1999 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

1999 BMW 3 Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 61 reviews

  • 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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PROS
"power" 29 reviews
"ride" 26 reviews
"handling" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 12 reviews
"comfortable car" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"expensive part" 5 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews

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1999 BMW 3 Series 323i Review
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5

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It looks GREAT! Its a real eyeturner

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Replacement parts and aftermarket parts are pretty expensive

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Bmw — Great car. Best ive ever owned! I love my BMW. it performs quite well for its age. I clocked 0-60 at 6.8 seconds. It is a blast to drive. Its quick and gets great MPG's. The only downfall of the car is that its a pain to work on and replacement/aftermarket parts are pretty expensive. All in all though its a great car. Ill never own another car that is not a BMW.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aaron writes:
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Performance, value, quality.

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Cost of ownership, poor fuel economy.

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I Miss Her.... Sometimes. — This little car surprised me every day. It was just as powerful as any sports sedan I've driven, yet as classy and refined as a luxury car. It was 12 years old, but it's more solid than any other car I've had for any considerable period of time. It was also roomier than you'd expect: I'm 6'8" and fit comfortably. As far as ownership, it could be a pain if something goes wrong. However, that's a big if. I rarely had to even think of maintenance beyond tire rotation/oil changes. But when something did happen, it was very expensive... particularly for a college music student. But it made up for that when you hit the gas on a wide open stretch of road and just let her run!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
1999 BMW 3 Series 323i Review
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Its a beemer....plus all the other points above.

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fuel economy, poor luggage space, garage bills.....umm thats about it.

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Excellent Long Distance Driving Machine, Just Eats The Miles Up. — Reasonably quick, excellent on motorways and backroads(especially the tight and twisty ones), superb handling and fully loaded with air con, cruise control and something called traction control...etc

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Ken writes:
1999 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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Wonderful Ride & Very Fast

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Electrical System

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Very Fast And Dependable Machine — Great car for blowing whole-shots. This car had tons of power but the rear tires kept going bald. (Hmm, I wonder why?) Almost silent ride and over 32 mpg on highway, 23 mpg around town. Not bad for 1999. This car was special ordered with a very rare Aerodynamic Package from the factory. I had to wait 3.5 months until it arrived.

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RE writes:
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5

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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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Sam writes:
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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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Ed writes:
1999 BMW 3 Series 328is Coupe Review
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goes well for a heavy car comfble good handling

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bit thirsty on fuel when driven hard

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1994 Bmw 320i Coupe — looks great handles well and good value for money looks a lot more expensive than it really is. Interior is a bit basic bevrything is easy to reach. Running costs are nowhere near as much as people seem to think I average about 35mpg which aint bad for a 2 litre.

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Jonas writes:
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Feels lika a sports car but is also practical for the small family

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Expensive spare parts

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Sport Car For The Family — This car is an absolute beauty. The exterior and interior is just so slick and tight. The car has the feel of a sports car with the legendary BMW handling. Steering and engine are extremely responsive and the driver is in total control. I really miss this car, it was so much fun.

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Clayton writes:
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Super nice factory sound system
Has plenty of power
Handles well

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the wheels turn black after only about a week because of the brake dust but this happens on all bimmers

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Love It —

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brandon writes:
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good looking with good performance

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too plush and having to replace factory components with aftermarket parts. (Meyle is a great brand)

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Crap Rubber — Well overall the car is very plush as you would imagine. Its got plenty of power (not enough for me though) but the ride is so plush it doesn't feel like it has any performance at all. The biggest complaint i have about BMW is no matter what kind you have the factory uses crappy rubber for their components such as bushings. If you buy a BMW go ahead and plan on replacing all of the factory struts along with rear shock mounts and front control arm bushings just to make it past 30k miles. The cars look pretty, a bit pricey

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