1996 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 318ti Review
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    65

    Stylish, Sporty Alternative To A Honda Civic. — Sporty but not too fast economical but stylish car suited well for city and highway driving. An excellent commuter with 25+ combined MPGs. With a 4-cyl, this car wasn't too big a hit on insurance either. Bluebook way undervalues them though.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: This car easily swallowed any cargo I could throw at it - the hatchback was an amazing plus.  The stick-shift and RWD made it fun to drive in every condition except snow and ice.

    Cons: Lousy traction in snow.  BMW expense for parts and maintenance.  I hated the BMW maintenance lights and lack of a set maintenance schedule from manufacturer.  There were a few issues I encountered with build quality for interior components. Otherwise, it was generally reliable car.

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertble Review
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    75

    Bmw 328is — Car has great performance, braking and handeling are outstanding, love the interior and exterior styling, other than regular maintenance no major repairs. Has to be one of the most fun cars I have driven to date, very comfortable and smoothe even at high speeds it feels so stable and effortless to drive.

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

    Pros: styling, fun to drive, great acceleration, braking, handling

    Cons: Only thing I dont like are the tail light bulb sockets

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    55

    Need For Fun ! — Handling is good, but the performance is adequate. Maybe I should change more powerful engine (for example M3 Engine). Beautiful sounds. I love to feel wind blowing into my face. Good car for the summer fun. This car has style. It makes me young again :)

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

    Pros: I love it.

    Cons: Too many kilometers behind.

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    Works Prefectly For What I Need — I wish it had a little more get up and go, but over all i really enjoy this car. I really like the shape of the car, and the extra wide tires make it stand out from the other BMWs around here.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: handling is great

    Cons: slow off the line

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    A Great Alternative To The More Expensive To Run And Harder To Drive M3 — Great car, but if buying one be careful of manual gearboxes. Check for rattle when in neutral then clutch in. If there is a rattle on neutral which goes when the clutch is pressed walk away! Great fun to drive, good acceration, brakes and handles great. Standard one looks tame but sport model is best!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It handles like a dream once you are used to it

    Cons: The low beams are terrible for country roads

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    If You Take Good Care Of It, Mmm It Will Be Ok. — mmmmmm,,,, it nice car not lokking sexy anymore yet it was very nice if we see it before 10 years. i got this car for very good price its fun to drive, like a toy, easy handling, not much power since its a V4 , but the nice thing about mine is that it got a manuel gear box, which gives it the advantage to play with it all the time,, my advice is : DO NOT DRIVE IT WHEN ITS RAINING!!

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

    Pros: good car

    Cons: not much power

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    1996 Bmw 3 Series 318i — Performance: Strong. Felt more powerful than it is. Strong Mid range too. Brakes Good. Handles well. Bulid Quality: Good, as expected Appearance: Previous owner subtly modified it very nicely. Look great. Cost of Ownership: Can get 46MPG which is very good for what it is. Cheap insurance Fun Factor: Great fun, probably the best BMW 3 Series I have had

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

    Pros: Good Driving Position, good looking with the Mods, good sound, good image

    Cons: Common, many haven't been maintained well and have mega miles

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertble Review
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    1996 Bmw 3 Series 328i — Peformance: Acceleration is good, only a 2.0 but 6 Cyl makes it torquier. Brakes are great, handles as well as the Coupe/Saloon. Build Quality: As always with BMW, good. Appearence: Lovely condition, estate model much rarer than the others. Also had the Rare half leather sports interior which looked great. Cost of Ownership: Just about noticably thirstier than the 4Cyl, but nothing shocking. Fun Factor: Great fun to drive

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

    Pros: Good on Fuel, Rareish, sporty

    Cons: Estate isn't as practical than you would think. More of a Sports Estate

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    1996 Bmw 3 Series 318i — Performance: 1.8 16V (318is Coupe) isn't very powerfull, but is plenty fast enough. Brakes Strong, handles very well. Feels much lower and stiffer than the saloon. Build Quality: Good, as usual, one of the windows has fallen off its runner. Appearence: Very nice, I love the pillarless doors and M3 Replica Alloys Cost of Ownership: 46MPG on a run (supposedly) so good MPG and cheap to insure being only a 1.8 Fun Factor: Great fun to drive

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

    Pros: Economical, Reliable, Sporty, Good Drive

    Cons: Most have been ragged and neglected, common

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    1996 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    Buy One For Your Wife Or Kids — Great little car, 200,000 mile and still a fun car. stuff a M3 engine in it and look out EVERYONE! 4 cylinder is dependable and fun but needs more power for aggressive adrenaline junkies. Great car for kids. 30 mpg and like a go-cart.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: reliable, cheap, fun, mpg

    Cons: low on power for racers and ......

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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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