1996 BMW 3 Series 328is 2.8 Litre Straight Six from Australia and New Zealand
The ultimate luxury sleeper on a budget..
Headlight blew, replaced all bulbs in rear lights as they looked abit corroded.
Haven't taken car for full service yet, as only have owned for 2 months. Needs tyres.
This is my second BMW. My previous car was an e30 325i convertible, and after much deliberation I traded in on this 328i Coupe. I have nothing, but praise for the car. Admittedly, it has a full bmw service history, and one previous owner, but it is just fabulous.
The acceleration for a stock car is amazing, rivalling many V8's a turbo cars. The vanos system is brilliant for providing low down torque, and then it just keeps pulling to the redline...! It handles quite well, with a good blend of softer comfort and stiffness for the twisty stuff. Interior perfectly designed for me, with good seat positioning (could do with more tilt/reach adjustment on steering wheel), and good access into rear seats. Boot/trunk is very big. Fantastic fuel economy, which continues to stun especially with rising fuel costs, and reliable electrics inside the cabin - despite remote locking I use the key as when you hold in lock position, it automatically closes windows and sunroof! which is a nifty feature...
Leather on drivers seat is beginning to wear, but other seats the leather is like new, completely unblemished.
Overall, this is the most satisfying of cars I have ever owned (this is my 6th car in my relatively short driving history), and surprisingly affordable to run for a University/College student's budget. I would highly recommend this model, if you can find a good straight version with a full service history.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2006
Only downfall is the parts are quite expensive and the servicing can be quite high from a BMW specialist. But definitely worth it. Only thing I've had to replace is the plastic brace that holds the radiator hose to the radiator - common problem with the e36 - approx $200 for parts and lab. It doesn't have cruise control, which kind of a bit disappointing on long trips (Thinks this might be standard on the exec models)
I've owned my 328is coupe for over a year now - couldn't fault it. I couldn't recommend a better car for under $20K. Brilliant performance and quite economical (averaging around 9.1 - 9.5 km to 100k's - current Aus (Vic) petrol price is $1.50 litre) which is quite impressive for the performance (200hp - 147Kw) Insurance on these isn't too bad, depending on the area - $760 a year.
Overall the Bmw 328 is an extremely reliable well built automobile that really does live up to its name as a real drivers car. Highly recommended.