The shocks may last longer than that but the shock mounts should be considered suspect at 72K as they are a known weakness of the 3 series vehicles of this vintage. It's true that most maintenance costs are directly related to mileage so this might not buy me much but its nice to have the umbrella warranty for as long as possible. Standard power comes from an all-new, highly refined 2. To become a contender, a vehicle must first go on sale by the end of January 1998. The same rules regarding independent shop labor apply here, but the parts are a significant part of the expense. For starters, there is new, distinctive styling that is instantly recognizable from the front or the rear. Those are the makings of a sedan-based sports car wannabe.
That pretty well demonstrates my observation that if you don't beat the hell out of the car it won't necessarily hammer you in maintenance costs. This year it turned up with a five-valve version of the 2. This is German engineering at its best. Was replaced free of charge. My model being a 98' 328i M-Tech coupe, Boston green, full black leather, M3 replica. Inside, however, these Accords are both stylistically and ergonomically satisfying.
For an extra-sporty look, choose this model with 19-inch wheels and a shiny black finish. And you never know when or where a particular skill set may come in handy. Its dynamic elegance makes it practical for business calls and pleasure cruising alike. It has now travelled 135,000 km and still gives great fuel economy. Due to different wear patterns front tires wear on the outside edges while the rears wear at the center, and the rears always wear faster than the fronts , tire rotation can negatively affect handling. The 3 Series has been manufactured in Leipzig, Munich, Jakarta, Tehran, and several other cities around the world.
They were great driving cars that put the fun back into motoring, cars that were enjoyable to drive, safe and refined, the sort that made you want to get behind the wheel. The tree wasn't going all that fast when it jumped in front of the car. I had considered trading the car in 2002 before I did this work, but my finances dictated I stay the course. Meanwhile, the interior featured rounded and padded edges for better safety. There was a new 1. Hope you enjoyed the review. My hope, however, is that I'll retire the vehicle from routine service before that which will allow me to rebuild the engine at my leisure and finally give this hard working lady a long-deserved rest.
An should be able to do it for less. The black leather interior is in amazing condition with no rips, tears, wrinkles, or fading. The rest of the car is pure magic. But the car lacks the refinement of some of the competitors in its class. If you ignore this advice the resulting damage to the engine will make a cooling system overhaul look downright cheap.
Then we go over all the information gathered at new-car introductions over the past year. If you lack this experience, however, you would be well advised to attend a to learn how to handle a sports car. A tree unlikely to give so much as an inch in an unpleasant encounter with, oh, a cement truck, let alone a mere 3328-pound sports sedan. The 328i Convertible is outdated compared with recent models from Saab, Mercedes-Benz and the upcoming Volvo C70. All season tires are a compromise. I want a technologically simple, normally aspirated, relatively lightweight, high performance vehicle. In any of these incarnations, the A4 remains one of our favorite rides.
Alloy wheels were optional, steel wheels came standard and they had full wheel covers, but that hardly made up for the lack of alloys. In the end, we emerged with an even higher respect for the unique blend of athleticism, comfort, and quality that distinguishes these cars. The lightweight all-aluminum engine also makes for excellent weight distribution that complements the control-arm front and multilink rear suspensions. It's important to note that maintenance costs have risen about 75% since 1998. The manual transmission does have one significant advantage over the automatic; it's a lot easier to replace the fluid on a manual than an automatic. Book labor is around an hour so it's relatively cheap to do this and keep the car idling and running smoothly.
The third generation E36, which was produced from 1990 until 2000, had more of an executive feel. Given the relationship of maintenance costs to mileage and the fact that we are still in a very fragile economy, it's nice to know that if I stop commuting for any reason my maintenance costs drop to near zero. The seats were comfortable and well bolstered allowing for a perfect driving experience. However, that's where the praise ends. Everything has the feel that it's 'made to last'. Despite all these improvements, the prices for the 1998 models have shrunk slightly. That cap has changed over the years.
It is coupled to a four-speed automatic whose shifts are utterly fluid. It's hard to be more specific regarding a service interval because there have been three revisions of the water pump throughout the life of the E36 and they each fail for different reasons. 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. This car is similar in size to the 1 and 2 series. The radiators usually crack where the hoses connect. .
While its exterior was similar to its predecessor's, it was defined by its well-received dual headlights. The car went to the body shop to address rust forming on the front window frame. Doing a partial flush every year would be even better. Not cheap by any standard, but not out of line with other vehicles in its class either. Even with an automatic, you couldn't find a gear or speed that this car wouldn't instantly take off from. Look instead for signs of accident damage and small dings caused by careless drivers.