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BMW 3 Series E21 316 (5-Man) (1978 – 1979)

This BMW 3 Series E21 316 (5-Man) model was produced in the period between Aug-1978 and Aug-1979 model years. Also, this BMW is 5 seats 2 doors middle class (bmw 3 series) sedan (saloon).

BMW 316 (5-Man) (Aug-1978 – Aug-1979)

Body Style:

Sedan (Saloon), 2 doors, 5 seats


Petrol (Gasoline), Straight 4, 1573 ccm


90 Hp @ 6000 rpm / 66 kW @ 6000 rpm


123 Nm @ 4000 rpm


- 0-100 km/h, max.speed 160 km/h

Fuel Consumption:

Urban: -
Highway: - at 90 km/h and - at 120 km/h
Mixed: -

Base Price:

8312 Euro

Equipped with straight 4 petrol (gasoline) engine with 1573 ccm capacity it produces 90 Hp and 66 kW power at 6000 rpm and 123 Nm torque at 4000 rpm with top claim speed 160 km/h and acceleration 0-100 km/h in –

General info

Model series3 Series (E21) Limousine (08/75 – 08/79)
Model316 (5-Man)
Internal codeE21
Model startAug-1978
Model endAug-1979
Model series startAug-1975
Model series endAug-1979
Body typeSedan (Saloon)
Vehicle classMiddle Class (BMW 3 Series)
Number of doors2
Number of seats5

Performance and Emissions

This BMW 316 produces 90 Hp and 66 kW power at 6000 rpm and 123 Nm torque at 4000 rpm with top claim speed 160 km/h and acceleration 0-100 km/h in –

Power66 kW / 90 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque123 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Top speed160 km/h
Fuel consumption city
Fuel consumption highway– at 90 km/h and – at 120 km/h
Fuel consumption mixed
CO2 emissions
Emissions categoryWithout catalytic converter
Fuel tank size58 l

Official fuel consumption is – in the city, – on the highway and – in the mixed circle on the Normal fuel type.

Dimensions & Weights

Wheelbase2563 mm
Length4355 mm
Width1610 mm
Height1380 mm
Turning circle10,3 m
Luggage volume404 l
Curb weight1020 kg
Gross weight1440 kg
Payload420 kg
Towing capacity braked 12%1200 kg
Towing capacity unbracked500 kg
Vertical loadN.A.
Roof load75 kg


Engine typePetrol (Gasoline)
Fuel typeNormal
Injection typeCarburettor
Fuel system1 Solex 32 DIDTA carburettor
AspirationNaturally aspirated
CylindersStraight 4
Capacity1573 ccm
Valve gearSOHC (Single Overhead Camshaft)
Valves total8 valves total, 2 per cylinder


DrivetrainRear wheel drive
Gearbox typeManual transmission, 5 speed
Start / stop system
Shift indicator

Suspension, brakes and tyres

For the better road holding, handling behaviour and ride confort in the chassis construction it has independent macpherson strut, coil springs front suspension and independent semi-trailing arm, coil springs rear suspension with discs brakes on the front axle and drum brakes on the rear. Stock tire sizes are 165r13s front and 165r13s rear.

Front suspensionIndependent Macpherson strut, Coil springs
Rear suspensionIndependent Semi-trailing arm, Coil springs
Front brakesDiscs
Rear brakeDrum brakes
Tire size front165R13S
Tire size rear165R13S
Tire pressure monitoring system
Tire pressure control designation
Runflat designation

Safety equipment

Airbag driver
Airbag passenger
Front side airbag
Front side airbag designation
Rear side airbag
Rear side airbag designation
Front head airbag
Front head airbag designation
Rear head airbag
Rear head airbag designation
Airbag Other
Airbag Other designation
Airbag deactivation
Airbag deactivation designation
Pre-crash system
Pre-Crash system designation
3-point belt rear centerStandard
3-point belt rear center – designationBeckengurt
Rear headrests87 Euro
Rear head restraints
Active headrests
Isofix designation
Child seat integrated
Brake assist
Brake assist designation
City emergency brake assist
Emergency brake Assist
Collision warning
Cornering brake control
Traction control
Drive slip regulation
Electronic stability program
Driving dynamics control
Vehicle Dynamics Control – Trailer
Charging status check
Brake light dynamic
Brake light dynamic designation
Active steering
Fog lights83 Euro
Variable light distribution
Xenon headlights
LED headlights
Laser headlights
Light sensor
Rain sensor
Auto distance control
Automatic distance control designation
Traffic jam assistant
Night view assist
Pedestrian detection
Drowsiness detection
Lane departure
Lane change assistant
Emergency assistant
Intersection assistant
Intersection assistant
Pedestrian protection system
Traffic sign recognition
Head-up display (HUD)
Speed ​​limiter
High-beam assistant


Warranty (vehicle)No
Paint warrantyNo
Rust warranty6 Years
Additional warranty

Prices and additional equipment

Base price8312 Euro
Air conditioner
Central locking system
Window lifter electr. Front
Window lifter electr. Rear
Parking aid
Parking aid designation
Parking assistant
Trailer assist
Hill start assist
Radio282 Euro
Radio designationBMW Bavaria S
Navigation designation
Emergency function
Alloy wheels576 Euro
Leather interior
Metallic paint318 Euro

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