by 328i96 on Mar 17, 2013 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
This car has by far been the most reliable car I've ever owned. I previously had a '94 325is and a '95 Mercedes Benz c280. The car is alot like my 325is but It has more options and It just looks much better. I have driven this car from DC to NYC many times without issues. The only problems that I've had so far is that the driver electronic seat backrest tilt doesn't function anymore. It just needs a new plastic gear for the seat motor. Another thing is that Over the years the black leather has become severely dried out because of the sun. These minor things dont bother me much. I just love the way the car handles and the looks I get from people when I drive around town.
by Heather on Feb 15, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
The head gasket is a major issue... YIKES. The engine components are made up of lots of plastic. I have had lots of electrical issues and the convertible top gets stuck sometimes. The top is leaking and caused mold damage to my back seats.
by Gene on Jun 11, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
I traded a Dodge Ram Diesel with problems for this vehicle. I have had a few problems. Radio display dim, climate control not working, and fast wear of pulleys and bearings. Overall a very good car and would recommend to anyone looking for a good used vehicle.
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy this car. I have never owned anything close to this car before. I have driven many north american and a few european models and this car's driving experience exceeded all of those and my expectations. The engine is silky smooth right to the redline and puts out plenty of go. Although the auto transmission may not provide as much pure joy as the stick, the manual shift option comes close. The suspension is pure genius. Never too harsh, it provides a stable, confidence inspiring platform at any speed or road condition. Drop the top, and this little white car goes from attractive to gorgeous. Every time I drive it, I can't stop smiling.
by marinerguy on Sep 26, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
I bought the car to replace an 02
altima that had the same number of
miles on it. I've only regretted it
when maintenance work needed to be done
and unless you live in a big city,
being selective about mechanics isn't
easy. The radio reception sucks most of
the time and off the line performance
(automatic) suffers in hilly areas. The
top is manual, so it takes a couple of
minutes to take down, but the worst
part is the clear plastic window.
by Tribefan47 on Apr 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
Purchased this vehicle for top down
springtome fun...it lives up to my
expectations. It could have more power
but looks awesome even standing still.
The E36 body style is still the best
looking 3 series made! My second 96 3
(other was a 328ia). These vehicles
epitomize what BMW should still
be...fun, sporty, stylish cars. The
new BMWs (except the Z) seem to look
like they're built for old people.
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