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318ti 1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (7 reviews )
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By BigMikeyP
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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This is possibly the most reliable car made in the last 20 years. Mine has 193K miles and has yet to have any major mechanical problems. It has never broken down and I don't detect a drop in performance. Its not a great long distance car as it can ride a little stiff. The other problem is noise at 70+ mph. It can also get lite in the rain, especially at high speeds. Interestingly enough, it seems unstable at 70mph (dry road) but sits down nicely and rides beautifully at 85+mph. Clearly a car built for the autobon. My parting though is that I love this car and intend to drive it for another 60+K miles.


Best Features

Handling and gas milage. I have been able to dodge dangerous items in the middle of my lane at night at very high speeds with ease on numerous occasions.


Worst Features

It's a discontinued model. Grab one if you see it. It's worth the money.


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going strong
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By So Cal driver
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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I've had my 318ti for 6 years and it was the best purchase. It's 8 years old now and has 104,000 miles and is still going strong. It is mechanically sound and I haven't had any problems, just regular maintenance. The biggest thing to go was the fuel pump (not bad @ 98K miles). I've taken many road trips (thanks to all the room available when the back seats are folded down) and have driven on many upaved roads and it handled well.


Best Features

Corners well and the brakes are excellent. It gets 28 miles in the city and 34 highway. Trunk space is large.


Worst Features

BMW should have made a hatchback trunk board that doesn't fade in color.


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Love this car!!!!!
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By diva_delite
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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Fun Fun Fun....when I drive something else it feels very clumsy... this car has spoiled me! Car is 8 years old, I have owned it for five years and have had to do only normal wear and tear repairs and maintenance. Very zippy, great gas mileage. Back seat is a little small (can't fit a baby seat or large/tall adults) but the hatch back and folding seats provide lots of cargo space when needed! I don't think I will ever part with this car!


Best Features

Very stylish! the seats are VERY comfy on long trips. Heavier on the road than most cars it's size


Worst Features

Sadly BMW only made the 318ti for three years...so no point in making improvement suggestions


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Bought another 318ti
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By tenniswoody
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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I bought a 95 318ti that we loved. After a head-on with a 66 Chevy pickup that I walked away from, I replaced it with a 96 318ti. Nothing else quite measured up in fun for the $. Its a great combination of sporty handling and economy. I get mid 30 mpg on the highway and high 20s around town. It is a great car for 2, but the back seats are hard to access for adults. On the other hand, the hatchback gives you more flexibility than a sedan. Mine has been very reliable (from 27k miles to 87k so far), but I had to find a specialty garage. The dealership is very nice, but too expensive.


Best Features

brakes and handling, styling


Worst Features

Better access to the back seat.


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Best Deal for Cheap Wheels
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By Asian Persuasion
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1996 BMW 3 Series Hatchback 318ti 2dr Hatchback


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Here I am sportin' my latest automobile acquistion. A 1996 BMW 318ti. I took this little white gem out for a spin after calling the selling party, in what seemed to be a deal that was too good to be true...$7200.00. No dents, perfect paint, everthing works! No argument here as it looks pristine! On the road it performed flawlessly as I flogged it on turn after turn. This vehicle handles! This vehicle is a nostaligic reminder of my old BMW 2002. I had the most fun in that car and the 318ti, in my opinion, is the spiritual successor brought up to current standards of crash worthiness and reliablity. Here's to another love affair with a car!


Best Features

Handling is great! Many aftermarket parts available to individualize! Good gas mileage. Lowest repair expense for a BMW.


Worst Features

A little more power for the 4 cylinder.


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