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BMW 3-Series Convertible engines, drive and performance

1993 - 2000 (change model)
Performance rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

A limited line-up of engines for the convertible, compared to the other bodystyles in the 3-Series line-up. The smallest engine is the four-cylinder 318; OK for cruising, but lacks real punch. The six cylinder units (320, 323, 325 and 328) are fabulous: powerful, sophisticated and a joy to drive.

The rear-wheel-drive 3-Series is great to drive; and with the roof down on a summer’s evening, it feels fabulous. The chassis invites you to drive it hard, although on models without traction control you’ll need to watch it in the wet as it has tail-happy characteristics (especially the more powerful models). Ride is quite firm, but fine for the motorway.