Ups at downs at 215k miles
By gpelite on
1992 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan
Bought this second or third hand from a guy who blew the head gasket. I was pissed, but 2600 for a gasket vs 1200 for a new engine package, I swapped engines. Parts are cheap for this car folks, if you are handy you can conquer this one. FYI the broken gasket engine was because he overheated it by not changing the water pump at regular guidelines.
You need to do matinence on the car, just regular stuff, she will run forever. Ive only replaced water pump and alternator at regular intervals once... so this car has been beaten bad. Ive also done suspension parts, small stabilizers and struts, routine. I kill this thing all over the USA and she is a trooper... Im impressed.
Easy to work on, cheap parts for DIY, lots of upgrades out there for it, reliable as all heck... she will be a champ for you. I towed a trailer with the optional kit across the usa 2000 miles with this baby... totally not what you want to do but she was gold.
Get some cold air kits and keep your O2 and oxygen sensor in line. I get 23 mpg average by doing this. Interior falls apart due to known glue defects in panels... so I bought M3 panels, they are higher quality. Needs cup holder. Heated seats are 2/10 at best. AC is weak 5/10 , heat is good.