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Old 08-31-2004, 05:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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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.

honestly though, with 80k on it for 4 grand.. thats a good deal cause that car will go to at least 250k. if your only looking for a good daily driver, go for it.
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.

Also I forgot to mention its a 5 spd.
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Also I currently have a "pimped" out 91 Corsica. Its got the 3.1L V6 but it has a slushbox 3 spd.


Here's the corsica if you want to poke some fun a little bit.... haha

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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.

http://auto.consumerguide.com/auto/used/in...divisionid/1595

is a good place for used bmw reviews.
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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?
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it's a great car, I think you'll really enjoy it. I would jump on it for 4 grand.
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http://auto.consumerguide.com/auto/used/re...dex.cfm/id/2116

theres the review for the 318

id get the highest year 318 for my budget (of course with the sports package too)

you could always get a 92' 325 also if you needed more power...
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318s are wonderful cars.. I'm about to buy one in a year or so... something older... its a good buy.. good luck!!!!!!

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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.
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Well, I'm gonna find out tomorrow if I can get it definetly. If so, I plan on driving it the long weekend to test it out and make sure I want it.
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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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