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Buying a 318i convertable for my girlfriend. I have never owned a 4 cylinder BMW and was wondering whether thare are any problems I should be aware of. Or if infact there's more then 1 engine in the 318 for different years (have been looking at 95-98 models with less then 70k miles). Also, do the convert's suffer from any problems that the coupe 's don't? I know all the basic problems with e36's but just checking are there any specific for the 4cyl block. Thanks guys.
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91/10-95 is the M42 motor which is OBD1. It's also used in the late 80's 318's (E30).

96-99 is the M44 motor which is OBD2 and has an extra few lbs+ft of torque. Otherwise it's pretty much the same motor.

Convertables are heavier and for some reason the motors produce slightly less power than the coupe and sedan. Don't get the automatic if your girlfriend can drive stick.

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its ok... its not like you are going to be driving it....

the 318 auto is slow as dirt

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The 318 (5-speed) has enough power...unless your planning on racing it (if this is the case, it could probably still beat a acura or honda)

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The 318 (5-speed) has enough power...unless your planning on racing it (if this is the case, it could probably still beat a acura or honda)
i can vouch for that

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91/10-95 is the M42 motor which is OBD1. It's also used in the late 80's 318's (E30).

96-99 is the M44 motor which is OBD2 and has an extra few lbs+ft of torque. Otherwise it's pretty much the same motor.

Convertables are heavier and for some reason the motors produce slightly less power than the coupe and sedan. Don't get the automatic if your girlfriend can drive stick.

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I didn't think there was any increase in power. It went from 1.8 (95 and before) to 1.9 (in 96)displacement, however, I was under the impression that it did not produce any more power.
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Not any more horsepower just torque. Similiar to the 325 and 328, same hp but the 328 had more torque with the greater displacement.

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Originally posted by thekid+Apr 28 2004, 08:07 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (thekid @ Apr 28 2004, 08:07 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Autotechnica@Apr 28 2004, 05:37 PM
91/10-95 is the M42 motor which is OBD1. It's also used in the late 80's 318's (E30).

96-99 is the M44 motor which is OBD2 and has an extra few lbs+ft of torque. Otherwise it's pretty much the same motor.

Convertables are heavier and for some reason the motors produce slightly less power than the coupe and sedan. Don't get the automatic if your girlfriend can drive stick.

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I didn't think there was any increase in power. It went from 1.8 (95 and before) to 1.9 (in 96)displacement, however, I was under the impression that it did not produce any more power. [/b][/quote]
Both M42 and M44 have 138HP. However, the M42 has 129lbs*ft torque while the M44 has 131 or 132, I can't recall exactly how much.

The M42 has better moddibility (if that's even a word) because it's OBD1.

The M44 also has more power because it's using an electric fan whereas the M42 is still using a belt-driven clutch fan. The 1.9L increase in the M44 doesn't do a thing. The restrictive OBD2 computer takes away any power that was increased by the extra bore or stroke.

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ghead this is my 318i and it gives me no problems at all .... its a little slow from o-40 mph... but once she hits 40 mph she is an animal .... before you buy make your that the convertible doesn't leak from both the driver and the passenger side corners of the top .. thats a major problem in my car... and is something that no one is able to fix...
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Thanks guys. I'll look out for that leak you talked about (can't imagine he's going to be too chuffed when I get a bucket of water out and chuck it over his freshly polished pride and joy though!)
Just one more thing, should the late 95 early 96 M44 engine give the car a higher resale value? They all seem to be the same price(9-11K depending on milage), 95 or 96 where as when I was buying a 525 a few years and was looking models in the transition between the M20 and M50 engine, you could tell which one they we're selling by the price (2k for the same year motor depending on M50 or not).
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91/10-95* is the M42 motor which is OBD1. It's also used in the late 80's 318's (E30).

96-99 is the M44 motor which is OBD2 and has an extra few lbs+ft of torque. Otherwise it's pretty much the same motor.

Convertables are heavier and for some reason the motors produce slightly less power than the coupe and sedan. Don't get the automatic if your girlfriend can drive stick.

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I didn't think there was any increase in power. It went from 1.8 (95 and before) to 1.9 (in 96)displacement, however, I was under the impression that it did not produce any more power.
Both M42 and M44 have 138HP. However, the M42 has 129lbs*ft torque while the M44 has 131 or 132, I can't recall exactly how much.

The M42 has better moddibility (if that's even a word) because it's OBD1.

The M44 also has more power because it's using an electric fan whereas the M42 is still using a belt-driven clutch fan. The 1.9L increase in the M44 doesn't do a thing. The restrictive OBD2 computer takes away any power that was increased by the extra bore or stroke.

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ah, ok. Thx for clearing that up for me. I never understood how going up .1 liters couldn't do anything at all. But now i know why.
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