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  • I have to agree with the other blogger who previously answered your question. I have a 1997 318ti premium package model. I wouldn't even take $8,000. My only caution would be to make sure you know who's selling it. Around 120,000 miles most ti's might need a clutch, but within 40,000 miles. But that really is it. The exhaust is stainless steel, i use that as an example as to the quality of the car. I am not sure, maybe you could get a re-map, because i have heard that from either 1996 or 1997 onward the engines use a different ECU that drastically improves performance. However I am not totally sure. I've seen well taken maintained TI's run past 238,000 miles, so I think in any case it is a safe bet as long as you know its history. TI's are excellent cars that would make you question why people didn't buy them, they get 30+ mpg, are RWD, sound good, drive good, and aren't fast enough to get you in trouble with the law.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I am not sure, maybe you could get a re-map, because i have heard that from either 1996 or 1997 onward the engines use a different ECU that drastically improves performance.

    In 1996 BMW switched from the 1.8 liter M42 engine to the 1.9 M44. At the same time OBD II was implemented. While a dead stock M44 has a very slight edge in power, a Conforti chipped M42 will have a 10-15 hp advantage. In any event, the only way to make significant power is to either build a stroker engine(see: Metric Mechanic) or fit a Downing Atlanta supercharger..
  • I just wanted to thank you. I have 117,000 miles on my 1997 318TI Compact. I have had to replace a few things and spend a few dollars more than I want, but I think it is the best car I have ever had. I keep hearing about timing belts or timing chains needing replacing. This has never happened so far. Has it happened to you?
  • Hi, I got a 1997 318TI AT which is over 11K miles and I just found out the timing belt has to replace A.S.A.P.
    I am wondering if anyone can suggest a specialist or repair shop in Los Angeles which can do the job. I do not want go back to BMW because I have many bad experience with them before. Thanks.
  • I have just purchased a yr 2000 BMW 318ti.

    It did not have a manual with it and I wonder how I would go about finding one on the net. Anyone have any suggestions????

    Flygirlnz :D
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    I have just purchased a yr 2000 BMW 318ti.

    The last model year for the US 318ti was 1999. Where are you located?

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • I live in New Zealand, but it is a Japenese import.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    I'd advise checking with you local BMW dealer as well as eBay. You should be able to find a manual at one or the other.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • As I recall it is a timing chain.....better do some digging before
    having any work done.
  • just got a new head gastet installed and now wont fire up was fine before the operation any suggestions short of blowing it up with a stick of tnt :mad:
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    Check all the engine grounds.
    Do you have fuel?
    Spark?

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • HI i a little confuse. i have a 1995 318TI, with a manual transmition, i looking to replace the oil on it (transmition), some people said ATF and others regular manual transm. oil, which one is the right one?, what brand?, and for the rear end also.

    Thanks in advance...
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    The transmission takes Dexron II or III ATF. The diff requires a 75W-90 GL-5 gear oil unless it has limited slip in which case it takes 75W-140 GL-5. Amsoil, Mobil 1, Redline, Royal Purple and Valvoline Syn Power are all good. There are other good oils out there, but those are the ones I have experience with.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • stanchakstanchak Posts: 1
    I am in need of a car, I have found a 318ti, not in the best shape as far as interior. I have a friend who is a mechanic and has told me that these cars have major oil leaking problems past 70,000 miles. This car has 174,000 miles year model 1995. Is this common and should I stay away?
  • belgsobelgso Posts: 1
    I found a 1995 5speed manual, 4 cyl. with 151k miles. Body looks in good condition. It is white with a sunroof, power locks, power seats, Premium sound system, abs brakes, AC, driver side air bag power windows, intermit wipers. I don't have any other details at this time dealer is closed this weekend. I never bought a 318TI. Any shopping recommendations about what I should and need to ask the dealer about. I have the vin number should I run a car fact report on it. Thanks for your input.

    Dealer is asking $3,995.00 should this raise any suspicions?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    Your friend doesn't know very much-if anything-about BMWs. I have a 1995 318ti that I have owned since new. At 115,000 miles it doesn't leak a drop of oil. I also belong to the two largest ti digests and there has been absolutely no mention of "major oil leaking problems"- period. That said, if the car's interior is in poor shape then the odds are very good that the mechanicals have also been neglected. If you are seriously interested in the car you need to have it thoroughly inspected by a good BMW tech. Taking it to Billy Bob's Auto Repair and Tanning Salon isn't going to cut it. Finally, be aware that you should set aside $50-$75 per month to cover maintenance and repair costs. If you aren't willing or able to do that you should probably look elsewhere.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    The ti has proven to be a very durable car. I have a 1995 with 114K and I've had very few problems with it. My running costs average @$50/month, and that number includes a set of sticky track rubber every 25,000 miles or so.
    I doubt the car you are looking at has power seats, they were never an option on the ti.
    The key to the successful purchase of any high mileage 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 indie shop lined up to handle any repairs and maintenance? The drivetrain should easily go over 200K miles with regular maintenance.
    You can buy a Carfax report, but be aware that the results aren't always conclusive; I've seen some cars with a clean Carfax that have sustained major damage.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    You seem very knowledgeable about the 318ti. What annual mileage are you basing the $50-$75 per month that you suggest putting aside for for maintenance and repair? Also is this range based on the owner perpfromaning all maintenance and repair work? If not, that range seems quite low. I base this on a couple of older cars I own, including a very well maintained '87 E30 6-cylinder with 124,000 miles. I understand the 318ti is a 4-cylinder, and it's newer, and that you may be basing your estimated maintenance and repair figures on doing your own work.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    What annual mileage are you basing the $50-$75 per month that you suggest putting aside for for maintenance and repair?

    My annual mileage works out to @9000 miles. My last look at the spreadsheet showed that maintenance and repair costs averaged $33/month- but that number will go up again as I recently bought a new set of track tires.

    Also is this range based on the owner performing all maintenance and repair work?

    No; I perform the Oil Service and Inspection I maintenance as well as replacing belts, bulbs, etc., but for everything else I use my dealer or my indie BMW tech.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • I am purchasing a 1998 318Ti M model w/auto for my daughter for $4800- SUPER clean-No oil leaking at 108,000. Any thoughts? I had heard a rumor about head gaskets being an issue.
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