all cars go to hell when the car doesnt recieve proper maintainace. all i can say is these cars run amazing with the proper scheduled maintainace, you will probably have a few wear products break down around the 10 year mark but other than that, the engine should be strong and the bodies are bulletproof if taken care of.
I'd say you've heard wrong. Like Furious says, take care of your car, it will take care of you. Especially a 98, that should last for awhile from the start. You'll get greta gas mileage, use 91 octane or better. It seems to be common practice to use Mobil 1 synthetic oil in Bimmers. Change that every 4-6k miles. It is made to last a little longer, so the little extra on the price is worth it and the protection is great.
Mechanically speaking, you shouldn't have to worry about much breaking in the way of extreme wear and tear within the nxt 5 years. Maybe check the brakes and tires cause those are some of the most worn parts of your car. How many miles does this 318 have now?
You hear the rumors and actually see Hondas running for years and years and years. Well, BMWs can do it every bit as long and more than likely longer, so long as you take care of your car. Welcome to the wonderful world of BMWs!
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
I agree...BMw cars will not break down on you unless you neglect them. I have a 94 318i, no problems with the body..engine...suspension. My engine had 253xxx km on it (I did a engine swap now) but it was still going strong. I changed because I need more power!
If your looking for power, then go for a 325..if your looking for something that will be your everyday driver and take a little abuse, go with the 318. I have had my car for 3 yrs now and before I did the swap, the only thing that I went on me was the alternator. Overall, a great car!
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Body: 318i 4 door
Mods: M50 engine, Jim C chip, light-weight flywheel, dual cat-back custom exhaust, 3:15 lsd, euro headlights w/angel eyes, 5300K HID, smoked corner lights, FK Motorsports foglights (crystal clear), ABS plastic upper eyebrow, clear side markers, M3 powered side mirrors w/LED, blacked out grill, M3 lighted shift knob, 17" ROH Furry wheels w/Kumho tires, Brembo cross drilled rotors and Hawk performance brake pads all around, PSS9 Bilstein and H&R coil over kit, front strut bar and Alpine alarm.
You will definately be satisfied with that 318, of course as everyone says if it's in good condition in the engine, suspension, exhaust ect... make sure you get the maintenance records for it to see what's been replaced, in the next couple of years or more the only things you'll probably need to replace are maybe a couple of belts (like the A/C belt), tires, brakes and whatnot. My '96 shifts much better than a 2001 Nissan Altima I drove the other day... my clutch is original, all the major parts are original on my car, and it still drives as new. In the next 3 or 4 years on my car I'll probably have the fuel pump and a few suspension related components replaced but that's it.
For me, brakes and pads are about $250 (for 2 rotors and 2 pads), oil changes are basic pretty much like every other car, except my mechanice changes the oil filter everytimg I change my oil. The 1.9L engine takes less oil than the other 6 cyls and is easier to keep up and maintained. Some things will probably be cheaper to replace compared to like a 325 or 328 motor. My car has 103,000 miles on it. All in all, great car for the price.
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