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Old 03-04-2006, 01:27 AM   #1
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my 1st post! Is the 318is a good way to go as a cheap way into sporty bimmerland?

I haven't got a lot of cash and I would like to get s nice RWD car wich is fun to drive. The jap options are all a bit vulgar and I'm thinking of getting an E30 or E36 316is. The 325is would be better but they're quite a lot more (I'm in australia) and there aren't many around it seems. Is the 318is an option or is it just a shopping cart with a tweaked engine? Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:43 AM   #2
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Yes & no,I know this is massed up,ehat are you looking for in the car????
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Old 03-04-2006, 04:55 AM   #3
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If the E36 wasn't so heavy the 4cyl engines wouldn't be so bad. Try and get a 6cyl if you can, but you'll still love the 4cyl none the less. There's more to the car to love than just the engine
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:32 PM   #4
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If the E36 wasn't so heavy the 4cyl engines wouldn't be so bad. Try and get a 6cyl if you can, but you'll still love the 4cyl none the less. There's more to the car to love than just the engine
If he's talking about an E30, it's much lighter.

It's a pretty fun little car, with a light nose it handles quite nicely.
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:36 PM   #5
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If he's talking about an E30, it's much lighter.

It's a pretty fun little car, with a light nose it handles quite nicely.

He also said, "or E36 316is."

An e30 would be a great car for booting around though....every time I am around other max members' e30's i'm so tempted to buy one myself! They just look like a lot of fun
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:39 PM   #6
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He also said, "or E36 316is."

An e30 would be a great car for booting around though....every time I am around other max members' e30's i'm so tempted to buy one myself! They just look like a lot of fun
Honestly, for the price they are selling for nowadays, you can't have more fun in a car for less than 3k.

Stick a decently stiff suspension, redo all the bushings, sticky tires, and bam, you are rockin'.
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Old 03-04-2006, 04:26 PM   #7
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Er, I AM a n00b! Of course I meant a 318is (d'oh) I don't think BMW ever made a 316is. So the E30 is the way to go, I prefer the pert rear end of the E36 shape but it's a bit heavy? I'm in Australia and a good E36 318is is around $AUS14000, the other option at that price is a Porsche 944S (is it a sin to mention that name here?) that's for a car 6-8 years older than the beamer but with around the same mileage. The Porsche's have better power:weight & handling but will be harder to keep on the road, and parts will cost more. The E36 318is looks better than the 944 though, which I've always thought was a bit ugly.

Now back to the point! The only 6cyl 3 series I looked at was the 325is, being the sporty model. Are the more 'normal' 6cyl 320 coupes OK then, as they are cheaper than an 'is' model. Mebe I should get a 6cyl 320i coupe and work on it a bit, is that a better way to go?

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Old 03-04-2006, 05:57 PM   #8
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Dont waste your time or money throwing useless ad ons to increase horsepower! If we dynoed all the modified BMWs on the road, i can guarantee a lot would be producing *less* horsepower than stock.

That said, why not go and drive the different models and see for yourself? Everybody has different tastes, so its rather subjective. If you want power, spend the extra money at the start and get a good base from the beginning.

I've owned an e36 318is (well 2 actually) and loved every minute of it. I've also owned the 325is version and had a blast with that. Depends what you are looking for.

As for an old Porsche... they are kinda like herpes - nobody wants it!

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Old 03-04-2006, 06:41 PM   #9
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Thanks, and now you've got a new 1 series? Hmm, if I had that sort of money I'd be too tempted to get one of the mid-engined Clio Sport V6 24v Williams specials second-hand Or a Cosworth Escort 4WD. As you can see I don't have much brand loyalty! But I think it'll be a 318is for me, and mebe I'll just do some weight reduction work on it, can't go wrong there as long as you balance it right. More expensive than engine work though, replace the glass, lightweight alloys, get the boot lid replaced with some alfoil or cling wrap, throw out the back seat, replace the dog with a goldfish, make my girlfriend go on a diet etc etc.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:50 PM   #10
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BMW doesn't seem to design their cars to a set range of cliches the way other companies do. With most car makers it's easy to know what their sporty models are as they usually scream at you with silly spoilers and lumps on the bonnet. It's bloody hard with beamers to know what is what, what's a fat tourer, wehat's a fun sports car, what's a wifey shopping trolley??? Where can I get a good summary of BMW models from '89 to about '97 ?? Thanks!!
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:27 PM   #11
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BMW doesn't seem to design their cars to a set range of cliches the way other companies do. With most car makers it's easy to know what their sporty models are as they usually scream at you with silly spoilers and lumps on the bonnet. It's bloody hard with beamers to know what is what, what's a fat tourer, wehat's a fun sports car, what's a wifey shopping trolley??? Where can I get a good summary of BMW models from '89 to about '97 ?? Thanks!!
This is probably a good start: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076...lance&n=283155

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Old 03-10-2006, 09:30 PM   #12
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oh man! i forgot about those kinda books..i had the ferrari one wen i was younger(then i cut out all the pics)...now i want that bmw one!
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:50 PM   #13
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Hmmm, looks good. Thanks for the suggestion JazzM

Actually these get better reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/186...lance&n=283155

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076...Fencoding=UTF8


what the hell i'll get all three! better than making a bad decision later on
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:37 PM   #14
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BUY THE 318is. I have one and it kicks ASS! Nice and quick off the line, and look awesome. Runs forever.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:07 AM   #15
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I second that. 318's kick ass, and less people have them so you might actually feel somewhat unique. Also you get about twice the mileage any 325 would get, that's if you keep it nice and clean inside/out.
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