1998 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertable 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

An all time classic car

Faults:

Climate control

Air bag light

Creaky clutch

Dead battery

Electric roof

Stereo

Leather wears badly.

General Comments:

A great stylish car which gets better with age. Still prefer it to the new E46 shape.

Poor speaker system for an expensive car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2002

1998 BMW 3 Series 328i convertible 2.8 litre from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles

Summary:

I loved it though rather thirsty if you drive it hard

Faults:

High oil consumption identified by the dealer as being a known fault. The cylinder block was replaced.

On board computer became erratic and replaced (under warranty)

General Comments:

A fun car to drive.

The fully automatic hood worked very well easily allowing maximum use of the 'convertible' aspect of the car.

Not comfortable for long journeys - seats are very hard and unyielding.

Rear leg room virtually non existent.

Driver's seat does not go far enough back and would be restricting for the taller driver. (I'm 5'10" and had the seat to its most rearward position when driving).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2002

1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Sport 2.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Great car - great performance!

Faults:

New engine bottom end at 34000.

Various dashboard creaks and rattles coming from back or passenger door.

Edge of the driver's leather seat is starting to wear.

Failed the MOT at 45000 miles at one BMW Dealer, stating wear in the offside front strut, another BMW dealer says it's OK! (BMW have offered 50% of the cost of replacement struts). All I want is consistency between BMW Dealers.

Gear change is sometime baulky, and very gated.

Drivers door rubber replaced free of charge by the main dealership.

General Comments:

Overall the car is a fantastic drive, excellent performance, affordable to run, head turning looks, and a better bet than an E36 M3. On a long run it averaged 35 to the gallon. Around town expect low 20's.

My only concern is the long term engine reliability (susceptible to sulphur in fuel damaging cylinder liners) and I am mega annoyed about problems with the front struts which are expensive to replace, and should not have got play in them at 45,000 miles.

Only buy from a BMW dealer. The 328 engine MUST have been replaced by now, if not walk!

Would I buy another - oh yes - considering that a brand new Ford Mondeo costs 15 to 16 grand, I would much rather have one of these.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2002

17th Mar 2009, 12:37

If you have a 328i which hasn't had the engine replaced. Then its not definate that the car will need an engine replacement. ULS fuel is standard throughout the UK now and so lowers the chances of the nikasil issue appearing.

1998 BMW 3 Series 328i from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired22215 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles

Summary:

A high performance luxury vehicle

Faults:

I haven't been able to find any major mechanical flaws. The only thing I have noticed is the clock on the on board computer looks dim. I brought this to the attention of the dealer and they didn't know what the problem was, because everything was connected/plugged in appropriately.

General Comments:

BMW's are the greatest car in the world. I would reccomend them for any person, as they drive handle and feel great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2002

29th Nov 2002, 22:36

Did you ever fix the dim clock? I have the same problem...

Please email an answer to:

punktar007@hotmail.com.

1998 BMW 3 Series 318i Touring 1.8 petrol injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol injection Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Load carrying 101, with style

Faults:

Not owned long enough for any major faults - fine piece of engineering most of the time.

General Comments:

Previous car was a 316i saloon - the estate handled as well as the saloon even when loaded, but the extra weight used up the extra 200cc of engine.

Great driver's car, economical and zippy enough for most uses.

The three series is the benchmark for small executive cars and the estate is the starter-car for serious load carrying - good for a weekend away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2001

20th Feb 2006, 06:04

Had a 98R 318SE Touring for 18 months. Best car I've ever had. Small problem with heater and petrol gauge does not work, but what the hell it's a BMW. Will buy a newer one next time. Would recommend to anyone.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 33 reviews