2000 BMW 3 Series 316 Compact SE Auto 1.9 petrol from UK and Ireland
Excellent entry level BMW
New camshaft sensor.
Interior electrical drain traced to faulty interior reading bulb fuses/relays, caused many a flat battery, was glad when that was finally sorted out by auto-electrician.
Many suspension and exhaust parts replaced at MOT tests during the last couple of years.
General servicing, oil changes, etc.
A brilliant car which I believe is the last of its kind, the older shape, not the 1998 newer one, but the shape they had through the mid 90s, although this is a 2000 model. Many commented the Compact was not a good car due to very old rear suspension design, however I found the ride quality and handling of this car to be fine and up to BMW standards.
The car was about 5 years old when I bought it, but had a low mileage and history (essential on these cars) showing all green lights on the dash. The couple of irritating faults listed above happened a few years down the line as the miles rose; I find this acceptable as the car did have a good history, but I think the previous owner drove it hard and did not take general care of it much. Dark Blue with updated 17 alloy wheels, this one really stood out, looked like a "stubby" 3 series coupe.
The 1.9 petrol engine updated from the previous 1.6 unit gives adequate performance and economy even when coupled with the auto box. I rarely used sport mode, and found it quick enough and a relaxing cruiser, averaging 32 + MPG. So overall a great little car that was an entry level BMW back in the year 2000, however I think it was worth every penny I spent on running it through the years I had it; only scrapped recently due to needing more work for the MOT test and it wasn't getting any younger or economical to justify. I think maybe an enthusiast could have gotten another couple of years out of it though, there was life left in it; even approaching 200K it was only using a tiny bit of oil between services, and still drove smoothly.
BMW dealers are generally OK, however they can be expensive - your best bet with any older BMW is find a trusted independent that knows these cars well to take care of them at reasonable prices.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2016