1997 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Driving Fun Except The Repair

1997 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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

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Driving Fun Except The Repair Bills
By Ron E. on


1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan


We bought our 328i used with 44K miles
after having it checked out by BMW
shop. The driving experience is
beautiful with all the power I think is
necessary. The automatic is flawless
in it smoothness. The engine begs to
be driven. The greatest drawback to
this car is the repair bills which seem
to happen far too often. Parts are not
cheap!!!!! Do not buy this model or
brand of car unless you can get a
warranty from BMW. $1500 worth of
service each year is obscene,
particularly in the days of Acuras,
Passats and Lexus. I will miss the
driving experiance, but my retirement
will not, I'm afraid, allow another BMW
in my life!

Best Features

There's nothing quite like it in driving the 328. And in today's world of jellybean cars, it's probably among the most handsome in it's simple architecture and styling.

Worst Features

The reliability of the complex sensors and electrical apparatus needs attention. I hope in later models these items were addressed.
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