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Genuinely fun but not for everyone
By Michael on
1996 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe
BMWs have the reputation of being a car for those to whom driving is more than just getting from point A to point B and this car shows why. It's sophisticated fun especially with a five speed and good tires. Turns everyday boring drives into something to be enjoyed. However on an older car like this you better know how to work on it yourself or know a good independent mechanic who can. A dealer can be really expensive. It's just the price you pay for owning an out of warranty performance car. If you want basic transportation with minimum $$ for maintenance better find something more reliable.
Really shows its stuff on curvey back roads especially with high performance tires. Torquey engine gets 30+ MPG. Brakes are superb. Lots of aftermarket equipment available. Plenty of help available on line from fellow enthusiasts.
Needs warning label stating "Caution this car tends to incite Mario Andretti like behavior."