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1997 BMW 3 Series

   
 
BMW 3 Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1997 BMW 3 Series

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  • Pros

    Great steering, top-notch suspension, and nice exterior styling.

  • Cons

    Spartan interior and cramped passenger compartment.

  • What's New for 1997

    Traction control and heated side mirrors are now standard across the line. Additionally, all cars receive minor styling revisions to the…

 
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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (8 total reviews)

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A lot of car for

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe

I own a 1997 BMW 318iS, it's almost identical to an M3 other than the engine which is the reliable M44 4 cyl. A solid car that is nimble and gets 38mpg highway, 24mpg in town, an average of about 30-32mpg. The S version has a lower M3 like sport suspension, wider stance, and mine was ordered with M3 rims which perfectly suit the car without being gawdy. Regular maintenance will give you a reliable smooth ride. Torquey engine redlines quickly with moderate gas but shifter seems longwinded compared to a 1980's Manual. Nice interior, mine has heated seats that warm up quickly in two modes. Multiple cabin vents. May be small for a larger person. I'm 6' tall and fit nicely. Very fun to drive.




Dream car

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe

I waited a long time to own the car of my dreams. Still looks great sitting in my garage. I still get compliments on the car. Very reliable transportation whether to work or traveling the interstate to visit my granddaughters.




Perfect car for teen

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe

The 318is does not have the power of other BMW's, but it has the handling, braking, looks, and feel all BMW's have. I bought it used because the price was good and the miles were low (46,000). At first, I was concerned that maintenance would be high as it typically is for BMW's. However, I use an independent mechanic who has serviced my cars for 13 years, and this car has been a dream. The small engine, manual trans and good handling are a great combination for a new teen driver while also providing some style and "cool". What I didn't expect was how much fun it would be or that my wife and I would fight with our teen over who gets to drive it.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
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  • 29
  • highway
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Full 1997 BMW 3 Series Review

What's New for 1997

Traction control and heated side mirrors are now standard across the line. Additionally, all cars receive minor styling revisions to the grille and rear fascia, as well as in the cockpit.

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gdevinney
gdevinney
03-05-2003
grand more than a 5 like you have comparing the 3 series Sedan/Coupe? It's sure not a successor to the 8 series, as interesting as that car was....


merc1
merc1
08-03-2005
While I've always liked BMWs they have slipped behind Audi in design, imo. My favorites of the past are the original 6-Series Coupe, 1989-1995 5-Series and the 1991-1997 8-Series, which I'm most lik?...


boiade
boiade
01-25-2001
I've owned 3 BMWs for the past 12 years and recently traded in a 97 540I(Auto)with 70,000 miles. Firstly, the 540I is, in my opinion, the finest sedan made.I bought it in July of 1997 using the Euro?...