I have owned the car since 1998 and it has never left me stranded, gets 36 mpg and handles as good as cars that cost 5 times as much! To sum it up, the car is worth much more than you end up paying for one.
Handling is controlled and precise, brakes have great stopping power, and the mpg is always a plus.
Better more durable material for some of the exterior trim, clear paint protection for the front and lower parts of the paintwork.
Bought this car at age 21 and drove it very hard. Original clutch lasted until 155k. No other problems other than typical wear and tear. Performed very well for a 1.8 litre. Drove a friends 325is with 100k less miles and the 318is is just as quick as long as you keep the RPM's up (the 325is did have a greater powerband). Comfy car, fun to drive, not the best in snow but made it through 4 winters with heavy snow never going into the ditch. 190k on it now and still getting average of 27.5 MPG driving in rush hour traffic. Engine is a little tired now but it still runs very well. Overall great car.
Emergency toolbox in trunk, ease of using emergency jack to raise vehicle. Air sealing windows. Tight handling. German engineering.
These cars are ticking time bombs.
Watch out!!!! I've owned mine for
less than a year and has cost me $2000
in parts alone with me doing all of
the repairs myself and has been off
the road for 4 months. I checked the
car over with a fine tooth comb before
buying and still have the problems. I
should've boughten a Chevy!!!