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birtch3
07-11-2009, 03:08 AM
My First BMW.
My First OWN car.
Sweet deal for a 17th birthday.
Mods to come :)

birtch3
07-11-2009, 03:08 AM
shitty quality pictures...(phone camera while i was takin er for a test drive)

NateoriouS
07-11-2009, 10:21 AM
Congrats..!! nice 1st ride for sure...

Enjoy it

Fel
07-11-2009, 11:28 AM
Congrats on the first car! Take care of it, and drive safe!

Steve30
07-11-2009, 12:28 PM
congrats! clean ride

BMW_7
07-11-2009, 10:49 PM
nice... i was 17 when i got my 318 too

birtch3
07-12-2009, 01:57 AM
Does anyone know what kind of exhaust system i could put on this thing, hopefully full 3 inch? and does anyone know what this would cost

propr'one
07-12-2009, 02:29 AM
^^not really a point on the 4cyl.

If you're gonna save up for mods, do a 6cyl swap. That will typically include 2.25X2 exhaust all the way back.

congrats on the pickup.

birtch3
07-12-2009, 02:31 AM
How much would the swap cost?
and im not really lookin for performance seeing as im not going to be racing, its going to be more of a daily driver, just lookin for it to have a kick to it

ericdalinda
07-14-2009, 10:21 PM
is it standard or auto??
honestly you will feel almost no difference with stock exhaust or aftermarket.

if speed isnt your thing...
then i suggest you go for a good deck,amp speaker combo.

swaps are around 3-5K so its alot of money just to drop.

birtch3
07-15-2009, 12:23 AM
its a 5spd. I dont need to feel the difference with the exhaust lol, i just want it to sound nice. All i can find in exhausts for this specific car are 2.5 inch, and i'd perfer a 3" if there is such a thing for this model.
Also does anyone know if the pedals are changeable to put in an aftermarket set of pedals seeing as the gas pedal is connected to the floor?
Thanks

Eurostyle
07-15-2009, 12:43 AM
Congrats! But 3" exhaust on a 318 is a bad idea!!! Even a 2.5" can get loud at high RPM...I say run a stock 325/328 so you can still use it if you do a swap later on.

If you still want something louder then stock, i have a bolt on stainless cat back (straight bolt on 318) that needs a bit of welding...Nice dual tips, only $50...*th-up*

Fel
07-15-2009, 11:07 AM
Yeah man, listen to these guys.... you don't want a 3" exhaust. Don't try to "pimp" out this car... treat it tastefully and you can still get it to pull off a wow factor. You want something with a nice tone that won't blow your ears out... a 3" exhaust will not accomplish this.

ericdalinda
07-15-2009, 12:25 PM
plus good music sounds way better then the drone that comes from exhaust

europrince
07-15-2009, 12:27 PM
^^not really a point on the 4cyl.

If you're gonna save up for mods, do a 6cyl swap. That will typically include 2.25X2 exhaust all the way back.

congrats on the pickup.

Better yet, by not buy a car with a 6cyl as a starting point. Why waste money on power mods on the least powerful model?

344i
07-16-2009, 12:03 AM
Better yet, by not buy a car with a 6cyl as a starting point. Why waste money on power mods on the least powerful model?

you have no clue about this motor.

To the OP, I suggest you swap in a 325, 328 or m3 exhaust, because it will allow you to have a nice burble without being loud. 3" pipes are pointless, it will sound like a honduh with a coffee can. You need twin pipes in stock diameter from the manifold ( the 318 has two separate pipes that have a y adaptor before the cat) This being said, there are many effective mods, like air intake which will free up some revs, lightweight flywheel, pulleys etc. You can disconnect the a/c for more beneficial revs, or if you want to get something that is in the 328i range I suggest a downing atlanta supercharger.

I would personally start with air intake and exhaust, the stock exhaust creates too much back-pressure, you will notice even a 325i stock exhaust will dramatically increase performance, at a fairly low price.

Next, you want to get rid of the ge trag transmission and pick up a 5 speed ZF out of a 328 or m3. Same gear ratios, much better shifting characteristics.

You can get a m42 motor as well, and build up your m44. m42 head, m44 block, m42 oil pan. Result? Higher rev limiter , more torque , much much quicker pick up, and better fuel economy.

Stick to thinner rims, for example, I am running my style 5s with 205 tires, because they are almost stock width ( stock being 195 in the 318) so they do not impair performance.

LSD. Definitely need. The 318 is light, it doesn t have the extra weight to keep it pasted to the road, so in the case you end up going sideways, LSD is a vital upgrade.

Lastly, suspension. I suggest stiff 328 spec or higher suspension. I have koni SPs and the handling is night and day.

Enjoy the 318, sure its not as fast as other bmws, but it returns over 600km to a tank city, 1000km highway only, and is faster then half the other cars in the 1.8L class.

Don't listen to the downer Debbies on here, they have no clue about the 4 cylinder, because they never owned one.

PS. Most reliable engine, enough said.

344i
07-16-2009, 12:25 AM
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Eurostyle
07-16-2009, 01:07 AM
PS. Most reliable engine, enough said.

I have to say a big no to that one...almost every week i see someone with a blown M42/M44 because of the timing chaine problem...Agree with all the other points tho!

jeffrey1986
07-16-2009, 01:35 AM
Sweet 1st ride man...beats my 1st ride...1994 Dodge Caeavan

344i
07-16-2009, 11:18 AM
I have to say a big no to that one...almost every week i see someone with a blown M42/M44 because of the timing chaine problem...Agree with all the other points tho!

eh, its all about maintenance, a jamming vanos is no joy either

Eurostyle
07-16-2009, 11:49 AM
eh, its all about maintenance, a jamming vanos is no joy either

Nah...i see a lot of neglected 325's...but no way hear as many problems!

344i
07-16-2009, 12:37 PM
Nah...i see a lot of neglected 325's...but no way hear as many problems!

If you change your oil every 20 000 km, what do you expect? LOL

Eurostyle
07-16-2009, 11:28 PM
If you change your oil every 20 000 km, what do you expect? LOL

yeah...maybe ALL 318 owners just do that...OR it was a design problem! I have seen well maintained cars, that ran with no problems at all, fail at just over 200K without beeing abused...

344i
07-16-2009, 11:37 PM
yeah...maybe ALL 318 owners just do that...OR it was a design problem! I have seen well maintained cars, that ran with no problems at all, fail at just over 200K without beeing abused...

I am now at 230k, still problem free, care to explain? Other then the fact I and the pervious owner did religious oil changes at 5k a piece, I have yet to dump money on my engine falling apart.

So far, my lifters are slowly starting to show signs of needing service ( light ticking until the engine gets warm) and my valve cover gasket needs to be replaced.

I am not saying it is perfect, but in all honesty alot of people drive hard, don t do maintaince and expect miracles. If you want that, get a Toyota

EDIT: I know youve seen it all, you do this for a living Fil, but my car came with a complete history and so far, all I do is regular, and frequent maintenance

Eurostyle
07-17-2009, 12:14 AM
I am now at 230k, still problem free, care to explain? Other then the fact I and the pervious owner did religious oil changes at 5k a piece, I have yet to dump money on my engine falling apart.

So far, my lifters are slowly starting to show signs of needing service ( light ticking until the engine gets warm) and my valve cover gasket needs to be replaced.

I am not saying it is perfect, but in all honesty alot of people drive hard, don t do maintaince and expect miracles. If you want that, get a Toyota

EDIT: I know youve seen it all, you do this for a living Fil, but my car came with a complete history and so far, all I do is regular, and frequent maintenance


I didnt say its not possible! I had several 318's with 350++K that still ran GREAT! But all i'm saying is if your engine goes tomorrow, right out of the blue, i would not be ONE bit surprised!!! 230-240K seems to be the most common range of engine problems with them, and that is due to people neglecting the timing chain/guides since they cost almost as much as an engine!