1997 BMW 318 Consumer Reviews

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1997 Bmw 318
4.4
Average based on 8 reviews
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Great Ride

by from Los Angeles County on April 7, 2009

Very easy entry and exit...so nice on the knees and hips. Agile in traffic, quick up to the speed limit with plenty of reserve to make a quick pass. Stable in the curves. Not too big for just one pers...
Very easy entry and exit...so nice on the knees and hips. Agile in traffic, quick up to the speed limit with plenty of reserve to make a quick pass. Stable in the curves. Not too big for just one person, yet, excellent for two adults and lots of luggage / groceries / or a big run to the hardware store or Costco. This is the factory standard BMW no bells or whistles to maintain.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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`997 BMW 318 Convert.

by from Raleigh, NC on December 1, 2010

Purchased this car new 14 years ago. A great car but a little pricey. BMW also seems to charge more for options. Very reliable. Although I have seldom had to repair this car, when I did, it was expens...
Purchased this car new 14 years ago. A great car but a little pricey. BMW also seems to charge more for options. Very reliable. Although I have seldom had to repair this car, when I did, it was expensive if taked to a BMW dealer. I rated lower in performance since it has a 4 cylinder engine. I am now looking to buy a 128 convert. which is about the same size as the older 318 model.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Great Car

by from Boston, MA on July 30, 2007

Overall great car. Handles unbelievably well, nice, quiet, solid ride, and manual gearbox is silky smooth. A little underpowered compared to the 328i and m3 also available that year, but still quick e...
Overall great car. Handles unbelievably well, nice, quiet, solid ride, and manual gearbox is silky smooth. A little underpowered compared to the 328i and m3 also available that year, but still quick enough. Engine and transmission still very strong with high mileage. Overall has been very reliable. Extremely fun car to drive, especially with manual gearbox. Would highly recommend to anyone.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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E36 318is

by from Washington, DC on July 7, 2006

Great, fun car to drive with great gas mileage and reliability. More standard featrues than next generation 3 series (E46), e.g., dual climate control which is not available in E46 3 sereis. 4-cylin...
Great, fun car to drive with great gas mileage and reliability. More standard featrues than next generation 3 series (E46), e.g., dual climate control which is not available in E46 3 sereis. 4-cylinder engine is spunky and has great repair record.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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I can count on it

by from san fransisco on January 17, 2007

I have owned mine for almost 10 years. Was not sure of purchasing because of the small engine, but i insisted. I loved the color combination and the styling. Over the years I have been bumbed out ...
I have owned mine for almost 10 years. Was not sure of purchasing because of the small engine, but i insisted. I loved the color combination and the styling. Over the years I have been bumbed out because it does not perform as fast as the other larger engines, but when it comes to handling it is one of the best cars out there.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Great handling, expensive to maintain

by from Fairfax Va. on August 16, 2013

The stick shift 318ic in an aquamarine color was purchased by me about 4 years ago. I absolutely love this car. I've had many strangers compliment me on how cute it is. But the reason I love it the mo...
The stick shift 318ic in an aquamarine color was purchased by me about 4 years ago. I absolutely love this car. I've had many strangers compliment me on how cute it is. But the reason I love it the most, it's just plain old fun to drive. Corners and brakes with most newer high performance cars and the mileage on the highway is incredible. I use regular gas with no problem and I get 35-38mpg on the highway and that is usually at 70-80mph. Plenty of power for a 4 banger. Drove non stop to Denver from DC and back. 2 days total travel time and could not have enjoyed it more.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Black Beauty

by from chicago,il. on August 6, 2008

This is one magnificent car and also great looks. I have a triple black convt. and get a lot of admiring glances. Handling and performance along with great gas mileage make this auto a joy.
This is one magnificent car and also great looks. I have a triple black convt. and get a lot of admiring glances. Handling and performance along with great gas mileage make this auto a joy.
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Does recommend this car

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Least reliable car I've owned

by from Bay Area, CA on March 20, 2007

Bought the car new and had the radiator run dry in the first month. Over the years I have had the radiator replaced twice as well as every other part of the cooling system. I still keep coolant in t...
Bought the car new and had the radiator run dry in the first month. Over the years I have had the radiator replaced twice as well as every other part of the cooling system. I still keep coolant in the vehicle at all times. The car rides beautifully and smoothly, but I have been left high and dry too many times wth this car. Only drive it locally now and will ditch it before having to register it again next year, because it has something undiagnosable wrong with the emission that will make it fail smog. Would never buy BMW again. Would rather drive a Toyota or Honda.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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