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1981 BMW 3 Series 320iReview
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Great Commuer Car — There really isn't anything I disliked. I actually love the car. I just cannot keep it. A little TLC and this will be a great commuter or starter car. The best feature about this car is the money saved on fuel with rising fuel prices.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great on fuel! Takes unleaded gasoline., good tires, no known accidents.

Cons: Need TLC.

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Best Classical Small German Coupe Along With Bmw 2002tii. — Performance:Awesome performance from the 6 cilinder engines,2.7 stroker sawp is a blast incredibly fast with around 200 punds of torque with only 1ton weigth. Build quality: BMW...great build quality everything works and has 30+ years!. Appearance: Amazing agressive BMW characteristic design. Ownership Cost: Parts are hard to get for European models and expensive but last a LONG time. Func Factor: :D :D :D :D I guess that describes it! Even 316's are fun to drive but get a 320/6 or 323i or even better a 2.7 stroker or Alpina/Hartge and you will learn what fun is all about!

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

Pros: Fun, classy, powerfull, raw classical power no electronics to help you

Cons: Water leaks! Gah. Cockpit and glove compartment floods.

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1981 BMW 3 Series 320iReview
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A Great Cruiser. — Another drivable classic. This car has a 2.0 M20 6 cylinder engine, Weber 38/38 carb and a 5 speed transmission. Not an all-out performance car, but a great car for ctuising down a country road with the top down and a cool breeze messing up your hair.

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

Pros: All the advantages of a convertible with almost none of the disadvantages

Cons: Some parts are hard to find.

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1981 BMW 3 Series 320iReview
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Bmw E21 320/6 2.7 — 1050 kg with a 2700cc BMW 325e modified engine :) FUN The Solex 4A1 carburator is a pain in the ass if it has been tampered with, but delivers enough fuel to the 6cyl 2.7 and makes a heavenly sound when the 2nd stage throttle body opens. Fun fun fun. Requires some patience and dedication and can be a daily driver if you can source the parts and can take a fast non smooth torque engine.

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

Pros: Fast,Plenty of torque, Classy and Elegant, Turns heads when in good condition, A true sleeper. Loves uphills.

Cons: Expensive parts, scarce parts, a 30 year old car gets random things broken constantly nothing big, not suitable for traffic jams.

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Modded 1.8 Litre Road Racer Bmw E21 — its old skool and modded lots, twin 40 webbers, handling isnt as good as the e30 model which i have owned a few of but customization is easy, will be putting neww engine in it soon. buy this car, its a lot of fun. uses a lot of fuel becuase of thje bigger carbs i have put on it but it needed the extra performance, not so good as a standard car

Pros: its old skool and looks sexy

Cons: uses way too much fuel

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1981 BMW 3 Series 320iReview
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1981 Bmw 320i — This particular bmw doesn't hold up in speed as it once did due to abuse by previous owners. The original motor (still intact) was turbo'd, so the air intake has been hindered. Despite this, it still runs great and has no problem accelerating. It has no power steering originally installed, but handles great. I've never had to have it realigned. It's had to have minor repairs on occasion just because of its age (suspension, brakes), but nothing major. Interior is black, vinyl and like brand new. The exterior has few small pain chips, but the rest is original paint (graphite gray) and the top coat is still in great condition. White racing stripes decals have been added, with matching white wipers. The right side-view mirror is missing, it has a manual sunroof and the rims are 13's. I payed practically nothing for this car, and the mileage is fairly low. If I had it lowered a bit, I could whip around corners a little faster, but other than that, this car is a dream to drive. It's a manual and ridiculously light, so performance is no issue besides driving in a snowy climate or season.

Pros: classic

Cons: sometimes shows it's age

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1981 BMW 3 Series 320iReview
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Decent Car — pretty nice car, lots more features than any 90s and older domestic car. with only a 1.8 4 banger it is a little slow, but it gets around 30mpg in town so i can't complain. it also handles really well. and being rear wheel drive it a posi it does great donuts.

Pros: fuel mileage

Cons: slow

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Would Have Bought It If It Hadnt Needed Work — Great car, perfect handling, like a go cart.

Pros: no power steering, RWD

Cons: no power steering, no cup holders, vertically mounted stereo

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1981 BMW 3 Series 320iReview
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First Car I Ever Drove In The Usa And The First Car I Ever Took A Drivers Test In. — Every car has a story with me but this one takes the cake. It was old when I drove it, the steering wheel would start to shake as I hit 40 mph and I had to make sure I am up to speed with the highway traffic. Imagine my horror when 3 adults are screaming at me to go faster and the steering wheel is visibly vibrating. But the engine was strong, the body was tough and I drove it back and forth my first job, in Starbucks at the Land of Angels in 1998.

Pros: Solid body, strong engine.

Cons: If well maintained, I don't see any cons.

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The E21 Is The Best 3 Series Ever Made, Small, Super Light, And Easy To Upgrade. — Weighs in at 998 kilos and has roughly 145 hp so power to weight is plenty to get 2nd and 3rd gear chirps out of the tires. The dash and interior are unique in that I've never seen a car of it's age more set up for the driver... that being said it is only set up for the driver, forget cup holders! Zis is not a living room, it is for driving.

Pros: Fun rear wheel car, great gear ratio, high rpm, great gas millage, not very common.

Cons: EXPENSIVE for parts and you pretty much have to become an expert on every part of the car to keep it in great shape. Those are the only two down sides to the E21

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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

Nice Second Car By Drawbj17

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A Fun And Young Car By abhiga

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2012 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Dreamdriver - Total Driving Immersion By turquoisea

I loved everything about this car, from the amazing interior with dazzling lights, phenomenal sound system, spot on handling and smooth ride, super comfortable seats, voice command. Not a lot of room... Read More

It's The Honda Accord Of Our Age By Aaron

It's a perfectly reasonable car. Goes fast when you want it too, uses less gas when you want that. Back seat is big enough so the kids don't complain. Just wish it were a bit less bland. I used to... Read More

2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Performance Oriented, Capable Daily Driver By jff011377

Refined & very capable performance coupe. I have driven 12+ hours without getting fatigued. I have driven at autocross events & on a high speed road course track. The car is very fun to drive & in ... Read More

An Amazing Machne By fotobaron

Great power, great performance, great handling (hydraulic steering), very good gas mileage given the engine, extraordinarily comfortable, lots of useful bells and whistles and absolutely gorgeous to l... Read More

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