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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Abagail writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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5

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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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Neal writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 328is Coupe Review
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5

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Good Looks, Looks Expensive, Build Quality.

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I want an M3, Repair Cost.

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Bimmer Value — This car is the most value you can find out of $7,000. People have asked me what I spent on my car, I then make them guess, I've heard $20,000 to $35,000... The Quality of the car is very impressive, but what should you expect from a $40,000 car? The performance is certainly good for a 6-cylinder, but one day a Bimmer V-8 will be in the garage. If you like when people turn their heads as you drive by, this car is a great buy.

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CaliMotrz writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 318ti Hatchback Review
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4

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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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Travis writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible Review
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Everything

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A Beauty! — Loved this car, was a lot of fun and a head turner! Built like a tank and drove like a dream!!! Never faultered for power. Very reliable. Complaints: maintenancce cost!!! If anything actually breaks on this you have to be a mechanic or have lots of $$$ to fix it.

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Tim writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible Review
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ultimate driving machine

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cost of maintenance

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I Would Love To Have Another — Loved this car, had good power, handled like on rails. This was the 323is so it was the two door with ground effect molding, was chipped and rolling on Konig wheels. Looked like an M3. Unfortunately I did it in with a stupid, stupid, stupid, high speed downshift that blew the PCM.

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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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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rwtimmons writes:
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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Andrew writes:
1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible Review
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4

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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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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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king444 writes:
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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