1986 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

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    1986 BMW 3 Series Review
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    I had a good friend in high school that had one of these cars that he inherited from his parents when they got a new car. So it was still very new and had never been raced or ragged out. This car was lame. I mean you could pick up chicks cause it was a BMW but the car itself was lack luster. First, this car was slow as could be. Next the interior /ergonomics of this car were so cold and bare and bland. It was like riding around in a boring square box. The radio sucked (even though rich people said it was awesome...it sucked). The sound of the car was so wussy. The controls on the dash were not user friendly at all. I also remember lights coming on the dash all the time and the car spending a lot of time at the shop. It was a really lame car...if you ask me. No personality or character at all. I guess BMW is lucky that the Movie Pretty In Pink came out and showed the cool rich kids driving their car...otherwise I dont think they would have sold many of this model /POS.
    Power Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "The 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si is a little car but its big on power. It likes to work hard at high rpms and relax at low rpms. So buy a stick shift /manual and get great gas mileage and easy driving to the grocery store or work. Then when you want to race someone or just get an adrenaline rush drop that baby down a gear and peg the gas!!! This car will make you smile if you take it to high rpms (especially on the highway)."
    Handling Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "The 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si handles like its on rails. It has a sturdy but comfortable suspension, very intuitive and capable steering, front wheel drive, 4 wheel disc brakes, and a high revving motor. You put this all together and youve got one amazing handling car!!!"
    Looks/Style Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "The 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si looks like a Ferrari Testerrosa (not sure how its spelled but its the badass Miami Vice Ferrari). So back in 1986 you could get a very reliable, quick, awesome handling car that resembled the coolest /newest Ferrari of the day or you could buy a super upright super boxy, toilet bowl seat having hard black plastic and vinyl maybe leather mom and dad car. The clear winner in the looks style category has to be the 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si!!!"
    Front Seats Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "In the 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si the front seats are very wide with lots of extra padding plus they have back /lumbar adjustments and adjustable side bolsters on the sides of you back and the sides of your bottom. Its like your strapped into a jet fighter!!!"
    Cargo Capacity Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "The 1986 Honda Prelude might be a little short on room in the back seat but if youre just a couple using it as a weekend cruiser...it has a huge trunk to fill and you can also use the back seat for storage and this gives you the most storage room of any 2 door sports car on the market;)"
    Family Car Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude worse.
    "This is a great family car because its boring and roomy and safe compared to the Honda Prelude. Isnt that what a family car is supposed to be?"
    Value Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "The 1986 Honda Prelude is very reliable so there is no need to anticipate frequent and costly repairs. Its reliable so you wont get stranded on the side of the road. It gets great gas mileage. Its loads of fun to drive. I cant think of a car with more value."
    Would Buy Ranked 1986 Honda Prelude better.
    "The 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si is the most reliable and low cost car I have ever owned. Ive owned close to 100 cars in my life and I bought my 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0si with over 100,000 miles on it...and now Im at 180,000 and Im still daily driving and racing this car."
    1986 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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    95

    An Absolutely Amazing Machine For Those Who Love To Drive! — This is a brilliant vehicle. Loads of torque, combined with decent horsepower, means that this car will fly off the line. It handles very well in the corners, but does have a bit of an over-steering challenge. With the right tires and the optional rear wing, it will grip the road without any issue. Zero to 100 MPH is lightening quick with lots of room in the gears to have more... as long as you have the 5-speed manual. If you buy the automatic, well, don't. In terms of maintenance, this is an affordable vehicle to own. Parts are plentiful and within a decent price range. There are lots of upgrades available if you want to modify the car (first upgrade, change the rev-limiter chip). The best part, it's actually a car you can work on yourself if you want to get your hands dirty. Air and cruise control are mandatory for long trips. There's plenty of trunk space for all of your gear. I highly recommend spending the time to replace the stock radio. It's very easy to mount a sub in the truck, upgrade all of the speakers, and add in a good stereo. So, bottom line: if you want a fun car, good on fuel (when you stay off the pedal), great handling, affordable to maintain, then this is the car.

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

    Pros: - affordable
    - quick
    - powerful
    - fun to drive

    Cons: - stereo is terrible
    - rev-limiter needs to be re-chipped immediately

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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    1986 BMW 3 Series 325es Review
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    Fun, Comfy, Great Mid-life Crisis Car (and Cheaper Than A Vette Or Viper...way Cheaper) — overall it is a really good car, just a few minor tings to repair, one light out on instrument cluster and have to get new cogs for the odometer, diagnose and repair cruise control, has the quirky intermittent short in the left tailight and brakelight, think it's the panel that the bulbs go in, and cannot read the display on computer except in direct light, I enjoy working on this car everything is easy to get to and it makes sense

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: I just got this car from another car guy for $2400 and I love it, it's a blast to drive, easy to work on and from what I have heard so far will last forever if I do routine maintainance.  It is smooth on the highway, and even though the cruise doesn't work (yet) it is easy to keep steady speed, it does run smooth though and i really want to wind it up, at 65 it barely hits 2000 rpm,  even with 250,xxx miles on it everything is in really good shape and works, even the sunroof doesn't leak!!! amazing for a 26 year old car.  Would love some help getting info on the display on the computer I can only read it in direct sunlight, is there supposed to be a backlight on the LCD display?

    Cons: so far the only negative is it seems to be very particular as to where I get gas for it, don't know if this is typical but if i get some bad gas it takes 2-3 tankfuls before it quits surging nan rough idle, it may be the ethenol blend that everyone is using

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    1986 BMW 3 Series 325 Review
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    45

    Who Can Complain About An Awd Turbo Bmw? — Project car, I am rebuilding it right now, will be turbo charging it. Super excited cause it will be awesome. T70 turbo with forged pistons, rods, arp head studs, Putting on a rebuild 885 head on it right now. stock ecu motroninc 1.0 and rrfpr for now

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

    Pros: awd turbo, need i say more?

    Cons: still a work in progress

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    1986 BMW 3 Series 325es Review
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    Great Car To Drive, Not To Upkeep. — Braking - excellent, Handling - excellent, Acceleration - needs improvement. Driving around town, at low speeds, you need to give it more gas than I expected, but has plenty of passing and highway power! Build quality is great for a 1980s car! Needs lots of maintenance to keep reliable, like all BMWs. Uses very little gas and it's very fun to drive with the manual trans and lsd. If I didn't drive it so quickly, I'm sure it would get more than 30mpg. I wouldn't recommend this car to someone who knows little or nothing about cars.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fun to drive, comfortable, small and I like it that way.

    Cons: Lots of upkeep, kind of slow.

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    1986 BMW 3 Series 325 Review
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    Daily Driver That Can Afford A Little Fixing Up Now And Then. — Granted the fact that we are talking about a 25 year-old car; Performance is acceptable for its age though acceleration past 60 gets tough on freeways but not impossible. A lot of low-end torque means that drifting and burning out come pretty easily so care must be taken when accelerating from a stop. Braking is good but over the years the rotors have gone wobbly and should be replaced for its longevity. The build quality is excellent for a four door sedan that weighs in at 1.2 tons. I personally haven't heard any squeaks or rattles until recently when the factory installed lower arm bushings started to give. Styling is of the old 80's theme and will probably be looked down on from most modern car fans, especially with the plastic and vinyl interior that starts to fade and crack if not garage kept. Gas mileage is a whopping 23-28 MPG CITY depending on conditions of both the surroundings and the car. Some with the same make have reported 45MPG on the highway...... Maintenance goes up like the curve on an exponential graph with age, but this probably applies to all old cars. Unusually enough, the 4door sedan variant of this car has a Front to Rear weight dispersion ratio of roughly 50:50 so is easy to handle, even on the toughest of hairpins (<-NOT me), and very easy to spin, coupled with the quick pickup on cold days makes this car a joy to drive (city) in my humble opinion.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: (Personal) Looks, driving and handling characteristics, fuel economy.
    (Other) The ease with which it can be modified to fit a variety of modern engines and transmissions, along with a whole host of other modifications.  Then there's that one guy that swapped in an FORD small-block V8 and did 12.56 (or was it 13?) down the 1/4 mile.
    Besides, it's the car I was being ferried around in at age 2.  Now I sit in the OTHER seat......

    Cons: Horse power.  Just can't get mid to high end torque for acceleration without sacrificing the awesome gas mileage.

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    Amazing — Handles like a beast goes fast. There is nothing like being behind the wheel of that car. Its a cheap car to maintain and its gas millage is nice. Its the funnest car you can possibly drive. I will drive that car forever

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

    Pros: Its an amazing car

    Cons: None

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    1986 Bmw 325e W/ M50 Conversion — It's my track car. I've upgraded the engine to an M50 (525i non-vanos) and upgraded the entire suspension. Lots of fun for the track. The car handles very good due to the lightweight and engine modifications. Definetly recommend an e30 to anyone interested in cars.

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

    Pros: It looks cool.

    Cons: Nothing.

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    I Simply Love It:) — Bmw E30 performance: 1800cc engine Build Quality: Germany rulzz Fun Factor..the great thing about this car is that it got a great stability on track..really comfortable and fun to drive. Cost..fair enough Appeareance really really gud looking

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

    Pros: great stabillity

    Cons: no reasons for avoiding this babe

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    1986 BMW 3 Series 325 Coupe Review
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    Its A Fun Young Persons Car (that Has The Right Mind Not To Kill Themselvs In It) — Talk about a fun car to own, you peel out without even trying to! But being an older car it was a chunk, no plastic fantastic! It used up a tank of gas WAY to fast. It was sold when we were planning on kids.. Not very baby safe :)

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Its fun and fast :)

    Cons: Expensive to fill up gas on, and expensive parts

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