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  • 1998 BMW 318i

    Looking for peoples opinions on the BMW 318i series of cars.
    I've found a 1998 model with roughly 180,000 km's on the clock. I've only had a quick look at the car, but it revealed no nasty engine leaks or evident abuse of the vehicle. The dealer has advertised that it has a full service history from new, but I am yet to review it.
    Comparing the price to other 318i's of the same age and mileage, it seems like a pretty good deal.

    Looking for peoples experiences as I've had little to do with european cars so I'm unsure of what the usual mechanical fatigue culprits are and what sort of service life one can expect to get out of one of these vehicles.

    I expect that parts and labour will be more expensive, but such is the downfall of owning a european vehicle.

    Swear by them, hate them, whatever. All feedback is appreciated.
    A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

    Dear god, it's some weird bastardized three wheeled two person go-kart.

  • #2
    Tub o' shit designed down to a budget to get all the middle managers out of commodores and falcons and into a bmw.

    Driven a couple of mates' and listened to the trials and tribulations. Drive wise, throw a BMW badge on a Corolla and they feel about the same. Pretty reliable for the most part, couldn't pull skin off custard, blah blah blah.

    Until it comes time to service, and they do go wrong (especially the fruit - window electrics, automated stuff, etc) and then it gets expensive.

    If you desperately need the badge and the status that comes with a 10 year old bottom of the range bmw then go for it, but it does come at a price. If you're just looking for a nice ride, personally, I'd be looking at something else: probably from Toyota.
    "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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    • #3
      Had a BMW 535i E39.

      Now have a Falcon and soon a VW.

      The BMW I had was very expensive to service.
      Great car but IMO not worth the $$$.


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Captain Starfish View Post
        If you desperately need the badge and the status that comes with a 10 year old bottom of the range bmw then go for it, but it does come at a price.
        Agreed.

        My old man has one, similar year, but it has half those kms and he has the cash to fix it if need be.

        Personally, I wouldn't buy one because I hate paying alot for parts and to get 'specialised' repairs.

        Very nice to drive. Not alot of go but very smooth and quiet. Pleasant, but unless you just have a thing for beemers, why bother.
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        • #5
          Great feedback peeps.

          Keep it coming.
          A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

          Dear god, it's some weird bastardized three wheeled two person go-kart.

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          • #6
            I can't comment directly on the BMW mate but they are amazingly similar in shape to the 2000 - 2003? Holden Opel Astra.

            Unless you're after the badge, Astra = Same shape, European built (Belgium), newer, cheaper, solid.

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            • #7
              Hey Flyboy.. my brother had one.. he referred it as a German Camira. The 318i were gutless and common as poo (it was the cheapest series). He had it for a year and upgraded to 320 series. He didn't have much problem with them, but that was 10 years ago, but did complaint about service cost at Auto Classics.

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              • #8
                Buy cheap one
                De badge it and put bling rims on it
                Sell to cashed up Singapore student
                Buy decent one the profit.
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                • #9
                  I'm involved with Vehicle electronics repair and we see quite a lot of Problems with Instruments, climate control units,ABS controls and even window switches.
                  If you are looking at one, check over every control/gadget carefully.


                  Originally posted by Rhino View Post
                  I can't comment directly on the BMW mate but they are amazingly similar in shape to the 2000 - 2003? Holden Opel Astra.

                  Unless you're after the badge, Astra = Same shape, European built (Belgium), newer, cheaper, solid.
                  TS Astra = BAD.
                  We get about 4 calls a week concerning ECU failures. Plenty of $1500 + bills.
                  Search the net about problems with Astras.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rhino View Post
                    I can't comment directly on the BMW mate but they are amazingly similar in shape to the 2000 - 2003? Holden Opel Astra.

                    Unless you're after the badge, Astra = Same shape, European built (Belgium), newer, cheaper, solid.
                    The only thing that turns me off the Astra is the belt driven timing gear. The potential for disaster with that setup is more than I'm prepared to deal with.

                    I agree about the styling though.

                    Oh, and for peoples curiousity, I'm not after the BMW badge. The car fits the budget and duties criteria. I'll just as easily look for something else.
                    I want something comfortable and easy driving to get around town with, but still be able to tow a bike on a trailer with it. Mind-blowing quarter mile times aren't on the radar.
                    A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

                    Dear god, it's some weird bastardized three wheeled two person go-kart.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah I've had a good run with my TS SRi turbo that's all.

                      Did some perf work to it and it goes well. Has been running pretty solid for 6 years and no major dramas.

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                      • #12
                        I get all my beemer parts from pelicanparts.com and install most myself

                        including resetting the service lights



                        Dubs

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                        • #13
                          I drive a SAAB 900S & while it's pretty boring by most standards it fits the bill for what I need (mid size 5 door hatch). Incredibly reliable (my 2nd SAAB over the years) & hasn't really cost me a lot for a car with almost 300k on the dial.

                          I have the 2.5 V6 with timing belt & as long as they're replaced as per schedule no prob; used to own a Jensen Healy with the Lotus 901 motor with timing belt, no probs there either. It would not be anything I'd worry about unless the model had a known history of dramas in this area.

                          Really good mech in Perth that doesn't charge through the nose tho most cars these days aren't cheap for a major service.

                          Mines a 1995 & there is no rust anywhere, joys of a Scandinavian car I guess.

                          Originally posted by Flyboy View Post
                          The only thing that turns me off the Astra is the belt driven timing gear. The potential for disaster with that setup is more than I'm prepared to deal with.

                          I agree about the styling though.

                          Oh, and for peoples curiousity, I'm not after the BMW badge. The car fits the budget and duties criteria. I'll just as easily look for something else.
                          I want something comfortable and easy driving to get around town with, but still be able to tow a bike on a trailer with it. Mind-blowing quarter mile times aren't on the radar.
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                          • #14
                            318s are overpriced.

                            Do not buy a 318, at least stump up the little bit extra for a 320 or 323, they're a much better car and 6 cylinder smoothness vs 4 cylinder vibration/gutlessness. Plus nicer trim, wheels, etc. The 318 has non-colour coded parts for example and just aren't really any cheaper in the secondhand market (I've been looking)...

                            However, if you're in the market for a late model 318, seriously check out E39 5 series, they're a much nicer car inside and out (vs E36 or E46 3 series), and go for about the same money. Well, maybe a few grand more... but not a lot. I've seen people asking 27k for E46 318s... tis just crazy when you can get a 5 series of similar age for similar money...


                            I was looking at E46 320Is recently and can get a 535 or 540 for not a lot more... hence I'm looking for a nice 540i sport in the next couple of months. If you want something with a smaller engine look for a lower 5 series (520 or whatever).

                            That's what I'm doing, anyhow (but i miss my v8... test drove a 535 on the weekend, they're NICE )


                            Also just on what starfish said... the base model 3 series were/are built in the shittier BMW plants... the 5 series aren't - hence, they're screwed together a bit better. Apparently...


                            edit:
                            obviously if you're not fussed whether or not its a BMW, look elsewhere...
                            Last edited by thro; 17-08-2009, 02:19 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I dont understand why timing belts are so bad? If you replace them when you're meant to, they're fine.

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