1988 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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    1988 Bmw 325i Convertible — It's a convertible. It's classic. It's white. Amazing interior. Great steering response.

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    I Will Never Get Rid Of This Car. — *blank for now*

    Pros: It's small, handles excellently, looks cool, and its a friggin BMW.

    Cons: It's small, so all the bigger vehicles driving around are kind of intimidating.  The engine is starting to get a little tired and either needs to be refreshed or swapped with a V12.

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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    Not Bad For My Frist Car! — For a car thats 20 years old, and has 242000 km+ on it, it still drives well. This car still pulls hard and handles well! Its full of gadgets, which is surprising when you consider the age. Its great on gas, and its a joy to drive. Silky smooth straight six, with rear wheel drive. What more could you want?

    Pros: Fast, handles well, fun to drive, looks good, fairly realiable.

    Cons: Brakes are a little weak, can be a handfull in bad weather.

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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    Can You Say "beverly Hills 90125"? — I've had a ton of fun with this ride. 186k miles now and the car drives like a champ.

    Pros: Solid ride, no loose noises for having so many miles.

    Cons: The top is expensive to replace.

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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    What All Small Cars Should Be Like — I've been a fan of the 80's BMW's for a long time. I bought it with a lot of problems and have been slowing fixing it up. The car handles better than a lot of new cars out there and with a few touches here and there the E30 chassis is a stout performer on autocross and track days. The A/C still blows cold and its 20 years old.

    Pros: handling, looks, power

    Cons: need to fix the control arms...

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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    E30: Best Bmw Bargain? — E30s have a well deserved repuatation for longevity and reliability. Engines, eta or i, run 200,000 miles without a rebuild with ease. Transmissions are equally as strong. While the entire range is now 17 years old or more its difficult to find examples that have been maitained properly and are rust free. When cared for these cars are deceptively good all around performers and are reliable too. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as I find E30s quite good looking as they are classic BMW, especially in contrast to today's Bangle designed cars.

    Pros: Low asking prices, excellent build quality, performance, style

    Cons: Parts prices, timing belt replacement needed every 50,000 miles

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325is Review
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    Bmw's Rock — Personally I love this body style and they say it is one of BMW's Best handeling chasies, and they are just fun as hell to drive.

    Pros: Easy as hell to park, quick, and reliable

    Cons: Older cars need work, and just require more attention than new cars

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    Excellent Handling But Avoid Carburetted M10 Engine! — Lovely car and even though auto, using lock-downs the 1.8l M10 4-pot would embarrass most other things off of the line. However, with an inline engine, the float bowl on the carb wold go dry on tight left handers and cause sputtering or even stalls. Recommend the 1.6l injected 316i or (better still) the 6-pot 318i or 320. The 325's motor overpowers the chassis and adds weight it can do without, so save your cash and get a mint 318i instead. And unless you really are a grade A dink, don't reckon you can do better than BMW's engineers in the hnadling and gas flow department cos you can't - leave it alone and spend the cash on things that make a real difference like sorting any emerging rust and replacing the (most likely given the age) clapped out shocks and tired springs with new bilsteins. Do not lower as it sods the handling, whatever the baseball-cap-wearing muppet brigade might believe. Ditto exhausts: replace with new stainless but keep the correct backpressure. Loud cans = bad fuelling = huge loss of hp = embarrising twunterry at the lights when old giffers in Mondeos say tara... Sad. Also, if you're 6'+ it's a bit titchy inside. Compared to later 3-series' it is very cramped aalthough with the drivers seat right back it's acceptable. But then forget about having anyone with legs in the back as not many people have legs <3" diameter! The 2-door is better (a smidge) than the 4 for this as at least the drivers seat goes back further... Still, if you have no mates, or don't care if they stick their legs through the gap between the front seats (I'm not kidding here btw!), it is a great car and if not nawsed up by the body-kit-and-bean-tin brigade, looks excellent.

    Pros: Light, nimble, fun and frugal

    Cons: Bit cramped for tall drivers and passengers can keep knocking the rear-view mirro out of line...

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 320i Review
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    2.0i Straight 6 Rear Wheel Drive....need I Say More — this car is truly amazing, with the silky smooth straight 6 engine and the power steering and remote central locking made this car feel alot newer than a 1988 model, and everything worked!!!! even the electric mirrors and on board computer, build quality was nothing less that amazing and the power from the 130bhp unit was always satisfing.only down side wall no kind of traction control or a.b.s which made this car a very scary drive...especially in the wet

    Pros: good build quality good performance good relibility and good image

    Cons: high serving and running costs, needs traction control

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    1988 BMW 3 Series 325i Review
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    German Engineering At Its Best! Not Pricey At All And Doesn't Have Any Gimmicks. — The E30 3-Series BMW, great cars, not pricey today, and have plenty under the hood. It is the end of the more boxy looking BMW designs which to me look much better than the E36 style that follows it, and it remarkably light for what you are getting. You want a fun car? A car that will stick to the road but has a tail end that is always down to play? This is the car you need then.

    Pros: Quality construction, good amount of torque and horsepower, sexy, pretty cheap right now

    Cons: Twenty year old car, costs a bit more than the Japanese cars to upgrade.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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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