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1998 BMW 318ti. Automatic, A/C, Factory AM/FM wC/D Changer and weather bands, Power sunroof, power windows/locks, cruise, traction control, factory tools, lotta new stuff. Clean title. $350.
Here we have a hatchback with new starter** (this alone is a $600 job), new belts, tensioner, pulleys, hoses, alternator, brake caliper, power steering fluid reservoir with integrated filter, rear hatch gas cartridges, and like new Kumho Ecsta LX tires. Pretty nice designerly interior.
That's the Good News.
The Sub-Good News:
• It's 2,745 lbs. of German-Engineered Not Currently Running.
3 Series BMWs of this vintage are known to arbitrarily fry their engine bay wire harnesses and this particular specimen did not disappoint in this regard. It's fried real good.
Engine ran beautifully and with no check engine lights or codes prior to this event.
Harnesses can be had on eBay for around $200. Installation is said to take four hours.
Your mileage may vary.
• Power windows in name only. Again, a well documented BMW 3 Series shortcoming. The original regulator track grease eventually transforms into a stubborn and impassible paste, binding the regulator's "scissor" assembly which subsequently bends under the mighty Teutonic torque of the window motor. I have the new regulators, you own the pleasure of installation. Clean and re-grease the tracks and you're back in bidness.
• The ignition key does the famous "BMW 3 Series spinning ignition key" thing.
(Google: "BMW 3 Series spinning ignition key"). Can be remedied with a drill bit and a set screw. Set screw is provided.
• The fog lights are cosmetic aftermarket additions and are not connected electrically, although you could, because they're actual lamps and stuff.
This car truly is a fun driver when it runs under out's own power. Fairly perky performance and really nice handling. It would be a waste to relegate this car to a boneyard. The laundry list really isn't as hideous as it looks. Go ahead and make the save.
You'll want to BRING A TRAILER, DOLLY, TOW TRUCK, OR ROLLBACK because you're not driving it away unless you're the Pep Boys, David Copperfield, and Jesus all rolled into one.
* No relation to Mopar products, real or fictitious.
**When I say "new starter", I mean that the harness appears to have fried while in the custody of the garage that installed the starter. It has yet to be used for the first time. The new belts, tensioner, pulleys, hoses, alternator, brake caliper, power steering fluid reservoir with integrated filter are similarly awaiting their collective turns to be pressed into service for the first time.
Cash only, and don't forget to BRING A TRAILER, DOLLY, TOW TRUCK, OR ROLLBACK, cuz you ain't drivin'.
As is, where is. Cash only. No, I do not require dealer assistance.
Reported mileage is approximate because I can't remember for sure and it's outside and I'm not.