1998 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1998 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 71 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:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 37 reviews
"power" 22 reviews
"handling" 20 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
CONS
"power" 10 reviews
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"high maintenance" 4 reviews

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Abagail writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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makes me smile to think about it, premium sound enhances the experience

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would like heated seats, steering wheel as well as radio controls on the steering wheel

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Ultimate Driving Machine — Performance-exeptional. If you have never driven a BMW and you enjoy truly motoring, it is quite a pleasure. Quality? Outstanding, I have been through tons with BMWs and they perform well. My last one had a tree fall on it and was fine. Appearance, sexy as hell. I have the sport wheels and that Alpine white with black leather is classic. Cost of ownership...worth it. Must be precise with maintence, periodic costly repairs. Rare repairs, end result; out weighs the means. FUN FACTOR the ultimate driving machine, need i say more?

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ks2013 writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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5

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Incredible handling and steering feel, fun to drive, still a head turner 15 years later

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Costly to maintain if not mechanically skilled, some aspects of the car are of questionable quality/durability, cooling system prone to failure

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An Incredible Machine — I have owned an alpine white on beige E36 328i since September 2009. This car is nothing short of spectacular in almost every conceivable way. This is a very fun car to drive and I can't help but smile sometimes wh I juen driving. The handling is razor precise and the steering feedback is amazing to the point of being telepathic. Ultimately, this car is made for the highway where it's power truly comes alive. The ease of passing makes it seem like the other cars aren't even moving, the rev-happy inline six humming away, the exhilaration of feeling one with the road and car seem to come together to create something that is truly unique. However, it isn't all peaches and cream. If you buy this car expecting carefree Toyota-like maintenance and think it's German and not going to break you are very wrong. This is a very needy vehicle maintenance-wise- especially since the newest E36 non-M sedan models are now 15 years old in 2013. This is a car that requires PREVENTATIVE maintenance. You need to KNOW and UNDERSTAND this car in order for it to not drive you insane, which if you don't attend to its needs is the ONLY place it will be driving you. None of that matters though when everything is squared away. Every time I get in the car to go somewherest want to keep driving until I run out of roads.

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rwtimmons writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328is Coupe Review
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Fun!

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Expenses, can't fit carseat :)

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Ultimate Fun Machine — Tight precise steering makes for great agility. Responsive throttle and good acceleration are a testament of the excellence of the drivetrain. Maintenance is actually not bad if you can do it yourself, but having a shop work on the vehicle can get expensive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Thomas writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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How it drives

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Its starting to rust a bit now.

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Toms 328i — Awesome car, totally under-rated. 90% of an M3 for 50% of the cost! I love the understated looks, but it is starting to look a bit dated now. Really nice to drive, proper rwd sideways fun! Just wish I'd bought one years ago.

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Sean writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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High performance, braking amazing (abs), airbags, handling brilliant.. build quality solid! Appearance... its bmw...!!

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high petrol cost

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Bmw — The performance is amazing.. in its speed, the braking is abs.. and handles brilliantly. It has never been for repairs, but goes in to bmw for its regular service. The car colour is arctic silver, with 17inch motorsport rims and sunroof. Interior i have dvd player and dvd screen. The seats are a grey leather. The petrol consumption is quite high as it is a 328i .... ( 3 litre motor)... 180kw. The car is adrenaline and exhiliration all in one package! I love BIMMER!

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king444 writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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looks cool

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Plus Gas

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Sweet — the way it looks and drives. really a great car, first BMW and will not be the last the front seats are very relaxing all upgrades on this car have never faulted on me , takes a lot of oil tho for a small car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jamie writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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Amazing VFM!

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Nothing!

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Excellent!! — The performance of this car is outstanding for what it is. It is a solidly built car. It has classic BMW looks and the M kit and wheels really make it look sporty. This car costs a bit in fuel but gets 30 mpg reasonably easy. It is also amazingly good fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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minnesotanate writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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Has always started and ran just like it was new. Handles better and rides smoother than even new audis and the reliabliity and comfort put mercedes to shame. Satey features, from top notch emergency handling, to side impact air bags and elecctronic traction control that actually works really well on ice, snow and gravel. Quiet ride, fun exhilarating drive due to responsive throttle and powerful L6 E36 Engine. Everything is over engineered and so durable. car NEVER needs servicing except routine maintenance . best Car I;ve ever owned, it'd be worth all the trouble in the world but it has never given me any trouble at all.

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The Air Filters have problems on this model year, but if you have a K&N cold air intake it fixes this and improves power greatly. Price is a bit steep but worth it. The built in computers on these can produce false alarms about needing to check the brakes, and re-programming the computers is impossible without paying the BMW Dealership quite a bit to look at. but the brakes NEVER have issues anyway, with such large rotors and strong calipers.

minnesotanate
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Fast, Nimble, Sleek, Overengineered. Luxurious, Reliable. Ultimate Machine. — Drives like a dream, power and handling like no other car. every part appears to be built to milityary grade durability specifications. Apples and Oranges above the so called competitors. Agreed to be one of the longest lasting best buys of all time. The '98 is the peak of the 3rd Generation of the BMW 3 Series, and the final year of the "E36" in the 4 door category. A true pleasureto look at and to own and to drive, built to last a lifetime if not abused too hard. I believe the '98 328i with all the options and the sport package is the Ultimate Machine.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Andrew writes:
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Gearbox and day-to-day performance

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Boring interior

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Much Quicker And Sportier Than You'd Expect — At first glance, not the most exciting looking car but the 2.5 litre engine, coupled with a great gearbox on this version, really does perform with a top speed of over 140mph that is definitely achievable. More relevant to day-to-day trips, though, was the way it shot off at traffic lights with a brilliant 1st and 2nd gear ratio. Lighter than the 5 series, it seemed lots sportier too, just a bit boring inside, even with the SE trim and lacking the classy feel and panache of its bigger brother. Damn cheap to run, though, and easy to fix almost everything.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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charlottergraham writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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Dependabillity, appearance, maintenance cost, fuel economy, drivability

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Best First Bmw — I suggest getting the 5-speed as opposed to the automatic, since its peppier. To me, these cars seem to fool your senses. Though some may say that the older BMWs have a rather boxy, economy car look to them, I feel they handle like a fine sports car (as with most BMWs) in the turns. I've hit some clover-leafs here in NC at speeds up to 60/70 mph without even a hint of tire screech or worrying about the back-end giving way. If you are in the market for a good multi-purpose vehicle, and don't have a fortune to spend, take a look at the 318. To me, this vehicle certainly packages BMW-expected quality for an affordable price (newer models run in the low to mid $20000 range). Unfortunately, since BMW discontinued manufacturing this model, you won't be able to purchase one brand new. However, some dealers do have a few used models in great condition for sale.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2012 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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