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Found a pretty nice 96 318iS for sale, and am planning on checking it out in the near future. Before i do so, i'd like to get a few questions answered. Anyone know what the 0-60 time for this car is? Also, are there any particularly well-known problems? If anyone else drives the same model i'd like to have a chat with them, PM me with an instant messenger name/email if you can take some time to have a chat. Thanks.
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I've been driving a 1995 318is for almost a year now and i must say i quite like it
I's 0-60 speed isn't staggering but its a pretty fast car in higher rpm's
Is this your first bmw? or have you driven a bmw before?
Well mine has sport suspension and It's on the road like glue (Almost all bimmers have good handling and maneuverability)
A car like this is a good buy, but watch out the more "extra's" it has, the more your going to pay when something breaks (trust me it will :wink )
What's the mileage and the price of the car?

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this would be my first bimmer. mileage is 105k, and price is 8.5k.
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I got mine for 7000 euro's (don't know what that's in dollars)
it had 84k miles on it but i got it directly from germany (i also don't know if the prices in the us are the same as in europe)
You should wait for replies from us members.
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$8,500 is a little steep in my opinion. Although if it is in prime condition with maintenance records I would ask $8,000. If it has the sport package, it would be worth 8k pretty easily. Good luck w/ your decision
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7,000 euros is exactly $8,482.59 in american. I have a 318i, not the Sport package, but I still love mine. They are right about it being kinda slow, but manual and auto can make a big difference in that. Also, chip it and get some extra horsepower out of the engine. So many little things you can do to extract a little more power from your 318. Think of it this way, gas mileage is amazing with these cars. The suspension is great and it is a lot lighter than any of the other 3 series. I would see if you can talk it down a little more, but the price isn't that bad at all, so long as it was taken care of.

I paid $12k for my 1996 318i a year and a half ago and it had 40k original miles on it, pristine condition with all records showing excellent maintenance. I think I came out with a deal for one of these "driving experiences"

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I just bought my very first BMW, a 1995 318i, with 129K on the clock, I paid ú2575 for it. I know it's high mileage, but it does have full BMW service history with it. I pick it up early next week, & I honestly can't wait

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The owners manual says 10 seconds 0-100 and 17 seconds 1/4 mile for the 5 speed version. However, when I first got the car (4 years ago stock), a trip to Cayuga drag strip proved a nice 8.8 seconds 0-100 and 16.6 1/4 mile.

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I paid 6k for my 95 last year with 109k on it. It is a quite enjoyable car. If you are an enthusiast and want performance and to want to do a lot of modifications you will be looking for 6 cyl before long. However a 318i is a great starter car, maintenance is straight forward and the operating costs are manageable. I don't think you mentioned, is it a 5-spd?

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