1997 BMW 3 Series User Reviews

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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    55

    Nice One — just hate it is manual.... cars should be!!! on the other hand it is good in terms of stability i drove it with 220km/hr and it still could go :)) how ever it is little old and u have to pay!!!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: acceleration

    Cons: cost

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    35

    Bmw 318ti — Engine is weak and the transmission needs a extra gear for highway speeds. It costs a little bit more than average to own and it has problems that are very uncommon. Aesthetically the car looks amazing, interior was shoddy built and the lack of accessory's was dissapointing.

    Pros: Looks

    Cons: Engine, transmission, ac cooler

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    1997 BMW 3 Series Review
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    328i Coupe — feels a quality car great engines,comfy and easy to drive ive had sports cars before but none have had the feel of a bmw.my wife finds it easy to drive both around town and on long journeys,would def buy another

    Pros: feel,power quality

    Cons: running costs

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    1997 BMW 3 Series Review
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    '97 Bmw 318ti Sport — Car is a '97 318ti Sport 5-speed (2-door hatchback) Bought this car used about one year ago with 178,000 miles. Previous owner took great care of the car. Maintenance has been very inexpensive, and can be if you avoid the dealership. Performance is about what you'd expect from a 4-cylinder, however it's a little enhanced thanks to the lower weight of the car compared with the coupe/sedan. Handling is outstanding, at least compared to my previous cars. Quality - overall pretty good. The window regulators have been an issue, but that's common with the E36 (and other German cars I hear). Interior materials could be better, but this was basically their entry model, so BMW saved money wherever they could. Overall I'd give it an A- Appearance - I love it. I've always loved the boxy shape of the E36, whether it was the sedan, coupe, or hatchback. I've surprised numerous people when telling them what year the car is when they've asked. Straight-on shot of the rear isn't the greatest, but overall I like the car, and always have, even before I owned it. CoO - Not very much. Again, if you find an independant shop of do some work yourself, maintenance costs are minimal. Take it to the dealer and you'll pay ($120/hr labor at my local dealer). Mileage is fantastic, 27-30mpg in the city, 31-35 on the highway. And being a 4-cylinder, it doesn't require Premium gas, only 89 octane minimum. So where there's only 87 & 91 octane you'll have to spring for premium, but in most parts of the US you can get by with midgrade. Fun - Tremendous. I've never had this much fun with a car I owned (granted my previous car's weren't the greatest). Took a trip to the Denver/Boulder area shortly after getting the car and had a blast in the mountains. Left the car in 2nd & 3rd gear while doing some mountain driving, reaching speeds close to 60mph, and still averaged 35mpg. The car handles incredibly, and I can't wait to get my summer tires (Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R's) on. Overall - Wonderful car. A tremendous buy if you can find a decent one cheaply. Hatchbacks have never been popular in the US, and neither have 4-cylinder BMW's, but when you combine the two it's wonderful. Add in the fact that you can easily swap in a 6-cylinder (including the S50/52 from the M3) and you have a terrific car for the cost.

    Pros: handling, gas mileage, overall performance

    Cons: window regulators, dealer costs for maintenance, unloved by the general BMW community (4-cylinder; hatchback)

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 318i Review
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    Bmw 318ti — Performance- Pretty quick, but lacks the power of other BMW's being a 4 potter. Handles like a dream! Build quality- Great quality, very solid. Appearance- Pretty nice looking. Cost of Ownership- Gas mileage is AMAZING I get 33+ miles per gallon depending on how fast i'm going. Fun factor- Sooooo much fun to drive on winding roads. Handles great, but as I already said could use some more power-- DASC or S52 swap would be great.

    Pros: Handling and gas mileage

    Cons: Needs more power

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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    Personally Love This Car — Loved this car for the few years I drove it. Always handled well in dry and wet weather. Turning traction control system off allowed for more fun driving. Back seat space is kinda tight, friends never wanted to pile up in this thing.

    Pros: Reasonable horsepower, handles great

    Cons: Small, leather wears badly

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    1997 BMW 3 Series Review
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    Bmw E36 — The acceleration is quiet good for an 1,6 engine. He has good brakes althought i need to fix the handbrake a little. The interior and the exterior are in a good shape. It also has a low gas mileage and low maintenance.

    Pros: The handling

    Cons: It's only 1,6

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328is Review
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    My 97 328is — I've had very few issues with this car, and it's lived a hard life. Out of the box the 328's aren't bad at all, but with a few key mods it totally transforms the car. I have yet to drive the car through a winter, so it's still in amazing shape, no rust at all. Surprising even with the engine and driveline modifications I am able to still get about 700km (435mi) out of a tank. I've had to replace very few parts due to maintenance, and I'm sure I only had to replace them due the track use.

    Pros: Fun to drive, huge aftermarket available, used parts are everywhere.

    Cons: Could be quicker, can't fit wider tires than 245 easily.

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328i Review
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    328i Review — Performance - great pickup and killer torque! Build Quality - second to hmm ferrari! Appearance - classy yet doesn't stick out amongst the crowd Fun Factor - fun to drive and corners on rails Cost of Ownership - keep the maintenance up and it'll last forever all in all its a great car as a daily driver and in 3 years will be my track car once its fully built up.

    Pros: inline 6 baby

    Cons: no rear seat room

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    1997 BMW 3 Series Review
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    Bimmer — Performance- Nice acceleration for a 1,6l but theres some stuff coming to the engine room XD Got new Greenstuff streetracing pads and KW suspension with Sparco front and rear crossbars. Interior is going to be awesome with lots of leather!!! It´s fun to drive but needs a lot of work...

    Pros: It´s just cool...

    Cons: It´s expensive to build...

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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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