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pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 19th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Criteria

I'm going to add another car to the list, just because I love it so much:
I came within inches of buying one of these when I lived in Austin. Meaning, if the interior space around the driver had been a few inches larger, I would have bought it. I'm guessing that your space requirements are significantly lower than mine, and therefore the 318ti might work for you.

The gnifty standard features include:
  • Fog Lights
  • Power Heated Mirrors
  • Lighted Entry System
  • Sport Suspension
  • Tinted Glass
  • 16 Inch Wheels
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Traction Control
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Front Side Airbags
In Austin, I spoke with a mechanic that specialized in BMWs, and he said there where no known issues with the 318tis.

Which brings up the question of repair. Repairing a BMW is going to be more expensive than most other cars. However, on the up side, there are mechanics that specialize in BMWs.

This can be a very good thing. A mechanic that repairs all cars may be competent, but he's not going to be an expert in a given car. He won't know the little details. Like, when I was in Austin, I found a mechanic that specialized in Jeeps. He told me that platinum-tipped spark plugs were a bad idea, since they actually decrease performance in the Jeep 4.0-HO engines, and didn't last as long as advertised. No run-of-the-mill mechanic would know a detail like that.

A quick search shows a '96 318ti with 63,000 miles for sale in the Detroit area for $6,500. (link)

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