Written on: 28/01/2012 by Extractor
My old girl is now 20 years old. She is getting to the age where things arnt working as well as they use to. However she is a pleasure to drive, comfortable, quite economical and she has the grunt if you need it. I am very impressed with the Quality of workmanship that is still evident even the car was built 20 years ago. Unfortunatly like everything, eventually things start to fail, but i will get these things fixed and keep this beautiful car running. I love it to bits, i just hope she... (read more)
Written on: 14/01/2011
This is a lovely car with lots of power when you need it. My automatic is a real smoothie. Beautiful alloys and low profile tyres It has done 73000 miles and is in new condition. Its thirsty in town but cruising on the motorway is much better. The on board mpg meter is something one keeps ones eye on !.
Put it on sports mode and the power is awesome in all gears. The first owner was meticulous in keeping it serviced. I haven't had to fork out for any repairs so far. The MOT was passed... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2011
Overall performance is good, but it's a pity that this car doesn't match up with the much lesser expensive Opel Calibra in terms of performance, acceleration, speed. (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2010
great, reliable and fuel efficient with enough torque (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2009
I love this car. Not as quick as the 1993 Honda Prelude coupe i had prior but handles better. Have had some small problems occurring recently (faulty dash cluster, broke the vent control somehow)that i guess i'll be forking out for but it's fifteen years old. Superb handling (just put some replica 18" M3 alloys on),a little sluggish under 3000rpm but who gets it all! Classic looks and pretty reliable when serviced regularly. Hint: Check dash cluster working (tap the dash a couple of times to... (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2009
BMW'93 325i coupe - the thought crossing my mind when i first tested an e36, 2 years ago, was "the e36 325i coupe must've been a hell of a car back in its days". sporty, good-looking and very reliable, the 6cyl e36 offers a good value for its money. interior is plain "german", everything in place and handy, leather looks good and the driving position will satisfy anyone, with the seat's 4 different adjustements and adjustable steering wheel and the 8 speaker sound system will keep you... (read more)
Written on: 16/07/2009
I think this product is beautiful. That's right, beautiful! I say this because I rode in a BMW 320i E36 once. It was an automatic too. It was a 4 door sedan and it had an aircon, central locking, electric windows at the front and back, leather seats, power steering and a sunroof. I just had a thought about the sound of the exhaust pipe. Sometimes when I hear the 320i E46 running the exhaust pipe sounds like a good one so I just thought that the exhaust pipe on the e36 could have the same... (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2009
I have had my BMW E36 2.5 litre for 11 years (101,000) miles, and it has not put a foot wrong. I just get to appreciate it more and more. The gear ratios are exactly right, and as I said third gear will cover anything.
All controls are exactly where you need them and have the perfect weight and feel. It does about 32 mpg, and the engine can adjust and respond to super-unleaded, which I tend to use, but the price differential from standard unleaded is more than it used to be.
The car feels... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2009
I have had my 1992 (now 2009!) BMW 3 Series 320i E36 for about a year now and the only thing that has gone wrong is a squeaky brake disc guard, which i cured in about a minute. :) I have found this car to be reliable to no end, always starts, runs beautifully (105,000 miles). The ride quality is superb for a car of it's size, and the mid-high end rev range gives a good kick in the behind.
Overall I'd give this car 8.5/10
It could do with a little more power, but then again.. I love the... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2008 by BMWE36320i (1 review written)
110kw of power 150bhp this car comes in a full house abs power steering side inpact bars 6 cyl 24 valve dohc safe and reliable very strong on the open road gets a good top speed and dose so fast very fule effic on the high way 10 out of 10 considering my bmw e36 320i automatic is a 1992 meaning its 17 years old. (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2008 by pieter43
Very nice car in general. Handles very well, smooth ride with lots of power, but slow during initial acceleration, drinking fuel, but becoming quite economic on open road (7-10l/100km a/t). Still has lots of power at high speed, and fun in sport mode. Original sound quality quite impressive and nice on-board computer (95 model). Very smooth running engine. Services can be expensive, but I haven't had any major issues or engine problems. (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2008 by sebbi16 (1 review written)
I bought a BMW 320i a month ago...the best..this is my third BMW and I will not change her for anything... The best by far... what more can you ask in a baby like this? She is now 15yrs old but still drives like new. A must for any BMW lover. Very economical on fuel. (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2008 by silverbullet 009
These cars are getting old now. But if you find one which has been well looked after. I'm sure you will get years of trouble free motoring from it. (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2007 by Bonz
Apart from the niggles I have experienced, my BMW 320i has been extremely reliable and overall, an excellent machine. It is hard to imagine that it is thirteen years old. The overall experience is better than that of many newer cars I have ridden in. he fuel economy is good and the car is extremely reasonable to maintain if you deal with independent garages. Although my car is equipped with 15" wheels, the ride quality is not bad at all. Steering feel is excellent and the driving experience... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2007 by aurlus (1 review written)
Stock without any modifications and the car is super fast, as fast and maybe faster than a lot of new cars on the road. The car must be revved up to perform. The sport mode is just awesome and pulls the car for more power at whatever speed. Auto gearbox very silky smooth and this car always has some reserve power left. Kick down at 160 kph and the car drops a gear revs up and pulls up to 190 and beyond. this car is damn fast. Even some 3.0 can have problems catching up on highway. (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2007 by skanbmw (1 review written)
I've had my 320i coupe for 2 years now as standard. It's pretty sluggish there doesn't seem to be an awful lot of power for a 6 cylinder, 2 litre injection. It's very underpowered for 150bhp. Off the line it's slow, you really have to hit the high revs to get it moving. Hit 3rd gear and you will see what it's made of; it lacks low end, which many cars have in abundance. But on the other hand it has mid range and top end to keep pulling and pulling, which many other cars don't... (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2007 by PhilC (1 review written)
I bought a BMW 320i E36 4 months ago for $3500 NZ and invested another $1000 in two rear shocks, a transmission flush and fluid replacement and some upholstery repairs. For $4500 in total is a great car, looks and runs great and still has some style. Anyway, if the car lasts for the 3 years I need it it will be the best buy in my life, considering how much fun I have everyday going from home to work in Wellington. (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2007 by ayam666 (2 reviews written)
Bought the car at 190800kms Still runs very smooth.
Chip and throttle body was replaced by Peak Performance by the previous owner, so I don't know how far the performance has improved compared to stock.
Acceleration is slow, sluggish and heavy on first gear - feels like driving a truck. It gets snappier at high rpm 3000 and above. You have to rev the car aggressively to wake it up. Maybe because it is using timing chain instead of timing belts.
Have Good Year NCT5 fitted, softer and less... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2007 by Tris99 (1 review written)
In all it runs on an oily rag, you can park it in a matchbox and goes like a bat out of hell.
I have had two 320I E36s. The fist was written off in a crash (320 vs. Ford Explorer at 70km/ph). The other driver came through a red hit me in the passenger front side, due to the air bags and other features I walked away with only two bruised ribs.
Very good car, brilliant looks, street credit and just plain fun to drive. (read more)
Written on: 14/12/2006 by walke40 (3 reviews written)
The car looks good but check out the bad points above. (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2005 by luthermartinj (1 review written)
Just acquired my BMW 3 Series 320i E36 very good and reliable car suitable for all terrain. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2005 by vshtonov (1 review written)
I have had my 1992 BMW 3 Series 320i E36 for about a year. It has over 220,000 miles on it. Apparently, it was maintained well before I bought it since the engine seems to be in great shape. Car feels solid and eager. Great car for out of city driving and in city driving. May be lacks a little bit of torque for city driving (it feels like 100 hp, not 150 hp in the city).
This particular car achieves it maximum published speed (130 mph) after so many years and so many miles. Strongly... (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2005 by Eoin M
I recently purchased a 1997 320i (M-tech spec), and am very happy with it. This is my third BMW, and is by far the best. My previous car was a 1998 520i (under powered).
Looks aside, it has a rear wheel drive with the 150BHP straight six cylinder engine and the great chasis is a winning formula. I had to replace a water pump , battery and clutch, but one can't hold that against any car that has done 85,000 miles. (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2004 by peter gow (1 review written)
Well, I purchased a 1991 BMW 320i e36 for my wife as she found our 300TE Mercedes wagon just too big.
The BMW so far has had the auto gearbox rebuilt twice, 5 of the 6 ignition coils replaced, leaking diff side seals replaced and the glovebox just won't open....
The car has done 78500km with 3 owners...
My wife loves it so I can't sell it !!!
She thinks it is more feminine than a cold austere Mercedes.... (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2003 by sdobson (1 review written)
The BMW 320i e36 has a Silky smooth engine right through the rev range, seamless auto-box and outstanding handling. A true "drivers car". Although my 320i is 9 years old and has covered 115,000 miles,it gives me and my partner a driving experience that I would associate with many new "lesser" cars. For example, following a traffic accident recently, the BMW had to go in for front-end repairs, We were given a courtesy vehicle that had done just 500 miles and was 4 weeks old. Whilst it was... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2003 by Francis.
I purchase my 1991 model 320i 4 door in Chrismas Eve last year as a prepent for myself. The car has 125,000 km on the clock, and cost me AUS$ 20,000. It is a vast improvement to the e30 323i I use to have; sure, it is not as quick in a stop start situation but once it get on the way it just goes. With the beautiful engine and handling to match, I have no regret getting this 12 years old car. A new chips replacement will hopefully improve the performance department some what.
Written on: 10/03/2003 by Glen (wazza).
Just purchased this 320i sedan 1994 model about a month and a half ago and I'm very happy with it despite its age. Handling is superb and fuel consumption is very good for a six cylinder. Acceleration is not as fast as the local Fords and Holdens but when you get to speed it feels very stable. (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2003 by graham.
Had the car from new for 12 years. It has been a most pleasant experience. 120000klms. main dealer serviced and no big problems. Service charges high but long term costs low due to reliability. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2002 by Bob.
Very impressed with this BMW 320i e36, but I have to be practical and get a four door now.
The best car I have ever owned; reliable, economical, head - turning, comfortable, great performance, well-made, with the most silky-smooth engine I have ever encountered.
Mine's getting-on a bit now, 1993, but you would swear blind that it was a new car, the paint is sooo shiny, there are no squeaks and the car handles like it is on rails.
Audi have the edge on interiors aesthetically, but the Bimmer... (read more)
Written on: 26/12/2001 by urko.
I am very happy with my BMW 320i. It has got things that could be improved, but it always happens with all the cars. The BMW 320i e36 is more comfortable than for example the audi A4 of 1996 (I have driven it). The series 3 e36 of BMW doesn't seem to be the excellent car it is when you drive it. In fact this is very similar in comfort, drive-pleasure, performance and general feeling to the new model (e46). It is worth buying an old BMW 3 series from friends or family. (read more)
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