| Originally posted by sayst@Apr 20 2004, 06:11 PM |
I'm driving 97 318is. In Overall, I like my car a lot except high
mileages (100k) and expensive labors & parts.
NO wonder man. I really feel your pain. I love BMW's but the 318i has one of the shitiest power to weight ratio. Not because of the engine, but because the car is too damn heavy for a small low reving 4 banger. Simply update to a 328i 5speed and you will notice world of difference.
328i 5 speed is way faster then 2 gen celicas or any gen unless we are talking modified turbo. Also, the only nice eclipses are the 2nd gen with turbo and AWD. But those are hard to find and even if you get right one, you will be always worring about the tranny. 2nd gen eclipses had one of the worst tranny of all times. And that became more obvious when, they couldn't handle the power of the AED Turbo eclipses and keptbreaking, even under factory warranty.
Also, they are quite famous for CRANK WALKING. Really, don't believe ME. I can get you in touch with some hard core DSM fans who had same problems. But their love is too much DSM, to go toward DTM.
Lastly, if you really wanna get out the DTM and go DSM, i would recommend the preludes only. But again they also have the problem of the poor transmissions. As a matter of fact, majority of them have been replaced under the warranty. Don't get the prelude without the VTEC period.
So keep the search and keep these decisions in mind before you buy a car.