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“Beautiful car”

Written on: 26/02/2019 by Sovka11 (11 reviews written)

My parents bought me this car when I graduated from university. Many girls found me attractive for all eight years, and I drove this car. When German cars start to break, unfortunately they are easier and cheaper to replace with a new one than the old one. Now I use a family and more economical machine for maintenance.But I can recommend this model to anyone who wants a beautiful and inexpensive sports car. I think fresh and modern offers appeared in this model range… Read Full Review

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“An E46 Compact is a great starter BMW....”

Written on: 19/04/2018 by s27hym (1 review written)

I am 19 and have owned my E46 Compact for just over a year. On the first day i got it i spun it out on a roundabout - thankfully me and the car came out unscathed. But it shows that you should be easy with the right foot in the beginning as driving a rear wheel car is different to front wheel drive cars.... However after a year, i am thoroughly enjoying the rear wheel drive element, corners and drifting are so much fun. Now a days you can pick up a great example for much under 2k, find me… Read Full Review

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“my bmw 318ti has been a brilliant car it goes well and...”

Written on: 16/03/2011 by kstupple06 (2 reviews written)

my bmw 318ti has been a brilliant car it goes well and the recaro seats are realy comfy my good points about the car is that has a nice ride has know problems power wise looks good and easy to fiddle with

bad points there is not much head room,rolls in corners,in the wet it handles like its on ice but can drift well witch can be good and bad it drinks petrol well so i gggot it lpg and doesnt effect performance, had to replace break lines and suspention all round but it is a old car… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to kstupple06's Review

Written on: 02/09/2011

dont know about drinking petrol,,mine does 56mpg at 30 mph,,even round town,and at 60mph on motorway,,you must have had doggey tune up mate

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“I own a 318ti s.e m.spec with 80,000 miles with a full...”

Written on: 13/12/2009 by shaun bmw (1 review written)

I own a 318ti s.e m.spec with 80,000 miles with a full service history its a rare colour its ruby red or some say flamenco red i think anyway,also interior is red as not seen anymore than 2 in the time ive owned it, i brought it 5 years ago when it was on 55,000 so i havent drove it much as i got use of other vehicles at work but it is a great drive to say the least and i havent had a thing go wrong with it its never broke down or had any fault. Im unsure on what he value of this vehicle would… Read Full Review

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“hi have owned 13 bmw's...last 4 being 318 ti compact...”

Written on: 30/11/2009

hi have owned 13 bmw's...last 4 being 318 ti compact sports...a unique little piece of kit with the bonus of really good fuel consumption.Truly only real grouse is access in tight parking spaces due to badly spaced notches in door retaining arm.....I modify by grinding an extra one between the existing two ....prob solved. cheers Alex Hardie

p.s I also owned two 1973 C.S.L 3 litre Coupes.....I'm also very old !

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“I have a 1996 one since May and cannot say a bad thing...”

Written on: 20/10/2009

I have a 1996 one since May and cannot say a bad thing about it, well the radio that came with it wasn't great but i changed it and it was fine then..it is a very nippy and most of all...100% reliable.
It happens to be my very 1st Car and coudn't ask for a better one… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 3 Series 318ti Compact SE is a great car to...”

Written on: 25/06/2009

The BMW 3 Series 318ti Compact SE is a great car to own and drive, a bit sluggish but a sexy head-turner. Even I find myself admiring the car after 5 months of ownership. After owning a 150i Honda Ballade sedan for 3 years, I'm still quite enjoying the toque pushed out by the compact, if compared. The sunroof, when in a closed position, is great and doesn's whistle even if travelling at high speed. The exhaust purr is also exciting, however, one finds yourself driving after the sound, which… Read Full Review

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“BMW 3 series 318i compact is generally a good vehicle...”

Written on: 11/06/2009 by bridget jones (1 review written)

BMW 3 series 318i compact is generally a good vehicle as I have just owned one until I had an accident in it as the cruise control failed to disengage at 50mph. I know there are many faults that have occurred with the cruise control on BMW's so not alone… Read Full Review

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“My review is for the whole E46 BMW Compact range. ”

Written on: 03/06/2009 by Big Dave Midlands (25 reviews written)

My review is for the whole E46 BMW Compact range.

Introduction:


If the E46 coupe is a bit pricey and the Saloon or Touring a bit too big, then welcome to the E46 Compact. Looked down upon by those who are not in the know the E46 Compact is a well kept secret. Essentially replaced by the 1-Series in 2004, The E46 Compact enjoyed a short production run of only three years from 2001 -2004 and for some enthusiasts was replaced prematurely, especially as the new 1 series appeared to be a poorly… Read Full Review

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Deancargill's Response to Big Dave Midlands's Review

Written on: 02/11/2009

I found this review very helpful because... it chimes with my own experience and while I have had to fork out £550 today on an MOT I realise that I have neglected this solid and reliable car. Now that I have had the work done, it was a suspension issue primarily, erosion and an ABS sensor. The car feels superb all of a sudden, it screams quality. I am far from an expert when it comes to motoring and all I can say is that I enjoy gettiing in, the drive and on getting out of it I like to look at it. Its difficult to describe the sensation but pleasure and pride come pretty close.

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Eusto's Response to Big Dave Midlands's Review

Written on: 28/11/2009

I found this review very helpful because...
<br/>I have just purchased a 2002 318ti se, got it for a great price off my friend who is emigrating to Australia. It has very low mileage and is in pristine condition, inside and out. Full BMW service history and so I have been reading lots of reviews and found it hard to find a bad one. I am going to pick it up in 2 hours, and can't wait.
<br/>Many thanks for a very comprehensive review.

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“This car was built to last with inexpensive...”

Written on: 03/02/2008 by Kermiscal (1 review written)

This car was built to last with inexpensive maintanence, but with all BMW's you have to get them serviced regulary and book stamped so no cheating or holding off like other cars. This is a brill car for my wife but not for a me. After much thought I decided to buy the 318ti for my wife, this is the first BMW I have owned and have to say what a car. Air-Con, reverse sensors, airbags CD system etc. As for the power well some might say sluggish, but when you have driven boring family cars this is… Read Full Review

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“I've read some of the reviews on the 318ti sorts I...”

Written on: 09/11/2007 by PUL54RGT1R (2 reviews written)

I've read some of the reviews on the 318ti sorts I read that the vicious coupling broke which caused the head to crack and had to buy a new engine, can someone please tell me what this vicious coupling is and what it does or where it is as I think I should replace mine before I have the same problem many thanks… Read Full Review

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“I have been reading the reviews it seems the vicious...”

Written on: 09/11/2007 by PUL54RGT1R (2 reviews written)

I have been reading the reviews it seems the vicious coupling is a common fault on these, I read a review which said the vicious coupling broke and caused his head to crack etc, can someone please tell me what this vicious coupling is and where it is as I think I better replace it to be safe, and is it a big job.

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“Overall i would say it was a great drivers car, very...”

Written on: 02/07/2006 by twentycrows (1 review written)

Overall i would say it was a great drivers car, very nibble, but some more power and an extra gear would be fantastic… Read Full Review

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“When I first bought my BMW 3 Series 318ti Compact SE I...”

Written on: 07/04/2005 by adamturnbull1 (1 review written)

When I first bought my BMW 3 Series 318ti Compact SE I thought what a good car it was. Unfortunately, 10,000 mile further on, the viscous coupling broke (which is apparently common in E36 models across the range) without me knowing which in turn blew the radiator and the head gasket. Yes, you've guessed it, this resulted in having to shell out £1200 for an engine just so I could get rid of it. This car also drinks fuel like you wouldn't believe. I would get 250 miles on a tank which cost £45 to… Read Full Review

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“I own a BMW 318ti SE Compact 2001 reg (Company car)-...”

Written on: 24/08/2004 by quiller (1 review written)

I own a BMW 318ti SE Compact 2001 reg (Company car)- new shape model

Despite being the entry-level series, it provides all the usual BMW qualities - well built, smooth, fast, reliable and satsifying. The finish and fit are really excellent as you'd expect but what surprised me was the refinement of the new 4-cylinder engine range. Although a bit sluggish low down, at motorway speeds it excels and is a comfortable and quick drive. Handling is superbly precise at any speed with very good brakes… Read Full Review

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