1988 BMW M3 Review

1988 BMW M3 E30 Evo II 2.3 4 cylinder petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 4 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance97500 miles

Summary:

RWD classic with peerless handling - driver satisfaction and feedback in spades

Faults:

Central locking failed at 96,000 miles - apparently a common problem on high mileage cars, but easy to fix.

General Comments:

Road-going version of the BMW touring car that used to race in the late 80s - this car really does have race-car handling for the road.

Fairly good straight line performance: 0-100 in 18 seconds, 0-60 in just under 7.

Brilliant chassis allows you to leave many more powerful cars behind on twisty roads.

Weak points:

Brakes fade when driven hard on tough roads for extended period.

LHD only.

Slow steering.

Gear shift is a bit too long.

Could do with a bit more power for overtaking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

1st Sep 2001, 15:19

You need more power in an M3? One might think your previous car was a Ferrari...

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review