1998 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1998 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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  • 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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1998 BMW 3 Series 318ti Hatchback Review
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The fuel economy and ease of control

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Interior space

CaliMotrz
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318ti Fun And Controlled Driving Experience — Great car overall,has a lot of perks for such a small car. Visually the regular coupe is much more appealing but this hatchback has a lot of potential packed in a smaller package. Weight is a lot lower than it's sedan or coupe counterparts thus improving handling, fuel economy, and nimbleness.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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looks cool

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Plus Gas

king444
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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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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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1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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It's quite narrow

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I thought it was blue when I bought it, not green

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Bmw 328i — It's been OK, have owned it since 1996. Hard to believe it was over 30k new.I am second owner. Done an average of 32mpg with a high of 38 cruising in France on hols. Jane likes the heated seats. Has folding rear seats

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

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1998 BMW 3 Series 328is Coupe Review
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Fun!

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Expenses, can't fit carseat :)

rwtimmons
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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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1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible Review
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So fun to drive. I enjoyed many top-down drives through the foothills in the Santa Cruz mountains as well as in Marin. Incredible mileage - 33+ mpg on the freeway.

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As it gets older, it has needed occasional service (just replaced air injection pump, check valve and drive shaft flex joint). Overall not any worse than any other car of this vintage.  

sackler
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Bmw 323ci — I love driving this car. It has been a great value and my kids love riding in the back with the top down. Great mileage and handling, awesome summer leisure car. Not a ton of room for a big family, however.

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

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1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible Review
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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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1998 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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Dependabillity, appearance, maintenance cost, fuel economy, drivability

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None

charlottergraham
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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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1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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All Black/black, handles great. Standard. Very fun to drive. Great on gas. 2 dr, roomie back seat and trunk space. Body on good condition. Used to go back and forth to work.

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rear wheel drive, and I live in a rural area and am now traveling a lot and need an SUV for work.

Homersimpson618
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Great Car... Need Suv For Work —

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fun, sporty

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Repairs expensive

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Wife Loves It So Will Keep Up For Her As Long As She Wants. — For a wife that loves sporty cars, this little sedan is eye-catching. I'm a big guy so I avoid having to drive or ride in it like the plague, it's just too small for my comfort. On a sunny day, though, open the sun roof and tear up and down some curvy hills ... the 4-cyl has enough oomph to be fun, the suspension is tight, it brings everything that BMW brings to the table. Be ready to pay through the nose for repairs, but you already know that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2015 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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2014 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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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

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