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Bulletproof
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By Wally R.
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1993 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan


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This is without a doubt the best used car purchase I've ever made. Car had 90K miles on it when purchased and now has 151K miles. Great gas mileage and STILL a blast to drive. Fit & finish still very good; no squeaks or rattles. Not bad for an 11-year-old car driven daily. The M42 engine is practically bulletproof - just change oil every 3K miles and no problems.


Best Features

5-speed manual really makes this car. Leather is outstanding.


Worst Features

None. The best used car I've ever owned.


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absolute maintenance horror story
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By msb
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1993 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan


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This car has been an unmitigated disaster from the time we got it with only 20,000 miles. Although it drives very well, and has a comfortable and solid feel for a smaller car, we have sunk thousands into it for repairs large and larger. The worst was a blown head gasket at 45,000 miles! Unbelievable. Numerous motors and switches have gone out, from the window controllers to wheel bearings...stuff you'd never expect from a car with so few miles, and a BMW to boot.


Best Features

smooth, tight ride. good mileage, decent power (except in elevations). Heat, A/c very powerful, as are headlights.


Worst Features

we strongly feel BMW should issue a recall for head gaskets on the 1.8 liter engine. We heard from the mechanic and other owners that blown head gaskets are quite common for this engine.


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Still a great car
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By kjmac
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1993 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan


Review

Even after 10 years, this car is still fun to drive. The exterior of the car gets a lot of looks, and it has held up very well. The safety and performance of this car make it worth the extra expense of buying and maintaining a BMW.


Best Features

The handling on 2-lane roads it amazing, and passing people while going up hill without downshifting is a powerful feeling.


Worst Features

Little things like cup-holders would be greatly appreciated in this car. The considerable loss of power while the AC is running and the slow speed of the windshield wipers are frustrating. Don't even think about doing much in the snow in this rear wheel drive.


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