I have an opportunity to get a 96 318ti with about 80k miles and it has the M on the side doors... I'm assuming thats the sport package, or it was in an accident and they put those doors on it. Its black has nice alloy wheels and its pretty damn close to mint condition. I can get it for 4k.... I'm just getting into BMW's myself since I have been into GMs and can fix anything on them. Does that sound like a good deal?
I also wanted to know the specs, like 1/4 mile times and such. And what people here think of that particular model.
Well, I would eventually swap a 3.0 or a 3.2 into it I think, since its a pretty simple swap from what my friend told me. And I'm sure if I can swap engines out of any other car, I'm sure I can tackle this.
318's are slow. i beleive the 0-60 is something like 9 seconds and 1/4 mile is around 16.5?. also i kind of see the ti's as a girls car..thats just me though.
Dont let people like that discourage you from getting a 318. From a lot of my reading and also online race results a lot of people in 318ti's do very well on the track; so if your getting your car for handling a 318ti / 318i seems like a very good choice.
It all depends on what you want it for.
Handling, Luxury/Comfort and/or Acceleration.
Do your research and im sure you will lead yourself to the right conclusion.
I like handling, and like power, but I realize its a 1.9 4cyl, so there won't be much power, unless I do a swap. But other than that, is there anything else about the car that I might need or want to know?
That is a awsome deal for that car. I have a 98 318ti and I love it. As for a girls car not really not any more girly than a civic,cavalier, neon, or corsica. If you think it looks like a girls car, put on some lowering springs, a carbon fiber hood, tint the windows, and get rims.
Also another alternative to an engine swap is the downing atlanta supercharger kit or the mossleman turbo kit. Really compared to most 4 cylinders 138HP is pretty decent out of a 1.9L and they get about 35MPG on the highway.
As for being easy to work on, I would say that the M44 engine is pretty simple (if you can fix a GM you can work on a BMW).
My current project is finding or getting my cams reground.
I had a 318ti Club Sport they are a little pokey compared to the bigger BMW's but, especialy with the Sport package, they handle like they are on Rails. These are a touring car so they seem to be much snappier up in second and third gear. Off the line is nothing spectacular, but passing is a dream!
4k is a GREAT price for a 318ti, I would be cautious as to why, run a carfax on it. I got 2k more for a 95 with 120k miles on it.
Get it and love it...but be ready...you'll be buying nothing but BMW after this one.
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