1995 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Aging gracefully


Thermostat had to be replaced.

Heater hose cracked.

Power steering hose replaced.

Radiator replaced.

Driver's side window regulator needs replacing.

Sunroof is temperamental.

Interior is just showing wear and tear.

General Comments:

Design - Absolutely timeless! The paint job comes up like a gem when cleaned, and I have it riding on a set of motorsport rims, so it's definitely a head turner.

Build Quality - A solid ride for a 16 year old car.

Handling - I don't drive the car hard, so I wouldn't know how it is with out of the ordinary driving, but the brake and steering response is excellent, and it's an easy car to drive.

Interior - Probably the most modern feature of the car is the fact that is has so many features that would have evolved in newer model Japanese/European/Australian cars. BMW really sets the standard for car makers out there to explore innovation with their interior design.

Engine and Transmission - You can feel the engine has a bit of get-up, but with it towing such a heavy car, the performance leaves a lot to be desired, especially in an auto!

Electrics - The most convenient thing about the electrics is when locking your car and leaving a window ajar, it will close all of those windows. If the window is left completely open, it will leave it half way up. However, this is where the age shows the most: The stacker is playing up, sunroof opens, but doesn't close at times. *Touch wood*, that's about all for now.

Verdict - I love the car. Its design, simplicity and timeless design really would appeal to anyone wanting to buy a quality used BMW. Being an overall robust car, it is showing signs of age, so it would be ideal to have one checked over, as it can get pricey to fix bits and pieces.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2011

1995 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5L I6 from North America


A driver's car with soul!


Both driver and passenger windows need new clips to hold the windows in place.

Fuse blown for front fog lights.

Third (high mount) brake light is out.

General Comments:

This car, so far, is great! This sedan is all about the drive. Whether going to the corner store or cross country, it seems determined to make it memorable for you.

Although I have only put 2000 miles on it so far, my experience with BMWs include a 1983 320i, 1986 325e and a 1988 528e; all of which were great cars.

BMWs "seem" to not be put together as well as some other cars. My 1991 Lexus LS400 now has 210,000 miles, and should do 400,000 easy. I also had a Mercedes Benz 300e that was overbuilt almost to a fault. This 325i by comparison seems very robust mechanically, but the interior plastics aren't bad, but just don't do the rest of the car justice. If you're not an enthusiast and you just want a car to commute or that will be near zero maintenance, I don't recommend this car. Don't get me wrong, I'm crazy about BMWs myself. They just need proper maintenance in areas you wouldn't think twice of in other cars. For instance, I have only replaced shocks and ball joints on my Lexus, but this BMW will need almost every one of its suspension bushings replaced, and twice as often. The reason is that BMWs work their suspensions hard in order to reward the driver with the spirited performance they are known for. For the enthusiast, it's just paying your dues. For the commuter, it's nerve wracking.

What's it like to drive? Well, turn the key and the engine comes to life with a raspy snarl. Then it settles down into a slightly lumpy idle (good stuff). Slide the gear lever into 1st (I'm manual only when it comes to BMWs) and release the clutch, and the car moves out with a slight squat from its rear suspension. Once in second, you press the gas pedal to the floor and the sedate nature of the car changes as the car lunges for the horizon. By third gear, it's hard to believe this car only puts out 192hp, and the sound from the exhaust says "German racecar!". By the time a corner arrives, the car leans more than you expect, but it holds its line with tenacity. In fact, this car is the utmost joy to drive through curves.

At the end of the day, the extra maintenance is worth the driving experience. No BMW I have ever owned has left me stranded. Then again, I always performed the necessary maintenance when required. Neglect one of these cars, and you're asking to be let down in a big way.

Great car, but for driving enthusiasts only in my humble opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2010