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1992 BMW 318i Convertible


Being an East Coaster, I look upon car enthusiasts in California with envy. Washington, DC isn’t really a car guy kind of town. There’s a lot of fancy new machinery tooling around the block here, but anyone can go out and buy a new car provided they have the resources. The classics, however, seem scarce. As such, it makes me lust after a modern classic like this BMW 318i Cabriolet even more, just to stand out from the herd. There seems to be a never ending supply of clean, rust-free classics on the left coast and this open-roofed Bimmer fits the description.

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Year: 1992
Model: 318i Convertible
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 136,906 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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For sale is an excellent condition 1992 BMW 318ic 5 Speed with 136k original miles with a clean and clear title and Carfax report. Excellent example of this year and model. Runs and drives excellent! It is in excellent shape for a nearly 22 year old car, showing little to no wear and tear. Tool kit included (as seen in photos). Please contact me with any questions prior to bidding. Serious bidders only please!



1.8 liter engine runs excellent. Starts right up and idles smoothly. No oil leaks. Clean coolant and all fluids are up to level.


5-speed manual transmission, no grinding or slipping. Good shifter bushings with shifter going to center as its supposed to.


All original factory black leatherette interior, excellent condition, no rips or tears, carpets clean and not soiled, clean crack-free dash (as seen in photos)


Body is in excellent shape with original factory paint in beautiful condition, very glossy. No dents or dings at all. Manual top in excellent condition with no tears or cuts. Still has good seals. Rear plastic window still in great clear condition.


Just had brand new tires installed with 205/60/14 size. Clean factory wheels still in great silver colors.


Factory A/C system (recent service) that works great and blows cold, All power windows correctly except for rear drivers side rear little window. Not sure why not going down didn’t have time to look at it. Power locks and mirrors work correctly. Pioneer CD player in dash. Car phone does not work.


Original factory exhaust system that is in great shape. No rust or leaks.


Brakes are 90% upfront and 75% in rear with good rotors all around. Suspension is tight and rides great. No weird noises from suspension. Solid feel.

It has a clean title with a clean Carfax. California registration good until July 2014. Out of state buyers does not apply. Please bid with intent to buy. Being sold auction style with No Reserve! Highest bidder wins this beauty! No buy now price. California bidders will get a smog certificate with car.

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The Cabriolet isn’t the outright E30 choice for drivers, but the 5-speed gearbox makes the most of what this car has got. This would prove to be a fun runabout in the warm months, providing decent economy with the M42 twin cam four cylinder engine as found under the hood of the 318is. Alpine white over black is a timeless color combination for classic BMWs. With reasonable mileage for its age, a straight body and good mechanicals, this is one ride that would turns heads, whether in the city or at the shore.



  1. Sam
    Sam April 5, 2014

    It’s already up to $5K for an E30 four banger that can’t really be fully enjoyed year round in most parts of the US? Wacky! And this is from someone who loves the E30. Also, the aftermarket amber lights where the fog-lamp delete space should be (the 318 did not have fogs standard if i am correct) are bizarre and unnecessary. It was already scientifically proven long ago that yellow-orange beams do not improve visibility in any condition, let alone foggy ones, and these don’t even fit right.

  2. Scott J.
    Scott J. April 5, 2014

    The Carfax screenshot in the EBay listing shows it at 136,800 miles in 2009. So it’s been driven less than 200 miles in the past 5 years. Would like to know why, but there’s no mention of that or any service records. Nice looking car with some unknowns, but at least it hasn’t been destroyed by someone’s fast and furious fantasy. And I totally agree about the fog lights, Sam. I had some like those on my 74 Bug back in high school in the 80s. Seemed cool then but they were worthless as light sources.

  3. AlwaysFixing
    AlwaysFixing April 5, 2014

    Looks clean, and it’s a stick!

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