BMW 3 series E36 Hatchback 1993

This generation of BMW 3 series E36 has been produced from January, 1993 to September, 2000. We can provide information about 11 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with four petrol engines with displacement from 1.6 to 2.5 litres and power of from 102 to 170 horsepower un one diesel engine with displacement 1.7 litres and power of 90 HP.
The car is available with both manual (6 versions), as well as automatic (5 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series E36 hatchback average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7.6 to 10 litres per 100km, but for diesel engine - approximately 6.4 litres per 100km. The most economical BMW 3 series petrol engine version is BMW 316i Compact, consuming 7.6 litres per 100km.

BMW 3 series E36 hatchback CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 182 to 249 grams per kilometer, but for diesel engine - approximately 168 grams per kilometer. From BMW 3 series with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has BMW 316i Compact which produces an average of 182 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 7.8 seconds has BMW 323ti Compact version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 318tds Compact reaching this speed only in 14 seconds.

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 421 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - BMW 3 series is about 2 cm longer than Honda Civic hatchback, but 6 cm shorter than Toyota Corolla hatchback. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1635 to 1750 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 15 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 1900 $. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 150 $ per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2300 € cost per year and 0.23 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 60%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 24% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of BMW 3 series for your situation and driving habits here! Our review authors managed to sell their BMW 3 series in average time of 1 weeks. Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 3 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 3 series received average grade 7.3 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. 89% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
BMW 316i Compact Jan 1993 — Sep 1999 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 7.7 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 316i Compact Jan 1993 — Sep 1999 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 318tds Compact Apr 1995 — Sep 2000 1.7 Diesel 90 HP 6.4 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 318ti Compact Sep 1994 — Mar 1996 1.8 Petrol 140 HP 8.3 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 318ti Compact Sep 1994 — Mar 1996 1.8 Petrol 140 HP 8.5 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 316i Compact Sep 1999 — Sep 2000 1.9 Petrol 105 HP 7.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 316i Compact Sep 1999 — Sep 2000 1.9 Petrol 105 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 318ti Compact Mar 1996 — Jan 1999 1.9 Petrol 140 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 318ti Compact Mar 1996 — Jan 1999 1.9 Petrol 140 HP 8.8 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 323ti Compact Jan 1995 — Sep 2000 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 9.3 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 323ti Compact Jan 1995 — Sep 2000 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)

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 1993 - 2000 hatchback price in Latvia is from 650 $ to 3600 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is very high - BMW 3 series is almost two times more expensive then average hatchbacks of this age (compare hatchbacks 1993 - 2000 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 2000 price 1400 $ 2300 $ 3600 $
BMW 3 series 1999 price 650 $ 1800 $ 2900 $
BMW 3 series 1998 price 1600 $ 2000 $ 2700 $
BMW 3 series 1997 price 1300 $ 2300 $ 3300 $
BMW 3 series 1996 price 1700 $ 1800 $ 2000 $
BMW 3 series 1995 price 1000 $ 1700 $ 2400 $
BMW 3 series 1994 price 1000 $ 1400 $ 2100 $

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BMW 3 series reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of German vehicle inspection service (TÜV) BMW 3 series quality is more below average. In the roadworthiness tests carried out in 2012, defects were detected in an average of 31.3 percent of BMW 3 series of this generation.

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BMW 3 series E36 hatchback features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Metallic paint
52%
Sunroof
39%
Conditioning
35%
Leather upholstery
19%
Heated seats
16%
Adjustable steering wheel
13%

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BMW 3 series reviews

Total 74 BMW 3 series owner reviews

BMW 3 series 2000 Sedan Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 16 years) Owned for:80`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 444 $ (~ 148 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 25
BMW 3 series 1998 Cabrio Petrol 2.5 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2005 (age of car 7 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 12.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 33
BMW 3 series 2000 Sedan Petrol 1.9 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 15 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 133.2 $ (~ 66 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 30
BMW 3 series 2000 Sedan Diesel, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2001 (age of car 1 year) Owned for:100`000 kilometers (15 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 444 $ (~ 29 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 52
BMW 3 series 1999 Estate car/wagon Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2010 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:20`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 555 $ (~ 185 $ per year)
Total car rating:
6/10
   female, age 50
BMW 3 series 1996 Estate car/wagon Petrol 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2013 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:3`000 kilometers (4 years)
Average fuel consumption: 14.0 litres per 100km (100% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2419.8 $ (~ 604 $ per year)
Total car rating:
5/10
   male, age 42
BMW 3 series 1997 Hatchback Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2010 (age of car 13 years) Owned for:5`000 kilometers (5 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 222 $ (~ 44 $ per year)
Total car rating:
5/10
   male, age 38
BMW 3 series 1994 Sedan Petrol 1.8 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2005 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:50`000 kilometers (11 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (10% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 77.7 $ (~ 7 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 47
BMW 3 series 2000 Estate car/wagon Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2008 (age of car 8 years) Owned for:115`000 kilometers (8 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1875.9 $ (~ 234 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 45
BMW 3 series 1999 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:3`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1221 $ (~ 1221 $ per year)
Total car rating:
6/10
 
BMW 3 series 1995 Sedan Petrol 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2009 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:13`000 kilometers (8 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 88.8 $ (~ 11 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 29
BMW 3 series 1998 Sedan Petrol 1.8 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:1998 (age of car 0 years) Owned for:57`000 kilometers (19 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.6 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total car rating:
7/10
   female, age 45
BMW 3 series 1994 Cabrio Petrol 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 21 year) Owned for:40`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 77.7 $ (~ 25 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male
BMW 3 series 1996 Sedan Petrol 1.8 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 19 years) Owned for:70`000 kilometers (4 years)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 666 $ (~ 166 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 45
BMW 3 series 1999 Hatchback Petrol 2.5 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:35`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.5 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 543.9 $ (~ 181 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 28
BMW 3 series 2000 Sedan Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2017 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 466.2 $ (~ 233 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 22
BMW 3 series 2000 Hatchback Diesel 3.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 15 years) Owned for:8`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 22.2 $
Total car rating:
8/10
 
BMW 3 series 1994 Sedan Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 21 year) Owned for:4`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 166.5 $
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 21
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