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Old 09-14-2012, 02:14 AM   #5
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W 318TI California Roof 1997 - $3500 (Chatham, NJ)
Date: 2012-09-01, 10:52AM EDT
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1997 BMW 318ti for Sale. Extremely rare 1997 California Edition Roof. 165,000 miles. Please call me at 973-830- nine four five one. Gas mileage is great.
6 CD changer.

"Also this is a very rare California edition of the vehicle, introduced in 1997, featured a Webasto style folding canvas roof reminiscent of those used in the CitroŽn 2CV"
The roof is similar to the new FIAT 500 Convertible!!
Onboard Board Computer, Active Edition. Leatherette seats.

1997 318ti is a great little car
Pros: Gas mileage, German build quality, peppy engine, good looks for price.
The Bottom Line: The 318ti is a great choice for someone who wants a spirited little 4 cylinder car that looks sporty and carries BMW prestige.

If you're looking for an affordable used BMW, the 318ti is a good choice. Of course, it's not the cream of the crop in BMW's suite of offerings, (i.e., 5-Series and 7-Series models), but for the price, you get a car that commands respect when seen by others and certainly fits the mold of what German cars are known for...solid build quality.
So the 318ti fit my needs and my budget. I wanted a great little "driving" car. That's the perfect thing about the 318ti...it caters to people who like a little spirit from their car when they drive it. The 318ti is great to take on a curvy mountain road. It wants to be driven.

The car has a 1.9L 4 cylinder DOHC engine with about 138HP and about the same figure in lb. feet of torque. The engine idles well and is very smooth running. Mine has a 5 speed transmission, (this equals to great gas mileage 23/city & 32 highway) which is smooth and allows lots of dancing on the pedals in city traffic. It shifts well, with relatively short throws. The reverse gear engages by throwing the shifter to the far left and up.

Actually, I prefer the 318ti as is, because it fits the model of emulating what a European compact car is supposed to be. It's not going to be a Porsche. 318's are all over Europe, and when you sit inside one, you feel as if you are driving a traditional, compact European car. It feels different from the standard Japanese compact cars.

One of the best aspects of the 318ti is the German build quality. Don't be fooled into thinking this car is a small car trying to compete with a Honda Civic, etc. A Civic is nowhere near the level of the high quality workmanship found on the 318ti. When you close the door, you hear a "thud" that tells you this car is built well. When you unlock one door, all doors and the hatch unlock. Nuts and bolts are thick, and metals in the frame are not flimsy. Yes...there is a lot of plastic in the car, but you have to remember this car was BMW's entry level car in the US market...much less in price than a 5 or 7 series.

On the outside, the car looks like a 318 or 325 from the front and sort of the same from the back. the car looks sporty and tries to keep in line with the traditional 3-series styling cues, such as the double chrome type grilles up front and the taillight scheme on the rear.

On the road, the car is tight, and pretty fast (if driven with a heavy foot)...given it's compact size.

The 318ti is a hatchback, (which for some reason didn't take off well in the US but was a hit in Europe) and has plenty of storage room, with a cover to keep people from looking in. The room inside the cabin is good for front seat passengers and a little cramped for back seat passengers, unless you're small or a child. The rear wheel drive setup is good for this car because it offers even weight distribution.

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Location: chatham
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