1997 BMW 3 Series 316i 1.6 from Ethiopia
Solidly built sedan
Blower motor resistor caused erratic air conditioning fan and eventually failure - waiting for parts.
Brake stop switch failed, causing unreliable tail light operation - replaced.
Front door handles do not open the doors if left in the sun due to wear - light maintenance.
Starter motor sometimes misses on first try - needs reconditioning.
Ambient temperature indicator started showing -37c, and I'm in Africa! Brrrr!
Exhaust shroud needs replacement.
This car has a solid, high-quality feel to it, great handling on the roads, secure maneuvering, overall a great driving machine. However, several small components are not as reliable as even older model Japanese cars.
I drive in a city with an average altitude of over 7,700 feet above sea level (about 2350 meters), robbing power from the engines and reducing acceleration performance. It could use a nice turbocharger. Unfortunately, I could not afford a higher engine capacity because of outrageous tax on anything above 1799cc.
Suspension holding up well considering local conditions such as numerous unpaved roads and potholes in abundance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th July, 2007