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Newbie here wanting some advice

hello all just looking for personal preference i suppose. i am in the market for a Bimmer i am wanting a mid 90's model. i really like the 328's but i dont know that i want to jump to a 6cyl. so i think i am going to have to stay in the 4cyl area and from my research that limits me to a 318 if anyone has any info that would help me better decide and are the prices cheaper for parts on the 318 just all in all what would you do PLEASE help
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hi m8 i used to drive a 1994 318i saloon it was nice lookin with the 18@ rims,lexus lights etc & the parts wernt as expensive as i thought they would be, but i found that the car lacked in power and struggled to gain speed up hill. So i sold it & got a 1995 328i coupe the difference in performance was outstanding i wouldnt drop engine size again,its good on juice aswell.if you dont fancy the 2.8 then go 2.3i coupe its a good comprimise performance/looks. welcome to the forum
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Welcome to bimmerwerkz!

Since we are providing advice based on our personal preference, I will recommend that you look for a 6-cyl -- either a 325, 328, or a even a 323 instead of a 318.

At this point, the price difference won't be significant, but the you will more easily find parts to modify the 6-cyl models, as well as DIY advice. I constantly get 20/30 city/highway mpg from my 1996 328i, and that could improve if I were to drive more conservatively.

Unless for very special cases (engine ), parts for the 318 will not be cheaper. They will cost just about the same. You will still be dealing with BMW parts.

I invite you to do a little more research before you make this decision.

What would be your plans for this BM? Daily-driver, track car? Daily-driven, slightly modified? Heavili modified?

If you think you'll ever want to go fast, stay away from the 318. The only viable option to make it go faster is to supercharge the engine, and that is expensive compared to just starting with a 325 or 328.

Good luck!

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