1994 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 from North America


Never again I would get a used BMW


Airbag light is on, don't know if it works (I guess i'll find out during an accident)

ABS went on it.

Break sensor stopped working.

Digital climate monitor stopped working.

Clutch is very high.

Upper plate on the suspensions need to be redone.

Breaks need to be changed regularly.

Revs very high in 5th speed.

One of the pistons has a 14% leak while the other 3 have a 6%

The mechanic loves to see me at his garage cause I'm paying his kids college fund.

The dash is full of warning lights that put you in the Christmas mood even in summer.

General Comments:

I really was disappointed with my first BMW, Maybe I got unlucky with a lemon, but some people had warned me before buying it.

It handles great and performs nice in 5th.

It looks really nice and the driving position is perfect.

Love the sound system and the manual transmission, Can't see why would people get this little beast in automatic.

I always wanted to have a BM since childhood and I should have waited to be able to afford a new one cause after this 318 I will think twice before getting another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th October, 2003

25th Sep 2005, 13:54

"Breaks need to be changed regularly."


27th Nov 2005, 15:12

If this is a case...

Of course it is risky to buy a used BMW, but that is so with any car.

Before you buy I’d recommend that you consider getting some help from a specialist for minimizing upcoming risks.

1994 BMW 3 Series Coupe 2.5 from UK and Ireland


Quality, performance all in one


Front ball joint was replaced at 89,000 miles.

VANOS system (Variable valve timming system) needs attention (Noisy).

Rear box was replaced at 89,00 miles.

Alignment was checked and was considerably out of line, specially the back.

Reverse switch needs replacing.

Front headlight glass needs replacing (Cracked Glass).

Front fog lights need replacing (Cracked Glass).

Clutch shudders when car is warm and start stooping.

Both front lower control arms need replacing.

Both front brake disc`s are warped.

General Comments:

This is the first BMW I have owned. I purchased it from a elderly couple for £5500. It has full service history and has been looked after well.

The 325i handles like a dream and is quick, but seems to lack power at times (this could be due to the VANOS system).

After 3000 rpm the car rockets off. I would recommend 325i or 320, they both have Variable Valve timming (1994+).

Consumption around town is approx. 23-26mpg motorway driving 28-32mpg. I recommend using quality petrol and not no cheap petrol, as this effects the timing of considerably.

Rear tyre`s will need replacing approx 3 times before the front need replacing. Depending on how you drive. I recommend Michelin tyre`s they don't wear too quick and grip the road well.

Overall, although it's a beautiful car and is built like a tank. There are other better cars on the market for a similiar price that I would have a second look at.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2003

1994 BMW 3 Series ic 1.8 from North America


A good performance daily driver


Left rear light assembly open circuit on purchase, (one set of wires power all lights) Able to easily remove, take back off unit and fix.

Engine hood stud unscrewed slightly- had to drill a hole through front radiator cowling to insert long screwdriver to open hood.

Front brake air ducts are in the way of front fog light easy release switch (to change bulb) -you have to remove front under tray to access the release switch.

General Comments:

Purchased as a low mileage west coast convertable example.

Handles excellent, minimal body flex for a convertble.

A little slow off the mark to 30 MPH. Mid range acceleration is good.

With the 5 speed, 43 MPG -unexpected for a performance car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2003

1994 BMW 3 Series 325i Coupe 2.5 from Malaysia


Excellent coupe, but not very durable


There are too many things that have gone wrong with this car! It has been rather shocking to see the amount of bills that I had to face since the day I got this car. On the day I got this car, the interior door panel on the left hand side fell off, and that was just the begining. The wheel bearing on both side went bad within 1 month, aircond stopped working, etc. the total bills came out to be around 7,000 USD since the first day of my ownership. the car depreciated at the rate of 10% a year, and in effect, I lost about 15,000 USD in total over the 3 years. Some of the things that needed to be repleced are as follows: Autonators, Gear Shaft (Broken & Cracked), Aircond Compressor, etc.

General Comments:

The car is one of the best Coupe that I have ever owned. I had M3 kit with 17 inch racing dynamics wheels, and it looked very slick & nice. This car is quick, smooth, but madly expensive to maintain for this class of car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd May, 2003

9th Jan 2004, 10:16

I have to agree with you. I owned a 325i also with M3 kit and motor sport alloys. It caused me nothing but grief. When I bought the car there was a seat cover on the drivers seat and I didn't think to look underneath but the leather was badly worn. That was only the start! The power steering rack went bad as did the radiator so I got it changed but the mechanic did'nt fit it right and the fan didn't work. When I was driving the car there was no water going round in the engine so she over heated; so that was another trip to the garage! I eventually got it sold for not much less that I paid, however I think the only way to own a bmw is to buy a new one because as soon as they age they just need too much maintenance.