i'm from Australia and we use KM over here, but i could get a decent ride with about 180,000km on it (112,000miles) for a fair price. the real question is how long would that engine last me? if it went up to 160,000+ miles then that would be sweet, but is that a reality?
it's all got to do with how well the engine has been kept but i guess people who drive these cars would usually take care of them quite well.
another point on the engine, with the 318i it would be a M40/43 engine but if it ever gives up on me, could i replace this engine with something with a bit more grunt? like a 6cyl M50 (just for example) ?
Originally posted by tEk@Jul 2 2004, 10:50 PM another point on the engine, with the 318i it would be a M40/43 engine but if it ever gives up on me, could i replace this engine with something with a bit more grunt? like a 6cyl M50 (just for example) ?
You could, but if that's what you want, I would just buy a 325/328. An engine swap like that requires more than just swapping the engine, and it is ofthen not cost effective.
And just to be clear, I said I wouldn't spend a lot of money on a 160K+ car, I didn't say I wouldn't have one. With proper maintenance these car will last well over 200K+miles.
ahh, i see u did an engine swap? hee.
well it's not like i am planning on doing one, but just in case i get the car and after 2 yrs or so it needs replacing, if i am still in love with the car i wouldn't mind giving it a bit more grunt if it's possible.
but that is hopefully not going to happen! hopefully this car will last me awhile, until it's time for the next
and about the mileage, the cars i am looking at don't have anything higher than umm 135,000 miles on them. so i guess it should be alright.
btw, the faq section wasn't very comprehensive? did the server reset?
this is one possibile car, it's done 180,000kms (which is 112,000miles). looks pretty smooth, but some downers are: that it is automatic (but this might be better for a bmw), and no sun-roof
the price is pretty reasnoable, esp considering the leather trim. but the rims are not included. stock wheels would be included, anyone know what they would look like? or could it be a wide variety of wheels?
anyway, see the attatched pics!
Originally posted by tEk@Jul 3 2004, 01:24 AM ahh, i see u did an engine swap? hee.
2.5L-->2.8L isn't a big deal. No new tranny or anything. Pretty much bolts right up.
The first thing I thought when I saw your pics of your potential new whip was, if you buy it, you will deffinately "drive" it. But Auto n . You deffinately want a manual. Nice looking e36 though. Not much on aftermarket wheels, but if I did I would deffinately go BBS.
The Canadian 1.9 litre matched to the 5 speed is an extremely smooth engine for a 4 cyl. I would recommend the manual transmission also, but this is not to say that the automatic is bad. I think it comes to personal choise.
As for mileage, the 318i should give you a minimum of 250 - 300K kms if maintained properly.
In Canada it's cheaper to sell and buy another 318i with less mileage oposed to putting a new engine, as this will set you back about $5 - $6K if you don't have "connections" or know-how.
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