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1998 BMW 3 Series Hatchback

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BMW 3 Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 BMW 3 Series

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    One of our all-time favorite cars. Carves turns faster than your dad carves Thanksgiving turkey.

  • Cons

    Price is a bit steep. Interior is a bit cramped.

  • What's New for 1998

    BMW swaps out the four-cylinder engine in the 318 coupe and convertible for a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter inline six -- these cars become the 323is coupe and 323i convertible (why it's "323" and not "325," we'll never know). Meanwhile, the 318i sedan and 318ti hatchback continue on unchanged. All cars get standard side airbags this year, except the 318ti, on which they are optional.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (5 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Never want to give it

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series

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




Great car

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series

Great car. Handling is excellent, fun to drive, decent acceleration with 5 speed, fit and finish is perfect.




Bmw

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series

The handling of this car is exceptional and very perdictable. This car combines very good performance with good fuel economy. Interior layout is excellent.




My terrific ti

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series

The ti was billed as an entry into the BMW line but inappropriately aimed at college-age men. Properly marketed, it would have sold, and the new compact available here. A 63-year-old grandmother who loves to drive, I have averages 25,000 miles/year, averaging 32 mpg. Service has been excellent. I can't imagine driving anything but a BMW after owning this car. Nimble, it hugs the road, shifts like a dream, and looks and feels new after almost 100,000 miles.




Bmw 318ti hatchback

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series

Fun to drive. Lots of zip. Holds lots of cargo.



Full 1998 BMW 3 Series Review

What's New for 1998

BMW swaps out the four-cylinder engine in the 318 coupe and convertible for a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter inline six -- these cars become the 323is coupe and 323i convertible (why it's "323" and not "325," we'll never know). Meanwhile, the 318i sedan and 318ti hatchback continue on unchanged. All cars get standard side airbags this year, except the 318ti, on which they are optional.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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