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BMW 318ti



  • sphsph Posts: 1
    I just bought a 99 318ti,82k miles.The manual transmission will pop out of 3rd gear when down shifting or cruising in slow traffic,does fine when the car is running at a speed above 35 mph.Is this going to lead to an expensive repair down the road? I can live with it for now.
  • bmnvabmnva Posts: 1
    I have a 318ti (150k) that has run and continues to run extremely well except in the rain. From moderate to heavy rain the RPMs will drop and there will be no response to acceleration. It will plod along at 30-40 mph. Then it will respond and take off, only to repeat the cycle moments later. I had the exact same problem with a previous car, '86 325. They replaced the coil but that never really helped. I eventually sold it. Has anyone else ever had this problem with a BMW. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • hi,

    Just picked up my 2002 E46 318ti StepTronic from the dealer yesterday, and read through the user manual. When I start the car, the EML light comes on and goes away after 5 seconds (all the other lights go off immediately after starting the car). There's no funny noises from the bonnet or any other lights on the dash. Any idea what this could be and is it easy to fix ? ($$$ ?)

    BMW newbie that's really scared
  • I have a 95 318ti manual 5 speed, It continues to pop out of first gear, my understanding is that this was because of a manufacturing defect of these transmissions. Last night we were finally rear ended due to this problem, I know that this problem was wide spread with this model,has anyone ever pursued this problem with BMW of North America? Because the dealers don't care and I really don't want to spend $3000 for a new tranny. HELP
  • koimankoiman Posts: 12
    I test drove a 95 but it was a dog no low end torque once up to speed it was okay though. To me the 318 is like a 230 mercedes why bother.
  • Hi,
    I m getting a used BMW Ti 95 model automatic(109783 miles) sports package sunroof black on black with a 10 cd changer and great condition overall for 4000$. Someone in my office is selling it. I drove it and ran just fine.
    I m looking to sell my Mitsubishi Galant 94(sports ls model) and buy the BMW, though my Galant is a 4 door and very very cool car(with sunroof et all).
    Would this be a wise decision? Just want to get that BMW feeling. Though the car is compact, yet has that remarkable style...the only thing i feel its slightly underpowered, after driving my galant (168 hp, 2.4 L)
    what should i check for before going in for purchase?
    Any suggestions,,,,plz help as i am planning to purchase this sunday.
    Thanks in advance,
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,395
    Have the car checked out by a BMW mechanic. He (or she) will let you know if it is a good car to buy. Is the car you're buying stick or automatic?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • its an automatic...
  • I have a 318ti and I have experienced some overheating. A mechanic told me that my electric a/c condenser fan does not turn on all the time when it should. I am going to replace it, but I understand there is a metal fan blade I could install that runs on the belt drive? Does this replace the electric fan?
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    From around 10/95 on the ONLY fan fitted to the ti was an electric fan which is mounted behind the radiator. There are temperature switches and a resistor pack which can also be at fault. Does the fan run when it is connected to a 12V power source? If so, the fan is good- a switch or resistor is the problem. If the fan motor is truly dead, you can replace it yourself in about five minutes. The only tool needed is a 10mm combination wrench or socket.
  • I was told by a mechanic that it takes 2 hours to replace the electric cooling fan between the radiator and engine. Then, I was told by div2 that it I could replace it myself in 5 minutes. Who is correct? I don't really want to pay for two extra hours of labor if I can replace it in a matter of minutes. Thanks.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Well, you obviously can't figure it out for yourself, and you don't believe me-so go ahead and pay the guy for two hours labor.
  • jimbo409jimbo409 Posts: 18
    You can get a peal tool and reset it yourself. Only takes a few minutes.
  • In case you haven't done anything, i just want to let you in on something. BMW reprogamed the ECU systems in 96 or 97 models onward, giving it substantially more power. As far as reliability goes you cannot beat a bmw 4 cylinder, im running up on 120,000 on mine and have seen ones that have more than 200,000. The 4 cylinder is unshakable. The only thing that has every happened was that the bushings in the door of the window went out, as happens on many BMWs, however i just bent them back into place and everything is great!
    Overall it is the best car I have ever owned or will hope to again.
  • Just wondering if I could get an opinion from anyone on buying a 318ti. Right now I have a 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 Kompressor and although it is fun to drive and I love it, I have recently been reading some horror stories on them breaking down. When I bought the car it still had warrenty etc.. but now that has run out. I would really like to buy a 318ti but is there really that much of a difference in parts etc. b/t the two cars? Should I just keep the benz? Any opinions would be greatly appriciated.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    First off, disregard 99% of the anti-ti posts. Most of the authors of the negative posts haven't even driven one- and those few that have aren't experts by any definition. I'm the original owner of a 1995 Club Sport and after over 100K miles and several track days my maintenance and repair costs have averaged @$40/month. I've found BMW parts prices to be quite reasonable. In addition, most all of the maintenance(oil changes, brakes, plugs, and filters) are simple DIY procedures. I would strongly suggest that you find a manual car; the four cylinder engine thrives on high rpms. As for keeping the Benz, I can't help you there; my Mercedes experience is very limited.
  • HI,
    I recently found a 1999 318ti Sport(10/98 about 11k on - it was, in MY opinion, a decent deal, it only had 30k miles. My last BMW (several yrs and vehicles ago) was a 2001 325ci (new, Made to order) Had to sell :-( but then HAD to get another BMW after a string of unsatisfying vehicles.

    I have found this car quite a surprise (I did have the 2001 325ci for about 4+ yrs so I had much fun and miles)- It has the handling of my CI but the power just isn't comparable. BUT I would not say that's a bad thing - I'm getting 28mi/gal on 87 octane and the car is lighter than the CI so it's actually a bit more nimble.
    Holds the road well, small enough to get good parking and above all It's a fun car AND a keeper.

    (BTW: CI was manual - TI is auto :-( )
    good luck!
  • Wow!
    I didn't know it was physically possible to get one with only 30k on it, good for you!
    If you are in the market for a bimmer any time soon, i advise you join the BMW CCA(Car Club of America) if anything goes wrong and it's certified, I think you get $, which is always nice. And the people at the BMWCCA baby their bimmers, so your car is almost always in good hands.
    If you ever desire more power out of you 318ti, or as i call em "specs", you can buy a downing atlanta supercharger, it wont blow you away, in terms of noticing speed, but after a while you realize how fast it really is. I don't have one though, because something in me wants to keep it stock, and I might as well wait for the engine to blow rather than put a supercharger in it. Because then, i might be able to put in an e36 m3 engine in it.......... :D
  • I am interested in purchasing a 1995 318ti. Seller is asking $7,000 but Edmunds and Kelley both list price for this year and model at $4,000. Any ideas why seller would be asking so much? Also, any mechanical problems with this year and model I should be aware of before buying?

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Seller is asking $7,000 but Edmunds and Kelley both list price for this year and model at $4,000. Any ideas why seller would be asking so much?

    Perhaps mileage? Condition? Full service history? Edmunds and KBB values are estimates- nothing more. In the end, that ti is simply worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

    Also, any mechanical problems with this year and model I should be aware of before buying?

    I'm the original owner of a 1995 318ti Club Sport(one of @300 built). At 11 years and 105,000 miles my ti has needed the following non-scheduled maintenance:
    O2 sensor(recall)
    both fuel sending units(warranty)
    alarm module(warranty)
    2 sets of front brake pads
    1 set of rear brake pads
    1 set of brake rotors
    2 serpentine belts(replaced as a precaution)
    2 idler pulleys
    1 timing chain tensioner(replaced as a precaution)
    3 sets of W or Z rated tires
    1 battery(replaced at ten years, one month)
    4 sets of wiper blades
    5 exterior bulbs
    The car has seen more than a few drivers schools and autocrosses and is driven in every kind of weather except ice and snow. It's a rare drive when I don't wind it to the redline at least three or more times. No other car I've owned comes close to the reliability of my Club Sport. In fact, I wouldn't sell my ti for less than $10,000. And if nobody is willing to pay that price, so what? I'll just drive it another 11 years...
  • 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: 10,414
    I have just purchased a yr 2000 BMW 318ti.

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

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • I live in New Zealand, but it is a Japenese import.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,414
    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.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • 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:
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