Used 1999 BMW 3 Series Hatchback Review




what's new

New standard goodies adorn 3 Series two-door models in 1999.

vehicle overview

BMWs are all about performance, but during the last two decades, BMWs have also come to the attention of those looking for prestige. This last group has had a profound impact on the company's fortunes, making BMW the second-best selling German manufacturer in the United States.

Things have changed since 1966, including the name of BMW's smallest line of cars. Since 1977, BMW has referred to these models as the 3-Series, and for the 1999 model year, the 328i and 323i sedans receive a complete redesign. Next year, expect the remainder of the lineup to follow suit.

The coupe, hatchback and convertibles do receive some new equipment for 1999, though. The 318ti Sport comes equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, 225/50ZR-16 tires, leather/cloth sport seats, sport suspension, M-aero package, leather-covered M steering wheel, shifter and handbrake, fog lights and side airbags.

The 323is Coupe and 323i Convertible get an option change on their Sport Packages, which includes new 16-inch alloy wheels and the M sport three-spoke steering wheel. The 328is Coupe has new standard Streamline alloy wheels and its Sport Package adds the M steering wheel and the M-aero package, which includes a front spoiler, rear air diffuser, side skirts and wide body side moldings with "M" badging. Look for the same changes to the 328i Convertible's Sport Package as well as its standard leather upholstery. This drop top's Premium Package also includes new Yew wood trim and an on-board computer.

While many things have changed in the past 20 years, some things luckily have not. BMW is still recognized as a marque of high quality and affluence. The two-door models available in the manufacturer's 3-Series lineup have some nice interior enhancements this year, but wait until 2000 for the cosmetic changes that are likely to win your business, if not your heart.

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