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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Nov 04, 2004 (11:17 am)
A Club Sport might be worth a small premium to someone who really, really, wants one. I seriously doubt that they will ever be collectable, even though less than 300 were built. FWIW, mine is especially rare because it is one of no more than than 5 that were built without a sunroof; Prior to SOP BMWAG decided to make the sunroof a "mandatory option" on all Club Sports. My salesperson went to bat for me and had my Club Sport-along with one other-built without a hole in the roof. All I've done to mine is add the BMW CD Changer, front splash guards, M Technic rear spoiler, and a UUC Motorwerks RKII SS shift knob and clutch stop. As for ITG filters, they are low restriction replacement elements which can be cleaned and reused. Unlike K&N elements/filters, they DO filter out abrasive dust and grit.
Funny you should mention the E30 318is; I've often considered buying a nice one to use as my commuter car. I drove one back in 1990 when they were first introduced. They are great cars, and the E30s have a timeless style.
BTW my (almost)ten year old son thinks he's getting my ti when he turns sixteen. Yeah, right...
Nov 04, 2004 (12:04 pm)
Thanks again... I think I now know more about 318ti's than I do about my own cars...
There is an E30 318is that I see at the local high school a lot... I'm thinking maybe belongs to a football player, because it is always there after school hours.. I've thought about dropping a note on it.. I figure..if Daddy bought him a BMW for high school, he's bound to be getting something better to take to college, right?
Anyway..getting back to ti's... I do like that special interior in the Club Sports... but, it sure does open up more possibilities, if you expand the search to any Sport pkg. equipped ti. And, believe it or not, if I got it, I probably would pass it on in 5-6 years.. But, then.. you buying yours new.. I could understand your reluctance..
Nov 04, 2004 (12:21 pm)
Sorry for the confusion, but the black leather/red Millpoint upholstery was still available in later years. Happy hunting! ti or is-you can't make a bad choice...
Nov 04, 2004 (1:16 pm)
Just curious about the craze for 318 Ti. I always thought that they were not very popular and so they were discontinued. And I also thought that the 4 cylinder engine was quite underpowered and so we don't see them here in the U.S. anymore. I am a novice when it comes to BMW ownership so please pardon my ignorance. But I would certainly like to know about this enigma - 318 ti.
#27361 of 30250 Re: 318 Ti [memphis10]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 04, 2004 (1:25 pm)
In the U.S., they weren't very popular.. They still make them for the European market. They are known as a Compact, rather than ti..
Four cylinders are still being made in Europe as well.. BMW makes great four-cylinder engines.. it just depends on your needs and wants.. Having less power puts an even greater premium on handling to go fast.. and the four-cylinder cars handle just as well as the sixes.
Just because the majority didn't want them, doesn't make them bad cars... The models we were discussing are both "sport" models, as well... with all the good handling extras.
EDIT: Don't forget about price... An "unloved" model can get you a lot more bang for your buck.. A really nice '91 318is might run $4500, but a comparable 325is will likely be $2K-$3K higher..
#27362 of 30250 Losing Engine Oil
Nov 04, 2004 (4:50 pm)
I read some posts that it is kind of "normal" that a bimmer will lose some Engine oil every 4-5K miles, thus require adding a quarter motor oil. However, my own experience is much worse than that. In the last 6 months, the engine oil light came up three times, which means almost every two months, I had to add a quarter of motor oil. I mainly use the 2001 330i for daily commute and drive no more than 1200 miles/month. No heavy traffic and no hard driving (even though the baby is built for that). BTW, if it matters, I do take the car to a back road with nice curves from time to time (every 2-4 weeks) and the engine oil warning light almost always came up after one of these enjoyable mountain road curving.
Do you folks consider this normal? Other than the mysterious loss of engine oil, the car drives like a charm and I don't see any other problems.
Nov 04, 2004 (9:28 pm)
Actually, the ti sales numbers weren't too far off BMWNA's projections. The problem was that NA intended the ti be a "conquest" car-a model that would lure young first-time BMW owners into the fold. Instead, the ti ended up attracting a lot of hard core CCA types who bought them to use as second cars or as track rats. The four cylinder suits me fine; I used to have a 1988 M6 that made over 300 hp at the crank. I got bored with slaughtering Mustang GTs and Z28s at the Stoplight Grand Prix, though on the track it was great fun to worry 911s all day. That said, my ti is just as much fun to track-conservation of momentum is everything. I think DED Jr. once said that it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than it is to drive a fast car slow. I think there's something to that. And anyway, I still plan to buy myself a Henna Red M1 as a retirement present.
Nov 05, 2004 (12:22 am)
"Four cylinders are still being made in Europe as well.. "
Theyre also still available in asia, the 318i sedan out there got 145 hp, quite a decent number for a 4 cyl.
#27365 of 30250 transmission and diff oil - brave, div2, or ???
Nov 05, 2004 (11:52 am)
I'm approaching 70K miles and figured it was time (past time?) to do a tranny and diff oil replacement. I intend to use Redline, but can't find any info in my owner's manual about weights or types (all it says is that it's lifetime fluid that doesn't need replacing). A while back, someone posted a page with instructions for a tranny oil swap. On that page, they're using D4 ATF. Is that legitimate for a manual tranny?
Any help will be appreciated.
#27366 of 30250 kominsky
Nov 05, 2004 (12:29 pm)
D4 ATF is fine for the transmission. If you don't have limited slip I'd put 75W90 in the diff. If you DO have an LSD I'd use 75W140. Those are the same viscosities and grades as the BMW "Lifetime" oils. FWIW, I use Mobil 1 ATF and gear oil. Some people claim to be able to feel a difference in shift quality when using Redline. I can't. That said, Redline makes excellent lubricants.