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Old 06-07-2004, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi.

I'm new and really just posting for advice!

I just drove and put a small deposit on a white 1997 318ti with 84K. It'll set me back about $8300, which I think is an alright deal. The body is perfect, the interior is clean but a little worn (it's cloth, not leather), and the Carfax check came back clean. It needs to have the rotors turned, but I've heard that that could snowball into a complete brake job. I am going to have it checked by a third-party mechanic.

All I really wanted was a nicer ride than my 1995 Subaru (which has treated me very well and I will be sad to let go) without overextending myself to buy or lease a new car.

Is the 318ti worth it? I'm a complete BMW moron and I really do drive like a grandma, but I'm a hatchback freak and this little car was fun to drive.

What would YOU do?

Thanks!
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If you turn the rotors, gotta do the pads. The old pads have the worn rotors wear pattern and will prolly ruin your machined rotors.

imo, unless the car has all maint. records with all maint. completed and is in perfect shape, you will be spending some bucks over the next 5 years fixing lots of stuff.(depending on how long you want to keep the car).

If you want to join the BMW club, come on in. Just come in with eyes open. Who will be doing the maint. in the future. Call them and ask how much the next required maint. on this car costs. Ask them how much a brake job is. No downside to getting more info.

Maybe some else can comment if the price/mileage/etc makes this a good deal.

You can alway check prices on autotrader.com to see where you stand.
Also, kbb.com or edmunds.com may have additional info. Consumer Reports Annual Auto Buying Guide has ratings for reliable used cars. If you check out your local library for an older copy with the 318 in it, you can find out how it rated in reliability and problem areas.

Good luck.
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I thought most machine shops won't resurface BMW rotors because they're too hard. IMO go with new pads and rotors. It will be less of a headache then getting them resurfaced, and that way you know they'll last for awhile.

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P.S. The ti would be a fun little car.
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