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    1997 BMW 3 Series 318iReview
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    Bmw 318is Mtec — BMW 318is MTEC edition, full MTEC bodykit, Big brake conversion, tinted windows, half leather, show condition

    Pros: Looks like am M3

    Cons: Its only a 1.9 so a bit underpowered

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328isReview
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    Fantastic — better road handling,comfort and equipement than the e30 but not as good looking as the e30

    Pros: fast,reliable,comfortable,tyre shredding and very good looking

    Cons: heavy on fuel

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    Bloody Nice Car — 1.8, 19" oz wheels, 60mm drop scorpian back box, leather interior, m3 rear lights,angle front lights, and an electric hood. this was alovely car to drive but was a bit slow, got used to the faster cars i had, but overall was relible and clean.

    Pros: perfect for posing around town in

    Cons: all noise and not alot of go.

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 318tiReview
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    The True Spiritual Successor To The Bmw 2002tii —

    Fans of the BBC's Dr.Who know that his preferred method of transportation - The Tardis - is much bigger on the inside than its exterior dimensions would suggest. Much the same is true of the BMW 318ti E36 Compact. Imported to The States for model years 1995 through 1999, this ' entry level ' 3 Series at first appears like they lopped off the trunk of a Coupe or Sedan but in reality - ithe 318ti has more interior room, more rear leg room and more headroom than either the E36 coupe or the sedan. On top of that you get the utility of a mini SUV hatchback. With the wheels pushed to with a foot of all four corners, the handling is superb in an almost go-kart fashion - and it drives very similar to the legendary 2002tii, last seen in the USA in 1974. The M-Sport was the top of the line variation, with special paint colors ( Alaska Blue Metallic among them ), sport suspension, larger 15" light alloy wheels, ASC, leather sport seats with cloth inserts, electric sunroof, special side trim and M3 front/rear/side fascia. With a base price $5000 less than the 318i 2 and 4 door offerings ( and that was a whopping 20% back then ), this little gem outhandled them both and provided better interior comfort and utility to boot!..... Thinking Of Buying a 318ti?....here are the problem areas to look for.... 1. The door panels and front side windows are enormous and specific to this car. To make matters worse, the door clips that hold the panels on the car - 10 Numbered and individual different clips for each door - are no longer made by BMW. 2. The windows come off-track because they are so large and heavy....check the regulators and glide brackets. 3. The exterior door handle seals rot and decay easily.... 4. The lower seal for the front windshield is part of the cowl vents that surround the wiper arms - and these are always deteriorated allowing water and debris to invade the electronics. 5. The exterior horizontal window wipe seal on each door is usually long past useful, allowing water into the doors... 6. The fog lights are precarious close to the ground...and curbs...and the bumper corners. If they survived intact they are likely clouded over. Find a rust free example with all the above issues properly addressed, and you've really got something to have fun with.....

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

    Pros: Excellent styling, ride, interior room, build quality and just plain fun to drive.

    Cons: Who doesn't want more power - but this little inline 1.9 4 cylinder pumps out nearly 140hp and returns a solid 30 mpg.....

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328icReview
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    Lloovvee It ! — Beauty, Power, Stile, Reliability, all together. Having rear wheel drive makes a big difference compared to the Audy Cabrios, and with a standard shift transmission, you just have a more fulfilling experience......My car has just 34.000 miles on it !!

    Pros: Inspiring !

    Cons: Nada !

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 318tiReview
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    The 318ti: The Spirit Of The 2002tii In A Hatchback! —

    I worked for BMW during the '95-'99 period that the 318ti was imported as the "entry level" offering. The base MSRP was a mere $19,900 with a fuly optioned M-Sport version going for just under $25k. Unlike today, hatchbacks were not so popular in the US then - and BMW stopped importing after 4 years - yet had great success with it worldwide for years more. This M Sport version in rare Alaska Blue - my newest restoration project - features larger light alloy wheels, M side skirts and front and rear M fascia, heated leather sport seats and sunroof. Having owned a 1974 BMW 2002tii, I can attest that the car drives VERY similarly in handling and acceleration. The front sport seats are great; the back seating area is almost enormous; The utility of the rear hatch and fold-down seats transform the car into a mini SUV when needed. Things to look for: The extra-long doors of the 318ti are specific to the car, and are adhered with 10 ALL DIFFERENT NUMBERED clips - which BMW no longer makes - so make sure the panels are tight on the doors. Many owners have resorted to using screws....Also - the length of the side windows often cause them to come off the window tracks - a easy fix but annoying just the same. Overall this is a fantastic fun unusual little car that you hardly ever see. Highly recommend them. If you miss the good old days of tossable, light, agile and simple BMWS, consider the 318ti Compact. Prices are very low but starting to appreciate. Don't be concerned so much with mileage as with maintenance records - these 1.8 engines will go 300k.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: The diminutive e36 318ti Compact is a blast to drive - it handles and feels very similar to the 2002tii

    Cons: Some parts are specific to this car as the doors and dash were different from the rest of the e36 line. Windows like to come out of tracks; Door panels have 10 clips that are no longer made by BMW.

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328iReview
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    I Love It Looks Awesome With 17" Mv2 Alloys An Full M-tec Kit — bmw 328i in silver on an R plate looking forward to getting some driving down an see wat this baby can do, as an upgrade from my ole 320i is no longer running after my crash last year, which was a great drive an covered many miles with no problems atall

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

    Pros: i own it

    Cons: took too long to get

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    A Great Everyday Car From The Creators Of The Ultimate Driving Machines. — Fun Factor - is this car fun to drive? - Yes it is, though I am a BMW fan. So my argument is not objective... But it's like a basic car but just better, done with care, soul and expertise. A car made for driving, made for the driver, not the people who just want 4 wheels and plastic cupholders for the family of 7. It's made to people who want to enjoy driving, not everything else during driving. Sorry for my english, had to use dictionary a little.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It's like a reliable pet <3

    Cons: I hate to fear that somebody does a damage to it, e.g. in parking lot with their doors, or just vandalism. The car has no cons.

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328icReview
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    German Power - 'nuff Said — Performance is great as long as your not looking for economy. Getting a little expensive now with the fuel prices going up. I can vouch for the 0-60 time of 7.2sec and I can vouch for the 147mph top speed BMW claim. Its a 3-series coupe, so what more do ya need to say bout how it looks, it has the M3 alloys and soon enough will have the front and rear bumpers to match. Insurance is good for me, and the joy of driving is great! Gotta love rear wheel drive, specially with the winter we've just had :D

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: the joy of driving it everyday

    Cons: cost to drive it

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    1997 BMW 3 Series 328icReview
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    Bmw E36 — Great acceleration experience thanks to VANOS, the brakes bite strong, handling is superb with the M-Sport suspension. The design is timeless and maintenance costs are normal if you know what you are doing! It is an ideal car for long road trips, hillclimbing with lots of corners, anything that is fun really.

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

    Pros: Performance, design, style.

    Cons: With automatic transmission it is a bit heavy...

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    2015 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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    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

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    2014 BMW 3 Series Reviews

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    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

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    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

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