BMW 3 series E36 Cabrio 1993

This generation of BMW 3 series E36 has been produced from January, 1993 to December, 1999. We can provide information about 10 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with five petrol engines with displacement from 1.8 to 2.8 litres and power of from 115 to 193 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (5 versions), as well as automatic (5 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series E36 cabrio average fuel consumption in combined cycle is from 8.1 to 11 litres per 100km. The most economical BMW 3 series version is BMW 318i Cabrio, consuming 8.1 litres of petrol per 100km.

BMW 3 series E36 cabrio CO2 emissions are from 192 to 248 grams per kilometer. BMW 3 series version with the lowest CO2 emissions is BMW 318i Cabrio, which produces 192 grams of CO2 per one kilometer.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 7.7 seconds has BMW 328i Cabrio version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 318i Cabrio reaching this speed only in 14 seconds.

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 443 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - BMW 3 series is about 7 cm longer than Ford Focus sedan, but 3 cm shorter than Honda Civic sedan. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1770 to 1865 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 17 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 4600 $. 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 0.19 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 61%, 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! Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 3 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 3 series received average grade 7.0 (from 10) which is lower than average mark for similar aged cars (7.6). 83% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
BMW 318i Cabrio Apr 1994 — Sep 1999 1.8 Petrol 115 HP 8.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 318i Cabrio Apr 1994 — Sep 1999 1.8 Petrol 115 HP 9.3 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 320i Cabrio Jan 1993 — Sep 1999 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 320i Cabrio Jan 1993 — Sep 1999 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 323i Jan 1995 — Dec 1999 2.5 Petrol 170 HP - Manual (5 gears)
BMW 323i Jan 1995 — Dec 1999 2.5 Petrol 170 HP - Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 325i Cabrio Sep 1993 — Mar 1995 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 325i Cabrio Sep 1993 — Mar 1995 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 328i Cabrio Jan 1995 — Sep 1999 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 9.3 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 328i Cabrio Jan 1995 — Sep 1999 2.8 Petrol 193 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 - 1999 cabrio price in Latvia is from 2700 $ to 7500 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is entirely high - BMW 3 series is approximately for 76 percents more expensive then average cabrios of this age (compare cabrios 1993 - 1999 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 1999 price 4200 $ 4700 $ 5000 $
BMW 3 series 1998 price 3700 $ 4900 $ 6000 $
BMW 3 series 1997 price 3100 $ 4600 $ 6000 $
BMW 3 series 1996 price 3400 $ 4000 $ 5000 $
BMW 3 series 1995 price 3900 $ 6000 $ 7500 $
BMW 3 series 1994 price 2900 $ 4000 $ 4700 $
BMW 3 series 1993 price 2700 $ 4100 $ 5500 $

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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 2011, defects were detected in an average of 30 percent of BMW 3 series of this generation.

BMW 3 series reliability and quality

BMW 3 series E36 cabrio features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Metallic paint
68%
Leather upholstery
54%
Adjustable steering wheel
40%
Conditioning
36%
Climate control
34%
Heated seats
34%

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BMW 3 series reviews

Total 74 BMW 3 series owner reviews

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 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 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 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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