Originally posted by BLACKBMW@Oct 27 2004, 07:05 AM No - you need to give the garage your VIN number so that they can be 100%
I have a 94 318is (the s part only relates to the fact that it is a coupe and has nothing to do with the engine) and mine is 16v DOHC
Check first with your VIN
That's actually not true. In some parts of Europe the 318 "i" has nothing to do with coupe or sedan. The "i" model was the cheaper model with the M40/M43 motors. The 318 "is" which stands for "sport" simply meant that it had a more powerful M42/M44 motor which were the only 318 motors used in the 318's imported to NA. So in some parts of Europe, you could have a 4 door 318is or a 2 door 318i. This is what I was told at the BMW dealership in Munich. I was surprized to see 4 door 318is's when I was in Germany.
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I noticed that, In the UK and Ireland it does actually mean the shape and performance, The 318i is the saloon and the 318is is the faster coupe. But in Europe I have seen the Saloon 'is' and the coupe 'i'
hmmm...I was led to believe by my dealership that in the UK the s is the coupe
I have NEVER seen a 4 door 318is in the UK EVER EVER EVER - maybe they do exist in Europe in other countries but not here!
dgilmartin - if you need a VIN check post it up or look up VIN checker on Google - put in the last 7 digits and it will tell yuo engine type - If it says M40 you have 8 valve if it says M42 - you have 16 valve (yippee)
Hope this helps more and is a little less confusing!
Originally posted by dgilmartin@Oct 28 2004, 04:35 AM Its all very strange, when I put the VIN number into the VIN checker , it said the car is a 318I S COUPE M44, when it is a Saloon. Now I am even more confused.
Ummm, I dont want to alarm you but have you checked with the DVLA that this car isnt stolen?
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