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Old 02-26-2006, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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yeah i was looking at buying this 94 318i its black with tan interior and both are in good condition The car has 154000 miles on it they guys said he has had no problems on it in 2 years the steering is loose cuz needs knew bushings he said otherwise drives great he wants 4000 i want to try to get it for like 3700 or 3800 from him im just looking for opinions cuz ive always wanted a bimmer ive heard they are really dependable and can last 300,000 miles if taken care of properly and all i just dont want to be asking for a ride 2 weeks after i get it i do understand that there is a risk with whatever car u buy Thanks alot
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Old 02-26-2006, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1995 318i > 1994 318i
safer bet with the 1995 yr. but that 1994 sounds good to me.

also check out these potential trouble spots:
1. rear shock mounts
2. Air Mass meter
3. ALL idle components
4. radiator maintenance
5. Idle pully tensioner
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is the bushings that big of a deal or what expensive?
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I wish i would have gotten a 325i over my 318ti. Its a good car though. 300,000 is crazy talk. I wouldnt by a car with more than 100,000 miles on it. If you plan on having it for more than a couple years. Thats just my opinion. But 4 grand is a pretty nice deal i guess....
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shop around for the front bushings, not too expensive, about $30.00 each. Maybe one hour labour total to replace. Check the outer tie rod ends as well and DEL's list is what we like to call a mandatory check.

Hey DEL can you send me the location of the Idle Pulley Tensioner? 1995 325is auto.
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Spend the extra $2000 or so and get a 325i, its well worth it.
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I second what delmarco wrote, and I would strongly encourage looking for a 1995. But if you have your heart set on this one just make sure you get a prepurchase inspection done by some one. It might be free, but even if it's $30-$35 it is money well spent.
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Always get a prepurchase inspection. ALWAYS!
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