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BMW 3-Series Coupe 318i s 2d (1995/M)

BMW 3-Series Coupe 318i s 2d (1995/M) - Owner Review

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BMW 3-Series Coupe (92-99)

Value

3 out of 5

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Costs

5 out of 5

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Driving

5 out of 5

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Performance

4 out of 5

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Reliability

5 out of 5

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Image

4 out of 5

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Comfort

4 out of 5

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Security

4 out of 5

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Service

3 out of 5

Go specialist independent, BMW OK for service but non routine fix quotes are embarrassing.

Problems

Bodywork
Some rust starting around rear wheel arch - probably not been looked after (cleaned) rather than bodywork fault.

Engine
Exhaust manifold cracked at 90k miles (or earlier) - not fixed because of replacement cost (£450) and welding attempts have failed, thermostat may be stuck open - gauge keeps dropping to cold, whirring noise from front of engine, a bit harsh at high revs.

Gearbox
Jumps out of 1st gear if not engaged forcefully (suggested worn selector fork), squeaky slave clutch cylinder.

Other
This car is a nightmare to keep up to scratch. Not a thing on it seems to want to not break, fall off or work badly. Apart from a failed fuel pump (apparently rare) it hasn't actually left me stranded. Suspension bush break-up, interior trim rattles.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No