Model year 1998 Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2006 Most recent year of ownership 2006 Engine and transmission 1. In the last 20 years or so many companies trying to get a slice of the affordable prestige market have copied it. Dual airbags provided crash protection. Even with an automatic, you couldn't find a gear or speed that this car wouldn't instantly take off from. I was looking forward to trading it for a 1-Series, but they jacked up the prices so much for the states that I couldn't justify it.
Was replaced free of charge. I would recommend the manual top and transmission, as these seem to be the major trouble spots, costing a lot of money to repair, with a high likelihood of breaking down. You can find some very nice e36's for relatively low prices if you look around. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. It has proved to be the favoured way of moving into the European world of prestige motoring for many Australians, and still holds its own in a market filled to overflowing with clones. They tend to use up consumables at a fast rate. Transmission choices were sporty five-speed manual with a nice shift, and a smooth five-speed auto.
It seems odd really, but Australia was considered too hot to enjoy the thrill of open top motoring, while Europe was regarded as the perfect environment for a convertible. Everything has the feel that it's 'made to last'. Model year 1998 Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2009 Most recent year of ownership 2010 Engine and transmission 2. Oil changed for the 2nd time since owning. Recently drove a 6000 mile round trip with the car, and I had no issues. Look for water stains in trim and carpets, perhaps even lift carpets to check underneath. As would be expected of a car this expensive the 328i convertible came well equipped.
In the case of the 328i, the engine has a capacity of 2. Model year 1998 Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2008 Most recent year of ownership 2011 Engine and transmission 2. Check also the condition of the roof fabric, looking particularly for frayed areas, split stitching, and damaged seals, which can occur with regular use over the long term. Tons of aftermarket parts available. Over the years the 3-Series range has been expanded, and now includes a model to suit everyone, from the Compact hatch, the ubiquitous 318 sedan, to the smooth six-cylinder sedans and coupes, the sizzling hot M3 sports sedan, and the slinky convertibles. Yet soon as the lights change, they realize ha ha! General Comments: It is a very well built car with outstanding performance and handling.
Heck, it didn't even have automatic head lights and it didn't need any of that. The black leather interior is in amazing condition with no rips, tears, wrinkles, or fading. Yes Review Date: 17th April, 2011 Faults: The biggest issue I have had with the car was with the crank position sensor and the applicable wiring. The rest of the car is pure magic. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter.
Cornering is very precise and stable, as you'd expect for a £30,000 car new! This car is similar in size to the 1 and 2 series. Yes Review Date: 8th November, 2011 Faults: Front lower control arms with bushings. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. It handles beyond what the average driver will ever use, accelerates well and stops short. Tack on a few options, and you're looking. I have found that this model has a great ownership base full of people willing to offer advice on forums, which has been very helpful diagnosing faults. The roof needs a minor adjustment where it catches on the rear cover while being raised.
But the car lacks the refinement of some of the competitors in its class. I get around 22mpg around town. We've listed all relevant models here. It wasn't turbo charged and didn't have a massive V8. Hope you enjoyed the review.
Engine runs sweet, gear box is smooth and basically everything runs as it should be. Performance is not bad with the 2. And the interior seems particularly dated. The interior can get snug for big people. Likewise they tend to use up rear tyres quite quickly, which can also be expensive to replace.
WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Hate the fact they all look like 318 Sports! EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. This car handled like a go cart and I had a transmission engine match made in heaven. I made my own cup holders. The interior of the was intuitively laid out, with every button within arms reach. It's my 2nd car; being 18 years old, it's a dream to drive! To raise or lower it you simply had to be stationary, twist the clasp and push the roof away from the windscreen header, and flick a switch on the centre console.
Unfortunately, the coupe and convertible will not be replaced until sometime next year. My car has the 5 speed manual, and the manual top, and seat. It used the slinky lines of the 3-Series coupe, with a well developed soft top that attached to the windscreen header with a clasp operated by a single grip, and folded away out of sight behind the rear seat. Basic maintenance is relatively easy; I bought a Haynes manual as a guide. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter.