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1996 BMW 3 Series

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 530 Ratings for the 1993 - 1999 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10
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starts up in -40s

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 233,333

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun fast and efficient on gas"

Cons: "no cup holders and not for gravel roads"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i had this car gaven to me it has started up every morning fun to drive"

german cars made right

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very comfortable, fantastic driving car"

Cons: "small cup holders, glove box sag, only a 5 speed :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my first car and I'm absolutely hooked on it. It's proven to be very reliable through this cold Chicago winter. The car drives extremely well for being 18 years old. It has enough power for you when you need to get on the gas but a controllable amount where you won't get busted for speeding. The interior is basic and user-friendly. Also the seats are very comfortable for their age too. I can't wait to start fixing the basic cosmetic flaws. It could also be a great project car for any age and skill set! Overall a phenomenal car and i would own another E36 in a heartbeat."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent reliable car

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the car new from the factory in Munich"

Best bang for the buck

By on Sunday, January 04, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Money

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very affordable, fun to drive, looks great"

Cons: "more than 15 years old"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The E-36 3-series is one of the best handling cars I have owned. In addition to that, they are also very affordable to purchase and maintain...it would be difficult to find a less expensive car that doesn't cost more to maintain and drive."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

reliable

By on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "reliable engine and transmission"

Cons: "manual convertible top is a pain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 1997 318I convertible. This car is 18 years old and drives great. Mine has low miles as it has been in the family for a long time. It is somewhat expensive to fix. But the current issues are mainly maintenance issues. I drive it over 100 miles per day and it always starts right up and drives nice. The convertible top makes noises like something is loose. Mechanically, a sound car that was built on a reliable, ahead of its time platform. It has many features and options that are comparable to my 2010 car. I would recommend. I'm going to drive this car as long as she lasts."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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