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Soooo fun to drive! Even with 200,000mi!
By 328i96 on 03/17/13 17:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible

Review

This car has by far been the most reliable car I've ever owned. I previously had a '94 325is and a '95 Mercedes Benz c280. The car is alot like my 325is but It has more options and It just looks much better. I have driven this car from DC to NYC many times without issues. The only problems that I've had so far is that the driver electronic seat backrest tilt doesn't function anymore. It just needs a new plastic gear for the seat motor. Another thing is that Over the years the black leather has become severely dried out because of the sun. These minor things dont bother me much. I just love the way the car handles and the looks I get from people when I drive around town.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Excellent car
By rhodesej2 on 09/03/12 19:03 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

When we bought our 328i it had approx 82k miles on it, it now has 150k. In that time we have had to replace the radiator and water pump. At 150k it drives like it just came off the showroom floor. We are very pleased with it. My wife is the primary driver and we are now considering buying a 2001 5 series. The paint is cracking in some places also the ignition switch has presented some problems which was an inconvenience to have repaired. All in all it is an excellent vehicle.
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not the greatest
By breezibre on 02/22/12 00:11 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

We got this car in 2008 with 199000 miles it lasted 4 weeks before the check engine light was on. we paid $1700 in repairs just to have the light come on again 5 wks later. we finally donated it in summer 2010 after pouring $7000 into it and still couldnt pass smog. atleast we got to claim it on our taxes right? lol
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
295k
By mbj5 on 01/06/12 16:39 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe

Review

I bought this car 6 years ago with 187k on it. I was a poor college kid at the time and it was a relatively inexpensive car. Well the past 3 years I have driven the heck out of it. An hour commute on the backroads of PA (terrible roads), and an hour commute on highways of MD. I've put 100k on it in those 3 years. I have had to replace a lower control arm, and the heater control unit, so about $500 in parts. The speakers have blown and the radio backlight doesn't show up too well. I nearly get 40 mpg and hammer it on the backroads and never ride slower than 80 mph. Great car! I would love another one.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Amazing car
By bmw_fanatic on 02/19/11 07:41 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

This car is absolutely amazing. I've owned this car since 90,000 miles and have used it as a daily commuter, ALL seasons. It has 260,000+ miles on it now and it still runs great. This interior is in great condition and the leather looks amazing and won't just deteriorate on you. The exterior is still in good shape, although rust is beginning to start under the doors. The engine ticks a little bit now as well. Besides that the engine still roars like she's new and I couldn't be happier with this vehicle.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Dissappointed
By yorgi on 07/30/10 16:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought the car from a carpool co- worker with 97,000 mi. The car was in excellent condition and garage kept. The radio failed on me, the rear differential had a slow leak, the air conditioning dash unit had to be replaced. I also took excellent care of the vehicle expecting to easily get 180k mi or more. At 156k it just overheated on me, and needed head gasket repair $1800. Two mechanics have told me when this happens on my model usually the head unit also needs replaced $1K, and typically the cylinder cracks, coolant gels, water pump an issue. The BMW mechanic said I was better off to replace the engine $6K if I keep it. Now looking for salvage value after several years of pristine care. :(
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BMW 318IS - The Ultimate Driving Machine
By C. Keith on 12/11/09 08:29 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe

Review

With beautiful interior/exterior appearances, this little 1900 cc driven head turner has surprising acceleration and superlative handling prowess. With 315K mileage, my service mechanic always says, "You can't kill these engines," every time I stop by for routine maintenance or inspections. Problem is, however, there have been numerous factory recalls for faulty emission components that have finally caught up to ruin my wistful experiences with this rig. Two (2) bad air sensors and a dysfunctional cam sensor have now put my beamer permanently confined to my driveway, because to repair these at a dealer would cost more than the car is worth unencumbered by these maladies. Dream over.
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Grear car
By Bmw owner on 09/14/09 07:33 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan

Review

Owned the car for 3 yrs and at 160000 miles now. Has to be one of the most reliable cars ever made. If I could I would buy a new 1996 328 right now.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
SOOO expensive to repair
By Heather on 02/15/09 07:38 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible

Review

The head gasket is a major issue... YIKES. The engine components are made up of lots of plastic. I have had lots of electrical issues and the convertible top gets stuck sometimes. The top is leaking and caused mold damage to my back seats.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
BMW 328 IC Convertible
By Gene on 06/11/08 17:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible

Review

I traded a Dodge Ram Diesel with problems for this vehicle. I have had a few problems. Radio display dim, climate control not working, and fast wear of pulleys and bearings. Overall a very good car and would recommend to anyone looking for a good used vehicle.
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