BMW 3 Series - Saloon - Petrol - Available Trims: Sport, SE
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Review of "BMW 316i"
UDATE AUGUST 2002
- Rear parking sensors
- Improved alloy wheels
- Cruise control
- Stereo controls on steering wheel
- Rear electric windows
- Automatic air circulation
The 3 series has also had a minor face lift which has greatly improved the look of the 3. Changes were made to the front light cluster and grill, side indicators and rear light clusters. Even more reasons to buy a 3 series.ORIGINAL OP
Why, you'll save some money and basically get the same car. Both are powereed by the same 1895cc engine. The difference between the two is 13 bhp. Downsizing will save you a over £1300. BMW told me the difference was down to cam settings (or something like that). I think its just 'chipped' differently. Simply go for the 'No Badge' option, and nobody will ever know :) Either bag the savings or splash out on leather.Always go for the SE if possible. All the extras (climate control, cruise, reverse parking sensors, etc) are all worth having. I went for the automatic gearbox myself (not steptronic). This is very impressive. You have two modes - standard and sport. Once in sport mode, the engine holds those revs that little bit longer. Real grunty drive. Very impressive for a 1.9. Also handy for those overtaking moments. Apparantly, the gearbox learns your driving style in order to respond and perform better. My 'Beamer' seems to know me now.
Excellent road handling and a very smooth drive. There are very few cars that can compete with this model. Servicing is on average after every 15K. I've just gone over 31K and just had my Inspection I. Won't get to see an Inspection II service until 50K. Fantastic!Things I would like improved:
1. Better sound system - MORE BASS!
2. Slightly more legroom at the rear
3. Accelerator and brake pedal too close, could do with more space in-between (applies to automatic model only I guess)
4. Improved sound proofing for motorway driving
Product Information : BMW 316i
Manufacturer's product descriptionBMW 3 Series - Saloon - Petrol - Available Trims: Sport, SE
Range: BMW 3 Series
Available Trims: SE; Sport
Fuel Type: Petrol
Body Type: Saloon
Listed on Ciao since: 09/09/2000