1997 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 5 of 13

1997 BMW 3 Series 328ci 2.8 liter inline 6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carToyota Avalon

Summary:

Try one, you'll like it!!

Faults:

Radiator neck disintegrated about 3 weeks after purchase. Purchased an OEM radiator, new water pump, new belts & hoses on the WWW & installed myself for under $240 delivered.

Lights in dashboard / radio / other displays a little erratic until I swapped them out with new.

Auto top jammed and needed a "computer" reset.

General Comments:

I had been looking for a convertible, and was strong on a Toyota, since have owned several, which have given me very, very little trouble.

At a dealer who had an older Toyota, I saw several BMW convertibles. Took an OLD 318ic out for a lark; it was slow, but only convertible I'd ever driven with no cowl shake. Took out a 330ci with 5speed transmission.

--- Fell in love ---

So FAST, so solid.

Eventually bought my 328 convertible privately.

Great handling, quick car, wonderful road feel; you are connected, not just a semi active passenger in a 328. An overall joy to own!!!

This car is a good choice if you don't have money to burn or toss-away to a $tealer, and can do some minor maintenance.

The car is virtually modular, parts are generally easy to get to, easy to replace, and surprisingly inexpensive.

On other hand, if you can't handle a wrench or screwdriver - stay away! Or expect a $3,000 per year maintenance bill - not counting tires/brakes.

Try one, you'll like it!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

17th Oct 2009, 18:09

--- Same Poster - 2 years later --

"It's always something"

This car appears to be designed to need service.

A/C - needed Freon

Headlights flickering - Remove & clean brushes & all contacts in alternator.

Gas gauge stuck on EMPTY - Fuel level sender bad - Replace combination *fuel pump* & sender.

Overheating - Thermostat stuck closed.

26th May 2011, 10:44

I have a question. Is this car worth buying at all? I want to know if the maintenance is going to be a hassle or not.

I'm thinking about purchasing one so let me know please.

Thanks.

1997 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.9 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

Nice car, fun to drive

Faults:

Driver's seat wear.

Rear shock.

Stereo display dim

Gas cap lock

Overall nothing major - has been reliable.

General Comments:

Very solid car, fun to drive.

Handles incredibly well, decent acceleration considering the 4 cylinde engine. Good fuel economy as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

1997 BMW 3 Series 325 tds SE 2.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Faults:

Intermittent power fault when changing from 1st to 2nd gear, but I have learned to live with this as no fault shows up on the diagnostics machine.

A/c never worked, but not much call for it in England!.

Car seems to lean to one side, but apparently they are supposed to for handling or something!

General Comments:

For a diesel car this really goes like the proverbial off a shovel!!

Very comfortable with the best driving position I have experienced in any car.

There are more economical diesels out there as I can only manage 25-30 mpg round town, but on the run expect 50mpg with a light foot.

Build quality I feel is second to none, this really is how all cars should be built, but sadly are not!

As long as you service it on time (every 5000 miles) it will outlive your grand kids!

A fantastic car that I am really pleased with and if the pennies allow I will be staying with the BMW marque for the foreseeable future.

The best bit is the CHAIN DRIVEN 6 CYLINDER ENGINE so no cam belts to worry about!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2008

22nd Apr 2008, 16:38

If a BMW leans to one side, it means one or more of its shocks are due to replacement. Seriously.

22nd Jan 2010, 16:18

Superb engineering. Mine has done 500,000 miles and is still going strong. Starts on the button without fail, and runs like a dream. Never had any mechanical problems. It has never let me down. Very economical and fast. Leaves most cars for dust.

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