by marinerguy on Sep 26, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series 318i 2dr Convertible
I bought the car to replace an 02
altima that had the same number of
miles on it. I've only regretted it
when maintenance work needed to be done
and unless you live in a big city,
being selective about mechanics isn't
easy. The radio reception sucks most of
the time and off the line performance
(automatic) suffers in hilly areas. The
top is manual, so it takes a couple of
minutes to take down, but the worst
part is the clear plastic window.
by Tribefan47 on Apr 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series 318i 2dr Convertible
Purchased this vehicle for top down
springtome fun...it lives up to my
expectations. It could have more power
but looks awesome even standing still.
The E36 body style is still the best
looking 3 series made! My second 96 3
(other was a 328ia). These vehicles
epitomize what BMW should still
be...fun, sporty, stylish cars. The
new BMWs (except the Z) seem to look
like they're built for old people.
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.