Reliability and performance over-rated
By Brian Johnson on
Vehicle1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan
ReviewI overestimated the BMW brand when I bought my 97 328i. The exterior design is distinctly BMW and it is a great "image" car for young professionals. The biggest challenge is reliability... hundreds of sensors constantly break and any visit to the shop will run at least $300. If you are going to buy one anyway - pass on the Inspection I and II checkups - which are serious waste of money. Overall, performance was less than stellar. I actually had more fun with my 97 Acura Integra, which really surprised me.
Best FeaturesExterior design, anti-slip traction control system, fold-down cargo seats, and the trip computer were all pluses.
Worst FeaturesReliability: BMW has lost some reliability over the past several years in its electrical systems. Their new 2002 Z3(M3 version), for instance (test driven as a loaner while mine was in the shop) had more electrical problems than my own 328.
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