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By RHartounian
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1997 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan


Review

I have always loved BMWs. This one is not any less of a BMW. It has good handling and good torque in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear. I wish it had a sixth gear. This car has a very tight gear ratio so in the 5th gear at 80 mph the engine is begging for another gear. Too bad! The glove compartment is really poor, though. Everything you place inside, it keeps rolling out. I love the E30 glove box much more. I hate the vinyl interior. BMW is probably one of the only luxury car manufacturers that still makes vinyl seats. In the summer months it's an oven in there. One common problem with this car that cannot be fixed is the climate control. Overall it's a good car.


Best Features

Handling. Fun to drive.


Worst Features

Too late for that, but: the glove compartment doesn't hold anything. The initial pick up is very sluggish, but hey it's a four cylinder. The climate control turns on when you start the car even if you turned it off before stopping the engine and removing your keys. I hate vinyl, it gets hot.


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Never want to give it up!
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By Fran
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1997 BMW 3 Series 318ti 2dr Hatchback


Review

I love my baby beemer! Would not want to drive anything but a BMW since owning this car.


Best Features

My California roof, heated seats and on board computer to check the gas mileage.


Worst Features

Hood paint seems to chip very easily.


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Birthday present update!
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By Dsarge
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan


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A year since my last review. Have put 16,000 miles on the vehicle. During that time, I had to have the AC condenser replaced (did not lose AC, but discovered during a service). Additionally, rear bushings went out (dealer initially thought the shocks were bad; spent $300 and did not correct the problem:(. Although these were not covered by the warranty I purchased (see earlier review), it has been a very satisfying auto! I upgraded the tires to Michelin Pilot A/S (MAJOR difference on traction and control), and recently added a stabilizer bar (AA Tuning). Considering getting a 2001 330i, but the potential problems are a turn-off. Can live with the older body for the reliability factor!


Best Features

Performance, 5-speed, Harmon Kardon sound system, CD changer, heated seats, mid-grade fuel, engine reliability, SPORT SUSPENSION!


Worst Features

Still would prefer if the 1997 model offered cupholders in front of the armrest (corrected in later models). Also, changes to the seat design (will cut through the leather over time (also corrected).


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BMW 328ic, a very well made car
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By Al
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible


Review

I bought my 328iC back in April '03. It was still fresh looking and amazing to drive given the fact that it had 50K miles on it already. I thought I'd keep it for 3 years and just move onto another car, but I love this car! I'm going to keep it for quite some time further, repairs have been non existant other than a waterpump and fan blade. I'm nearing 100K miles so its time to replace some bushings, other than that it's a solid reliable ride.


Best Features

The exterior appearance, very classy. Clear and easy to read gauges. Comfortable seats. Center mounted window controls.


Worst Features

Dashboard design is somewhat spartan. Design on glovebox is such that the door looks droopy even when it's closed tight.


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By Steve
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328is 2dr Coupe


Review

Always look forward to driving to and from work because of this vehicle. Great balance and tossability along with good power, brakes and fuel economy. A little pricey to service and may not have the reliabilty of a Honda. Makes me feel young again.


Best Features

Steering, suspension and handling, smooth as silk engine, great mid range torque, strong brakes, good fuel economy


Worst Features

Larger seats, lumbar controls on seats, better radio and speakers.


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