1997 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 10 of 13

1997 BMW 3 Series 328i touring 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 100

Summary:

Sold comfortable cruiser

Faults:

I replaced a couple of dashboard lights - It cost me a couple of pounds and an hours work.

The rear suspension has started to rattle. Motor for passenger mirror has stopped working.

General Comments:

A fine cruiser, eats the miles up with ease and on the motorway can get 32 mpg (not bad for a 2.8 6 cylinder engine). Heavier on petrol round town however and nearer 28 mpg. Very comfortable and relaxed and although estate version is not massive it is big enough for us. Quick car with a nice torquey engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2003

1997 BMW 3 Series 318 Ti 1.9 petrol from Trinidad and Tobago

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance78000 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Baby BMW, but...Still a BMW

Faults:

The engine fan broke causing the engine to overheat blowing the gasket.

It took the BMW authorized dealers and importer three weeks to replace the gasket.

General Comments:

Overall, great car! Excellent on fuel, considering that I tend to drive pretty fast. Much better than the Rover 200 Vi (145 HP) that I used to drive before.

The car is comfortable, pretty fast and... a BMW!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2003

1997 BMW 3 Series 328is 2.8 liter 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A terrific performer that represents what the BMW marque is all about

Faults:

I had very few problems with this car. The only issues were in regards to the emission equipment. The catalytic converter was replaced at 6,000 miles, and three oxygen sensors were replaced over the five years I owned the car, all under warranty.

General Comments:

I loved that car. I owned it for five years and had nothing but positive things to say. It was stylish, reliable, and performed very well. I replaced it with a new BMW. I was meticulous about maintenance and used nothing but synthetic products. I changed the oil myself every 4,500 myself which is about three times as often as what is recommended by the service indicator.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

1997 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carRenault 11

Summary:

Once you get used to the driving position and handling you don't want anything else

Faults:

My power steering system was changed at 12,000 miles.

My clutch and flywheel were changed at 15,000 miles.

My motors for the rear windows were also changed at 15,000 miles.

Some parts on the folding top were also changed at 15,000 miles.

General Comments:

All the above problems were dealt with under warranty.

It's a great car to drive with all the required controls within easy reach for the driver.

For a car of this type the clutch system is crap, I have just replaced a half worn clutch as it was juddering again at the bite point when hot.

The new clutch is even worst it slips in hot and cold conditions.

The flywheel may need to be replaced again, but considering the cost I think it's time to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

1997 BMW 3 Series 328i Sport 2.8 petrol, straight 6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 petrol, straight 6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Quick, comfy, reliable daily driver

Faults:

There was a fault with the cassette player when I bought the car. Since I bought the car from a BMW main dealer they dealt with it straight away and gave me a courtesy car.

No other faults.

General Comments:

The car is almost as fast as an M3 (acceleration and top speed) whilst being significantly cheaper to run. The insurance cost was 1/3rd of what it would have been for an M3, the maintenance has cost me almost nothing (even though I am maintaining the full service history), and the car even has the M3 body kit and split rim 17 inch wheels.

Climate control is phenomenal, leather is sumptuous, steering feel and engine noise inspiring.

Perfect reliability.

Only thing I have to comment on as a flaw is the low speed ride which is a little fidgety. The car does have sports suspension though which is obviously designed for high speed work - the body control between 50mph and 150mph is fantastic.

The standard fit tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport SX, in 225/40 front and 245/40 rear. Whilst they grip prodigiously in the wet and dry and wear fairly well, they are VERY NOISY.

I shall be changing to Bridgestone S03's soon - I have these on another car and they are wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2002

25th Sep 2002, 05:39

I would like you confirm the tire sizes you have quoted as std fit. Reason being that when I bought my 328 sport coupe it came with the split rim wheel with tire size 235 40 17 all round! I would have thought 245 would rub. Looking fwd to your response.

Thanks.

Moe.kadri@zoom.co.uk.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 44 reviews