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Old 06-22-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default How many 318ti are there in North America?

I keep hearing people say the 318ti is a rare car, but how rare are they? How many exist in America?
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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The 318ti is by no means a "rare" car. While they're not as common as coupes sedans and verts here in the US, they were very popular in Europe. Tens of thousands of them were imported to North America from '95-'99. Fact is, you're looking at a 15 year old import and since coupes sedans and verts had more appeal to Americans in the '90's, they sold better. You're likely to see 50 regular e36's for every one compact. But that still doesn't make it rare.
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The 318ti is by no means a "rare" car. While they're not as common as coupes sedans and verts here in the US, they were very popular in Europe. Tens of thousands of them were imported to North America from '95-'99. Fact is, you're looking at a 15 year old import and since coupes sedans and verts had more appeal to Americans in the '90's, they sold better. You're likely to see 50 regular e36's for every one compact. But that still doesn't make it rare.
this, in my small town there are 3 ti's, granted two of them were brought her by me but 3 compacts in a little upstate ny town in the middle of nowhere should give you an idea of how common they can be
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #4
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When i picked up mine it was the only one that I have ever seen in town and I have lived here my whole life. I was like "Oh hell yeah!!" After getting it I have seen 3 more. Figures lol.
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I had never recognized the 318ti until I bought mine. And trust me when I say there are a truck load of them to be found in Denver. I know of about 12...and see little old ladies driving them around town from time to time.
They are not rare around these parts.
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Get the phone numbers of the little of ladies with ti's, and I'll cold call them about selling their cars!
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Get the phone numbers of the little of ladies with ti's, and I'll cold call them about selling their cars!
lol
I kid you not...i've seen upwards of 10 318ti's in the Denver area with old ladies and a few older men behind the wheel.
Bet those cars have never seen the redline. lol
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I have only seen 2 in my city and it's a big city about half million.
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From this thread:

http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31219

"As promised from a previous forum thread, the following data came from "Standard Catalog of Imported Cars 1946-2002, 2nd Edition":

1995 - 7238
1996 - 7238
1997 - 4622
1988 - 3735
1999 - 656

I also have how many models (Base, Active, Sport and Clubsport) were exported to NA by model year. This information will be updated to this thread shorty."

My calculator totals that to 23,489.
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I went to a church in Denver one day to meet with a lady selling her 1997 318ti Sport. As I walked around looking for her and the car, I found a Club Sport parked a block away.
Denver's a hot bed for these cars.
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We have a bunch in my town as well. If you own one you tend to spot them faster. In my town we have including mine 3 silver 99's. mine and another guy's is modded the other now is dead. I'm tempted to part it out.
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I rarely seen any in my neck of the woods but since I have been in Cali for the week I at least seen three ti 's more than I have seen in one week

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99's FTW, only came with the sport package which meant the three spoke M3 steering wheel
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I only know of 6 or so in my area, two of those are mine.
Out of that 6, I know 2 that are swapped. Mine and my buddies who's is M52 supercharged!
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I only know of 6 or so in my area, two of those are mine.
Out of that 6, I know 2 that are swapped. Mine and my buddies who's is M52 supercharged!
a supercharged M52!! that thing must haul
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