1999 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1999 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5 liter I-6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter I-6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

The E46 BMW is a well designed entry level BMW that needed a few revisions prior to being released

Faults:

The rubber intake boot cracked, causing a check engine light.

The switch that controls the door locks on the center console broke, preventing the operation of the door locks from inside of the vehicle.

The front suspension bushings (lower control arms) are currently in need of replacement.

One of the front wheel bearings is making noises and is in need of replacement.

General Comments:

The car is simply beautiful. The combination of colors and quality of materials makes this a very beautiful machine to own. The car handles relatively well, delivers decent fuel economy (avg. 25 MPG combined hwy/city) and the brakes are the best I have ever experienced on any car.

For myself, the seating position is not conducive to long trips. The footwell has a very intrusive hump that causes my right leg to get stiff and fall asleep on drives over one hour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th September, 2009

1999 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 litre petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired233000 kilometres
Most recent distance271000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Nice car! Great to drive!

Faults:

PCV valve, rocker cover gasket, various pipes/tubes over the last year, sunroof shade.

The last thing I replaced was the fuel pump. My BMW broke down in front of Melbourne Mercedes Benz. Maybe it was a sign..

Currently it's leaking coolant (I think I may be up for a new radiator) and it's got a slight drip of transmission (I think) fluid.

General Comments:

Since buying it, I have installed an Alpine fold out DVD system, replaced the stock 16" OEM wheels with 20" Dolce chrome wheels and added a pod-style air filter.

Despite its mileage, it still drives like a dream and looks great, and definitely gets attention!

The car is a bit too small for my liking, Currently I'm looking for a 1998+ 530i+, 740i or IL or even an X5, so I can finally get some 24" wheels ;-)

Either way it's a great car, and I don't mind paying top dollar to keep it on the road. The guys at the BMW dealership are great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2009

1999 BMW 3 Series 323is 2.5L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Great car, a little pricey on repairs, but worth it in the long run

Faults:

- Front arm bushings needed to be replaced.

- Passenger's window stopped working, thought it was a fuse, turns out someone shoved movie tickets between the seal and the window and it got stuck, causing the window to stop rolling down.

- Drivers side leather began to split due to wear and tear.

General Comments:

After crashing and totaling my 67 Mustang, I was looking for something that would be just as cool, being 18 at the time. My father gave me one restriction, the new car must be under 10 years old, and it must be in my price range, as we were using insurance money for the replacement.

After looking and looking and looking, I stumbled upon the BMW 323is, and fell in love.

I loved the car from the moment I got into it, although I was still bitter about losing the Mustang, the beamer was fast, cool, comfortable, luxurious, and got good gas mileage (although at the time I didn't know that - stupid me). It never had any huge problems, just a few regular ones for this model, it really picked it up when you needed it to, although it did start shifting a little rough, and after a while the outside temp thermometer switched to Celsius, and no matter how hard I looked in owners manuals and online, I couldn't figure out how to switch it back, but whatever, easy enough to convert in my head.

I needed the money, so I decided to sell the beamer about a year and a half after we bought it, telling myself repairs were too expensive for me to afford and that 25 mpg wasn't good enough for a car its size.

BOY WAS I WRONG, I regret selling it every day. And am now looking for an earlier model BMW, to get my fix.

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

Review Date: 1st July, 2009

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 29 reviews