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Very Reliable Owner Must Have Basic Mechanic Skills
By skydog526 on 03/16/13 18:32 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i 4dr Sedan

Review

With out a doubt the BMW e36 M40 engines are a very reliable engine. These cars require routine maintenance such as oil changes with synthetic oil, oxygen sensor replacement every 30,000 - 60,000 miles for best fuel air mixture ratio and mpg performance. The cooling systems are prone to wear due to plastic BMW OEM parts however, replacing the thermostat, water pump and radiator with full metal parts is highly suggested. BMW parts for the E36 series are relatively inexpensive and can be found on the internet comparable to the price of Honda, or Toyota parts. I bought my 1998 BMW 318I in August of 2012 with 176,000 miles. I have not had any mechanical issues with it. I do my own maintainence
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Fun and Economical
By Knoxville on 06/23/10 08:04 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this used four years ago when it had 84k. It was my first 'upscale' car and I am totally spoiled. The 4cyl feels like a 6 and it can really move the car. The handling is solid and smooth. I believe that the ASC even kept me out of a major accident. Mine is MT and I average about 28mpg around town (although I'm a very efficient driver). I put about $1300 into fixing an emissions problem when I first got it, but nothing has gone wrong since - other than taillight problems. Still feels like a new car.
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Always wanted one
By hueston69 on 08/16/07 12:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i 4dr Sedan

Review

Always wanted a 5 series wagon, but when this came available I couldn't help myself. Other than being very slow off the line this is the best driving vehicle I have ever owned. This car is so smooth at highway speeds (and faster!!), that I can't wait to take long road trips. Have only had it for a few months, so can't say much about reliability other than I am not afraid to drive this car long distances.
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Drive a BMW and you'll see why!
By GearHeadPeter on 08/19/05 13:05 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i 4dr Sedan

Review

I am a car guy as I have 60' & 70's muscle cars. I bought this car in Sept. of 2003 with only 35K on it. This is the best car to have fun in. It has great power for I6, the HK stereo and CD changer are awesome. The only problems I had was the taillight warning light telling me I had a burned out bulb. I found out by using Google that it is related to a faulty Stop light switch, which I replaced for under $20 and never had a problem since. I like one or two others have had a auto transmission problem when serviced but it was covered under the extended warranty, 4 years unlimited mileage, and only cost me $75 for a new transmission. Too Cool!
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I love that car!!!
By HL1981 on 10/18/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i 4dr Sedan

Review

This car is so fun to drive!
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