1996 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Fun to drive...but SECURE?

1996 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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328i Sedan (2.8L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive...but SECURE?
By barmem on


1996 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan


Great car to drive, amazing
acceleration, tightest
turn radius I've ever seen, and
corners on a dime. Had some
intermittent mechanical/electrical
problems - but here's the concern on
this car, people: It's been stolen
twice in the last month. Both times,
the thieves bipassed the FACTORY alarm
without tripping it and started the
car without touching the ignition or
damaging the column whatsoever. BMW
said it was impossible until they saw
the car once we recovered it. Then
they said there must be another key
out there...until they accounted for
them all. BEWARE...they'll say it's
theft proof...but it's not any more.

Best Features

acceleration, interior layout, classic aesthetics.

Worst Features

Figure out how to build a foolproof security system. The so-called chip in the key doesn't secure this car anymore.
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