1996 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: BMW 318IS - The Ultimate Drivi
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1996 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

1996 BMW 3 Series

Average Consumer Rating

60 Total Reviews

318is Coupe (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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BMW 318IS - The Ultimate Driving Machine
By C. Keith on

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.

Best Features

Tight five-speed manual shifter pattern.
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