My arctic silver E36 328is 197k miles
1998 328is coupe . A very competent car. Very poised and ready. The cockpit is very good...the IS having upgraded seats and goodies . The engine is the highlight. Buttery seamless power and a refined engine note. My arctic silver paint is also perfect ..parked outside. Amazing car at 197,000 miles.
best car iv ever owned
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.
The best car I've ever owned
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.
Bang for your Buck Convertible
This car is a perfect weekender or a daily driver. This car is absolutely beautiful. Although it does lack power.
Nothing compares to the driving experience
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.
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.
328i, I should have kept it!
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.
Best convertable mid size sedan
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.