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    1. Member Vee-Dubber-GLI's Avatar
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      11-17-2010 12:27 AM #26
      I've been looking at 318s for RWD fun with intentions of a 6cyl swap for a project car. I wouldnt sell the 6 for one though.

    2. 11-17-2010 12:35 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Did you clearly show the rear end damage?
      Yup, I don't have time or tolerance to bull**** people or be bull****ted.
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      11-17-2010 12:47 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      Yup, I don't have time or tolerance to bull**** people or be bull****ted.
      bull****.
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    4. 11-17-2010 12:48 AM #29
      Reasons not to buy:

      #1: Worst fuel door placement evar:



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      11-17-2010 12:50 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      I've got an itch to find a really clean BMW 318ti and I don't know why. I've driven plenty of E36 318's and except for feeling smooth they are endlessly gutless and buzzy. There's something about a cheap BMW without all the doodads that appeals to me a I suppose..
      Hey, if I could have afforded a new car in '97-'98, I would have been all over the 318ti. I have a lot of nostalgia for them; go for it!

      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      ...but enough to sell an E24 635CSi for one?
      ...Um, WHAT?! I retract everything I just wrote.

      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Don't sell the 6 for this, I beg you. Please.

    6. 11-17-2010 12:55 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      bull****.
      It's true. My tolerance for bull**** is much lower than most. I don't appreciate it so I don't propagate it.
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      11-17-2010 01:12 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      It's true. My tolerance for bull**** is much lower than most. I don't appreciate it so I don't propagate it.
      But you said:

      "Yup, I don't have time or tolerance to bull**** people or be bull****ted."

      And you obviously have plenty of free time to clean up ****ty used cars.

      And FWIW- you might post a pic of the 6ers rear end damage here.
      If it did not have that- I would be all for keeping it.
      But that damage will co$t $ome $eriou$ coin to fix.
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    8. 11-17-2010 01:19 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      Possibly the dumbest question I've asked on TCL...

      ...what's an easy swap into these cars? Even a "cooking" 2.5 or 2.8 would be a riot. What's involved?
      Depends what you consider easy. Perhaps 5.0 swap?
      http://e36v8.com/

    9. 11-17-2010 01:31 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      But you said:
      And FWIW- you might post a pic of the 6ers rear end damage here.
      If it did not have that- I would be all for keeping it.
      But that damage will co$t $ome $eriou$ coin to fix.
      Decide for yourself
      http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/2061705804.html

      I've been quoted $400-600 to fix to near perfect; no paint work.

      I'm starting to think you have some sort of axe to grind with me, my free time is 1:00 AM on TCL, I don't consider whatever I do to make money to be free time.
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      11-17-2010 01:32 AM #35
      I just wouldn't.

      I think the cars you have now--especially the wagon--are a better bet than the weak sister 318ti. I am not a fan of the 4cyl motor, and the E30 based rear suspension is fun until you let off the throttle mid-corner.

    11. 11-17-2010 01:34 AM #36
      And here are some shots I took today per an email request.



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      11-17-2010 01:43 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      Decide for yourself
      http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/2061705804.html

      I've been quoted $400-600 to fix to near perfect; no paint work.

      I'm starting to think you have some sort of axe to grind with me, my free time is 1:00 AM on TCL, I don't consider whatever I do to make money to be free time.
      400 to 600? Wow, that's good.
      I thought - based on the pics - that the entire rear end was askew due to an impact.
      I am glad it doesn't need that much work to be right.

      As far as having an axe to grind.
      (headscratch)
      I tend to pick on people I like, and you seem like a likable guy.
      If I have come across in a malicious or completely out of line, then I apologize.


      And yes- I sort of figured your buying of low priced used cars - cleaning/fixing them up - and selling - was a way to make money. And that's why i said if the 6er could be sold for a good profit and you want something else then go for it.

      ---

      And on that note- if you can make the 6er right for $600... that would be my choice because then that would make the car worth considerably more. Right?
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      11-17-2010 03:28 AM #39
      My Brother has one that he has rebuilt from an accident damaged salvage car for Road Rallying.


      Red BMW Compact Rally Car by retromotoring, on Flickr

      He loves the handling but the engine isn't torquey enough, so he's looking at swapping something else into it over the Winter. He can't run a 6-cyl due to the class regulations (and he reckons a 6 will upset the balance of the handling) so he's looking at a Volvo engine currently.

      It can still do this though:


      Jonathan Walsh - Red BMW Compact - Car 20 - Knutsford Jubilee Autosolo 2010 by retromotoring, on Flickr

      Great fun

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      11-17-2010 07:58 AM #40
      I've always liked those ti models, for some reason. I like that body style
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    16. 11-17-2010 09:24 AM #41
      I almost bought a really clean supercharged M package ti in Tampa for $6k but ended up spending a little more for my low mile, pristine 91 318ic instead. I prefer E30's over ti's.

    17. 11-17-2010 10:31 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      I've got an itch to find a really clean BMW 318ti and I don't know why. I've driven plenty of E36 318's and except for feeling smooth they are endlessly gutless and buzzy. There's something about a cheap BMW without all the doodads that appeals to me a I suppose.....but enough to sell an E24 635CSi for one?

      Someone snap me out of this....
      Get it. and when you come across an E36 M3 engine/powertrain, do the swap.

    18. 11-17-2010 10:35 AM #43
      Awesome cars. Remember during summer hire in Germany, one of the guys there bought one brand new, in yellow. It was awesome.

      Looked something like this:


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      11-17-2010 10:48 AM #44
      i tried finding one for months. A clean 318Ti with m-tech and low mileage is not an easy car to find.

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      11-17-2010 10:49 AM #45
      ive always liked these for some reason. quirky hatch appeals to me.
      never noticed the fuel door placement though

    21. 11-17-2010 11:00 AM #46
      Don't forget ti underpinnings are essentially identical to this TCL darling:



      E36 in the front/ E30 in the back.

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      11-17-2010 11:02 AM #47
      I wouldn't do it.

      I just don't think you'll be happy with it for any length of time. As you read here, so many are ready to modify it. Why...there's just better than it.

      Good luck w/528it search!

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      11-17-2010 01:03 PM #48
      The e30 318is is superior in most ways. It'd be worth getting rid of an e24 for one of those, but not for a 318ti.

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      11-17-2010 01:06 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by tcslol View Post
      The e30 318is is superior in most ways. It'd be worth getting rid of an e24 for one of those, but not for a 318ti.
      except its older (less reliable), not as practical, looks dated next to a Ti, & has an inferior front suspension. The 318Ti may be heavier...but i'd much rather have that then an E30.

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      11-17-2010 01:11 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      And on that note- if you can make the 6er right for $600... that would be my choice because then that would make the car worth considerably more. Right?
      I agree with this statement. Especially with a 5-speed, these cars are very desirable. You could probably get $6k for it fairly easily with that bodywork repaired, if everything else is as clean as it looks.
      Deal with it.
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