1980 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1980 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying all 6 1980 BMW 3 Series reviews.

Wael writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Its a BMW

Cons

Powerful

35

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.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Matt writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

BMW Ultilmate Driving Machine

Cons

Rust, week engine

1,755

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.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Dane writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

it is all orignal with orignal block

Cons

i have to fix it

35

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
tonycole writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

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

Cons

Under powered by at least 50 hp, no air conditioning

tonycole
55

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Michael writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

quality,ride

Cons

slow boring

35

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Duncan writes:
1980 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Robust, becoming rare. Very comfortable

Cons

Thirsty.

35

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying all 6 1980 BMW 3 Series reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

1976 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Beemer By George

This was a nice car, but temperamental. Seats were comfortable, car was sporty, but the gearshift and transmission were a crapshoot. And lots of vibrations too. Still, it was a sharp car, with good cu... Read More

Read all 1976 BMW 3 Series reviews

1977 BMW 3 Series Reviews

The Car Love Om My Life. I Still Miss Her ;) By Mattias

90 hp wasn't quite enough, but the lack in brawn was compensated by superb handling. This car is so much fun to drive. Driving fast in winter conditions was a bit tricky at first because of the divi... Read More

320i By Jordan

not much work done to this specific car, needless to say i was in love even before driving it, but the feel of driving it is priceless. 4 speed transmission is super fun, and old school one sided ... Read More

Read all 1977 BMW 3 Series reviews

1978 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Doesn't Like Speed Humps By Sasha

Cheap classic. Great little run about, good fun to drive, easy to work on and extremely tail happy. If you were to purchase one ensure that it's in great condition. Read More

Read all 1978 BMW 3 Series reviews

1979 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Insane 350 Powered Bmw By ratsrv8

it is a pure unadulterated beast, roast the tires at the blip of the trottle, lord please protect my sweet ride as i start to slip and slid that i find the straightness in this ride, hang on here we ... Read More

Yeah, It's A Beater, But It's The Best One I've Owned. By Jason204

For reliable, daily transportation, you can't really beat an E21 chassis. The M10 engine is nearly bulletproof, and everything on the car is so simple to repair. I removed the engine and gearbox in ab... Read More

Read all 1979 BMW 3 Series reviews

1981 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Great Commuer Car By jmcgee2010

There really isn't anything I disliked. I actually love the car. I just cannot keep it. A little TLC and this will be a great commuter or starter car. The best feature about this car is the money ... Read More

Best Classical Small German Coupe Along With Bmw 2002tii. By Konrad

Performance:Awesome performance from the 6 cilinder engines,2.7 stroker sawp is a blast incredibly fast with around 200 punds of torque with only 1ton weigth. Build quality: BMW...great build quality... Read More

Read all 10 1981 BMW 3 Series reviews

People researching a 1980 BMW 3 Series contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1980 BMW 3 Series, exterior
BMW 3 Series
39% of the time
BMW 5 Series
6% of the time
3 Series
Looking for a Used 3 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 34,911 nationwide 3 Series listings starting at $1,800.
ZIP: