1994 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 5 of 12

1994 BMW 3 Series 325 TDS SE Saloon 2.5 6 Cylinder turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 6 Cylinder turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo GTV

Summary:

Comfortable, reliable, solid transport

Faults:

Rear suspension making "clonking" noises (suspect rear void bushes).

At idle, car wobbles (suspect idle speed incorrectly set: have already cleaned injectors).

General Comments:

Bought the car as a mile-muncher and it has performed faultlessly since I bought it. Returns 45+ mpg on motorway runs, but nearer 30mpg around town.

Extremely comfortable car with excellent ergonomics and superb driving position. Great boot space and can carry 4 adults in true comfort. I have previously owned a 325 Coupe and a 328 Coupe, so ownership of a rare GTV V6 Turbo has taught me to return to German engineering! BMWs are mechanically sound, however,minor electrical faults (such as switches) are quite common with age (but show me an older car that doesn't throw up faults over time?). I can highly recommend the 325 TDS, it's a great motorway car and will complete galactic mileages if given minimal care. I won't be buying another Alfa!

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

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

11th Jan 2007, 14:28

Regarding the report on the 325 tds. I had one of these for three years and it was superb. It was bought secondhand at three years old from a BMW main dealer and so had the full BMW 12 months warranty. The only fault/breakdown I had was a transfer fuel pump in the fuel tank. This happened on the road and the BMW Rescue vehicle was with me within 25 minutes of me calling the control. I was phoned twice within that period to inform me of progress and the fault was diagnosed and I was back on the road within minutes. I was advised to keep the fuel tank more than half full until I could get to a main dealer. It was booked in and fixed under warranty the very next day. Wonderful, fantastic service and a wonderful make of car. I am now on my eighth in 20 years, all 3 series apart from my latest which is a 120D. That is also living up to expectations. I'll never change marques, that's for sure.

1994 BMW 3 Series 328i SE 2.8i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carVolvo V70

Summary:

Fast, fun and reliable

Faults:

Water pump. This is a typical fault as the impeller is plastic, but the shaft is metal. The impeller cracks and does not rotate properly in the shaft.

Radiator leak.

Viscous coupling on the cooling fan.

Air lock in the cooling system.

Thermostat.

Basically, everything to do with the cooling system packed up within the first 3 months of ownership. However, since this was all fixed it has been totally and utterly reliable.

General Comments:

The addition of 17" alloys have made it look great and handle even better, but at the expensive of ride quality. It tram-lines badly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

1994 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.9 Twin Cam 4 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 Twin Cam 4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

I adore it

Faults:

The instrument cluster had to be replaced. We bought a refurbished one with a six-month warranty for less than $200.

Lower windshield trim was replaced.

All clips for driver's side door exterior trim replaced.

The sunroof started rattling for no apparent reason.

The brake light switch was replaced.

Nothing major has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This has been a terrific car. I am a college student who has no time for a car that is going to hand me problems. This car still looks brand new in every way. It looks terrific in black/black with the 16-inch Z3 wheels. The only original options on mine are the power tilt/slide sunroof and the fog lights. Everything else needed is standard however. It has one-touch windows all the way around which is a huge convenience. It has nifty climate controls, six speakers, and outside temperature display. The lighting system is nice with its fading effects and the map lights are designed not to blind one at night. The girls dig the lighted vanity mirrors that don't shine right in your face too.

Everything is so solid on this car. There are no loose trim pieces, no rattles except the occasional sunroof rattle that can temporarily be fixed by opening/shutting it again. Everything works as it should. I now see why these cars cost so much, they are what Mercedes-Benz used to be. I will purchase another BMW when I finish college, and hopefully I can also keep this one as I think it will last forever and it is cheap to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2004

26th Dec 2005, 21:26

Update: 120,000 miles. I have had to replace one wheel bearing after buying new Yokohama tires and still experiencing loud road noise. The car now rides Lexus-quiet. The brakes were a killer job; I went to have pads put on all four brakes and my mechanic had to put new discs on the front because the old ones were at their minimum thickness. The bill was big ($420), but reasonable, and I am very happy with how well the car stops now. I installed the BMW keyless entry/alarm system which was worth the money for the protection it offers including fuel system shutoff, glass breakage sensor, and double locking. The sunroof stopped rattling! There is now an annoying whistle when open, any solutions? I am still thrilled with the car. The required work has added up, but all of it has been routine stuff that any car this age needs. No nasty surprises and it continues to take me everywhere that I want to go!

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