1996 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1996 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 62 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 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:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 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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PROS
"ride" 32 reviews
"power" 24 reviews
"handling" 21 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"speed" 8 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"expensive part" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"insurance" 3 reviews

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Leonard writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertble Review
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5

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Great engine, gearbox (manual), excellent handling balance for standard car, refinement is sound, fuel consumption is low

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Interior build quality average, brakes are good but not good enough

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E36 328i — Really good car, quite rapid, fun to drive, suprisingly low fuel consumption. Maintainence is very simple, most DIY mechanics can fiddle around with them at home. Generally been reliable however I have had issues with the VANOS system which has made the car a real pain in the arse to drive but will be getting that fixed soon. Great handling, good performance in a straight line, brakes are good too but could probably do with an upgrade as I feel using the same brakes from a E36 318i on an E36 328i is a mistake. It does struggle to brake quickly from very high speed. Personally I think these cars look fantastic too. Build quality of the interior is average, but everything else holds up very well.

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Mubarak writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertble Review
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3

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performance, handling

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needs lots of maintenance, not reliable

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Great For Enthusiasts — good performing vehicle. pretty good pick up for a 2.8. BMW tried to pick up sales during the early to mid '90 and cheaped out on parts using plastic parts instead of the usual aluminum for the pretty critical parts of the car (i.e. cooling system) if you keep up with the maintenance the car will run flawlessly, but the maintenance on this car is pretty pricey. so you'll either have to have money on the side or do it yourself. this is a very fun car to drive as long as nothing breaks.

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Sophie writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series Review
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4

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Cheap to run, comfy

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Rusty and sounded like a tractor

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I Could Fit The Dog In The Boot! — It was a 318TDS so it was a bit slow off the mark but you could drive it around for days on practically no diesel! A bit rusty and the engine blew up once but I loved it.

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Tariq writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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3

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good car

Cons

not much power

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If You Take Good Care Of It, Mmm It Will Be Ok. — mmmmmm,,,, it nice car not lokking sexy anymore yet it was very nice if we see it before 10 years. i got this car for very good price its fun to drive, like a toy, easy handling, not much power since its a V4 , but the nice thing about mine is that it got a manuel gear box, which gives it the advantage to play with it all the time,, my advice is : DO NOT DRIVE IT WHEN ITS RAINING!!

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

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Sean writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertble Review
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5

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Long Lasting

Cons

Oil Problems

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A Close Friend — A car I've had for a while. I have been to hell and back with this car and have so many memories with it. It did give me transmissional problems three years ago in 05, but other than that it has been a great investment my dad still owns. Go for it, buyers. The 328 IS is a good buy.

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David writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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Economical, Reliable, Sporty, Good Drive

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Most have been ragged and neglected, common

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1996 Bmw 3 Series 318i — Performance: 1.8 16V (318is Coupe) isn't very powerfull, but is plenty fast enough. Brakes Strong, handles very well. Feels much lower and stiffer than the saloon. Build Quality: Good, as usual, one of the windows has fallen off its runner. Appearence: Very nice, I love the pillarless doors and M3 Replica Alloys Cost of Ownership: 46MPG on a run (supposedly) so good MPG and cheap to insure being only a 1.8 Fun Factor: Great fun to drive

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

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Mike writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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4

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reliable, cheap, fun, mpg

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low on power for racers and ......

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Buy One For Your Wife Or Kids — Great little car, 200,000 mile and still a fun car. stuff a M3 engine in it and look out EVERYONE! 4 cylinder is dependable and fun but needs more power for aggressive adrenaline junkies. Great car for kids. 30 mpg and like a go-cart.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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Reliable, good looks, feels safe and sure footed

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Most have been ragged and neglected.

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1996 Bmw 3 Series 318i — Performance: Quite Swift, feels quicker than the saloon. Brakes very good, handles nicely with the rear drive. Build Quality: As expected of a BMW. Very good. Appearance: Very nice. This one awas a very nice colour. Cost of Ownership: Cheap to fuel and insure. Fun Factor: This was fun, especially on the snow and Ice.

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

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Tristan writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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5

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Fun to drive, very strong motor,very  handsom styling.

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Electrical issues, bearings go bad.

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Great Cruiser, Love How It Drives On The Highway. — Love the way the car feels , drive ,smell(candyish, crayon) sort of smell to it, feels tight as a drum, very pleasing to the eye. 100% German made or made in Europe. Europeans don't play with quality when it comes to making their cars. You can sure feel it in this car. love it.

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

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Kevin writes:
1996 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertble Review
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4

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Handling

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Plastic

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I Love My Bimmer..hehe — Great beginning European car. Gotta love the balance of the E36 chassis. Not too fast off the line but cruises at 130 with no issues. Great car to toss around an auto cross or a mountain road. Build quality a little below typical BMW standards though.

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

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