by BigMikeyP on May 8, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series 318ti 2dr Hatchback
This is possibly the most reliable car made in the last 20 years. Mine has 193K miles and has yet to have any major mechanical problems. It has never broken down and I don't detect a drop in performance. Its not a great long distance car as it can ride a little stiff. The other problem is noise at 70+ mph. It can also get lite in the rain, especially at high speeds. Interestingly enough, it seems unstable at 70mph (dry road) but sits down nicely and rides beautifully at 85+mph. Clearly a car built for the autobon. My parting though is that I love this car and intend to drive it for another 60+K miles.
by So Cal driver on Aug 3, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series 318ti 2dr Hatchback
I've had my 318ti for 6 years and it
was the best purchase. It's 8 years
old now and has 104,000 miles and is
still going strong. It is mechanically
sound and I haven't had any problems,
just regular maintenance. The biggest
thing to go was the fuel pump (not bad
@ 98K miles). I've taken many road
trips (thanks to all the room available
when the back seats are folded down)
and have driven on many upaved roads
and it handled well.
by diva_delite on Mar 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series 318ti 2dr Hatchback
Fun Fun Fun....when I drive something
else it feels very clumsy... this car
has spoiled me! Car is 8 years old, I
have owned it for five years and have
had to do only normal wear and tear
repairs and maintenance. Very zippy,
great gas mileage. Back seat is a
little small (can't fit a baby seat or
large/tall adults) but the hatch back
and folding seats provide lots of
cargo space when needed! I don't
think I will ever part with this car!
BMW's highly acclaimed 3 Series receives new engines across the board. The six-cylinder models drop the 325 designation for 328, thanks to a new 2.8-liter inline six. While the new six offers a negligible gain in horsepower (now 190), acceleration is significantly improved by a 14 percent increase in torque (now up to 207). To go along with the heartier engine, 328 models get vented rear disc brakes to minimize brake fade. The 318 models keep the 318 name despite an increase in engine displacement to 1.9 liters, which yields a slight increase in torque. Automatic climate control is standard across the line, except in the 318ti, and upgraded sound systems are optional on all models.