1999 BMW 3 Series Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1999 BMW 3 Series Manual coupe 323i from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 323i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

A solid, beautifully designed sports car

Faults:

Passenger side window wouldn't open.

Tinny rattling noise coming from exhaust upon acceleration.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute joy to drive.

I've wanted a BMW 3-series coupe for some time now, and I am very happy with it.

It has a great specification level (tan leather, air con, climate control, electric pack etc..) and a wonderful engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2005

1999 BMW 3 Series 323i from North America

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Great daily driver, very reliable and loads of fun to drive

Faults:

Transmission is sluggish although there is no slippage. 1st gear is just too slow to engage for a sports car.

Driver-side window has broken track. Window regulator OK, but will raise without some physical guidance.

Door locks have tendency to stop working. Seems to fix itself and just a nuisance.

Right corner light stopped working. Replaced bulb, but it's probably something more serious.

Headlight bulbs burn out every 6-8 months.

General Comments:

Really fun car to drive. Daily commuter and has never disappointed.

My list of problems are minor in my mind considering the delight I get from driving this car.

Corners exceptionally well. I would love a bit more low-end power, but you don't buy this car to race at every street corner. Just enjoy the experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2004

7th Apr 2005, 03:44

I own a 1999 323is with a 5 speed, and I absolutely love it. When I bought it (Dec. 2004), I had a bad fog light too, mine was on the driver's side. My friend replaced the bulb, but nothing happened. However, I don't really have to worry about it anymore, because I was attacked by a large rubber cone and now have no fog lights at all ;)

12th Oct 2008, 08:12

Talking about lights, try XENON HID aftermarket like LUMENIA {$300}. They look great and you will SEE a big difference. They also last way longer than your current H7.

1999 BMW 3 Series 316i Compact 1.6 petrol injection from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance81500 miles
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Quality engineering in a comfortable, stylish package

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car yet.

There is a slight knocking noise on the near side, though, which I think might be a bearing.

General Comments:

It has the same power and engine size as the Primera I owned previously, but the power delivery of the BMW is just so much smoother. It also responds a lot quicker.

The engine is so flexible and feels quite powerful, even for a 1600. Plus everything feels so 'tight', considering the mileage. The Primera, by 90,000 miles, felt very loose and a bit sloppy.

The interior, even though it is the basic model, is very clean, well thought out and it is extremely comfortable. It's been extremely well looked after and had only 1 previous owner from new.

I didn't imagine I could afford a BMW so soon. It is a '99 'S' plate (of the older shape) with 81,000 miles and it cost me £4000. A bargain, I think!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2004

1999 BMW 3 Series 328is 2.8 Liter inline six cylinder from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Liter inline six cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Faults:

Front right corner panel under the turn signal and rear trunk sill have rust perforation; No worries this kind of problems is covered under BMW rust warranty. The rust was fixed at no cost to me.

Rear calipers tend to get locked up and cause a scraping sound. BMW recommended to replace them, but instead I had both cleaned and lubricated... this solved the problem.

General Comments:

328is is one of the smoothest and most powerful engines I have every driven.

The amount of time and skill that has been put into building the machine is well worth the money I have paid for the car.

Among my friends we have 13 BMW's and they range from 318,320,325,328,M3,5-series,7-series all of them boast its power and quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2004

1999 BMW 3 Series 323i Touring 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Wonderful driver's car, with some annoying electrical niggles

Faults:

Central Locking operation is unreliable, car will randomly decide which door to not lock / unlock.

Parking Sensor fault, fixed under warranty.

Front Ball Joint fault, picked up on last MOT.

Not really the car's fault, but I've had two punctures in six months. Removing the alloy wheels was difficult as the hub corrodes where it contacts the alloy, causing the wheels to stick.

The rubber seals aren't stiff enough and seem to easily get caught when opening and closing the windows.

General Comments:

Wonderful driver's car, handles beautifully and the straight six is sweet as a nut. It never feels under powered and pulls with gusto all through the rev range. I can quite happily drive this car all day.

The capacity of the boot is poor considering it's an estate, but it will consume two bikes and access is good.

The mechanicals are all easily accessible for maintenance. It's a bit geeky, but, it's one of the neatest laid out engine bays I've seen.

The pedal layout takes some getting used to, as everything is squashed over to the right, to make room for the pointless foot rest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

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