318ti.org forum

Go Back   318ti.org forum > Garage > I'm thinking about buying a ti.

Notices

I'm thinking about buying a ti. Ask all your questions about the possible purchase of a ti. Keep in mind, we are biased.

.
» Recent Threads
Oil Filter Housing Leak...
02-14-2008 09:21 PM
Last post by Locus7
Today 01:06 AM
118 Replies, 80,835 Views
Is this a clubsport?
12-09-2018 06:54 AM
Last post by dranthony
Yesterday 08:44 PM
5 Replies, 284 Views
California Top Trim...
07-16-2014 08:59 AM
Last post by 3DGE
12-09-2018 09:37 PM
9 Replies, 4,518 Views
M42 / M44 loose...
12-07-2018 08:10 PM
Last post by Frach23
12-07-2018 09:34 PM
1 Replies, 340 Views
Anyone seen a carbon...
11-16-2018 06:19 AM
Last post by eurohb
12-07-2018 05:26 AM
1 Replies, 447 Views
New here so lets arc you...
11-09-2018 08:56 AM
Last post by acidjzaz
12-07-2018 12:34 AM
1 Replies, 481 Views
FS: E36 Brakes, rotors,...
12-06-2018 06:30 AM
Last post by FunElan
12-06-2018 09:29 PM
3 Replies, 255 Views
WTB **** 5 Speed BMW...
12-03-2018 02:01 AM
Last post by kaiburger
12-06-2018 08:06 PM
2 Replies, 369 Views
1995 318ti Clusport S52...
10-30-2018 04:31 PM
Last post by Tom318ti
12-06-2018 04:59 PM
5 Replies, 1,132 Views
1998 BMW 318TI M Sport...
11-29-2018 04:58 PM
Last post by BMWannabe
12-05-2018 10:43 PM
19 Replies, 1,305 Views
Reply Share/Bookmark
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-27-2017, 10:19 PM   #1
bockscaracer
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2
iTrader: (0)
Default Thoughts on the Auto Tranny?

Hey folks,

I'm still entertaining the idea of picking up a 318ti as my daily but pretty much all the 318's in my area have auto transmissions.

I've read generally negative things about the auto transmission in the E36 series and I'm wondering what you guys think of it. I personally don't mind automatic trannys, assuming it doesn't totally rob the motor of power.

I had a pair of Foresters years ago and the difference between the manual and auto was night and day. Hopefully the 318 isn't like that!
bockscaracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2017, 10:46 PM   #2
1996 328ti
Senior Member
 
1996 328ti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 9,303
Vehicles
iTrader: (1)
Default

I drove a 4 cylinder Z3 automatic as a loaner back in the day. It was pretty anemic.
__________________
...steven
BMW CCA #146825
1995 BMW 318ti Club Sport ē 1996 BMW 328ti ē 2003 MINI Cooper S
www.bmwcca.org
1996 328ti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2017, 04:41 PM   #3
BlackBMWs
Senior Member
 
BlackBMWs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,442
Vehicles
iTrader: (7)
Default

I have both. 5 speeds rule for the 4 cyls. Just ensure the trans mounts and Engine mounts are intact to keep the shifting crisp.

I also have a 540it. No worry about power loss there but I have also driven the 540i 6 speed and it is night and day.
__________________


1998 318ti Sport - "Cali" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, Cali top
1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1991 318ic / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

BMWCCA #160411

SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!
Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!
BlackBMWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2017, 04:51 PM   #4
Coyoteh
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 407
Vehicles
iTrader: (2)
Default

It's far from great, but you learn to live with it. In my several year search for the perfect ti (still looking), I've learned to look at the whole picture, not just the transmission. A couple years ago I found the most amazing ti, completely flawless inside and out. Not a single blemish. It was even the uncommon color I want. But it was an automatic, so I passed on it. I wish I could go back and buy it, because I've never seen another ti like it since, automatic or manual. The transmission can always be swapped later if you're willing to make the effort.

But if you're able to find a good car already with a manual, that's still the best choice!
__________________
1997 318ti 5-speed MoreagrŁn
1996 318ti auto Hellrot (retired)
Coyoteh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2017, 02:21 AM   #5
ZEK
Senior Member
 
ZEK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: US
Posts: 245
Vehicles
iTrader: (0)
Default

Depends on your driving style but Iíve driven it in auto and it was bearable. Itís not as fast and enjoyable as a manual but thatís expected. I would at least test drive one before you right it off. Plus a trans swap is pretty straightforward.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
__________________
98 318Ti S52
84 318i M10 Zender
ZEK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 11:44 PM   #6
BMWannabe
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: NY
Posts: 28
iTrader: (0)
Default

I would go for a Manual ....
BMWannabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2018, 12:13 AM   #7
rleniek
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 16
iTrader: (0)
Default

imo automatics are for disengaged driving... like if you wanna eat, text and shave on the way to work. manuals are for when you drive for fun. if you ever catch yourself humming engine revs indexing through gears... you need a manual
rleniek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2018, 12:17 AM   #8
BMWannabe
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: NY
Posts: 28
iTrader: (0)
Default

I have been driving Manual cars exclusively for the past 35 years ! ...I wouldnt have it any other way ..I hope i can do it until i die ! ....
BMWannabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'95 318ti auto to 325ti auto tranny question englishposse Engine Swaps 5 03-10-2016 05:33 AM
318ti use Z3 DME for SAP delete and emissions delete new318tifan Engine 5 02-03-2016 04:24 PM
318ti auto tranny in a 325i? 318tian Transmission 2 05-16-2010 12:42 AM
NY FS 1997 Mauritius Blue auto ti/M52 engine and tranny swap ayton US and North America 1 05-03-2010 07:38 PM
Auto Tranny Problems.... BmWwHiPPin Transmission 7 02-05-2006 04:27 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:14 AM.


.
Powered by site supporters
vBulletin Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1999 - 2018, 318ti.org
© vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2
[page compression: 98.34 k/115.40 k (14.79%)]

318ti.org does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or products discussed.