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Old 06-19-2012, 04:47 AM   #1
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Default 1998 318ti w/California roof

Very sadly, it's time for me to part with my 1998 5-speed manual 318ti. Click link for photo.

Body's in great shape (Moreau Green is the official name, though it's much more of metallic blue). Black canvas California roof is in fantastic shape....no nicks or tears, opens and closes like a charm, no leaks. Interior is grey leather; upholstery is in very good condition, with the exception of a few small tears.

And now, to the reason for giving the car up...it's been overheating, and the mechanic believes the head gasket is cracked, which he can't confirm for certain, but it's been leaking anti-freeze, and a hose replacement will not fix the problem.

Car still runs, but will not go more than 15 or so minutes before overheating. Anyway, I think it's a wonderful car for someone more mechanically oriented than I am. And though I would hate to see the car chopped up for parts, I suppose that's an option, too. I'm the second owner (purchased the car from my sister and her husband about 8 years ago).

Mileage is approx. 130K. I say approximate because the instrument cluster died a few years ago, and when the geniuses at BMW installed the new one, they lost the original mileage. However, that info is all documented with my dealership. Asking $1,800 for it. Please let me know if you're interested in more specs on the car or more photos, or would like to schedule a time to see it. Car is in northern New Jersey. Would love to see the car find a home with someone who can really get it running the way it deserves to.
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Where in North Jersey are you located?
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Those pastries look delicious!
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Hah I saw that too.
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o man, what a great price on a nice looking car. i hope it finds a good seller. if i knew how to replace the head gasket, i would have bought it in a heart beat. good luck.
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o man, what a great price on a nice looking car. i hope it finds a good seller. if i knew how to replace the head gasket, i would have bought it in a heart beat. good luck.
Same. And I live in North NJ!

Sadly, for my project car, I would like to have one that works, at the beginning.

318tom, good luck with sale, and I hope to see that gorgeous example on here again sometime.
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Willing to swap california roofs? I can pay for shipping and ship you my roof.

Obviously for $$$ (let me know how much would make it worth your while)

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Do you know if the car's cooling system has ever been overhauled?
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The car is in Upper Saddle. Very close to Paramus!
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Do you know if the car's cooling system has ever been overhauled?
I don't believe it has. Do you think that could be the problem rather than the head gasket?
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Willing to swap california roofs? I can pay for shipping and ship you my roof.

Obviously for $$$ (let me know how much would make it worth your while)

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In theory, yes, but I wouldn't have the first idea of how to remove and safely shop the roof to you. I do know the roofs cost a small fortune to replace! More than the value of the car.

If you have an idea of how this could work, I'm open to discussing the options.
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Same. And I live in North NJ!

Sadly, for my project car, I would like to have one that works, at the beginning.

318tom, good luck with sale, and I hope to see that gorgeous example on here again sometime.
Thanks so much. Appreciate the good wishes!
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o man, what a great price on a nice looking car. i hope it finds a good seller. if i knew how to replace the head gasket, i would have bought it in a heart beat. good luck.
Thank you! : )
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Hah I saw that too.
Yes...the pastries were amazing! I'll include those for anyone who buys the car! : )
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