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    Hi

    Im hoping to become a E36 318ti auto SE owner

    Been to have a look at a 1997 model year car today, seems all in order, full bmw s/h, everything was working nicely

    One thing that did seem odd was that the exhaust seemed quite noisy when driving, from my brief look under the car, the system seemed to new, so to me it seemed to be the from the downpipe area, is this a common fault

    It didnt really sound like a blow, just a bit noisier than I was expecting, the trader said they do tend to be a bit like that, but, I remain unconvinced

    Driving wise, it was nice and tight, with a smooth automatic gearbox change, tried sports and economy mode, dont quite know what the m button was for, in fact the gearbox was much smoother than my current Jaguar XJ

    Im looking to downsize from my 97 Jaguar 3.2 XJ, mainly because its so juicy around town (22mpg) can anyone tell me what the real world fuel figures are likely to be for a 318ti auto ?

    Thanks, in advance
     
     

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    Hello and welcome
    Hopefully someone will come along and help you with MPG figures soon
     
     

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    Hello.
    I have a 2004 318ti and I get 27 mpg give or take around town but it has the 2.0ltr engine so it might be better on the 97 MY
     
     

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    Welcome to the site mate

    Parkers show official figures of about 32mpg combined for the model of car you looked at - http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/specs/...px?deriv=16905
     
     

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    Thanks for the responses, I shall hopefully pick her up on Wednesday, once she is cleaned I shall post some pictures
     
     

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    Hi jagxj6 and welcome to the forum,

    Good luck with the purchase on Wednesday, regarding the exhaust I'd say it probably is a aftermarket item hence the noise, if it has had a replacement aftermarket Catalytic converter then I've seen and heard a few of these sounding noisy and tinny.

    Unfortunately you do get what you pay for
     
     

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    Picked up the new car yesterday with no dramas

    Was nice on the journey home to see an average of 32mpg, compared to my old Jags average of 22mpg, it should be a lot lighter on the wallet, driving wise, Im quite impressed, auto gearbox is far smoother than I imagined (better than the Jag was) performance is also a little more spritely than I thought, it certainly doesnt feel too slow, handling is nice and tight, with a decent ride quality.

    Few minor issues to resolve, new fog light needed, it was full of water and a new headlight, condensation built up on the inside, replace the highlight washers and it needs a new back box, hence the exhuast being a bit loud, hopefully the issues should be all sorted over the next couple of days.

    Gave the car a good going over, wash, followed by white diamond (swirl remover), 2 coats of victoria concours wax red, alloy wheel seal and instant tyre cleaner.

    A few pictures of the car :-



     
     

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    machine polish that mate... bring the colour right back
     
     

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