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Retro 3 Series reviews from MotorWeek. Has the 3er always been "all that"?

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Has the 3 Series really been "all that" through the years, as most seem to remember? Motor Week revisits the 3 Series in their Retro reviews on Youtube. Check out how the 'World Standard' in sports sedans reviewed in the past.

It's interesting to watch these pretty uniform track tests through the years. Just what has the 3er's body roll looked like through the years?

The other thing I found interesting was the pricing through the years and how it translates to 2015 dollars.

https://youtu.be/IlQ0Y9JTKUk
https://youtu.be/iOa0e3pcsgs
https://youtu.be/WqquIzWX1mQ
https://youtu.be/J3aHWq4zcJk
https://youtu.be/tXwKkOo18JI
https://youtu.be/IXNU3KmYVoM
https://youtu.be/Xxc3VDEKQm4
https://youtu.be/3YbGMzysteg
https://youtu.be/gzAbzgUVgVo
https://youtu.be/MFDz_o5zbU0
https://youtu.be/rOI9FksoWxM
https://youtu.be/6ri_pJoZr_U
https://youtu.be/wrbJDstZnYY

Couple of 5er vids for fun
https://youtu.be/udMOsC8TFmU
https://youtu.be/r4PMkQLT3rE
https://youtu.be/EOD--dFlUqo


https://youtu.be/DMtvBy_TQ_8

Launch model 2012 Luxury line, no sport suspension
https://youtu.be/TiThBrqlXjg

2016 LCI 340i xDrive. Body roll compares pretty favorably with history.
https://youtu.be/3vorHzorLmQ
 

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I know NOTHING about BMW history. I am stoked to go home tonight and watch these videos. Thank you so much for putting it together! :thumbup:
 

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What an enjoyable trip back through the 3 series history. Thanks for pulling those reviews together.
I know NOTHING about BMW history. I am stoked to go home tonight and watch these videos. Thank you so much for putting it together! :thumbup:
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Kudos to Motorweek and Maryland Public Television for making its old road test reviews freely available, and kudos to tturedraider for organizing the BMW 3 and 5 Series videos in this thread. :thumbup:
 

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Kudos to Motorweek and Maryland Public Television for making its old road test reviews freely available, and kudos to tturedraider for organizing the BMW 3 and 5 Series videos in this thread. :thumbup:
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What--no love for the E46?! Shame on you, MotorWeek! Send another intern down into the archives, schnell!

Lots of good viewing here--I can hardly wait. (I confess I may watch the Shark first, not a 3er.) Thanks for pulling them all together! :bow:
 

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What--no love for the E46?! Shame on you, MotorWeek! Send another intern down into the archives, schnell!

Lots of good viewing here--I can hardly wait. (I confess I may watch the Shark first, not a 3er.) Thanks for pulling them all together! :bow:
Yeah, I wish MotorWeek would add their E46 videos. I can't find any good E46 review videos.
 

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The E39 M5 after 15 years still looks contemporary and have performance numbers that are not too shabby by modern standards, bravos to the Munich engineers for that car.
 

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What's crazy is that just about every one of these cars, as well as many E46s are represented for sale on my local Craigslist.
 

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great videos...thanks for sharing!!
 

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This was great. Thanks for putting these up.
 

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Thank you for posting these videos. I love Motorweek and I've been watching it for almost as long as it's been on public television.
 

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If anyone else is curious like I was, here are the 3's in the videos, their base price at the time, and the same adjusted for inflation in 2015 dollars. Hopefully I got everything right. If I typed something wrong, my bad. I got the 2015 $ equivalents at usinflationcalculator.com.


YEAR/MODEL__________BASE PRICE__2015 DOLLARS

1982 E30 318i_________16430_______40575
1983 E30 325e_________21000_______50250
1986 E30 325e_________21000_______45660
1987 E30 325i vert____28875_______60575
1988 E30 325ix________33290_______67060
1990 E30 318s_________21500_______39200
1992 E36 325i_________27990_______47540
1992 E36 325is coupe__29100_______49430
1993 E35 318i_________23710_______39100
1994 E36 318i vert____29900_______48080
1996 E36 328i_________32900_______49970
1996 E36 318ti________19900_______30225
2006 E90 325i_________31595_______37350
2012 F30 328i_________35795_______37155
 

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If anyone else is curious like I was, here are the 3's in the videos, their base price at the time, and the same adjusted for inflation in 2015 dollars. Hopefully I got everything right. If I typed something wrong, my bad. I got the 2015 $ equivalents at usinflationcalculator.com.


YEAR/MODEL__________BASE PRICE__2015 DOLLARS

1982 E30 318i_________16430_______40575
1983 E30 325e_________21000_______50250
1986 E30 325e_________21000_______45660
1987 E30 325i vert____28875_______60575
1988 E30 325ix________33290_______67060
1990 E30 318s_________21500_______39200
1992 E36 325i_________27990_______47540
1992 E36 325is coupe__29100_______49430
1993 E35 318i_________23710_______39100
1994 E36 318i vert____29900_______48080
1996 E36 328i_________32900_______49970
1996 E36 318ti________19900_______30225
2006 E90 325i_________31595_______37350
2012 F30 328i_________35795_______37155
Thanks for doing that! I had checked a couple of them. It certainly puts the prices of today's 3ers & 4ers into perspective.
 

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Thanks for doing that! I had checked a couple of them. It certainly puts the prices of today's 3ers & 4ers into perspective.
It would have been a lot easier if they didn't change where they said the prices all the time. Sometimes it was I the beginning, sometimes middle, sometimes end, so had to keep jumping around listening for it.
 
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