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Owner Artem
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Vehicle 1998 BMW 318ti M-sport California Edition
Engine Type S52 Swap
Vehicle Class Compact
Color Hellrot
Updated 08-24-2014 04:56 AM
Mileage 144,000 Miles
Price $4,200.00 USD
Purchase Date 11-22-2009
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Total Modifications 9
Total Spent $7,229.80 USD
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Description
When I bought this car @79k miles, it had a number of issues, which the PO didn't know about, neither did I, but I didnt care - I loved it and the work didnt faze me. It reminded me of the E30 I had back on the east coast, except modernized. The California sunroof was the biggest pain, but I persevered and ultimately, got it working, 3 years, countless hours of labor, and $3-400 or so later.

The car is original factory M-sport with all original parts. With every option except for the CD player, I even got the window sticker!

I tried to keep the car as stock as possible. I love the way it handles form the factory, and the only mod I could possibly see with was a bit more power.

So, I installed a DASC in it with a slightly smaller pulley (3.6"), bigger 30# injectors, 3" Dia. S50/M50 MAF, and a custom fuel map in the ECU.

I also modified the original plastic US spec headlights with the DEPO glass projector ones. I could replace them with a factory ZKW or Bosch set at some point.

After failing smog in it with the supercharger, I've decided to swap the motor and drivetrain out of an m3 into it, got the motor off a 1999 bmw m3 convertible and a transmission off a bmw 328 from 2000 with 50k miles on it. It now has forged m wheels, m3 brakes in the front, e34 calipers in the back, euro 3-spoke steering wheel, super sprint European m3 exhaust, aluminum flywheel, m5 clutch, 2.93 LSD out of an eta in the back, 328i e36 driveshaft, poly bushings for the rear subframe.

This and a number of other mods later, this is hands down my favorite car that I've ever owned.

ToDo List
Install the rear bumper trim
Clean up the interior in the back
Secure the battery

Modifications - Alloys & Tyres - $1,300.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
BMW
10
$600.00
08-23-2014
Yes

Modifications - Brakes - $200.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
BMW
10
$200.00
08-23-2014
Yes

Modifications - Differential - $275.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
BMW
8
$200.00
04-05-2013
Yes

Modifications - Engine - $2,780.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
BMW
10
$2,500.00
08-23-2014
Yes
 
BMW
10
$200.00
04-05-2013
Yes
 
Downing Atlanta
10
$-3,500.00
08-23-2014
Yes

Modifications - Exterior - $115.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
Depo
8
$115.00
04-05-2013
Yes

Modifications - Interior - $73.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
BMW
10
$73.00
04-05-2013
Yes

Modifications - Transmission - $200.00
Manufacturer Modification Rating Total Spent Updated Installed?
 
BMW
10
$200.00
08-23-2014
Yes

Services
Garage Type Cost Rating Mileage
Minor Service
$309.00
10
105,000
Major Service
$777.80
10
119,000
Major Service
$1,200.00
7
87,100

Comments
User Posted Date Comments
02-13-2015
Nice looking car!

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