1999 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1999 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 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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"power" 28 reviews
"ride" 27 reviews
"handling" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"comfortable car" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"expensive part" 5 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews

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Leebroox
5

It handles the best and is a drivers car.

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1999 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible Review
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fast and sporty

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rwd

MAdam7787
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Beautiful 3 Series — fast sporty car ..very clean ..fun to drive around in the summer .. what i dont like about it is its not a winter car very bad in the snow cuz its rear wheel drive and very light ...but over all its great car

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

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Nice car, Looks sexy even though it's old model, sporty, it has nice handling and stability specially in corners and it became better in handling after I replaced its 16inch wheels to 17 with PIRELLI tiers. it's comfortable better than many Japanese and American cars in the same level. the build quality is very good. I like how it has strong body specially the front and rear bumpers.
Regarding the maintenance, since I don't depend on the dealer in this thing, so I can say it's fair.   
This car is good when it comes to safety, the control is in your hand. it has around 8 airbags.
last.. it's fun to drive.  

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since this car is 1999 model which means its first edition of it's model, it has some issues, and many parts upgraded to new design. of course as most BMW cars, they have cooling sys failure every 2 years or every 100k. At 180K I have strange fuel smell from evaporation sys. the carbon canister, replaced by new from the dealer, but the problem still there!! it seem it has a problem in the fuel expansion tank but I'm not sure, the fuel consumption  increased because of this problem.
The AC Evaporator start leaking gas at 200k, the spare parts and repair will cost around 700$. this is the cheaper price I've got.
Since I bought this car (Used with 48000km) I  have trans shifting problem, its shifting hard 1st  to 2nd especially when car is cold. Also when I rev it will do it from 3rd to 4th gear at normal  temp. trans fluid and filter changed twice form dealer , nothing changed, still I'm having this problem. but I can live with it. it's not annoying me too much.  

Muslim
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I Like It. Even If It Has Problems. — What I like in this car: the build quality and the look, the handling, the safety, the performance of the accelerating & breaking. What I don't like, -The sound sys is not that much that much even though it's hifi sys, I upgraded the speakers by jbl(did some modification to fit them), and replaced the stereo from newer model 2004 CD. and add GROM audio to add aux USB, Bluetooth. Now it's more than fine. -It didn't have xenon headlights, I've retrofit them my self. -It has square steering wheel with no control buttons on it, no cruise control. I have retrofited the sport steering wheel with cruise control and sound buttons. - the cooling sys it doesn't last longer.

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A great, fun everyday car.

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No back seat really, but I did not need one!

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A Fun 323 I Would Drive Again. — Tis car was one of my fav's. Sporty 5 speed, black on black, had the power, handling and style any single man would love. I sure did. It was my other car as I also owned a Tahoe. The Tahoe was great for trip and friends and hauling the boat. The 323 was great for sipping around town and going on dates.

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Amazing, powerful and gas saving car

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Nothing

thebigboss115
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Its A Fantastic Car For A Low Price — The car by far is amazing, handles like a monster. Also very reliable. Powerful vehicle with low gas costs and good price. Back seats have a lot of room with a lot of cargo space as well. All in all i would recommend this car to almost anyone!!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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-Peppy straight-6 engine
-Lots of little convenience features
-High level of refinement
-Available 5-speed which does not restrict other options
-Attractive styling which calls attention to the sportiness

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-Expensive compared to the competition
-Higher-than-average cost of ownership

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In A Class Of Its Own. Review In Progress — At first glance, the E46 BMW 3-series is just another compact sedan. But there are a multitude of small details that truly set it apart from the competition. It’s clear from the styling that this car is sporty. A low roofline, long hood, and purposeful curves give the car a profile that suggests speed. The entry level 3-ers (318i and 325i) may not live up to their image, but the 328i, equipped with a 193hp straight-6, is indeed fast. There is ample torque from low RPM in the first three gears, and once you get the revs above 3500 in any gear, there’s enough to press you firmly against the backrest. Inside, the atmosphere is one of warmth and comfort. The soft leather and shiny wood trim provide the ambiance of a cozy living room. Standard equipment includes automatic two-zone climate control, memory power seats, one-touch windows all around, and steering wheel audio controls—small conveniences that become hard to live without once one has become accustomed to them. Options include a sport package that upgrades the already nimble suspension, and a premium Harmon Kardon stereo that is specifically tuned to fill the car with well-balanced sound. Unlike most new cars, your available options are not limited by selecting a manual transmission. And you’ll certainly want to go for the stickshift if you want to properly appreciate the driving experience this car can provide.

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

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I like this little BMW convertible.  It has reached vintage status but has 58,000 miles on her so she's spoiled!

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Wished it had a glass rear window!

linabadlinabad
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Perfect Runaround Car. — Very dependable, looks good! Very low so watch those speed bumps! Haven't put the top down in quite awhile....hope it still works! LOL Fun to drive, but you feel it's a safe car...very heavy feel to it. Newer models are a bit more tinny, it seems. Just changed the brakes so that was a hefty bill, but until then, the only maintenance was a yearly oil change!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Quick, automatic staybility control,  hadeling,  breaking smooth ride heated seats, safty features.

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Power windows go bad.

cleonardELJ58
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Stylish Car — I love this BMW. It is fast, had good gas millage, great handling tons of safety features like the ASC, four wheel anti lock breaks, one touch power windows that have sensors that won't allow you to roll someone hand up in it. The car has motion sensor alarm, tilt alarm, window breakage alarm. You can turn a signal light one turn the car off and it stays lit so if your parking in a small ally way it will keep that side of the car lit so the car can be seen. And allot more.

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Great acceleration,, handles well . Performance plus!

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cargo space

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Fun To Drive — I only wish BMW would stop using plastic trim parts. (kidney shape grill) interior trim. I owned an older 528E BMW and it was solid trim and all. only regular, routine care to . Solid trim. Over all I still love the Performance of the BMW.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Engine, performance, looks, handling.

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Economy, not quite as practical as it could be, speed cameras.

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I Would, Every Time. — Basics: RWD, straight six, naturally aspirated, 20 year old chassis design. Engine: a masterpiece. Sounds great, goes incredibly well, easy to maintain, surprisingly easy on fuel. 24 valves as opposed to the older 12v units. Handling: steering is quite remote, but reassuringly weighted and accurate. Chassis is FUN, but can bite if you are heavy handed. Very tractable, easy to drift, and a great kick on twisty roads. Suspension more suited to cruising than sports driving, but more than acceptable. Brakes aren't great, but do the job. Acceleration/speed: fast. Pulls eagerly from 800rpm, once it hits 4,500 it'll howl all the way to 6,400 in a delightfully addictive fashion. Powerband is full all the way round the rev range. From 20mph, you can use 5th all the time. Power can be increased easily with new intake manifold & remap. Practicality: better than most BMWs, but not amazing compared to many family hatches due to RWD layout and contemporary engineering. Boot can fit plenty in it- I've had four suitcases in there- but it's not a typical square loading bay. Rear seats are best for shorter people, or short people in the front so the seats can go forward. Quality: very good. The car is 13 years old and feels tight, strong & solid. Interior is very dated, but well built and comfortable. Very little rust outside, shutlines are great. Je ne sais quoi: it's a personable car, this one. They get under your skin. It may not be incredibly economical, but 30mpg combined is not to be sniffed at from a large straight six with no turbos going on. It feels loyal, enjoyable and fun. I'm very attached to mine.

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

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