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BMW 3-Series Coupe 328i Sport 2d (1997/P)

BMW 3-Series Coupe 328i Sport 2d (1997/P) - Owner Review

Lovely smooth drive when you want to cruise, but comes to life when you push it. The steering could do with a bit more feel though.
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BMW 3-Series Coupe (92-99)

Value

4 out of 5

Was originally a 30 grand car, I paid £5,000 for mine at 8 years old which I think is pretty good considering its a Beemer.

Costs

3 out of 5

There's no point using BMW main dealers, so stick to specialists and save loads. Can be pretty thirsty when pushed hard, I average about 20 mpg (250-300 miles a tank) much better on the motorway though.

Driving

4 out of 5

Lovely smooth drive when you want to cruise, but comes to life when you push it. The steering could do with a bit more feel though.

Performance

5 out of 5

For what you will pay for one and due to the relatively low insurance premiums I don't think there a better car for the money.

Reliability

3 out of 5

Not anywhere near as good as I expected. Viscous coupling failed causing fan to crash through radiator, the resulting overheating cracked the cylinder head. Not cheap to fix! Also minor niggles like engine and gearbox mounts, window motor and water leaks.

Image

5 out of 5

Looks just like an m3 to most people, you get loads of attention especially with the chrome wheels I put on, and everyone tries to race you! They always lose though, ha ha!

Comfort

4 out of 5

Smooth on the open road but the M-tec suspension can be a bit crashy around town. The low profile tyres don't help! not a major problem though.

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Security

2 out of 5

Mine has an aftermarket system, not sure about the standard BMW one. Solid car to try and break into.

Service

1 out of 5

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Problems

Bodywork
Black paintwork still looks amazing when clean.

Engine
Viscous coupling, several rad fans, radiator, water pump all failed. Thermostat housing cracked. Cylinder head cracked due to overheating.

Gearbox
Good solid gear change.

Other
Electric window motors.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes