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Old 08-09-2004, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

It looks like I am about to but a 93 318i Auto with fsh & 90k miles on it. I've done about as much research as i can on the net but was wondering if you guys could tell me of anything i should be looking for as this will be my first BMW.

Also, would anyone be able to tell me the towing weight for the auto or is it the same as the manual?

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would strongly recommend against buying an auto 318, it's seriously underpowered. Either get a 5 speed 318 or an auto 325. The weight is pretty much the same (auto vs. manual), but I would expect the auto version to be slightly heavier. It may be a bit difficult on the highway if you want to pass cars. However, if your only main concern is fuel economy and you want all the luxury and handling of an E36, there really isn't any other differences between the other models, go for it.

318's weight is approx. 2800lbs.

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Old 08-09-2004, 03:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Whats the asking price for the car?
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Old 08-09-2004, 03:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah te 318 autos are dogs but still good cars if you dont want speed!

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Old 08-09-2004, 03:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's asking price is 1750 from a trader. I'm not particularly worried about rushing around as this will be a family car ( got a bike for speed!)
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It's asking price is 1750 from a trader. I'm not particularly worried about rushing around as this will be a family car ( got a bike for speed!)
well thre ya go get it! great family car gotta lvoe having a bike around!

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Old 08-10-2004, 03:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well seeing as you guys can't slate it to bad I should be getting it tomorrow morning.

I'll let you know.

Thanks for the words!

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Cool, i'd go for it also.
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You got a bike, heck great reliable car, go for it
Towing may be an issue, but whatever it will work
Being a fellow 318 owner, welcome

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I have been driving the 318i auto for about 2 and half years, I have put 70000 km on it (its at 162000km), it drives really fine and the sequential gearbox works very well.

Note: I drive the car very harsh, redline it everytime I drive it. Still works great.
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Old 08-13-2004, 04:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well I didn't buy the 318 in the end cos the trader fed me a pack of lies over the phone . It was a real dog!! beaten up some with half the electrics not working and the wear on the gear stick and pedals ect. never came from 95k miles, 195k maybe.

Bought a 92 320i today in real good condition for less than the 318 so i'm chuffed.
Q's about that one in new post.

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