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BMW 3-Series Convertible 325i 2d (1994/L)

BMW 3-Series Convertible 325i 2d (1994/L) - Owner Review

Lovely to drive with hood up or down. Smooth engine. Nice steering and gearbox. Handling very good for a RWD car.
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BMW 3-Series Convertible (93-00)

Value

4 out of 5

Hit by un-BMW-like depreciation. Book value now only £8k. Great if you're buying now, but buying a cheaper example is false economy.

Costs

1 out of 5

Cost me a small fortune to run - servicing and repair costs exceeded £2500 in 1 year! ECUs for virtually everything ensure that a BMW dealer visit is needed for even simple problems. 26mpg. Insurance group 15.

Driving

5 out of 5

Lovely to drive with hood up or down. Smooth engine. Nice steering and gearbox. Handling very good for a RWD car.

Performance

3 out of 5

Convertible is heavier than coupe and it shows in the performance. Nothing happens below 3500rpm. 328i a better bet.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Mechanicals rock-solid, but reliability of auxilliary equipment not what I expected from BMW.

Image

5 out of 5

Excellent. A real looker. Why else would I have put up with those running costs?

Comfort

4 out of 5

With the hood up, you forget it's a convertible. Even with the roof down on the motorway, there's little bufferting. Functional dash ergonomically sound. Lumbar support on front seats not great.

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Security

4 out of 5

Total-closure alarm system fitted to this car. Deadlocks. Built in immobiliser, but it doesn't auto-arm.

Service

4 out of 5

BMW dealers expensive, but honest and professional.

Problems

Bodywork
Failed power hood motor (£700 to fix). Electric windows developed a mind of their own (£300 to fix).

Engine
-

Gearbox
Clutch (£450). Propshaft O-ring (£250).

Other
Heater fan (£150). Ok, so this car obviously hadn't been looked after, but I expected better from a BMW.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes