1996 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Great Value...

1996 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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318ti 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By BigMikeyP on


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.

Best Features

Handling and gas milage. I have been able to dodge dangerous items in the middle of my lane at night at very high speeds with ease on numerous occasions.

Worst Features

It's a discontinued model. Grab one if you see it. It's worth the money.
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