1998 328

Consumer Reviews

1998 BMW 328

$1,112 - $11,068  MSRP Range
1998 BMW 328

Review Score

4.9 out of 5 stars

4.9

7 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.4 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.7 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.1 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.7 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.6 out of 5 stars Performance
4.6 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

98 328

by Rodin from Atlanta, GA on Fri Jan 29 2010

The E36 3 series is tremendous! The interior can get snug for big people. I made my own cup holders. The rest of the car is pure magic. Extremely relaible - watch for radiators at 100K & water pumps every 60K. Mileage have 22mpg everyday & nearly 30mpg on trips. Tons of aftermarket parts available. It handles beyond what the average driver will ever use, accelerates well and stops short.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

328i, I should have kept it!

by JimC from Austin, Dallas Area on Thu Aug 21 2008

In 10 years I had it back to the dealership once for service. A radiator, a battery, and brakes (once) in 10 years is what I call reliable. My new Accord is nice, but I really liked the BMW better. It cost me about $3900 per year to drive it. I was looking forward to trading it for a 1-Series, but they jacked up the prices so much for the states that I couldn't justify it.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

best car iv ever owned

by rockfordfilez from rockford,il on Wed Aug 01 2018

the inline 6-cylinder engine is the most reliable engine ever built, the mid 90's 3 series were the best bmw ever made (except the 318i). the perfect blend of reliability, style, ease of repair and performance make this one of the best designs in vehicle history.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Best convertable mid size sedan

by Beamer man from Great falls, Virginia on Tue May 13 2008

328iC BMW is a fun car to drive with or without family. As long as you maintain it properly, it will run with no issues.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

The best car I've ever owned

by TylerV8 on Tue Sep 05 2017

The best car I have ever owned wasn't equipped with fancy things like navigation or loaded with all the driver assisted features of cars today. It wasn't turbo charged and didn't have a massive V8. Heck, it didn't even have automatic head lights and it didn't need any of that. The best car I ever owned was a 1998 328i sedan. So what made this car so special? This was a true drivers car. It had a perfectly weighted steering wheel and peddles, that delivered accurate and precise feedback. The engine was the great naturally aspirated inline 6 that BMW was famous for. The engine size 2.8 litter hence the name 328i. This car goes back to the days when BMW's naming scheme still meant something and when BMWs didn't have the artificial handling feel that they do today. This car handled like a go cart and I had a transmission engine match made in heaven. Even with an automatic, you couldn't find a gear or speed that this car wouldn't instantly take off from. The car produced 190hp and 206 lb-ft of torque which propelled 3131 lb. car to 60 in 6.8 seconds. The interior of the was intuitively laid out, with every button within arms reach. The center console was tilted towards the driver to create a driver focused cockpit. The seats were comfortable and well bolstered allowing for a perfect driving experience. This car's interior was a testament to the design quality that made BMW so great. It is a reminder of what BMW has lost sight of in recent years with their sterile almost clinical interiors. The exterior of the car is classic BMW. It was a great design when it came out in the 90's and it still looks great now with its signature kidney grills. This car is similar in size to the 1 and 2 series. Yet, it manages to look lean compared to the slightly bloated looking 1 and 2 series whose exterior designs never seem have the correct proportions that made the 3 and now 4 series coupes much better-looking cars. The verdict, in an automotive era, were technology and driver aids are creating a greater disconnect between the driver and car, this car is a way to return to the glory days of BMW and a great way to get to ultimate driving experience. You can pick up one of these future classics for under $5,000.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Nothing compares to the driving experience

by Sulik from on Wed Apr 19 2017

The e36 especially with the 2.8 m52 motor is a nice smooth inline six motor that comes alive in the high rev range, without a doubt one of the funnest cars to drive, gives you a raw driving experience with luxury amenities like leather sport heated seats, digital climate control, automatic windows, moonroof, power everything.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Bang for your Buck Convertible

by blue36 on Tue Aug 08 2017

This car is a perfect weekender or a daily driver. This car is absolutely beautiful. Although it does lack power.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Our Take on the 1998 BMW 328

BMW plans to roll out a new version of the 3-Series sedan later this summer. Unfortunately, the coupe and convertible will not be replaced until sometime next year.

That's too bad.

I logged nearly 400 miles in a 1998 328i Convertible recently and came away from it mostly unimpressed. The 328i Convertible is outdated compared with recent models from Saab, Mercedes-Benz and the upcoming Volvo C70.

There's nothing seriously wrong with 328i technically or with the way it is assembled. But the car lacks the refinement of some of the competitors in its class. And the interior seems particularly dated.

Then there's the issue of the price. This is an expensive car. Tack on a few options, and you're looking... Read More