1994 BMW 3 Series 325i Cabrio 2.5 from Venezuela


Buy, feel it and then love it!!! What an amazing little machine!!!


Have changed the tires.

The car is losing a little bit coolant, but I don't know why or where (about 100cc each two weeks).

The coolant level sensor sends an alarm when it feels like it... rubbish.

Local dealer's attention to detail leaves all to be desired... :S.

Anyway, it is not a new car, so a few minor flaws after 12 years... nothing to complain about!

General Comments:

This is my very first BMW and I think I'm falling in love with it...

I'm not sure why the E36 3 series are so cheap comparatively with other "same class" cars from Mercedes Benz for instance here in Venezuela, but anyway, because of that I could afford one.

Mine is an European 325i Cabriolet in excellent condition, bought with only 70k kilometers on the clock, and in just 1.5 months I have raised the bar to 77k!!

After 7k kilometers, I can tell you that if you want a really neat car for the money, look no further... despite maintenance costs which are not high if you know something about cars (local dealers are $%^&*), it drives beautifully and should be used as a daily commuter without a doubt!!!

It can't depreciate anymore, so you'll stop spending money and the engine seems to be the most exquisite piece of motor engineering in the world. If you compare with comparatively priced new cars... it is just outstanding.. amazing... loving... but if your transmission is automatic... it's a little bit slow to accelerate from stop until you understand automatic transmissions (my first automatic too)... even with 5 speeds...

And for God's sake... change the audio system... it's something that directly compares with Lada cars... but nothing else is this low :D...


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2006

20th Jul 2007, 23:03

This is an update to the first comments:

Now I have 98k km on the clock, fixed the coolant leaking (was a funny thermal thing broke on the air filter box), have changed the rear bearings and tomorrow I'm heading for a 1600 kms travel "topless"

I really like this car, now it's a lot better being far from the local dealer who s**ks!!! it's getting better by the minute!

Changed the alternator because the voltage regulator broke, then when I replaced it, leaved something loosey and the whole alternator was burned out. used a 140 amp version of the original BMW/Bosch alternator intead of the 80A version that originally came with the car.

Installed a B&M air filter.

Fuel economy it's not any good, but here where I live fuel is as cheap as our life & freedom... just about 20 US Dollar cents a gallon.

If you have any doubts about buying an used BMW, go ahead, find a good one and if you have the meanings just buy it!!!

1994 BMW 3 Series 325i coupe 2.5 from UK and Ireland


Quick, reliable and very well built


So far nothing, there was a small rust bubble on the front 2 arches, but I got them resprayed as soon as I bought the car.

General Comments:

What can I say, the engine sounds lovely and pulls very well after 4k.

Handling is not too bad for quite a big car.

Interior is excellent except for the computer, the screen is faded and its hard to make the writing out.

I have 17inch motor sport wheels and they set the car off beautifully.

I must say I'm most impressed with the small things, eg. how the doors make little noise when they close and that the lights fade out gradually when you lock the doors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2006

1994 BMW 3 Series 318is 1.8 from North America


One of the best cars around


Very little has gone wrong with this car.

I replaced the alternator at 154,000 miles. The micro switch for the dome light / locks was replaced at 146,000 miles. No other non-routine work has been required.

General Comments:

I took a bit of grief from friends when I bought a 4 cyl BMW instead of the 6. But, it's been unbelievably reliable and gets around 35 MPG on the highway. It's just been a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2006