About BMW 323i
Known as a model of the BMW 3 Series, which is the BMW's top seller in the United States market and the successor to the BMW 02 Series, BMW 323i was built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, between 1998 and 2000 as an entry-level executive car. Originally introduced as a mid-range model in the third-generation 3 Series lineup, 323i was one of the models to be available with much first equipment in BMW lineup. Competing against the Volvo C70, Volvo S70, and Saturn LW, 323i had been manufactured for only a few years before it was discontinued and replaced.
BMW 323i made its debut for the 1998 model year when the 3 Series was in its third generation. It was offered in two body styles, 2-door convertible and 5-door wagon (E36) and came in only one trim level. Available for several packages such as Premium, Sport, and Cold Weather, BMW 323i was equipped with many standard luxury features such as a rear semi-trailing arm suspension, MacPherson strut suspension in the front, Xenon headlamps, fog lamps, automatic climate control, power-adjustable seats, satellite navigation, premium audio, Dakota leather upholstery, glass sunroof, heated front seats, Bluetooth and USB audio input. During its lifetime, BMW 323i was powered by a 2.5 L inline 6-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through a 5-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels.
BMW 323i Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting a lengthy list of standard luxury features, excellent build quality, and good reputation, BMW 323i was very popular among car enthusiasts. But in view of the production of 323i has ended and the youngest 323i now is at least seventeen years old, you had better be prepared for these common problems on it:
First, for BMW 323i drivers, the worst situation would be the engine failure appearing along with the cooling system failure. It is known to every driver that engine failure could impair vehicle performance and even shortened its lifespan, the cooling system failure only deteriorates and speeds up all these symptoms. According to experienced 323i drivers, once the cooling system starts to leak coolant, the engine performance will plummet quickly. After keeping overheating and staying at a high operating temperature for a while, the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from staring issues such as hard starting or inability to start. Before the vehicle dies completely, a great reduction in power, acceleration and fuel economy will also happen. Once Low Coolant Light and Check Engine Light are activated, you had better inspect if the 323i water pump, thermostat, radiator, intake manifold gasket, engine control module and valve cover gasket are working properly or not.
Second, another troublesome issue on BMW 323i would be the steering failure, which often causes serious consequences as drivers could not solve it as soon as possible. The main responsibility of steering system is to guide drivers to the right direction they want safely. But based on the experienced 323i drivers, after a while of driving, the power steering fluids will leak on the ground, and they feel hard to steer due to the roughly operated steering wheel. Some also said once the Traction Control Light come on, you should set about to inspect the working condition of 323 power steering hose, power steering reservoir, steering shaft, steering wheel, upper steering column bearing and steering column cover.
To enjoy a safe and comfortable ride on your BMW 323i, you should attach enough importance to performing routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts. Some parts such as 323i seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be maintained routinely as they work hard in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they are exposed to harsh working conditions all the time.
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