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You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#15629 of 30250 pseudonym1
Mar 31, 2002 (8:37 pm)
The 1991 318i is a spunky well-balanced sedan. By 1991 the E30 platform had been in production for eight years so all the bugs were worked out. The 1.8 M42 engine is a robust unit that will go over 175,000 miles with proper care. The pre-1994 engines did have a problem with the "profile gasket" which deteriorates and leaks coolant- and requires removal of the cylinder head to replace. Any 1991 should have had the gasket replaced by now, and the replacement gasket does not fail. Of course, the usual used bimmer caveats apply: A full service history showing regular oil changes, annual brake fluid flushes, and bi-annual coolant changes, as well as an inspection by a experienced BMW technician are musts. That said, a 318i of that vintage is a lot of fun for the money, and it's a great platform for a weekend track car or back road terror.
Mar 31, 2002 (8:55 pm)
That Madcloyd poster on the C230 board is obviously a troll- you can tell by reading about 3 of her posts-- but in case you had any doubt- her final post mentions that her hatchback flew off into a million pieces and her dealership told her they would no longer give her complimentary coffee. LOL.
#15632 of 30250 325Ci Convertible
Mar 31, 2002 (10:59 pm)
I am seriously considering buying this convertible. But, I am hesitant because of the winter we can have here in the midwest. My slk230 cannot drive in any snow at all. I was wondering if anyone out there has any feedback on how it would handle in snow, etc. Thank you!
#15633 of 30250 beamer or bimmer
Apr 01, 2002 (4:18 am)
As someone pointed out before on this board, "beamer" is a bike but "bimmer" is the car.
#15634 of 30250 Yep, Bimmer is the car. Many people call the car Beamer anyhow
Apr 01, 2002 (6:04 am)
and it does not matter much unless you are talking to BMW fanatics, many who are here. Hell, you can call it a Boomer if you like : >
#15635 of 30250 My door ding...
Apr 01, 2002 (8:50 am)
Three weeks after I took delivery of my 328i in February 1999, some “(*^$$#%%^~” “Mini-Van Personage” managed to back into the drivers door of my car, get out, look at my door, and then drive away (according to two witnesses who were not close enough to get the Tag number). The damage turned out to be a 3” diameter dent in the lower rear section of the door that was maybe 3/16” deep at its deepest. I decided to leave the dent there and have it dealt with at lease end, at which point, I had intended to have all dings fixed. As providence would have it, this lone ding remained my only significant hurt that my car suffered throughout the last 38 months.
Last Friday, I went to my local “Dent Wizard” (by appointment), and using Black Magic, Voodoo, Curses (I heard them from the waiting room ), and some very appropriately applied leverage, my ding was COMPLETELY removed, no trace at all, none, zip zero, zilch, NADA! Total cost: 1.5 hours and $150, a veritable bargain, I shouldn’t have waited so long.
There are a number of “Paintless Dent Removal” outfits dotted around the country, and I highly recommend exploring this option prior to having a traditional bodyshop breath on any dings or prangs suffered by your car.
Apr 01, 2002 (8:52 am)
high sulfer fuel? Hmmm...I'm not quite sure. The gas we get on base comes from Esso (aka Exxon) but not sure where it originates from. Anyway, it looks like we're going to Seoul so I'm thinking about taking both the 3 and 5 series along with us. The 5-series would be my daily ride while the 3-series would be used only at night when the roads are semi-clear.
For everyone comparing the interior space between the 3 and the 5 series need to actually sit and compare. I find the 5 series a lot more spacious and "open" than the 3. Plus, you get those cool parking lights! =)
#15637 of 30250 Advice on early E36 convertibles...
Apr 01, 2002 (8:57 am)
Well, the trusty '84 318 is finally dying. Talk about even build quality, it did 190k+ miles without ANY major problems, but now at 203k there are to many things starting to go wrong with it to even try to rescue it. :o(
For a replacement we are looking at a '94-'95 325iC. I've always wanted a convertible and I finally live in an are where I would actually be able to drive top-down most of the time.
But considering these were the first E36 convertibles I am a little concerned with quality/reliability and the such. If anybody have any experience about these I would appreciate some advice.
Thanks a bunch!
#15638 of 30250 Day 3 with my new 330i
Apr 01, 2002 (9:00 am)
Well, Now I understand all of the controlls. Reading the manual takes all the fun away : )
Could not be happier with the car, exceeded my expectations and I am a fan.
Being an audio guy by trade, my only wish is that the stereo was higher end. Not that it is bad, but with a little more amplification it could drive the HK speakers much better. I will be investigating upgradeing this system without replaceing the head unit as I like the steering wheel controls. I will advise of my progress.