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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback Consumer Reviews

318ti 1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (9 reviews )

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Best car ever built!
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By Ann
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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I have owned this car for almost 20 years. It has never needed major repairs. Still running smoothly. No rust despite long Minnesota winters and salted roads. Not high tech by today’s standards but very reliable with great gas mileage and that’s what’s most important to me.


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Ya Gotta Know What You're Buying
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By JL Moix
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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I love this car. But then, I also knew when I bought it that it was going to need numerous repairs based on the known history of this model. In the first year I bought and or replaced the radiator, the starter, the fuel pump, both window regulators, the alternator, the water pump, and the battery. The car now has 203,000 miles and I would not hesitate to take it on a cross-country trip.


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Great Value...
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By BigMikeyP
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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This is possibly the most reliable car made in the last 20 years. Mine has 193K miles and has yet to have any major mechanical problems. It has never broken down and I don't detect a drop in performance. Its not a great long distance car as it can ride a little stiff. The other problem is noise at 70+ mph. It can also get lite in the rain, especially at high speeds. Interestingly enough, it seems unstable at 70mph (dry road) but sits down nicely and rides beautifully at 85+mph. Clearly a car built for the autobon. My parting though is that I love this car and intend to drive it for another 60+K miles.


Best Features

Handling and gas milage. I have been able to dodge dangerous items in the middle of my lane at night at very high speeds with ease on numerous occasions.


Worst Features

It's a discontinued model. Grab one if you see it. It's worth the money.


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going strong
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By So Cal driver
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


Review

I've had my 318ti for 6 years and it
was the best purchase. It's 8 years
old now and has 104,000 miles and is
still going strong. It is mechanically
sound and I haven't had any problems,
just regular maintenance. The biggest
thing to go was the fuel pump (not bad
@ 98K miles). I've taken many road
trips (thanks to all the room available
when the back seats are folded down)
and have driven on many upaved roads
and it handled well.


Best Features

Corners well and the brakes are excellent. It gets 28 miles in the city and 34 highway. Trunk space is large.


Worst Features

BMW should have made a hatchback trunk board that doesn't fade in color.


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Love this car!!!!!
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By diva_delite
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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Fun Fun Fun....when I drive something
else it feels very clumsy... this car
has spoiled me! Car is 8 years old, I
have owned it for five years and have
had to do only normal wear and tear
repairs and maintenance. Very zippy,
great gas mileage. Back seat is a
little small (can't fit a baby seat or
large/tall adults) but the hatch back
and folding seats provide lots of
cargo space when needed! I don't
think I will ever part with this car!


Best Features

Very stylish! the seats are VERY comfy on long trips. Heavier on the road than most cars it's size


Worst Features

Sadly BMW only made the 318ti for three years...so no point in making improvement suggestions


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