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1998 BMW 3 Series 318i Sedan RWDReview
Danielle writes:
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Grrrrrrrrr — I absolutely love my baby. When I park her up and start to walk away, I have to look back at her and can't help but grin from ear to ear!

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1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Sedan RWDReview
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An Incredible Machine —

I have owned an alpine white on beige E36 328i since September 2009. This car is nothing short of spectacular in almost every conceivable way. This is a very fun car to drive and I can't help but smile sometimes wh I juen driving. The handling is razor precise and the steering feedback is amazing to the point of being telepathic. Ultimately, this car is made for the highway where it's power truly comes alive. The ease of passing makes it seem like the other cars aren't even moving, the rev-happy inline six humming away, the exhilaration of feeling one with the road and car seem to come together to create something that is truly unique. However, it isn't all peaches and cream. If you buy this car expecting carefree Toyota-like maintenance and think it's German and not going to break you are very wrong. This is a very needy vehicle maintenance-wise- especially since the newest E36 non-M sedan models are now 15 years old in 2013. This is a car that requires PREVENTATIVE maintenance. You need to KNOW and UNDERSTAND this car in order for it to not drive you insane, which if you don't attend to its needs is the ONLY place it will be driving you. None of that matters though when everything is squared away. Every time I get in the car to go somewherest want to keep driving until I run out of roads.

Pros: Incredible handling and steering feel, fun to drive, still a head turner 15 years later

Cons: Costly to maintain if not mechanically skilled, some aspects of the car are of questionable quality/durability, cooling system prone to failure

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1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Sedan RWDReview
minnesotanate writes:
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Fast, Nimble, Sleek, Overengineered. Luxurious, Reliable. Ultimate Machine. — Drives like a dream, power and handling like no other car. every part appears to be built to milityary grade durability specifications. Apples and Oranges above the so called competitors. Agreed to be one of the longest lasting best buys of all time. The '98 is the peak of the 3rd Generation of the BMW 3 Series, and the final year of the "E36" in the 4 door category. A true pleasureto look at and to own and to drive, built to last a lifetime if not abused too hard. I believe the '98 328i with all the options and the sport package is the Ultimate Machine.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Has always started and ran just like it was new. Handles better and rides smoother than even new audis and the reliabliity and comfort put mercedes to shame. Satey features, from top notch emergency handling, to side impact air bags and elecctronic traction control that actually works really well on ice, snow and gravel. Quiet ride, fun exhilarating drive due to responsive throttle and powerful L6 E36 Engine. Everything is over engineered and so durable. car NEVER needs servicing except routine maintenance . best Car I;ve ever owned, it'd be worth all the trouble in the world but it has never given me any trouble at all.

Cons: The Air Filters have problems on this model year, but if you have a K&N cold air intake it fixes this and improves power greatly. Price is a bit steep but worth it. The built in computers on these can produce false alarms about needing to check the brakes, and re-programming the computers is impossible without paying the BMW Dealership quite a bit to look at. but the brakes NEVER have issues anyway, with such large rotors and strong calipers.

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1998 BMW 3 Series 318i Sedan RWDReview
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It´s Only 1.8i, But I Think E36 Is The Nicest Combi In The World... — Performance - weak acceleration, good braking, good handling Build quality - very good Appearance - very good Cost od ownership - it only needs the necessary costs Fun factor - this car is better for normal drive, but in winter, it can drift ;-) E36 is the nicest combi in the world...

Pros: Fun at every driving...

Cons: Only 1.8i :-(

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1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD Review
Michael says:
vs1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD
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Front Seats Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"heated leather all way power"
Would Buy Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"Bigger engine"
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Sedan RWD Review
morronga says:
vs1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD
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Back Seats Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"beautiful"
Family Car Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"convertible"
1998 BMW 3 Series 323is Coupe RWD Review
Fly_Boy says:
It is a well balanced car. It tracks in turns where it belongs on the direction of the turn. It is easy to work on. It has an older 5 sp automatic without a computerized shift body. The back seat folds down for a long storage trunk space. It is truly a personal driving machine. The down side my wife was drag racing a Corvette and broke a rear axle. It took only about 20 minutes to get the old one out but I could not buy a new one any where including BMW. I had to make a new one. That was 3 years ago and I am still driving it.
vs2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWD
1998 BMW 3 Series 323is Coupe RWD winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWD worse.
"It runs flat through the high speed turns where the 530 even with up graded suspention has a tendency to push in the front end because of its tendency to lean into the turns. The 530 is more likely to drift through a high speed power corner. The 3is will just take the tight turn and drive through it."
Looks/Style Ranked 2001 BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan RWD worse.
"It looks more sporty with the longer front end and short trunk lid. The roof line is in a narrow profile to the length of the body."
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1998 BMW 3 Series 323i Convertible RWD Review
Michael says:
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Front Seats Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"heated leather all way power"
Would Buy Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"Bigger engine"
1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD Review
morronga says:
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Back Seats Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"beautiful"
Family Car Ranked 1998 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD better.
"convertible"

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