1st Jun 2005, 17:38

Agree with on the fact that it's quick only in sports mode. that's because it's running in economy mode by default (sports mode off) to save on fuel, hence shifts take place a lot earlier in the rev range. Trust me you don't want to drive with the engine always in the right gear for max acceleration, I did that for a 30 mile mixed journey (dual carriageway driving and city driving) I spent £10 worth of fuel in 30 miles! scary! but what a ride the engine is relentless when it's over 4000rpm!


2nd Oct 2005, 06:06

Re: sticking electric windows.

Try spraying WD-40 down the window guides. Worked on my 1994,320i.All the best,


3rd Aug 2007, 15:16

I have a manual 320 Coupe; nice car.

I find I can't feel the 150 bhp it has. On a cold start it seems to be stuck at around 3000 rpms, then after she warms up you can feel the switch and she'll drive normally.

It's a stunning car; turns plenty of heads, even to this day. I think its actually the nicest 3 series so far.

I can get maybe 35 mpg, but I've often put 150 euro into her in a couple of days; it depends on what way you're driving really.

I have that problem with the windows too; they have a mind of their own, but having said that, it's a great car; a great drive as long as you keep your wallet beside you.

26th Aug 2007, 09:27

Really happy with my 1994 BMW 320i coupe. I picked it up last month and it came with a full service history. Performance is good although it can drink fuel for fun if you drive it hard like I do! Fueling it with 98 octane unleaded really helps the performance.

9th Mar 2009, 12:51

I, too, have a 1994 BMW 318i. I enjoy the car also. I have the window problem, but only with the driver's side.

My current problem is so confusing. When the car is cold, it runs fine, but once the car runs for a little while and warms up a bit, the transmission will shift from 1st to 2nd, okay and when it gets to 3rd gear it stays for a while and just when you think it's going to shift, it doesn't. Then finally when it does shift, it is a very hard jerking (almost feels like someone hits you in the rear) and then the gear module light comes on and the car is stuck in 4th gear. Sometimes, it won't make it out of 1st or 2nd gear and it will shift real hard into 4th and stay there. It is very frustrating on a long commute.

If you turn the car off for about a minute or two and restart it, it's OK, but will then shortly get stuck in 4th again. Other than that problem, it's a great little car. I'd love to get that problem fixed and enjoy the ride!

10th Mar 2009, 10:39

I have an issue with my 328's drivers side window. It goes down when I'm trying to put it up. I tried spraying it with some silicone spray. It's now really quiet, but still doing the same thing. Had a similar issue with my 318ti last year. Came out of its track and the ball joints popped out of the window cards. A lot of hassle to sort it out.