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

1995 BMW 3 Series 316i Compact 1.6 from Portugal


Very good car


When I bought the car in 2001 with 81.000 km, it was quite new.

Until now, besides oil, filters, tires and lamps, the car had to change: alternator (2003 - 124.000 km), thermostat (199.500 km), front suspension arms (2009 - 210.000 km).

The car is still in quite good condition. The shift knob is in bad shape (since more or less 190.000 km), and so is the upper part of the steering wheel (since more or less 210.000 km).

General Comments:

It's not a fast car, but more than enough for normal users.

The fuel consumption is very good compared with other 1.6 and 1.4 petrol engines.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2010

1995 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5 from UK and Ireland


A fantastic car - enough said


I've driven the car 3000 miles since June, and it's been as reliable as an ox.

Only small problem has been the driver's side lekky window, which seems to have a mind of it's own at times - a common glitch as it's been mentioned in other reviews. A firm, sustained index finger on the 'up' arrow sorts it!!

General Comments:

I've been very impressed with the car. Yes - you probably expected me to say that, but I've never driven a BMW before now and (despite the badge) it genuinely surprises you when you ACTUALLY DRIVE ONE!! Solid on the road, great handling, fantastic acceleration.. It's a real driving experience, not an A to B car. My last car was a Honda Prelude, which used to growl when I floored it. A 6-cylinder BMW doesn't growl - it just purrs - get one and you'll see what I mean...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2009

2nd Jan 2010, 07:57

Yes, you're right. people often say "Oh a BMW, wouldn't get one of those" etc. But once you've actually driven one, you know what it's all about. I bought my first BMW simply based on the stories you here about how reliable they are meant to be, I needed a reliable car for my job. Well it didn't let me down, and I liked the way it drove, so I went and bought myself a 6 cylinder one, which I shall keep for many years to come, I'm sure.

The 90's ones, which are the only ones I've had, really do drive very differently to a lot of other cars on the road. Aside from the fact that they are a tad expensive for what is basically be an "old" car, it's worth it. Just make sure it hasn't been neglected, because fixing them isn't cheap, but if you look after the car, it should look after you.

7th Jan 2010, 12:43

Was it a green 323i???