Excellent balance of performance and economy. A lot quicker than the numbers suggest - because of the 4.10 diff and close ratio gearbox, 3rd and 4th gear acceleration is very good. I also get an average of 30mpg (25 town, 35 motorway). Don't shoot me m3 boys, but the 318iS is the best handling e36 you can get; it comes with proper ///M suspension, but with a lot less weight up front and the whole engine is set behind the front axle, giving excellent turn-in and balance.
by bimmerpilot on Jan 7, 2007 Vehicle: 1993 BMW 3 Series
Got this fifth BMW used with 98k on it, had the obvious mechanical faults repaired but NOT the radiator, which I learned has an estimated life of 90k miles. Big, costly mistake! In spite of this, I rate this BMW second best out of five. If you maintain the car, it will give good service. Of all the 12 or so cars I have owned, BMWs have been the most satisfying to own & drive. I rate it above Mercedes for a driver's car; highway performance is great, handling can't be beat by any car that I can afford. It's not perfect, but what is? If you do the required maintenance ($$$) it won't let you down, plus it's great fun to drive. The 3 series is easy to park and has good performance and comfort.
by Bimmer on Jul 29, 2005 Vehicle: 1993 BMW 3 Series
Bought this car with high expectations and boy they were exceeded! I love this car, very quick acceleration, great handling, and still pretty comfortable. As long as you maintain BMW's they will treat you well.
by Amanda on Apr 9, 2005 Vehicle: 1993 BMW 3 Series
I have recently bought a 318is and I love it! The previous owner had taken very good care of it and it is now in almost perfect condition. I love that I can afford such an accommodating car and that I'm driving a BMW at 18 years old. I am a car lover and I will probably never sell this car because of how happy I am with it.
by Mojo2093 on Jul 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1993 BMW 3 Series
Very reliable car with a nice exterior
design and simple well thought out
interior, but the plastic materials
have broken down over the years. The
performance of the engine is
definitely lacking and the
displacement should have been upped to
a 2.0 with around 160 hp. The driving
ability however is excellent along
with the 4 wheel disc brakes. All in
all the 318is is a very good car and
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