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Old 08-14-2004, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking about buying a '93 5-speed 318is w/ a blown engine an no ecu... I already checked into an engine and found a long block w/ 74k for $800 shipped and ecu for $300 shipped w/ 30day warranty. They are asking $1600 for the car. The a/c compressor seems to be missing and other misc parts. The body is straight. Paint needs to be buffed out, but other than that no dents or rust. The windshield has a crack. It has some after market wheels not of my taste but they'll do for now. Tires look to have a lot of meat left in them. Interior has some other minor defects. The seats are worn from the sun and there is a tear on the driver side. The sun roof controls are hanging from the ceiling of the car. Need to some help, what do you think? Is it a good project? Need some help finding other parts or advice. Hondas is where most of my knowledge is at, but looking to branch out and conquer something else. Any advice will be greatly appreciated, Thanx in advance.
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Old 08-14-2004, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bump to get this moving.
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Old 08-14-2004, 02:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it will be expensive...and to be honest with you, its not that different than a honda...an engine is an engine and a suspension is a suspension. Look into a Bentley manual if you are planning on this yourself. That is a very cheap price though and if you think you have the time and assets to make everything back into pristine condition, then go for it. A lot of people think that building BMWs from the ground up as a project car isn't worth it because it can get VERY expensive. By the time you restore everything, you could end up spending upwards of $10k including parts/labor/beer/etc. And for only 7 or 8k, you can go out and buy a 325i or something in great condition with about 100k miles on the clock. And it will still run forever.

But if you are into it, go for it. Its significantly a more expesive hobby for BMWs than as with a Honda...but you have a great start with finding your base for only $1600 and a bullet proof engine for that good of a price. Make sure you know what you are getting in that engine because it sure seems suspiciously cheap for a BMW engine of any sorts...

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it will be expensive...and to be honest with you, its not that different than a honda...an engine is an engine and a suspension is a suspension. Look into a Bentley manual if you are planning on this yourself. That is a very cheap price though and if you think you have the time and assets to make everything back into pristine condition, then go for it. A lot of people think that building BMWs from the ground up as a project car isn't worth it because it can get VERY expensive. By the time you restore everything, you could end up spending upwards of $10k including parts/labor/beer/etc. And for only 7 or 8k, you can go out and buy a 325i or something in great condition with about 100k miles on the clock. And it will still run forever.

But if you are into it, go for it. Its significantly a more expesive hobby for BMWs than as with a Honda...but you have a great start with finding your base for only $1600 and a bullet proof engine for that good of a price. Make sure you know what you are getting in that engine because it sure seems suspiciously cheap for a BMW engine of any sorts...

for reference, go to bavengine.com


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Old 12-01-2004, 05:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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well that is exactly what it is A PROJECT!!! that seems like it is worth way more trouble than any 318 would ever be worth to me... but if you want to do it go for it... you will have MANY MANY MANY headaches. and for the money you will spend fixing everything on the car you could probably get a 325

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Old 12-01-2004, 06:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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fix the 328.
forget the 318.
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buy the 318.
drop in the 2.8.
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buy the 318.
put the body on the 328.
drive a 328 for even less than the origional idea.....

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1600 for the body is not too bad. Here's what I would do. I would get a 325 or 328 engine, drive train and rear subframe. Then put it into that body and there you go. Who really needs a working sunroof?
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