BMW 3 series 1991 E36 Sedan

This generation of BMW 3 series E36 has been produced from January, 1991 to April, 1998. We can provide information about 25 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with ten petrol engines with displacement from 1.6 to 2.8 litres and power of from 99 to 193 horsepower un three diesel engines with displacement from 1.7 to 2.5 litres and power of from 90 to 143 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (13 versions), as well as automatic (12 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series 1991 E36 sedan average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 6.9 to 10 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 6.5 to 8.4 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient BMW 3 series 1991 E36 sedan petrol engine version is BMW 318is, consuming 6.9 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient BMW 3 series 1991 E36 sedan diesel - BMW 318tds for 100 kilometers consumes 6.5 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, BMW 3 series real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 6 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +9% for petrol engines and +3% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific BMW 3 series modification.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 7.3 seconds has BMW 328i version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 316i reaching this speed only in 15 seconds. The maximum top speed is 236 km/h for the 2.8 petrol 6-cylinder 193 hp version (BMW 328i).

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 443 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - BMW 3 series is about 4 cm longer than Audi 80 sedan, but 3 cm shorter than Honda Civic sedan. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1650 to 1860 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 10 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles. BMW 3 series trunk space is 435 litres, by folding down all rear seats boot capacity can be increased to 1200 litres.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 3700 €. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 130 € per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series 1991 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2300 € cost per year and 0.19 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 59%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 25% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of BMW 3 series for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 3 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 3 series received average grade 7.2 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. 83% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
BMW 316i Jan 1991 — Sep 1993 1.6 Petrol 99 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 316i Jan 1991 — Sep 1993 1.6 Petrol 100 HP 8.4 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 316i Sep 1993 — Apr 1998

Most fuel efficient petrol version by real consumption

1.6 Petrol 102 HP 7.7 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 316i Sep 1993 — Apr 1998 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 8.4 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 318tds Oct 1994 — Apr 1998

Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.7 Diesel 90 HP 6.5 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 318i Jan 1991 — Sep 1993 1.8 Petrol 113 HP 8.3 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 318i Jan 1991 — Sep 1993 1.8 Petrol 113 HP 8.6 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 318i Sep 1993 — Apr 1998 1.8 Petrol 115 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 318i Sep 1993 — Apr 1998 1.8 Petrol 115 HP 8.6 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 318is Jan 1991 — Dec 1996

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.8 Petrol 140 HP 6.9 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 318is Jan 1991 — Dec 1996

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.8 Petrol 140 HP 6.9 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 318is Mar 1996 — Apr 1998

Most fuel efficient petrol version by real consumption

1.9 Petrol 140 HP 8.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 318is Mar 1996 — Apr 1998 1.9 Petrol 140 HP 8.8 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 320i 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 9.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 320i 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 10.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 323i Mai 1995 — Apr 1998 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 9.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 323i Mai 1995 — Apr 1998 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 10.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 325i Jan 1991 — Mar 1995 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 8.8 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 325i Jan 1991 — Mar 1995 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.3 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 325td 2.5 Diesel 115 HP 7.4 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 325td 2.5 Diesel 115 HP 8.4 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 325tds Sep 1993 — Apr 1998

Most powerfull diesel version (143 HP)

2.5 Diesel 143 HP 7.3 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 325tds Sep 1993 — Apr 1998

Most powerfull diesel version (143 HP)

2.5 Diesel 143 HP 8.3 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 328i Jan 1995 — Apr 1998

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds

2.8 Petrol 193 HP 9.2 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 328i Jan 1995 — Apr 1998

Most powerfull petrol version (193 HP)

2.8 Petrol 193 HP 10.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 3 series service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

BMW 3 series safety

During safety testing BMW 3 series has obtained 2 stars from five, which means quite low safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of BMW 3 series is evaluated with two stars, and for pedestrian protection BMW 3 series got two stars.

BMW 3 series prices

BMW 3 series 1991 - 1998 sedan price in Latvia is from 2500 € to 5500 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is very high - BMW 3 series is almost two times more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1991 - 1998 prices). Despite of price above average BMW 3 series quality is not so good (see below), so this BMW may not be the best choice for this price.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 3 series 1997 price 2800 € 3500 € 4100 €
BMW 3 series 1991 price 2500 € 3900 € 5500 €

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BMW 3 series reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service BMW 3 series reliability is more below average. In the roadworthiness tests in 2009 defects were detected in an average of 26.9 percent of BMW 3 series of this generation (on average 15 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 23.3%.

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BMW 3 series 1991 E36 sedan features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Metallic paint
54%
Sunroof
44%
Conditioning
31%
Climate control
28%
Leather upholstery
20%
Adjustable steering wheel
19%

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BMW 3 series reviews

Total 78 BMW 3 series owner reviews

BMW 3 series 1998 Cabrio Petrol 3 litres, Automatic gearbox
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Purchase year:2005 age of car 7 years)Owned for30`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption:12.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total car rating:
8
   male, age 33
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