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Remarkable Tidbits about the BMW 323i

  • The BMW 323i is part of the BMW 3 Series. The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive car that has been around since May 1975. This accounts for 30% of the annual total sales of BMW automobiles, making it the best-selling and most successful model.
  • The BMW 3 Series, where the BMW 323i belongs, is a successor of the BMW New Class line. If the BMW 3 Series made the BMW brand one of the most recognizable automobile makers worldwide, the New Class was BMW's foundation that made it part of the upper tier performance carmaker.
  • BMW has a unique nomenclature that is evident in its models. The 323i for instance meant that the car belongs to the 3 series as signified by the first number. The next two numbers tell how large the engine is; in this case, it's a 2.3 liter engine. The “i” in the end means that the engine is fuel injected.
  • The 323i was one of the first models that came out from the BMW 3 series line-up. In the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 323i was unveiled to the public's eyes. It was one of the few vehicles that feature disc brakes on all wheels at that time.
  • After the 323i was introduced in 1977, it wasn't to be seen again until the 90s because the second generation of the 3 series went for a bigger engine, a 2.5 liter to be exact. Thus, BMW needed to change the name to comply with its nomenclature system and the 325 was born.
  • The 323 made a comeback in 1990 as a third generation 3 series model. This is when the 3 series peaked and gained momentum in the market. However, the 323 isn't all that it used to be. For one, it was the first BMW model to break their nomenclature system. Instead of having a 2.3-liter engine the 323 was fitted with a 2.5. This is because BMW has to make way for the 328i line. BMW want the numbers between the models to become far in between so that they could have a distinction.
  • The 323i came back to the 3 series line-up only until the fifth generation was introduced. But at this time, the 323i was only available in Canada. In Canada, the 323i took over the 320i. However, the 2.3 liter engine didn't come back ever again because the 323i still had a 2.5 liter engine. The 323i is one of the most affordable BMWs in the market because it is priced the same with the smaller BMW 128i.

BMW 323i Articles

  • Regular Irregularities Found in the BMW 323i

    A part of the prestigious 3-series, the 323i once had an apt 2.3 liter, inline-4 engine that cruised its way along the roads with great ease. However, as time passed and things progressed, BMW though that the 323i must have a bigger and more powerful engine. And this is why, the 323i has never been one to pull up various memories. However, it has experienced a renaissance period in the Canadian market. Nowadays, the 323i is still a car to be loved. But love comes also with accepting the bad and the ugly. Here are just some of those bad and ugly things that are related to the BMW 323i.


    Although well built and has the BMW seal of reliability, there are some cases where a number of BMW 323i's have experienced engine troubles. The engine overheats as a result of the thermostat failing to read the right temperature. Overheating can cause severe damage to the engine and other important parts. In addition, there have been reports of oil leaks from the engine area that comes out in an average of 100,000 miles. The valve cover gasket usually fails at this time.


    There are complaints about a clunk or jolt felt in the steering while braking. This is mainly because of a front control arm problem. The bracket bushings may fail due to wear and tear. Another unsettling problem is with the steering hoses. The 323i is equipped with power steering and there may be times that these hoses will simultaneously fail. This is also reflected by numerous testimonials. A failure in the power steering hoses will cause fluid leaks that will make the 323i hard to maneuver.


    The electric issue prevalent in the BMW 323i is the blower final stage fan resistor failure. The symptoms of this case can be observed when the heater fan speed becomes erratic even if it is set in one mode. The fan doesn't turn off even if the car is already parked, or the fan will not switch on at all.


    NHTSA began to make recalls of the BMW 323i on April 30, 1999 because of air bag problems. The air bag would accidentally deploy because of improperly sensitive sensors. Along with this accidental deployment, the battery safety terminal would also kick in, even if the car isn't in a crash. This disconnects the starter cable from the battery case. Consequently, the engine would suddenly stop running. To solve this, dealers were ordered to recalibrate the central computer control module that regulates the occupant protection systems.

    In another shocking recall, NHTSA found out that the 1999 model might have improperly installed the retaining clip on the brake pedal arm. Therefore, braking won't be possible once the arm and the pushrod disconnects. On May 14, 1999, the dealers made inspections with the installation of this clip and changes were made accordingly.