1996 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Fun to drive, not to fix

1996 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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318i Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive, not to fix
By Tony on


1996 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan


I just recently (may 2005) got hold of a 1996 318 automatic. Owner before me had taken good care of it. I haven't had any major problems (other than normal wear parts) with it so far (crosses fingers) and i just passed 100K. Check engine light came on for a "low pressure cat. converter" code, but i had that code cleared at a shop and it hasn't come on again. Gas mileage is great, i use 92 or higher, 94 if i can find it... (owners manual recommends 91 but gas cap says minimum is 89) I've taken a 393 mile trip 3 times in this car and I can drive straight through and still have a quarter tank left...with the AC running full blast going up hills...which is even better mpg than my 97 accord

Best Features

MPG, sporty performance, speed sensing steering, quiet interior, power/automatic everything...lots of gadgets for a small car

Worst Features

I wish mine was a 5 speed, and had the sport suspension, ride is kinda soft with normal suspension. It wouldn't hurt to have a bit more HP & low end torque (maybe 150~160 instead of the 138Hp stock)
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