ENGINE 2494cc/6-cyl/OHC POWER 171bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 164lb ft@4000rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 131mph 0-60mph 7.4sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 23-29mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, five-speed manual MoT 12 months ODOMETER 172,400 miles
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
The engine feels sweet and freerevving and the running gear all feels fine, with no slackness evident and no ‘clonks’ when negotiating speed humps. The aftermarket quickshift gearlever conversion is a matter of taste, but the action feels a little brutal to us; the seller is considering having it removed, so it’s worth having a chat with him in advance. The only other concern is a windscreen chip within the driver’s line of vision, which may cause MoT problems unless rectified.
The car’s fresh coat of Alpine White paint doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny too well; small flecks of overspray lurk on the inside of the offside B-pillar, and it doesn’t look as though the new paint extends behind the rear lights. There are also corrosion stains in the fresh paint around the nearside sill. That said, there are no dents, panel gaps are even, and we found no obvious signs of corrosion (but it’s worth getting the car up on a ramp so you can check properly). Tyres are new Falken 205/155s, mounted on
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
The driver’s seat bolster has a small fray and a cigarette burn on the base, and a small trim panel to the right of the steering column is coming loose, but the grey cloth trim is generally in fine nick, as is the black leather steering wheel. The spec includes an electric sunroof, aftermarket Alpine CD head unit and electric mirrors. The electric rear windows don’t work and the digital display of the trip computer is also faulty. The aftermarket immobiliser was acting erratically, maybe due to an expiring battery. A few issues, then – but with a little work, this would be a really nice interior.
UNDER THE BONNET
On the day of our inspection the seller hadn’t yet had chance to give the car a full health check, so there was room for improvement in the engine bay, and the inspection warning lamp was illuminated on the dash. The bonnet release cable was also broken, the bonnet insulation was disintegrating, and the engine oil was a little old. On the positive side, the hydraulic fluid and coolant looked decent, and the radiator appeared to have been recently replaced, along with some coolant pipes. The service history includes a large number of main dealer stamps, BMW service checklists and receipts for small sundry items, including a cambelt change in 2014.
THE CCW VIEW
This has the makings of a tidy example of a gradually appreciating 3-series, with a desirable engine and gearbox and high specification. A service, thorough prep work throughout and some detailed cosmetic attention to the paint should make it be worthy of its current price tag.
PROS High spec; desirable engine and gearbox
CONS Aftermarket gearchange; some detail flaws
ASKING £6250 PRICE
Short-shift gearbox kit may be removed before sale.
Engine needs a service, bay needs attention.