Last post on Nov 08, 2009 at 8:42 PM
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#172 of 174 Re: Purchasing a 1998 318Ti for my daughter [topbiz1]
Nov 02, 2009 (5:02 pm)
Nice car! I've had my 1995 ti since new:
Head gaskets are NOT an issue on the M44 motor unless the car was repeatedly overheated. As always, the key to the successful purchase of any older BMW is to have it thoroughly checked out by a QUALIFIED BMW technician. I'd also want to take a look at the vehicle service history. Was the oil changed regularly? Was the DOT 4 brake fluid changed every two years? Coolant every three(using only BMW Coolant)? How about the transmission and final drive? Do you have a good BMW dealer or indie shop lined up to handle any repairs and maintenance? The drivetrain should easily go over 200K miles with regular maintenance.
#173 of 174 Purchasing 318ti 1996
Nov 07, 2009 (12:17 pm)
I am looking at purchasing a 1996 318ti 147,000 miles, automatic for my son. price is $4150, thoughts? I am concerned since it is almost 14 years old. I have read some reviews and they are positive but I have never owned a BMW so I don't know. Are the repairs expensive? I ran the carfax it was three owners, no accidents reported, tires replaced in 2008 but other than that it doesn't show much in regards to maintenance.. passed emissions etc., does anyone know what kind of problems the 318ti typically has? thanks very much meg
#174 of 174 Re: Purchasing 318ti 1996 [mterrag]
Nov 08, 2009 (8:42 pm)
Read the first ten posts in this topic. If you have any additional questions I'll be happy to answer them.