1988 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1988 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 56 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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: 4.7 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

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"ride" 20 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
"speed" 9 reviews
"build quality" 7 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"space" 2 reviews

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Mathieu writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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5

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The ultimate driving machine, turns heads everywhere and gives thrills on any road

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Buying a project car always entails expense; I just wish the BMW community in Canada were more active with spare parts sales!

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Love It. — Bought this as a project car when I was 19, fell in love with the awesome handling, killer looks and excellent 2.5l L6. Even after 24 years, it's the most fun I've had on wheels. Parts are easy to find and quite cheap, and the car itself is a dream to work on; everything is solidly built and simple, no fancy electronics.

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

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Grier writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 316i Review
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4

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Great clean, good looking and driving car

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Not very fast and dosen't drive well on poor conditions

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Great Car. — The 1.8 8v non-injection so its not the quickest, but not bad for what it is. Drives brilliantly in the dry and corners flat and level, but very unpredictable in the wet/cold. Very nice looking car, classic E30 looks untampered with. Very good condition inside and out. Carb model so not great on fuel, especially on heavy footed drives

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Miki writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 316i Review
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Very reliable car,never lets you down,very good handling...

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Small engine,need bigger engine,and stronger...

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Bmw 316 E30 — Really great car,but it has small engine with 90hp,not very fast,but in its class its the faster one... I would like to put bigger engine in it... And this is very fun car to drive...... LOVE IT!

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Matt writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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4

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Great sports car. 2.5/2.7 liter straight six 120/170 HP.

Cons

I hate how they designed the lower ball joints. If they fail you have to replace the whole lower control arm. If you do I suggest a set of ratcheting combo wrenches.

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Great! — Great cars and many were made so finding parts are easy either at a wrecking yard or online. They handle very well and come standard with anti lock brakes, cruise control, sunroof, power locks and windows. Additionally an OBD (on board computer) that reads MPG, miles left on the tank, MPH exceed warning and other functions. And we're talking about an 80s car. BMW far ahead of it's time.

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

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Adrian writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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A real drivers car, the car that defined sports sedan.

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Theft risk in SA ;-(

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Probably My Most Loved Car Ever! — The sound of the engine gives me goosebumps still... Wheelspinning into second gear with a wiggle from that wayward rear end... Built like a tank and reliable to the end. Over engineered so will still see them for another fifteen years.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lasse writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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The drifting

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the fuel econemy 1-3 km/l

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Great Drifter — Great drift car, lots of power, at plenty of power to smoke the tires, in 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 gear :-D, and the breaking power is super: 330x32 6 pot front XYZ 312x20 4 pot rear Brembo All home made

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

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jfstill writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325ix Review
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Find a good example, keep up on the services and you will be rewarded.

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Mine needs a cosmetic refresh

jfstill
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Excellent Car! — An excellent year around Colorado car! Great in Snow and sun. With studded tires virtually unstoppable for the 31 mile commute. I love the traditional boxy look where you can see out of each corner of the car. The '88 has every option, heated leather sport seats, 5 spd, and rear spoiler.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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kayte writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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Beautiful Life Journey With This Car

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Hate To Sell It

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Wish I Could Do It Again — Best car ever. Always runs except for the expected problems all cars have. I've had it 22 years!!!!! So what if it's expensive to repair--fun factor is worth it--and no car payment for 17 years is heavenly. Yo!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Michael writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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it last forever and its fun as hell to drive! and cheap to mod

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rust, subrame

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Beast — its a FUN car, the germans know there stuff. i really enjoy driving it, and even though its 22 years old she still pulls really hard. just look out for rust, and the subframe and bushing tend to be old at this point

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

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colinmollenhour writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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Makes a great DD + track/fun car.

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None except the high miles.

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Great Bang-for-buck Performance Car If You Like Handling. — Considering the age, has good acceleration. Perfect balance and a blast to drive with some good tires. At over 200k miles it has needed some work such as steering rack (upgraded to Z3 rack), clutch and flywheel (replaced with single-mass and M3 clutch), practically every bushing in the car, etc.. Only mechanical problem that hasn't been easy to fix is a driveshaft vibration under low speed acceleration but I believe it is the original driveshaft still. Interior is holding up except the front seats and dashboard. Overall awesome car, just try to get one that was never seriously damaged. You'll probably never again see a BMW under 3000lbs so this is a great BMW to own.

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

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