Im a 16 year old looking into a 1995 BMW 318i on autotrader for $5995 with 147k miles. Do you think that this is a good price, and do you think this is a good first car? Im just looking for something that is different from all the civics and integras out there, and i want a safe car that will last forever.
Originally posted by bluedevil1550@May 9 2004, 03:08 PM Im a 16 year old looking into a 1995 BMW 318i on autotrader for $5995 with 147k miles. Do you think that this is a good price, and do you think this is a good first car? Im just looking for something that is different from all the civics and integras out there, and i want a safe car that will last forever.
the price I think is slightly high. I've got a 1995 318i, make sure it's a 5 spd or else it's just down right slow. With the 5spd it at least feels much quicker and will let you have some fun with her.
I have a 318i and I love it. Its gonna be a great first car...it should last just as long as any civic or integra(had one of these before my BMW). Just make sure you keep up with the maintanence or else repair costs won't be worth it. You should be able to negotiate a little lower of the price with the dealer/owner cause it is up there in mileage. I agree with BlueDevil on the 5spd idea...Mine is manual and although amazing to drive, its still a lot slower than my old integra actually was. If you don't know how to drive stick, don't worry about it cause BMWs are probably the best and easiest to learn on-the tranny is durable yet the smoothest I have ever driven, so it is newcomer and user friendly. Goodluck with your potential investment...you'll love it
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
'95 318i is my first car. its a great car. its pretty quick, but it is not the fastest car in the world.
i dont think bmw is the easiest car to learn stick on as said above. it isnt really "that" much harder than other cars though. a few people that drive different cars with stick have stalled it....ha.... it will just take a weekend to learn though...
Hey man, 318 is a good car. Relatively fast and still economical.
But if i was you i'd go for a six cylinder. It just gives you that extra push.
And about the price, it's not too bad if you got leather interiors, some nice alloys, A/C and not so important all electric mirrors. Otherwise if it doesn't have any of these get it down to somewhere between 4000 and 4500.
Anyway best of luck and enjoy some BMW power. They are some amazing machines.
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