i'm so glad i found this place. i just purchased my first ever bmw. it's a 1996 316i coupe.
i absolutely love it. looks wise it was exactly what i was looking for, a little different from the rest but not so different that people will think it's a boy racer car. and with rising petrol prices, i'm fine with a 1.6 engine.
here's a pic. let me know what you all think.
now to the problem. there are a couple things which i have noticed about the car.
1. the exhaust makes a kind of farting style sound when the engine is on and increases when the gas is applied. my old honda civic had a similar problem but to a much higher degree. the exhaust had holes in the it. i mean the underbody exhaust. so everytime i applied gas, you would hear PPPRRRRRRR...PPPRRRRRRR....
now the bmw seems to have the same problem but its nowhere near as bad. just slightly. so i took it to a mechanic and he checked it out and said the problem is the (forgot the name) exhaust unit right at the back, where the fumes exit. he sais its not a big problm and won't cause a problem driving the car. but should be changed before my next MOT, which is in 5 months.
2. second problem is the steering wheel, again this causes no problem with driving but it is not alligned straight. when the wheels are dead straight, the steering wheel bears about 1inch to the left. if i straighten the steering wheel, the car will veer to the right.
i already had a read through the buyers guide thread (first thread at the top) and regarding this problem, it said it could be due to a previous acident, involcing humps or something. the body is in mint condition however, and there are no signs of any scratches, dents or accidents.
feedback much appreciated