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“The worse car ever bought”

Written on: 28/08/2013 by Lolhoo123 (1 review written)

To much fault in the e46 2004 model 3series unlike the old shape model they were the best and less fault … Read Full Review

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“Not powerful enough”

Written on: 07/06/2013 by Stevenson-K (2 reviews written)

I find that BMW should stop making non-performing cars, it totally destroys the brand value. I sat in the car, it's like the other 3 series, very nice looking but small. … Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Wonderfully awseome car!”

Written on: 28/01/2013

Was origionally unsure about buying a BMW. I have always driven old bombs and my partner has always talked about wanting a bmw, and after much deliberation, we decided to start looking for one. We both liked the look of the 318 I. We came across ours on the internet after a long search, a bottle green BMW 318 I and what can I say, as soon as I clicked on the picture to look at it I knew I had to make it ours. What I liked about this car was that it looked like a family car strait away. It was… Read Full Review

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Patriciacollin's Comment

Written on: 13/04/2013

I also have the same feeling when I am going to buy a new luxury car but it is worth it. Mine is BMW Series 3, a bit consuming in gas but it is a good way to show off with my friends.

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786Ebrahim's Comment

Written on: 05/06/2013

thank you for the vote of confidence,
im about to embark in purchasing a bmw 2004, 318i with fsh etc
must tell you, many people have different views and opinions about bmws but im glad i have read your honest review of the vehicle!!!
much appreciated

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“BMW unreal”

Written on: 29/12/2012 by salsburns (6 reviews written)

What an unbelievable car - BMW makes the bet vehicle out there - well put together and designed. I would suggest going out and test driving this machine. When you get in it you will want to buy one. Great feel to the road and the unbelievable interior is like being in luxury all the time… Read Full Review

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“Nice car”

Written on: 30/10/2012 by Mechanic63 (1 review written)

we just bought a 2004 318i E46 Sport. I'd have to say after reading reviews here & on other sites i had mixed feelings about buying the Beemer, that was until we found the car we ended up buying & actually bought it after driving it. bmw must have improved build quality from it's earlier model E46's, as i haven't heard any creaks or say that there is anything of poor fittment. it is amazingly quiet, stereo is good, handling is great & makes a winding road a lot of fun. it is comfortable & you… Read Full Review

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“Great, but highly-strung”

Written on: 15/05/2012 by rogerzilla (4 reviews written)

You don't buy a BMW for reliability and the E46 is distinctly average in this respect. However, it looks good (much better than the succeeding E90) and performance and handling are superb. Much of the money seems to have been spent on the interior, with some ingenious storage spaces on the Touring model. Watch for diesel engines ingesting their inlet manifold swirl flaps - shamefully, BMW never issued a recall although this has written off many engines and turbochargers over the years - and… Read Full Review

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“I own a bmw 318i se,,, and i have owned bmw's for...”

Written on: 09/12/2010

I own a bmw 318i se,,, and i have owned bmw's for almost all my driving years and these cars are by far the best to drive... Many people think this particular type and year of manufacture is a 1.8l engine but this is not true in actual fact its a 2.0l engine but registered as 1.8l so you are actually getting more power and value for money… Read Full Review

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“I bought this BMW 318i 2003, done only 41000 klms.,...”

Written on: 23/07/2010

I bought this BMW 318i 2003, done only 41000 klms., pre-owned in Japan, on a hunch, from search on auto websites. It is designed to give the maximum luxury feel and drives like a dream. I read up the owners manual later and was surprised at the features like the in built computer that tells you when to service the car, average fuel consumption-average speed, klms covered in the just finished drive, besides clock and outside temperature. The dashboard has icons to cover any fault or needs to… Read Full Review

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“I don't know what people are on about with this car,...”

Written on: 21/02/2010

I don't know what people are on about with this car, its either theyve never owned a car before or they're smoking something!!! Ive had my 98 BMW E46 318i for 6 months now, had some problems with it but they all got fixed. And for a 4 Cylinder car, this vehicle has AWESOME powerm thus the 5 star power rating. My baby keeps up with 200kw 6 Cylinders no prob at 100+, she accelerates better than some, althought admittedly the pickup from 0-100 can be slow at times. She handles like a dream… Read Full Review

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“power is not bad for a 1.8 liter engine, the driving...”

Written on: 07/12/2009

power is not bad for a 1.8 liter engine, the driving experience is good this is not a boring car. handling is rubbish, the cars behind will keep on letting go and the car is tricky to drive fast. overall fun but relatively slow… Read Full Review

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“I think this is bulsh.. car,have it for 2 years...”

Written on: 04/12/2009 by STEELWAYS (1 review written)

I think this is bulsh.. car,have it for 2 years now.The cooling system is c..p,always a water leak somewhere on it.Had to replace the cam sencors in the first 5 months i had it.Not powerfull enough and loosing value to fast.103000kms on the clock,dont think it will last till 200000 though.I never should have bought it and will not recomend to anybody.Waste of money… Read Full Review

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Ashmi817's Response to STEELWAYS's Review

Written on: 17/11/2011

Is your car an import? changes in climate affect the seals (toughens them and breaks) and causes them to leak oil and water.

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“I have had my BMW 318i E46 now for 2 years and will...”

Written on: 22/10/2009

I have had my BMW 318i E46 now for 2 years and will not go back to any other manufacturer. The mileage is on 98000km and the only problem has been a catalytic converter which had to be replaced which was still covered under motorplan. All in all an excellent car and would recommend to anyone… Read Full Review

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“it is a lovely car i have a soft top 2004 mtec 318...”

Written on: 06/10/2009

it is a lovely car i have a soft top 2004 mtec 318 .it is not a car you can drive fast .but i have only just turnt 20 2weeks ago so enythink faster would kill on insurens ,.i would recomend that you save your money and get an m3 .... the car is good looking but very vey slow… Read Full Review

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“At 175,000 kms the BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon centre...”

Written on: 03/03/2009

At 175,000 kms the BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon centre bearing and tail shaft universal joints went also 1 wheel bearing reliable Engine, torque, fuel economy… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon is a very well built...”

Written on: 24/02/2009

The BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon is a very well built car. excellent handling. such a smooth torque engine. very good on fuel ,providing you drive sensibly,its very quiet inside, excellent sound system, and drives as if new every day. Exhaust systems are very expensive. My first bmw e46 2 litre, and I love the car. definately not my last… Read Full Review

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“This is my first BMW and overall am very pleased with it. ”

Written on: 13/11/2008 by Dennis Gill (1 review written)

This is my first BMW and overall am very pleased with it.
Servicing is a little expensive, but I guest with the extended service periods doesn't work out too bad!
Good points certainly outway the few bad ones.
Still on original battery… Read Full Review

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“The quality of manufacture is good, the car is stable...”

Written on: 01/09/2008 by amisoft (1 review written)

The quality of manufacture is good, the car is stable on the road and reliable to overpass other vehicles… Read Full Review

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Joeclark's Response to 397179_amisoft's Review

Written on: 06/04/2013

If your BMW parts are expensive, you are buying them from the wrong place!!

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“Overall - excellent rating. Excellent drive....”

Written on: 10/07/2008

Overall - excellent rating. Excellent drive. Considering to other models BMW feels like a part of you. Everthing is on its place. Not flashy - conservative (in a good manner). Excellent engine stats (especially for a 318)… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 318i is a truly beautiful car. Having been in...”

Written on: 07/06/2008 by turbo1 (1 review written)

The BMW 318i is a truly beautiful car. Having been in the automotive industry (auto body repairs) for many years I never though I would fall in love with a motor vehicle.
Well, theres always the first time!… Read Full Review

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“This is my first BMW - an 09/2003 318i, 2 Liter 143...”

Written on: 12/03/2008

This is my first BMW - an 09/2003 318i, 2 Liter 143 bhp in metallic silver. I don't think I will ever go back to anything else. I've had Opel, Renault, Citroen and Peugeot - and none of these compares to this car… Read Full Review

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