1997 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Fun Drive Insane Maintenance

1997 BMW 3 Series Coupe - Consumer Review

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By cestrada on


1997 BMW 3 Series 328is 2dr Coupe


Bought our 328i coupe certified 3
years ago with 49,500 miles on it.
Within 1 year, "certified" didn't
cover the frnt brakes ($495)or back
brakes ($520). Rock marks on hood were
covered with touch-up paint that
washed away after 6 mos. It looked so
bad that we replaced the hood for
$350. On-board computer and Check
Engine lights come on = $50 co-pay
just to have it looked at. We have put
about $2600 in maintenance into this
car, not including oil changes. With
$5000 down pmt and $300 per month
payments, that is just too much money
to spend for three years. Lease is up
next week and we are not buying
because I can't handle more
maintenance costs.

Best Features

Heated seats, handling, fast pickup, 16" tires, styling,

Worst Features

Rearview mirrow placement blocks windshield view; On board computer is a money maker for the dealer service department; Light grey leather interior gets dirty REALLY fast; Maintenance and parts cost.
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