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... (read more)
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 more)
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 &... (read more)
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 -... (read more)
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 more)
Written on: 22/07/2010
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... (read more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
Written on: 13/11/2008 by Dennis Gill
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 more)
Written on: 01/09/2008 by amisoft
The quality of manufacture is good, the car is stable on the road and reliable to overpass other vehicles. (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2008
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 more)
Written on: 07/06/2008 by turbo1
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 more)
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 more)
Written on: 06/03/2008 by robirish72 (1 review written)
This is my first BMW and i am really impressed I don't think i would go for another model. I got the 318i SE Sports British Racing green and fat alloys a 4 door and it looks so sweet and the ride is tight you point it and it go's. Not a real beast but the build and quality is fantastic and it still enjoys a little fun when you toe it... For anyone that has never owned a BMW & heard! if you buy one that has had some love put in to it. you really will be nodding and saying the same thing. YOU... (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2008 by jgv1205 (1 review written)
I bought my BMW 318i E46 during December 2007 and I'm thus far very impressed. What impressed me the most was the reliability of the engine - I drove about 2000 km in the deadly heat of a South African summer and had the car serviced shortly after during a regular interval. Upon this service they discovered a serious leak in the cooling system, however the car never had any trouble such as overheating or boiling. A few year ago I had a bad experience with a Land Rover overheating and feared... (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2007 by jassisekhon
BMW 3 Series is a great looking car, easy to maintain, drives excellent. sexy interiors, great control and handling. Only bad point is muffler on only one side. (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2007 by mark1984
Overall the BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon is a very nice car and very pleased with it so far. The only thing that I can say really annoys me is the creaking coming from front windows. (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2005 by cdc281275 (2 reviews written)
I bought a 2002 BMW 3 Series 318i E46 'face-lift' saloon 6 weeks ago. I had a problem with the door seal leaking in bad rain, taking water into the rear foot well, but I got it sorted no problem.
I previously owned VW's (Golfs and a Polo for the wife) due to their reliability and build quality being good, but this BMW is so so much better. It has got me smitten. I don't think I will go back from BMW now. It has grown on me so much. It's 3 years old but feels brand new, and everything is... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2005 by ian betsho (1 review written)
Overall this BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon has not put me off buying a 3 series, but thay are not as good as first thought.
The traction control was without doubt the biggest let down, especiallly the fact that it is a safety device.
The only other worry is value for money, a little over priced even when used. (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2004 by Sanj (1 review written)
Own 2002 143bhp 2 litre BMW 3 Series 318i E46 Saloon from new. Significant improvement over old E46 118 bhp unit which was as fast as a combine harvester. New 143 bhp unit could have a bit more low down grunt for city driving but has impeccable performance 70 mph upwards. Excellent handling and ride but slightly notchy gear change. If you de-badge it, add a twin exhaust and 18" rims you could be mistaken for driving a 6 cyl model with half the cost of ownership. (or go for sport version)... (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2004 by alexanda (1 review written)
I have the facelift model BMW 318i E46 Saloon.. it is a beautiful car and have had no problems with the car at all! it has the upgraded 2.0 litre engine so with 143bhp it makes the car more exciting to drive!!! Overall its a beautiful car and i would recommend it to anyone lookin for FUN!
Alexanda in LEEDS!! (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2003 by Crispy.
My first BMW and nearly my last;
Poor build quality over 70,000 miles. Had problems with, drivers door rubbers creaked and numerous visits to dealer, water pump leaked, boot opened when lights turned off, wheel bearings, trim working loose, heater fan had mind of its own.
Now own Y reg. 320iSE auto and totally different and better car, but needs more power under right foot. (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2002 by Mr Hughes.
The BMW 318i E46 Saloon is a lovely smooth quiet car to drive (mine is the 318i E46 2000/W plate). Performance will not blow your socks off (unless you opt for the larger engined models). I have not encountered any prob's yet. Service intervals have been improved but are still very expensive - if your car is over three years old opt for servicing by independent BMW specialists, same service record stamp, half the price !!. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2002 by Andy.
When I first got my 2000 BMW 318is I was very happy. Then when the initial euphoria passed, I started to pay close attention to the interior build quality. Very disappointing. Plastic seemed to creak and crack whenever the car accelerated or changed direction or when I or passengers shift in the seats. Had the center console (trinket tray to you and me) replaced because it was sooo shody. Windows rattle in their frames (altho' the back ones are fine) and there is a horrid plastic "crack"... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2002 by David Andrews.
When i could finally afford a new car i went for this BMW 318 E46 saloon. I wanted the badge etc. Then I found the badge was really not that good. It did not have the grunt to keep up with faster rivals and was looked down on by faster 3 series. The 318 is the bottom of everyone.
However it was a nice car with a good ride. Not bad looks, not as good as Volvo S60.
I continued on with my 318 and found it only had a 4 cylinders - that's why i had not got such a smooth ride, i had felt better... (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2002 by khairi.
After the BMW 318i E46 Saloon car I will place order for 325i (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2001 by Gurch.
I bought the car in May, but had problems with the Solid black Paintwork. BMW eventually ordered me a new car, fortunately for me I I got the new new shape in November. Lines are great, the standard Spec on the SE model is brilliant. The mods to the Engine, suspension and body do the car justice. The ride is superb and road noice has been reduced quite considerably. Price I'd say is reasonable too. Watch out Mercedes and Audi. the BMW 3-Series is back. (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2001 by Nick Short.
I had the previous BMW 3 series (318i E36) which was on sports suspension and was better handling than the updated model. However, I like the refined ride which has improved tremendously. Also, the engine sounds and performs so much better. This car is a must to testdrive. The latest model now has clear indicators and a few extras BMW introduced to avoid dropping their prices last summer.
The car exudes quality but is still overpriced in the UK. (read more)
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