by BigMikeyP on May 8, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
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.
by So Cal driver on Aug 3, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
I've had my 318ti for 6 years and it
was the best purchase. It's 8 years
old now and has 104,000 miles and is
still going strong. It is mechanically
sound and I haven't had any problems,
just regular maintenance. The biggest
thing to go was the fuel pump (not bad
@ 98K miles). I've taken many road
trips (thanks to all the room available
when the back seats are folded down)
and have driven on many upaved roads
and it handled well.
by diva_delite on Mar 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
Fun Fun Fun....when I drive something
else it feels very clumsy... this car
has spoiled me! Car is 8 years old, I
have owned it for five years and have
had to do only normal wear and tear
repairs and maintenance. Very zippy,
great gas mileage. Back seat is a
little small (can't fit a baby seat or
large/tall adults) but the hatch back
and folding seats provide lots of
cargo space when needed! I don't
think I will ever part with this car!
by tenniswoody on Nov 5, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
I bought a 95 318ti that we loved.
After a head-on with a 66 Chevy pickup
that I walked away from, I replaced it
with a 96 318ti. Nothing else quite
measured up in fun for the $.
Its a great combination of sporty
handling and economy. I get mid 30 mpg
on the highway and high 20s around
town. It is a great car for 2, but the
back seats are hard to access for
adults. On the other hand, the
hatchback gives you more flexibility
than a sedan.
Mine has been very reliable (from 27k
miles to 87k so far), but I had to
find a specialty garage. The
dealership is very nice, but too
by Asian Persuasion on Jul 28, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
Here I am sportin' my latest automobile
acquistion. A 1996 BMW 318ti. I took
this little white gem out for a spin
after calling the selling party, in
what seemed to be a deal that was too
good to be true...$7200.00. No dents,
perfect paint, everthing works! No
argument here as it looks pristine!
On the road it performed flawlessly
as I flogged it on turn after turn.
This vehicle handles!
This vehicle is a nostaligic
reminder of my old BMW 2002. I had the
most fun in that car and the 318ti, in
my opinion, is the spiritual successor
brought up to current standards of
crash worthiness and reliablity.
Here's to another love affair with
by Wolverine on May 31, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 3 Series
I have loved my 318ti from the moment I
drove it off the lot. Crisp handling,
great styling, awesome cargo room with
the seats folded down.
All this for $22,000 new. It's still
worth at least $11,000, and worth every
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