1998 BMW 3 Series Review
Pros & Cons
- One of our all-time favorite cars. Carves turns faster than your dad carves Thanksgiving turkey.
- Price is a bit steep. Interior is a bit cramped.
List Price Estimate
$557 - $1,342
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Edmunds' Expert Review
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Exception handling and braking. Great gas mileage. Sports package is exception and car looks great. Car is fun to drive and is a real head turner.
318i 4dr Sedan
With out a doubt the BMW e36 M40 engines are a very reliable engine. These cars require routine maintenance such as oil changes with synthetic oil, oxygen sensor replacement every 30,000 - 60,000 miles for best fuel air mixture ratio and mpg performance. The cooling systems are prone to wear due to plastic BMW OEM parts however, replacing the thermostat, water pump and radiator with full metal parts is highly suggested. BMW parts for the E36 series are relatively inexpensive and can be found on the internet comparable to the price of Honda, or Toyota parts. I bought my 1998 BMW 318I in August of 2012 with 176,000 miles. I have not had any mechanical issues with it. I do my own maintainence
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323i 2dr Convertible
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