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    Hi guys

    Gareth here from Manchester.

    Been looking at 318's on Flebay and the trader, seems to be some good looking cars out there for around £2000. Which is my budget.

    What should I be looking for? is there any specific areas that the 318 has a flaws? Also is it on the 02 upwards that they changed to chain driven?

    In advance, thanks for any info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP36 View Post
    What should I be looking for? is there any specific areas that the 318 has a flaws?
    The engine....they are generally okay, but when things go wrong, they are a pain, especially the N42 variant! Some people think that it is the worse engine BMW made, and some mechanics prefer the pre-facelift engine. Not too mention a smallish engine powering a heavy car (i know the feeling). They can last a while if you take good care of them. Why not go for the straight 6 engines? Like a 323 or 325?

    Check for rust on the wheel arches, oil leaks, coolant leaks.


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    Also is it on the 02 upwards that they changed to chain driven?
    E46 has always been chain driven, even my 1998 E36 is chain driven....in fact most modern BMWs are chain driven.

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    E46 has always been chain driven, even my 1998 E36 is chain driven....in fact most modern BMWs are chain driven.
    Ah right OK, so it wouldn't make much of a difference if I found a 2000 model compared to a 2002?

    Why not go for the straight 6 engines? Like a 323 or 325?
    Oh trust me I would love to go for a 325 but sadly my insurance is quite high, hence going for a 318. Also the petrol cost, I know not that much of a difference but the insurance is.

    This is my car at the minute which is costing me a fortune.

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP36 View Post
    Ah right OK, so it wouldn't make much of a difference if I found a 2000 model compared to a 2002?
    Nope, it wouldn't matter.


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    Oh trust me I would love to go for a 325 but sadly my insurance is quite high, hence going for a 318. Also the petrol cost, I know not that much of a difference but the insurance is.
    The smaller engined can be quite thirsty for their size, especially in stop and go traffic. Mind me asking, How old are you? Have you tried SkyInsurance?

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    This is my car at the minute which is costing me a fortune.
    How big is the engine? Is it the turbo one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez-Derek View Post
    Nope, it wouldn't matter.




    The smaller engined can be quite thirsty for their size, especially in stop and go traffic. Mind me asking, How old are you? Have you tried SkyInsurance?



    How big is the engine? Is it the turbo one?
    Hi

    I'm 36 with only 2 years no claims bonus so I usually end up paying loads out in insurance, the Saab is costing me £850 per year and its only a 2.2 diesel. It goes through tyres like a drift king at donnington park. Think this must be due to the Koni adjustable suspension. anyhow its going on ebay soon.

    I have been checking out the MPG in the "real world MPG" thread, and there isnt realy much diffenece between the smaller engined BMWs at all, so might go up to a 320.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP36 View Post
    Hi

    I'm 36 with only 2 years no claims bonus so I usually end up paying loads out in insurance, the Saab is costing me £850 per year and its only a 2.2 diesel. It goes through tyres like a drift king at donnington park. Think this must be due to the Koni adjustable suspension. anyhow its going on ebay soon.

    I have been checking out the MPG in the "real world MPG" thread, and there isnt realy much diffenece between the smaller engined BMWs at all, so might go up to a 320.

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    You should phone Sky Insurance, they quoted me £250 for the 1st month and £89 for the following months for a 1999 BMW 523i (2.5litre). I'm only 21 with 3 years NCB. Unfortunately, the car that I want to insure was sold. But i got another similar car lined up. I'm sure they'll get a cheaper deal for you.

    BMWs can cost a lot too, especially if you have to go to the dealer if something goes wrong. Fuel can be expensive too, especially if you love to put you foot down, which WILL happen in a BMW lol. For tyres, it's just the rear ones mainly, but that could be down to branded tyres and/or suspension set-up lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez-Derek View Post
    You should phone Sky Insurance, they quoted me £250 for the 1st month and £89 for the following months for a 1999 BMW 523i (2.5litre). I'm only 21 with 3 years NCB. Unfortunately, the car that I want to insure was sold. But i got another similar car lined up. I'm sure they'll get a cheaper deal for you.

    BMWs can cost a lot too, especially if you have to go to the dealer if something goes wrong. Fuel can be expensive too, especially if you love to put you foot down, which WILL happen in a BMW lol. For tyres, it's just the rear ones mainly, but that could be down to branded tyres and/or suspension set-up lol.
    That's actually sounds quite cheap for the insurance quote, usually they sting the hell out of the younger driver. I will give them a shot when i know what im getting.

    Ive just been looking on ebay and the trader and there are some nice looking cars around. I have a feeling I will be a BMW owner in the next few weeks.

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    wow, 20% is quite a lot.

    I will definitely give them a call when I know what Im getting.

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    Hi Gareth,

    I'd go and have a nosey at some just as par for the course. Hate to say it, but those lovely looking cars in the pictures can be truly shocking in the flesh. I've learnt from bitter experience have just bought my E46 320i Sport last week. I travelled 400 miles in a day to see 3 cars at £2-2.5k, and you wouldn't have touched any of them! I did get a nice one within budget but had to work for it and be prepared to spend a little on it as soon as I got it, service etc.

    E46's tend to suffer from corrosion on rear arches, corroded rear brake pipes which require the fuel tank to be dropped to replace, bowed radiators, suspension bushes, links, springs can go, airbag warning lights on due to faulty occupancy sensor in seat, parking sensors fail but easy to replace, there may be more but this what I'd look for.

    Oh, IIRC they are chain driven and don't need changing unless they sound noisy. Open to correction if I am wrong!

    Also, if you can afford a bit of extra fuel, a 320i is in your price range and you'd have a lovely 6 pot motor to purr along in. I checked insurance and found little or no difference.

    Good luck and happy hunting!
     
     

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