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Old 11-03-2011, 06:01 AM   #1
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Default FS 1996 Alpineweiss 318ti Manual

Well tough times are ahead of myself at this moment and I need to take drastic measures. I have to let my baby go, she has been with me for three and a half years since I started college. She was the first practical car I had coming from a MKII GTi but was not reliable. I bought her with approximately 190k miles on the odometer and she now has about 210k miles. I am the third owner at this moment. I also have a car fax report and all service records from the previous owners. At the time being my plans were to do an S52 swap by the end of the year and all this time I was getting her ready for it, but times are tough and my projection has taken a different route. Right now she averages about 26 to 28 mpg all day long. I did not mind the mileage because I know how strong and well built these engines are. When I bought her she had no floor mats, no BMW roundels, no antennae. The first things I did to her was replace the spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter, and spark plug wires. I then proceeded to replace the antennae, floor mats and roundels. Motor oil, differential, transmission oil was changed immediately for synthetics all around. I have used german Castrol 0-30 oil for the engine, Mobile 1 synthetic ATF on her transmission and original bmw SAF-XO differential oil since them moment I bought her. All of the parts replaced have been original BMW parts with all receipts accounted for. All of the work has been done by me and has been done with no shortcuts. I will provide a whole list of any fixes done. The engine Does not lose a drop of oil or coolant, compression is dead on and is in the range of all cylinders, she still starts and idles as she came off the dealer. I have attached pictures of the car, and also pictures of the differential that went in the car. There is no whine coming from the diff and no oil leaks whatsoever. Also I have attached the alignment results so that you can see she is a straight runner. The M3 spindles set the camber at around -2.4/-2.6 in the front but I set the toe as close to 0 in the front for good tire wear, so far so good. The rear toe seems to be off 5 degrees on the right but I suspect a worn trailing arm bushing. There is slight oil leak somewhere in the transmission but not enough for the level to even go down as every time I have changed it yearly it has never dropped below the safe level. A lot of sweat and hard earned money has gone into this car the pictures I have posted show her as dirty as she can be, a nice wash and wax job will do her good. She runs without any problems or hiccups so its a good reliable car if you want her as a transportation or eventually if you want her as a full track duty car.

Asking price is $4500 OBO.

Regular maintenance:
Oil changed every 7k miles w/german Castrol 0-30 & BMW oil filter.
Transmission oil changed once a year - 1.3 qt's of Mobile 1 fully synthetic ATF
Differential oil changed once a year w/BMW SAF-XO gear oil.
Spark plugs - original BMW NGK spark plugs when first bought, it has been only 3 years since purchased so no need for it again.
Air filter - once a year original BMW
Fuel filter - Original BMW - three years ago
Starter replaced - one year ago with original Bosch starter
Tumbler and new key - 6 mths ago
Fuel pump & Relay - 8 mths ago original VDO pump
Oil Filter housing gasket & bushing - 2 1/2 years ago
Wipers and Wiper arms all original from BMW - 3 mths ago
All coolant hoses refresh - 5 mths ago
Water pump & Thermostat replacement - 5 mths ago
Intake manifold gaskets - replaced with starter
Fuel injector breather hoses - replaced with starter
Fuel injector o-rings - replaced with starter
Complete rear speakers replacements - 1 year ago
All Vacuum hoses have been replaced - replaced with starter
All belts - Original BMW - 1 1/2 years ago
All tensioners - Original BMW - 1 1/2 years ago
Power steering pump, lines, and resorvoir - 2 years ago ( every year I service the system with Mobile 1 fully synthetic ATF)
Bosch Battery - 2 years ago with 5 year warranty
Coolant temp sensor - 1 year ago
Reverse light sensor - when first purchased
Headliner - 1 1/2 years ago
Cluster has been replaced - 2 years ago
Brake bleeding - once a year w/ATE super blue fluid
Alignment - once a year

Upgrades
6 CD original BMW Alpine changer - 2 years ago
BMW DS1 square set up with Continental Contisport with about 30% left front 50% back
Bilstein Sport Shocks w/ H&R sport springs & M3 Strut mounts
3.73 E30 LSD rear differential / using BMW SAF-XJ gear lube
Front DDM M3 bumper & replaceable lip w M3 brake ducts
Front Kidney grills have been replaced for the 96/8 & up model kidney grills
Front e36 M3 brake complete kit with 96+ spindles

Things to do
-Paint - it seems the car has been resprayed and the paint used was not the best so clear coat is not the best on the roof, rear quarter panels, and boot.
-Valve cover gasket
-Drivers door panel is off, waiting for clip kit to fix that and will be fixed by the time she is sold.
-Interior cleaning
-Drivers window needs to be aligned again, seems to be off the tracks but will close and open.
-Trunk door struts







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Old 11-03-2011, 06:17 AM   #2
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:43 AM   #4
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Default She is a beauty.

Looks great. Wish I didn't already have my project started. Good luck.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:03 AM   #5
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Default She is a Beauty :)

Thanks pal, hate to see her go but would be happy to see her go to someone who can continue the project. Good luck with your project!
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Its incredible how you look at this car and it looks brand new i figured it had only 50 or 60 thousand miles on it and then i read 210k and was like damn it does not look like it has that many miles its amazing how they last so well when taken care of BMW's really show their quality
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she looks amazing, i wish i lived closer, good luck with the sale, you should have no problem selling if anybody knows what they're looking at
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Thanks for the kind words guys. Hopefully she finds a new home
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:09 PM   #9
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If someone is interested but finds that my car is too far we can always arrange something to make it happen, bump for a nice start of the week and a happy Monday!
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Reduced $4000
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beautiful looking Ti!
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Sorry guys was a little busy with finals, anyways thanks she is a beautiful. Still up for sale, and open to offers. Heres an update on the latest wash from yesterday. Since then I replaced the rear bumper moldings and refinished the side door moldings.
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Price drop, now $3800.

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Perhaps I'm missing something, but I don't see any reason to delete this thread and start a new one. Interested buyers may have subscribed to THIS thread and deleting it won't help them keep up with any news you post about the car.
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Sorry let me explain. For some reason I am not able to change the title of thread and wanted to remove the "$4500" from the title but I am not able to do it. So I opted to remove the thread and start a new one. But based on what you have just told me you are right, I shall just reply with the updated price.
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