Love it, fun car.
I bought it when the 318 was 9yrs old. It still runs good. I can feel I drive it by my thinking. But after 200000kms, sometime light has little problem, the roof was down. I sold it at 230000kms. miss my bmw 318 so much. Will buy an new one when I afford it
1996 BMW 323i
Bought it off an 87 year old guy who really did not look after it beyond servicing the motor. It was a one owner. Car was that dark BMW green colour with an ugly brown leather interior. 1996 model. Very fast car, 2.5 litre motor. Inside looks like the interior of a 747 plane but interior on this one was really quite stuffed. Sagging roof, torn leather seats, worn steering wheel and shifter. But to be fair, the old bloke probably never cleaned the inside of the car. But for a one-owner car I would have expected the interior to be in a lot better...condition than it was. I see people on Gumtree trying to sell these for $4000-5000. That's a total joke. You should not have to pay more than $1500 for one of these. They are nearly 20 years old now after all. Very fast car. Great handling, soft ride. Styling very bland and tacky, noisy engine (normal).
Best car I had ever owned
My mother bought this car brand new, a 1993 model, I purchased it from her when I turned 18 and it proved completely reliable for 21 years. All parts and repairs are completely affordable and realistic if you can do things yourself, but we never had a single problem at 320,000 ks, no engine issues, no transmission issues.
With cars like this, they must be maintained well, an oil change is the most important thing you can do for a car, and if you buy second hand, try buying from a reputable owner. These cars were designed great, care for it and it will care for you.
A little underpowered
Bought a 1993 model 318i BMW earlier this year (2010). It seemed ok when I test-drove it. But I regret buying it after having to fix a few parts on in (from normal wear and tear). Parts cost 4 or 5 times (or more) than other cars types. All the electric gadgets are starting to fail and the airconditioner doesn't work any more. In its hey-day it would have been a nice car to drive for sure. But I think these are a bit too old now. Also if you're after fuel economy and a car that's economical to run in general... avoid buying this car.
Sturdy car. Handles well on turns/unsteady conditions. Electric options. Sunroof.
Parts are way too expensive. More likely to have maintenance problems with these older models. Too sluggish. Bad fuel economy.
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