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BMW 3-Series (1991 - 1998)

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reviewed by alexlex85 on 27 May 2010
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reviewed by Toyota Red on 24 May 2010
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Overall rating
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Running costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
3
How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Surprisingly sedate, fine handling, albeit with a thirst. The engine sounds great, and is extremely smooth.

Being thirteen years old at the time of purchase, the car could hardly have expected to be perfect. BMW did not galvanise cars then, and a couple of minor rust spots on the (bolt on) wings are evident, but certainly nothing major, and there are plenty around in reasonable condition which suggests it is not a terminal problem yet.

The engine and drivetrain feel fresh, and it is not a powerplant which is strained, producing a 'mere' 192 hp from 2.8 litres. It is surprisingly sedate and easy to drive at speed, although is a bit more tricky to control at low speeds due to the throttle. It handles well, and feels well screwed together. The controls are well laid out although the base spec model is pretty bare by today's standards, with no aircon. Visibility is fine, although there is no rear wiper. It is easy to drive briskly, feeling very secure, although on the 2.8 I'd get wider rubber on the rears to avoid any mishaps on a wet road, a clear potential danger for the pre-traction control examples.

The boot is pretty roomy, and there is ample space for two adults in the rear, a third being more of a squeeze as a result the raised floor in the middle due to RWD.

The biggest problem is finding one without a huge mileage. There are, as always with older cars, things to disappoint (like 28 mpg average), but for reasonably cheap fun, and a supersmooth engine, it is hard to beat considering great examples are available sub £2,000.

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reviewed by Steve Watson on 11 May 2010

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