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1987 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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The Most Brilliant German Convertible To Come Out Of The 1980's. — This stunning BMW 325iC has beamed in straight from the '80's, and hit the ground speeding. The fantastic, versatile inline six paired with the responsive five-speed manual transaxle provides the lucky driver with a rewarding performance quotient, while the nimble suspension achieves a magnificent balance between great handling and comfort. And who can argue with the responsiveness of rear-wheel drive? The interior showcases technology considered very advanced for its time, like an on-board trip computer and premium audio system with CD player. So put the top down, hop inside, let the premium leather-trimmed sport seats hug you, and jam that accelerator to the floor!

Pros: Powerful inline six (for its time, and still zippy today!), solid five-speed, red leather sport seats with ample bolsters, and who doesn't love convertibles!!!

Cons: Really, REALLY expensive to restore (when taken to the BMW dealership)--do-it-yourself is a definite must.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325es Review
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I Miss This Car... — This was a great little e30, had great handling, excellent feeling brakes but always seemed to be lacking in power until 3000 rpm, which only left 1800 rpm until the redline. It handled winter roads without a hiccup and was a great car for going up to the ski hill in, that is if you could fit your skis/snowboard into it if you didn't have a ski rack. The automatic transmission was my only real complaint, but only because it was an automatic. The interior was excellently laid out, the three different control sticks for operating the headlights, signals, cruise control, etc. made for easy operation even when wearing gloves in winter, however the great heater ensured that you didn't have to wear gloves for long. The exterior's only real flaw was the plastic/fiberglass front fender skirt was prone to become loose (at least on mine) and it eventually broke loose while driving at 65 mph, destroying the plastic but luckily nothing else was damaged. This car was really easy to work on for all normal maintenance (oil changes, replacing the brakes, replacing the lower control arm bushings, etc) but was also a royal pain when more serious things went wrong. The starter was a bugger to replace, as well as the water pump and oil pan. Another random thing that went wrong was one of the wires on the starter came loose while driving, causing all of the gauges to go out. This was a pain to diagnose along the side of the road in the dead of winter, but a real easy fix. All in all though a great little car that I really would like to pick up again, however I would probably go for its sister, the 1988 325is instead for the manual transmission, higher revving engine and body color metal front fender skirt.

Pros: Great handling car year-round, excellent brakes, communicates very well to the driver
through responsive steering and good overall road feel, good mileage.

Cons: Low redline on the 2.7-L I6, cast aluminum oil pan can be cracked easily on small rocks
common to mountain roads and electrical problems developed after the car sat for a few
month without use.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Power To The People — Bought it when living in Munich back in 2000 for about 1400 EUR and it was amazing after that I decided to stay with BMW in the future (at least until I get money for a Porsche 911)

Pros: Handling, looks, economy

Cons: Small cabin

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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My First Brush With German Engineering — My first stick shift. I really beat the hell out of this car throughout college, grad school, and into the real world. My friend Lygia and I attempted to manually recharge the AC ourselves. Sorry about that one Mother Nature.

Pros: Its a Beemer.

Cons: Rear-wheel drive sucks in the wintertime. AC never worked. Been to the shop way too many times.

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1987 BMW 3 Series Review
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I Love This Car!!! — With the 5 speed manual transmission this car is so much fun! Reliability is high and repairs are so easy, though it doesn't need many!

Owner for 1 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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* — Always brings a smile, its refreshing to drive after driving so many over complicated modern cars, and it totally up to their standard in so many areas. There's plenty of cars that are twice as quick in a straight line that aren't as fun. Its the perfect balance of moderness and old school. Can catch you out but thats part of the fun. Very reliable too as they're over engineered. I guarantee the only thing that would last longer on a brand new 3 series is the shell (bloody rust!).

Pros: Rear drive handling, balance, feel, classic old school looks, sound, going up in value all the time

Cons: Straight line speed, prone to car cancer, fuel consumption

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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Just Bought It.. Many Problems, But Still Fantasic. — Inline 6; 121 hp, 171 lb/ft; 5 speed manual; there are many issues with my car, but they are all either induced by incorrect usage or they are common for a car of its age. The shifter linkage is very loose, so loose in fact that I cannot shift into second gear, but I can still beat most of my friends in a drag race. The handling is great; the back country roads are handled with ease (I had fun watching my friend's '76 Camaro shrink in my mirrors). Drifting can be accomplished quite easily if handled properly. I simply love this car's proportions and style. It is easily one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen.

Owner for 0 years, 7 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,500

Pros: Handling
Fairly smooth line of torque
Styling
Comfortable Seats
Grips when you want, drifts when you want
Sounds fantastic
0-60 time is sufficient
High end torque is great
Very stable at high speeds

Cons: Lacking in power
Acceleration slows down a lot around 95 or 100

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Fast, Strong, Good Gas Milage — After owning various GM products over the last 30 years, I bought this car because the price was right and I needed a car for my job. It has been a wonderful ride. It easily keeps up with all these speeding maniacs around here on the freeway. So for a 20 year old car it's great.

Owner for 1 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

Pros: Fast, strong, good gas milage

Cons: None so far

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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Party Car — Bought mine at 104,000 miles, it hums today at 225,000 miles. Costs about $1,000 a year to maintain, but it is a pleasure owning it and seeing it on the road.

Pros: It's a classic. This cars is made for the freeway, lots of power at RPM above 3,500 and still holds it's place on the road with the new high-power engines.

Cons: Brakes systematically vibrate at high speeds even soon after they have been fixed; front end slightly vibrates above 100 mph.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325e Review
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1987 Bmw (e30 )325 (2.7ltr M20 Inline Six Cylinder) — For a 20 year old car, you can't ask for much more. The horsepower isn't great at 121hp but the 172lb-ft of torque more than make up for it. It can beat many of todays cars in a drag race and will kill most cars in the handling dept. The handling take a touch to get used to since it kinda floats for a few milliseconds before hooking in during spirited driving, but if you get the hang of it, it is amazing. I see some people complaining about cost of repairs and that is a simple fix; buy a Bentley manual and do your own repairs. Seriously, this is an easy car to repair yourself even if you have no previous mechanic experience like myself. Bottom line, I sold my 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse for this because, even being 8 years older this is just that much better of a car. You can't beat the deal and now at 20 years old, it is a classic in many states.

Pros: Very good acceleration for a 20 year old car.
Great handling
Easy to fix yourself
Great looking
Many possible ways to modify
Built on the same chassis as the legendary E30 M3
Silky smooth ride even at very high speeds. It feels at 110mph how a lot of cars feel at about 85mph.

Cons: Driver door lock cylinders prone to break.
Steering wheel is a tad bit big.
Back seats don't offer very much leg room, even in the sedan.
Acceleration slows off dramatically after hitting 100mph
14" stock rims are kind of small, although adequate.

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2015 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Great Little Car But Can Get Pricey With Options By jodyrobe

I love the front cabin, great handling, some power, nice looking exterior. I dislike that it appears to be catered to i-phone integration and not android. I will like more power. Should come with stan... Read More

Good Little Sports Car And Good Power By jodyrobe

needs more power and backseat space, like the interior cabin, dislike no android integration appears to be for i-phone only. This pretty much sums it up but a great little car. If you get all the opti... Read More

2014 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Best All Around Car Money Can Buy (maybe A Bit Too Much Money, Though) By dieselbos

After driving my 2010 Jetta Sportwagen for 50,000 miles, I test drove the new 328d that BMW was finally offering in North America. I was looking for an automatic for my daily commute (my Jetta was a ... Read More

Great Car For The Wife To Get Tickets In By Bhoffma1

I love the power delivery of the inline six cylinder. There is almost zero turbo lag and it feels like an NA car with a larger engine. I would prefer a manual transmission, but the eight speed autom... Read More

2013 BMW 3 Series Reviews

Nice Second Car By Drawbj17

This is my Wife's car. It is Perfect for her. The technology is not seamless. There are Too many steps to change from device to device And to move around through the options. The ride is a little stif... Read More

A Fun And Young Car By abhiga

This car is fun to drive! The handling and acceleration are amazing. The hardtop is a great feature, making the car usable all-year round. When the roof is closed, it's like driving a sports car. When... Read More

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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