1980 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1980 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 6 reviews

  • Performance:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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tonycole writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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4

Pros

Good fuel economy, looks, build quality, value, fun

Cons

Under powered by at least 50 hp, no air conditioning

tonycole
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Wish I Still Had This Car — My first BMW (of 3 so far), purchased new in Monterey, California. It stayed with me for 8.5 years and 87K miles with only minor maintenance--plus a new clutch throwout bearing at about 75K miles. It was still good-looking, with the excellent original paint, when we parted. Considering its forebears (2002, etc.) it did not live up to its performance heritage (underpowered at only 101 hp) but was still fun to drive and well-built. For its speed potential, braking was adequate, steering excellent. The 5 speed manual was crisp and well set up in ratios. It was the first fuel-injected car I had that never had any FI problems.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Dane writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series Review
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4

Pros

it is all orignal with orignal block

Cons

i have to fix it

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Get One And Keep It — well this car has been around the world stayed the family for a long time only had 3 owners and 2 of them were father to daughter it has a carburator fault at the moment and i have fixed some rust but over all it is a great car However this one is very unique only 100 of these were made 316 with a 1.8 engine and it should have been efi but it was a test run of efi and carburator ask me aobut it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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4

Pros

BMW Ultilmate Driving Machine

Cons

Rust, week engine

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With A Few Mods It Would Make A Great Car — Very clean example of a E21 BMW. I few modern upgrades made it look even better. These BMWs are very cheap to maintain because of the older technology. Most of rust issues but mine didn't. The 1.8 liter four is week so an upgrade or performance rebuild is recommended, that and the brakes and front end sway bar linkage. After a few mods it will handle like race car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Wael writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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4

Pros

Its a BMW

Cons

Powerful

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Oldie But Goldie — nice Performance, not bad acceleration..the breaking is good with the abs system..handling is fine..but if i put down my leg on the gas the car will go insane...interior is not bad..still 1980 bmw..exterior is lovely...stuff like that

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Michael writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series Review
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5

Pros

quality,ride

Cons

slow boring

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Bmw 316 — like riding on a cushion a air put together fantasticly very relable But teribly slow and with the absence of a 5th gear it was floged to death on motor ways

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Duncan writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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5

Pros

Robust, becoming rare. Very comfortable

Cons

Thirsty.

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The Child I Never Had — Fast strong and thirsty with a silky smooth straight six. Only going up in value.

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