1999 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1999 BMW 3 Series 328 is from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100600 miles
Most recent distance101700 miles

Summary:

A great sports car with style and power

Faults:

The (LCD) display screen for the outside temp, etc is going out. I've heard this is very common.

Other than that I've had no problems so far.

General Comments:

I bought the car 3 weeks ago and have already put over 1,000 miles on the car.

It is my first vehicle and I absolutely love it.

It has great pick up power, handles very well.

I have been getting good gas mileage. I average 28-35mpg on the highway.

The seats are very comfortable. I like the dual air climate.

I would recommend this car to anyone who wants a sports car with style, power & gets good gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

1999 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5 liter from Ecuador

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

Awesome car in every aspect

Faults:

Thermostat and radiator fan had to be replaced at 48,000Km. This was done soon after I bought the car.

Nothing else has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The car is a joy to drive. Hands down the best car I've had. It puts a smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel.

Aside from the radiator and thermostat failing at 48K it's been very reliable. I was disappointed, though, to see to what lengths car manufacturers go nowadays to force consumers to buy the whole component rather than the parts that are damaged. The thermostat got halfway stuck, making the car run hotter than normal over long periods of time. This damaged the fan control electronics. The controller, however, is not sold separately. You need to buy the entire fan assembly (around 500USD) for a part that would probably cost 30 dollars.

I suppose that's the price for driving such a fantastic car. Performance is great in every aspect. Seats are firm, but comfortable and power is more than adequate, although next time I might go for the 2.8L instead. Manual transmission is smooth and I never feel tired driving it, even after long journeys. All controls are within easy reach.

Boot is small, as one would expect from a car like this. There isn't much legroom for passengers in the back, either, but... hey... I bought it for me... not for my passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2007

13th Sep 2008, 17:32

I totally agree with you.

1999 BMW 3 Series i convertible 2.5L DOHC I6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5L DOHC I6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carLexus SC400

Summary:

Drive this car to the beach and throw a couple of your girlfriends in the back seat for a nice ride

Faults:

Do not ever pull that tempting red cord that sticks out from under the back seat - it is a nightmare to get the convertible top working again.

Had an airbag warning light on, not sure what it was related to.

Had the codes scanned on the car at time of selling it and a million came up - all seemed minor though.

Sometimes the glass window on the drivers side door would jam, not allowing the door to be shut properly... each time would need some tough love to start functioning again.

The convertible top plastic rear window was all scratched up, and this seems like a common wear problem for these cars.

General Comments:

This car is not about taking corners and driving wild... it's about warm Summer day cruises with the top down.

Extremely comfortable ride... when I first got it, I was about to drive over this massive pot hole on this back road by my house, that I would always have to brace myself for because it killed my ass on previous cars... I braced myself with the BMW and to my surprise *I did not feel anything*, it was as if the suspension made the pot hole disappear.

Great highway cruiser, sometimes you don't realize how fast you're really going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2007

1999 BMW 3 Series 318i 1.9 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 petrol Manual
Distance when acquired71000 kilometres
Most recent distance111200 kilometres

Summary:

A superb car, only surpassed by the six pot

Faults:

The only thing I now have is a clutch judder in heavy traffic, and I had to replace a ball joint at 95,000. All the major parts including the exhaust and cat are original.

General Comments:

A superb car, always reliable and comfortable to drive. The comments comparing it a Subaru are ridiculous, that car is just a cheap horrid car with a big engine, the interior is appalling as well, and it reminds me of a cheap minicab.

As for the BMW being a soulless car? Are those who stated this being serious? The Japanese cars are just copies of every other car on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2006

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