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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PROS
"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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Nikolay writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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fast, solidly built, corosion-resistant

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prone to electric failures, erratic road behaviour in winter conditions

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Not Good Enough For Its Money — Excellent acceleration, braking and handling. The steering wheel is a little too big, seats are not ergonomical. Excellent build quality, unhappy with the electronics and electrical equipment. Styling is great, but indoor space is insufficient. Cost of ownership can be quite high due to expensive support. The car is definitely fun to drive. I can recommend it if value-for-money considerations are not a factor in your choice.

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Ryan writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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Excellent body
Smooth shifting
Excellent in corners
It's authentically European

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It's old
6 pack CD changer pops out when you hit too many bumps
Mild burning smell comes when running hard

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Bmw...need We Way More — This is my first EVER BMW. If it's any indication of the build quality of all BMWs, then I will never buy domestic again! This thing is solid. At 20 years old, most cars would be hobbling along, sputtering every time you throttle up. This thing never hesitates, takes corners like it's brand new, and generally is in better shape than me. It's deceptively large. While it isn't much longer than my 2 door Sentra was, this thing can handle much more cargo, and has ample leg room for my 6'2" 200lb frame.

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gr8skyr writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325ix Review
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5

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handling, manual transmission, looks, rarity

Cons

someone had a money factory to keep it this nice all this time

gr8skyr
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You Just Can't Beat The E30's For A True Drivers Car. Built "ultimate Driving Machine" Reputation — Had my 88 25ix for exactly four days now. It's a dream so far. Saw it on CL and drove 230 miles to see it and pick it up. The PO held it for me for a week till I could get there on my word only. I love that guy! Who does that? No one. Back to the machine. H&R springs. Bleisten shocks, new clutch 20k ago, timing belt 7 ago, pristine 2-owner condition. Had a little wheel shake when I drove it home. But a quick stop for tire rotation and balance made it factory sick again! Thanks Les S. Now it's really responsive, 168hp and quick gearing make it quick off the line, but not too extreme for around town use,. Really excels on twisty roads where you can go through the gears a bit though. So solid for a 22 year old car, seems like it was very well engineered and built. Handling- like on rails Braking, super responsive and stops quickly. funner than a barrel of monkeys to drive.

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

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Andre writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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5

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Exciting to drive, comfortable, classic

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Some reliability issues, not the lightest runner or cheapest to maintain

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My First Real Car — The E30 3-series BMW is one of those iconic cars from the 80's that really put BMW on the map. Mine was a manual and being a small 2 litre inline 6 engine it operated mainly on revs, or in lamens terms it wasn't the easiest to drive but once you get the hang of it it is a lovely car to drive. Mine had a performance exhaust on which made it sound awesome.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brandon writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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5

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Quality construction, good amount of torque and horsepower, sexy, pretty cheap right now

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Twenty year old car, costs a bit more than the Japanese cars to upgrade.

55

German Engineering At Its Best! Not Pricey At All And Doesn't Have Any Gimmicks. — The E30 3-Series BMW, great cars, not pricey today, and have plenty under the hood. It is the end of the more boxy looking BMW designs which to me look much better than the E36 style that follows it, and it remarkably light for what you are getting. You want a fun car? A car that will stick to the road but has a tail end that is always down to play? This is the car you need then.

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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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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.

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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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Michael writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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4

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it last forever and its fun as hell to drive! and cheap to mod

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rust, subrame

35

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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5

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Makes a great DD + track/fun car.

Cons

None except the high miles.

colinmollenhour
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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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nateroot writes:
1988 BMW 3 Series 325ix Review
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5

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First one up the mountain every powder day

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None

nateroot
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Cruising Down An Icy Or Snowy Road With All Four Wheels Clawing At The Snow. — Rallying it around in snowy, frozen conditions. With the inline 6cylender engine has the 225 horse power to fully mover the tourqe from wheel to wheel. The no wheel slip or looses traction ever. This car is awesome. Humming along at 3200rpm 45mph in third gear is heaven, give it some gas and bam you are at 65mph 42rpm cruising never temped to drop into fouth. Very smooth.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2013 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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2012 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews

The 328i Is A Fun, Fast And Reliable Vehicle By Peter

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2010 BMW 3 Series Reviews

This Car Made Me A Loyal Bmw Customer! By tstar69

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