2004 BMW 3 Series 318ti Compact 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
This car is like a moody teenager. Sometimes it's great and other times you just want to strangle it
Well, well, well...
Some kind of oil leak cost $1,000 to fix.
Leaked coolant cost $380 to fix.
And around an hour ago, it started steaming. Turns out something has gone wrong with that coolant thing again. I dropped it in at our mechanic (who is a family friend), and got a ride home.
This car is a beautiful smooth drive, nice to look at, and is very roomy. All the fittings seem to be of a very high quality.
I bought this vehicle because we were having a lot of issues with the Toyota Camry that we owned previously. This vehicle has given quite a bit of grief as well. I have a few friends with BMW's, and they have always raved on about how reliable they are. Unfortunately this one hasn't been too great.
Might be time to buy a Peugeot 206 or something. I think it is time to end my eight month relationship with BMW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd June, 2012
22nd Jun 2012, 20:21
Take it to a different mechanic, preferably one that specialises in European cars.
I've had my 318ti now for almost 2 years, got it at 65K, and now at 93K, the only problem I had was one of the coils early on, and nothing since.
A friend had their '94 320i from 2003 with 65K, traded it in this year at 145K for another BMW, never stranded them. Another bought a 320i against my advice with 129K, sold it at almost 200K and admitted they were neglectful of maintenance, still didn't give any problems.
Luck of the draw, sure, but take it to someone who fully understands the workings of the car. It may run on a similar principle as a Japanese or Australian car, but it's the little things that may get missed out by those unfamiliar with it.