by fritz on Nov 9, 2009 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.
by kayandbert on Jun 22, 2007 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.
by templau on Jul 2, 2004 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.
by Moz1Fan on Nov 22, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 318is 2dr Coupe
Though it is used, it is the best car
I've ever driven. Just had it fully
serviced, and to no surprise it has NO
problems.It's never too late to drive
"The Ultimate Driving Machine".
Morrissey drives one of these, what else
can I say.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.