 in gaskets etc. to take head off. I was not a happy bunny. Rear shock mount.

General Comments:

The car was O.K. from delivery, but handling was atrocious in the wet. Aquisition of BMW Classic 16" Alloys, Yokohama A510's, sports seats and Momo steering wheel transformed the car into a drivers dream. Mega predictable handling, vastly improved driving position made the car 100% better. I used it as a course car at a local tarmac special stage rally. On one special stage a Metro 6R4 took 2 seconds out of me whilst I blitzed various Evo's and Escort Cosworths. Try it in this spec and love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 1999

1994 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.8 liter
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Minor electrics, ECU, small trim pieces.

General Comments:

The best handling car I have ever owned - besides small faults, extremely reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 1998

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 42 reviews