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1996 BMW 328i Convertible

While the E36 BMW M3 certainly moved the sport compact sedan game forward, there were plenty of other great machines within this 3 series generation that rarely get their due respect. The venerable E30 convertible soldiered on until 1993, when its replacement arrived. Offered in 318i and 325i trim, the E36 convertible was an instant hit and offered an optional hardtop for those colder climates. Initially offered as a 318i (1.9 liter, 138 hp) or the 325i (2.5 liter, 189 hp), the six cylinder variant was upgraded for 1996 to a 2.8 liter engine. This larger six produced only one additional horsepower but packed a bit more torque – 210 lb. ft. versus 181 for the 325i. These days, used E36 convertibles are plentiful and can be had on the cheap. The problem is most are automatic (I prefer three pedals) and most are clapped out, high mileage examples with a multitude of problems.

This 328i convertible for sale in Tennessee, though, has but 53,000 miles on the clock, has obviously been cared for and most importantly, has the 5-speed manual gearbox.

1996 BMW 328i Convertible on eBay

Up for sale is my 5 speed, Calypso Red 1996 BMW 328ic convertible (with both soft & hardtop). It only has 53,442 original miles on it! As you can see from the pics, it’s in excellent shape. The paint is beautiful, the interior is immaculate! The car has never been in an accident and has been babied it’s entire life. Everything is original in the car with the exception of professionally tinted windows (which are needed here in the South). The paint is in fantastic shape. Still very deep and glossy.

The black leather interior all original and beautiful too. There are no holes, cracks, tears etc in any of the leather. The carpet shows no signs of wear at all. The A/C blows very cold and all electronics work (with the exception of the power convertible top). The original owner paid $2295 for the painted hard top, and I believe kept it on the car the entire time. The power top does not work for some reason. The motor looks fine (and brand new). It could be the power top switch or even a fuse. I have not had time to have it checked out. I travel 4 weeks a month now and use a rental car when I’m not flying, so I have no need for a personal car any longer. Here is your chance to own a car with only 53K original miles, that listed new for $47,545, for just a fraction of the price. Furthermore, it’s one of the most beautiful, sought after BMWs of all time! Please look at my feedback score and bid with confidence. I have worked hard to keep a 100% satisfaction with eBay! The car is listed locally, and I reserve the right to end the auction early. Thanks for looking.

Please look at the pics that shows a copy of the car’s original sticker for all options. Here is a break down of upgrade options on this car:

Base Car: $41,330
Sports Pkg: $1275
Heated Seats & Mirrors: $500
Hardtop: $2295
All Season Traction (ASC+T): $1100
Metallic Paint: $475

Most six-cylinder E36 convertibles in mint condition can be had these days for between $7,000 to $12,000. At around $10,000 with a few days left in the auction, we’re right about on the money. While this isn’t the most sporting of 3 series, the manual gearbox makes for a more involved drive, especially on those pleasant spring days or during the early fall, when you are enjoying an unobstructed view of the scenery that comes with top down motoring.

-Paul

1972 BMW 2002tii

Skyrocketing prices of E30 BMW M3s has grabbed the attention of car enthusiasts around the globe and has people wondering what other compact sports sedans are out there in Bimmer land that could be had for more reasonable sums of money. The 2002tii is about as good a place as any to start. Of all the 2002 models, perhaps the one most beloved is the early 2002tii with the round tail lamps, affectionately nicknamed “roundie” by BMW connoisseurs. This 1972 roundie is a California car and has covered an impossibly low 69,000 miles throughout its life.

1972 BMW 2002tii on eBay

1972 BMW 2002 Tii

69,000 documented original miles
3rd owner
Originally inka orange, top-quality repaint in Ferrari blue by 1st owner
Absolutely zero rust (car has lived in L.A. all its life)
Mild suspension updates, handles superbly
Mild engine updates, pulls strong
Mechanically excellent except slight weakness in 3rd gear synchro
Interior perfect except for 3-inch crack in dash and slight stains in headlines (have brand-new one in box)
Lots of service records plus original books
New tires
Freshly serviced
Attention-getter and a blast to drive
Ready for show, weekend drives or investment

I received many questions over the last five days and would like to summarize and expand on them in the interest of full disclosure. First, if you are a prospective buyer, PLEASE contact me with any and all questions and concerns BEFORE the auction closes. 310/455-2081 is my home number. Better yet, come and inspect the car, call the restoration shop where it’s been serviced for the last six years, or use a third party inspection service.

I’ll start with the history of the car:

This Tii was a European delivery car, which, on February 26, 1973, was shipped from Bremerhaven to Los Angeles. I have all the original paperwork in mint condition, including the German Fahrzeugschein and Versicherungspapiere, the bill of lading, correspondence between the BMW factory, Hoffman Motors (the importer), Adolf Brauns (the shipping company) and the owner. According to those documents, the car was painted Inka Orange with the following factory options: power brakes, reclining seats, sunroof, tinted glass, heated rear window, limited slip diff., Michelin XAS tires, torsion bar stabilizers, tachometer, chrome exhaust pipe tip, bumper guards. Among much other documentation, I also have the original owner’s manuals including manuals for the Schiebedach, seat belts, etc., all in mint condition.

In 2000, the engine and suspension were “street-prepped” (Mahle pistons, Kolbenschmidt bearings, all German parts, ported and polished head, TEP 284 degree cam, lightened flywheel, sport clutch, MSD ignition, headers, turbo tube presilencer, lowering springs, negative camber, etc.) by Far West Marine in North Hollywood at the cost of $9,874. While the drive train was out of the car, the entire car was stripped, rechromed and repainted with three coats of Monaco Metallic Blue at the cost of $4,376. In 2001, the first owner had a $1,400 Nakamichi sound system installed. It may not have all the modern bells and whistles like BlueTooth etc., but the sound is stunning. Beethoven’s 9th has never sounded this good!

During my ownership, the following items and more were replaced with rebuilt or OEM parts: water pump, fuel pump, clock, cold start relay, alternator, muffler, timing belt, battery, regulator, motor and transmission mounts, strut mounts, drive shaft coupler, flex disc and a gaggle of gaskets, seals, bushings and other service items to the tune of ~$7,000. There is absolutely nothing mechanical that the car needs other than the previously-mentioned slightly weak 3rd gear synchro.

Now for its few cosmetic flaws: As mentioned earlier, there is a ~3” crack in the dash. Please see the photo below. There are a couple of nicks in the paint. One is about 1/4” diameter spot where the paint flaked off (no damage to the metal). The other is a duo of parking lot dings next to each other, one a vertical dent less than 1” long (no paint damage), the other a 1/4” dent with maybe 1/8” paint missing. The latter were hard to photograph. Please see photos below. While the car looks absolutely beautiful, you will be able to find slight imperfections here and there.

Summary: This is a very original, very unique and well-documented car that had three fastidious owners and is sure to appreciate. It has always been in California and there isn’t a speck of rust on it. I have received countless compliments on it, and it is an absolute joy to drive. I have no doubt that the new owner will be delighted with his/her new acquisition!

I’m not sure if I would have changed the color from Inka Orange to blue, but the quality of the paint job looks good and the car has had a number of mechanical upgrades which make this a car you could use regularly, if the new owner had the nerve. A good tii will set you back solidly in the middle of the $20,000 range these days, with the roundies being valued higher than their later brethren festooned with crash bumpers. The very best examples of the earlier roundies will reach into the $30,000 range. While this isn’t the most original or most perfectly restored example, I’m pretty certain with the bidding activity already seen that this car has a good chance of hitting the $30,000 mark.

-Paul

1991 BMW 318iC

The BMW E30 was an icon of the 1980s and had serious staying power, as you still see many on the roads today. They combined quality, reliability and performance in one neat, compact package. Offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible or estate (which was never sold stateside), they were available with a variety of four and six cylinder engines. Toward the end of the E30’s life, the 318 moniker made a return, albeit with a completely new 1.8 liter engine, with twin cams, 16 valves and 142 horsepower. Even though I loved my 1988 325is with it’s creamy smooth 2.5 liter six, I’ve always admired the E30s with the M42 four cylinder, as they were they most advanced engines offered in the E30 from new and had an air of honest simplicity about them. Even though I’d rather have the hardtop 318is, this 318iC is a mint example of late model E30 goodness.

1991 BMW 318iC on eBay

BMW 1991 (1.91) 318ic Convertible Silver (Sterlingsilber-metallic) with Black interior & Soft top. Two owner California example. Second owner purchased the car with 28k miles in 1997 a CPO (certif-pre-own) from BMW in San Francisco Bay Area. I am personally a BMW E30 collector and bought this to add to my two other cars (’89 EVO M3, ’84 Euro 323i Baur Cabrio). It took a year after I discovered this car to get the owner to actually sell. I have decided to part with a few of my cars so this one must go. Included with the car is a very complete service history which spans from 7/97 to present. Majority of invoice’s from the BMW dealer. This car was very well maintained with no expense spared. The car runs and drives perfectly. Cosmetically the pictures should speak for themselves. Perhaps the rarest and most beautiful color combination available for the E30 Cabriolets. Interior is near mint and all original. Soft top excellent and according to records replaced a few years back. Overall the car is quite original with the exception of dealer added 16″ BMW alloys with Yokohama 205/55-16″ and recent radio upgrade (Kenwood Sat radio).

This is possibly one of the least performance oriented E30s you can buy, but at least the car isn’t an automatic. I always liked the late model 318 E30s. They are simple and unpretentious, and in silver with a black roof like this convertible, sharp looking as well. In an age of electronic complexity and contrived automotive styling, this 318iC is a breath of fresh air.

-Paul

2000 BMW 528i Touring with 25,000 miles

We are all big fans of the BMW E39 M5 here at GCFSB, whether it’s the bottom rung 525i sedan or the sought after M5. While the M5 is the obvious choice, I’m partial to the Touring models, in part because I like 5 door vehicles and also because you don’t see them everyday. Finding any E39 with under 30,000 miles is a difficult task as time has marched on, and finding a Touring with that kind of mileage is even more tough. Well, here’s one with 25,000 miles on the clock for sale in Salt Lake City.

2000 BMW 528i Touring on eBay

2000 BMW 528iaT – wagon/touring with automatic transmission. Basically this is a new car. Near concours condition. I purchased this from the original owner at approximately 18k miles. It was stored in a heated garage and has seen only a handful of winter road condition drives. All records available. Regarding the price – book values and so forth don’t apply. The car is worth what interested parties wish pay. This is a nearly new 2000 BMW 5- Series luxury car for less than half of its original new price. To make it truely concours perfect (replace with OEM or repaint front bumper cover, minor door ding removal and a concours level detail job). I am not a motivated seller and only wish to sell this car if it affords me to purchase/own another car of interest to me on my list. I will consider trades or partial (plus or minus money) trades on the following BMW cars of which all must be in the same superb condition of this car – 128i, 135i, 1999-2002 Z3 M-Coupe, E30/E36/E46 M3, E46 M5, Z4 Coupe, Z4 M-Coupe, 2006 or later X3, MINI Clubman or Countryman and VW R32 MK4 or MK5.

The only thing that would sweeten the deal for me with this package is, you guessed it, a manual transmission. Thankfully, one could order that transmission in six cylinder Tourings in the US market. At almost $20,000, this is a lot of coin for an E39 Touring, no matter the mileage. One could buy an M5 for that price; even one that might not have that much more mileage than this Touring. If this car could be had for between $14,000 to $15,000, it would represent a good deal. These E39 Tourings are one of my favorite BMW models. It emerged from an era when BMW was at its best. After visiting the BMW stand at the Washington, DC Autoshow this week, I pine for the days of cleaner styling and fewer electronic gimmicks.

-Paul

1987 BMW 325i Convertible

The E30 BMW 3 series needs no introduction here at GCFSB. The darling of the range is most certainly the M3. This model represents Genesis, which has garnered the attention of enthusiasts, driving prices into the $20,000 to $30,000 range for top notch examples. This has subsequently increased interest in other E30 models in the lineup. The convertible wouldn’t be my first choice if I was in the market for an E30, but this example for sale in The Hamptons is making the right noises.

1987 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay

This is a 1987 BMW 325i Convertible with 79642 original miles. This car is in very nice condition, interior was restored in 2010 and is beautiful. This car has been owned by a local owner of a high end car repair shop and has been properly serviced throughout. There is a factory hard top as well that can be purchased separately.

This black on red color combination looks like a million dollars. It’s a nice departure from the usual red and white 325i convertibles you come across. Hats off to the upholsterer who recovered the seats, because it looks exactly like it did in 1987. The asking price of $11,000 is a little higher than what I’ve seen lately, but 80,000 miles is not that much for a 24 year old car. All the rubber, brightwork and paint look in good order, except for a few blemishes on the leading edge of the hood. The only thing putting me off is the automatic transmission, however, for certain buyers, this would be a plus.

As the saying goes, buy the best you can afford. This particular 325i convertible is certainly up there with the best the market currently has on offer.

-Paul

Lower-mileage 1989 BMW Hartge H26 for sale

Update 12.6.2011: Back on eBay, links updated. Previously listed in November. -dc

The Hartge wheels on a local 325is caught my eye, and while I’m usually more of an Alpina fan, I’m starting to really dig the rare Hartge models of 80s Bimmers. With only 113k miles, today’s beefed-up 325i is beautifully clean inside and out. It has obviously been well taken care of, with the pinstripes and spoilers still looking great, the interior nice enough to eat off (if you allowed food inside), and the underside looking close to new. I can’t see paying the premium on these unless you’re a serious enthusiast, but those who do will get a great looking E30 with as much power as the M3.

1989 BMW Hartge H26 for sale on eBay


A nice recounting of provenance and recent care:

1989 BMW E30 Hartge H26
Bronzit/nature tan leather – shadow line trim & mirrors – Hartge logo’s front & back.
· US Spec. 325ia car prepared by Hartge in Germany – delivered through the “Fly & Drive” program that began in 1987 – a very, very rare car. Build sheet code #0841.
· Low mileage 113K – 5200 miles/year – always adult owned/driven.
· Recent mechanical & restoration.

The vehicle was purchased new by Mr. Jung through Vasek Polak BMW in Hermosa Beach, Ca. The original service booklet & manual verify. My Jung picked out his options & order/pay for the car.The German plant would send the vehicle to Hartge Mfg. to have the options installed. Being in the “Fly & Drive” program (started by Porsche). The buyer would fly over to Germany, take delivery at the plant, drive around Europe for a time, drop the car back at the plant, where the manufacturer would ship the car to the US dealer.

It would also explain how Vasek Polak BMW ended up delivering the car as they could handle all the paperwork & arrangements for the Hartge without being an authorized distributor-they never took possession of the car, floored it, or took it into their inventory. It is also interesting to note that they did not fill in the “delivery mileage” in the vehicles service booklet. This being US Spec. it does not have a “federalization sticker” in the door jamb. H26 4258256 received 12 of the 17 options available from Hartge. Over $14,000 worth, according to the Hartge 1988 catalog. That includes the cylinder head and exhaust system, which was recently replaced with Ansa.

    Hartge H26 Option list

11 27 0490 – Performance H26 Cylinder head conversion 190bhp consisting of:
11 22 0432 – Hartge sport camshaft
11 22 0436 – Hartge light alloy valve cover
12 27 0103 – Re-profiled Montronic
18 27 0500 – Tubular 6 branch Headers – free flow exhaust system.

    Suspension

31 22 0420 – Hartge Sport suspension (35mm lower) consisting of:
Hartge progressive rate Coil Springs.
Hartge/Bilstein special valving struts & shocks.
31 27 0470 – Hartge stabilizer set consisting of:
Hartge stabilizer front adjustable @ 22mm, rear @ 16mm.
31 16 0350 – Hartge aluminum front strut brace, added rear strut brace for improved handling.

    Wheels

36 22 0754 – Hartge aluminum wheels 7.5×16” w/custom machined aluminum center caps.

    Car Body

51 22 0500 – Hartge aerodynamic kit for E30 from 9/87
61 22 0435 Hartge mono arm windscreen wiper system *LHD for E30

    Cockpit

62 22 0150 Hartge instrument console oil pressure gauge, amp meter gauge & clock.
32 27 0400 Hartge 4 spoke leather steering wheel@380mm with hub/horn button.
41 22 0100 Hartge foot rest.
Hartge leather shift knob.
Hartge tach.

The paint is original – in some area’s the paint is checking. On the passenger side of the roof has some dents from an object falling on it. Overall the paint shows well.

Maintenance at 112,422
Water pump
Timing belt
Timing belt tensioner
cam seal
Valve adjustment & valvecover gasket.

Maintenance at 113,050
Getrag 5-speed (80K) with new seals and pilot bearing
ZM3 short shift kit – new selector rod bushing
Sachs clutch disc, Pressure plate, T.O. bearing
13lb flywheel was resurfaced
Rear main crankshaft seal – zero leaks!
Balanced driveshaft, new CCB and Guibo
Slave cylinder/ clutch master cylinder
Pedal assembly was inspected – excellent condition.

s3:46 limited slip – Redline 75w-90
Fresh spark plugs
8MM Blue Silicon spark plug wires in loom.
Cap & rotor
Oil filter housing o-ring, new filter – fresh 20w-50 oil
71 degree thermostat – BMW coolant
New belts
New washer bottle – new washer hose

Brakes:
4 Calipers completely rebuilt
BavAuto cross drilled rotors
Carbonfiber brake pads
DOT Stainless Steel brake lines
Fresh ATE brake fluid.

rear strut brace
New Interstate battery
Rear ANSA muffler (have Hartge exhaust tip)

Bidding is moving already, with just under 9 days left at time of writing and 11 bids pushing it to a still-reserved $6,800. Considering the rarity, it’s hard to know exactly where the bidding will push it, but the cleanliness, lack of miles, and heavy optioning should easily push this towards, and maybe even above, $10k.

-NR

1989 BMW 325is

As a former owner of a 1988 325is, you’ll find me preaching the E30 gospel often. While the original M3 has reached cult status in the last few years, the 325is hasn’t gained as much attention. This is a shame, because they are fantastic cars in their own right. Here is a clean, lower mileage example for sale in Milwaukee that presents well in Lachsilber metallic.

1989 BMW 325is on eBay

For sale is my 1989 BMW 325iS with 96,000 original miles.
Lachssilber (salmon silver) metallic with Silber (light gray) interior.
Fully equipped with leather seats, power sunroof, on-board computer, rear view mirror with integral map lights and ellipsoid headlights.
This is one of the nicest surviving E30s you’ll find anywhere!

ENGINE

2.5 liter SOHC inline 6 cylinder. Maintenance is current, valves just adjusted. Runs great and happily winds out to redline with no issues.

TRANSMISSION

The 5 speed manual transmission shifts perfectly. The shift lever action is nice & tight with none of the bushing sloppiness found in most E30s.

EXTERIOR

The body is in superb condition with no dents and only a few nicks & scratches. This car has never been in an accident and has always been garaged and cared for The paint is original except for the hood, the lower part of the driver’s door, and the driver’s side rear quarter panel. These areas were repainted in April 1994 to repair dings and scratches. No body work has been done since then. There are a few minor spots of surface rust (see pictures): below the Roundel on the trunk where it was pried off by a thief long ago, around the left license plate light, and on the rocker panel behind the right front wheel where there is a stone chip. The paint on the downward-facing edge of the plastic lower front valence is scuffed. There is a scratch & scuff on the black plastic impact rail of the rear bumper.

INTERIOR

The interior is every bit as nice as the exterior. The original leather seats have no cracks or tears and have never been re-dyed. The carpet is free of spots & stains and is clean even under the seats. No french fries or candy wrappers! The dash is completely crack-free. The headliner has a couple small dirt spots which I’ve never bothered trying to clean. The center console storage compartment ahead of the ash tray has a small blemish in the right corner (see pictures.) This car has never been smoked in.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment and options work correctly including power windows, sunroof, door locks, mirrors, rear defrost, all on-board computer functions, and check control system. It has the original Alpine “infrared” cassette stereo with BMW Sound System, all in proper working order. The A/C blows cold even on the hottest, most humid days.

WHEELS & TIRES

It has the original BMW cross-spoke 14″ wheels (including the spare.) Contrary to what everyone else says, these wheels were made for BMW by Lemmerz, not BBS. The tires are Sumitomo HTR H4 205/60-14 with about 13,000 miles on them. They have more than 50% tread remaining. The wheel balance weights are the correct BMW/Mercedes 2-piece type.

MODIFICATIONS

The previous owner made several tasteful period performance modifications including: upgraded front sway bar, BMW adjustable-camber upper front strut mounts, Koni adjustable shocks all-around, and braided stainless steel brake lines. All windows except the windshield were tinted (not too dark) when the car was new and are still in great condition with no peeling or purple fade. I’ve installed an HID Xenon headlight retrofit kit with no modification of any kind to the wiring — they work great with the ellipsoid projector headlamps. I have also installed a Mercedes-Benz AGM battery, which is the same size and terminal configuration as the OE BMW battery.

OWNER HISTORY

I bought the car from a friend in Summer 2007; he bought it off-lease in October 1990 with only 18,732 miles on it. We are both BMW enthusiasts who have owned many BMWs from the 1980s onward.
I am a professional Mercedes-Benz mechanic specializing in models from the 1950s -1980s with a focus on preservation and originality.

With a couple days left, bidding is strong. If I had to guess, I think anywhere from $7,000 to $7,500 would probably be realistic. The sellers description is rather comprehensive and should help answer the important questions. I hope this car goes to a home where it is appreciated, because it is truly one of BMW’s greats. As much as the original M3 is a legend, the 325is is a legend in its own right. It has a completely different character than the M car, but the inline six is a fantastic motor. The handling and responsiveness also reminds the driver of what things were like in the days before electronic controls took over.

-Paul

Low-mileage 1986 BMW 735i “time-capsule” for sale

The other day I was driving next to an older woman in a light blue E30 325i. I glanced at it, ready to move on as the ubiquity of the 3-series makes it hard to get excited, but I couldn’t stop looking. It was perfect. The chrome trim, the paint, the panels and stock basket-weave wheels were all immaculate. Seeing it offered a rare glimpse into how attractive these cars were brand-new, gleaming at a BMW dealership, itching to take the everyday sports-sedan to a whole new level. Time, dirt, and neglect too often relegate older cars to forgettable “old beater” status, completely separate from how great they once were.

Today’s 735i is one such car, a shining example of how great 80s BMWs were completely stock. The original owner drove it for 1 year and 11k miles and traded it in, where the seller’s parents picked up and kept it in perfect condition while driving it just 33k miles over the last 24 years. It’s not the most collectible vintage Bimmer, but it is a gorgeous example of the North American flagship.

1986 BMW 735i for sale on eBay


The description from a dutiful offspring:

This 1986 BMW 735i is a rare find indeed! Always kept in a garage and never driven hard. Only 44,500 pampered miles. I am selling this car for my parents who have kept this vehicle in immaculate condition since purchasing it in 1987 from Frank Hilson BMW in Fort Lauderdale. The original (and only other) owner traded it with 11,000 miles. All service records, owner manuals and brochures have been impeccably maintained for the next owner.

The Bronzit Beige Exterior and Perl Beige Leather Interior are a classic BMW combination. Bubinga wood trimming on the doors and instrument panel. Even the toolbox in the trunk lid is flawless. The 3.5 liter 6-cylinder inline engine is recognized by BMW enthusiasts as one of the most reliable and well designed engines ever built. This 735i is loaded with every available option from the sunroof to the all stainless steel exhaust system.

The pictures tell the story. The only flaws are 2 light cosmetic scratches on the hood and a very small parking lot ding on the driver’s side. This is a 1986 BMW in a time capsule!

The bottom line is that you will still look classy as hell driving this car, and the venerable M30 3.4L inline-6 has a lot of miles left to pull you around while swaddled in gorgeous and nearly-perfect leather. Despite no reserve, bidding is slow with just one bid at the opening price of $7,500. That seems like inexpensive for a car that looks like a million bucks.

-NR

1998 BMW 318ti

I’ve never understood why the word hatchback is a dirty word in the United States. Having grown up in a family that drove a 1983 Honda Accord hatchback for 13 years, I can appreciate the practicality cars like these provide while confining themselves to a relatively small footprint. Now, with the resurgence of the MINI Cooper and Fiat 500, it seems some Americans are willing to look past the third door.

One of my favorite hatchbacks in recent memory was the E36 318ti hatchback. I found it to be much better proportioned than the Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport Coupe that followed it a few years later and some enthusiasts have gone ahead with tasteful M3 modifications which make these quite formidable little beasts.

Here is a late model version with, thankfully, a 5 speed manual transmission for sale in Connecticut.

1998 BMW 318ti on eBay

1998 BMW 318ti finished in fern green with dove gray leatherette. A very rare model in excellent condition. This 318ti was produced toward the end of the model being offered in the U.S. and it is much more generously equipped than earlier models (production date was 7/98, delivered 8/28/98). The car has a 5 speed manual transmission which makes it fun to drive and very economical. It is optioned with heated seats, 6 disk CD changer, sunroof, fog lights, and factory remote entry. The car has been well taken care of; having been garaged, carefully driven, and extremely well maintained. It was never used as an everyday car, but for weekly trips to the city as it is easy to park, therefore most of the miles were highway driven. The car is in excellent condition, has very low miles, and is well optioned, making it a hard to find excellent example of the 318ti.

The exterior of the car is in great shape. The paint is very deep and holds a strong shine. Because it was an extra car and was seldom used in the winter, it has no rust. The car has not been in an accident and only has minor blemishes, but far fewer than would be expected on a car of this age. It has a handful of nicks, touch-ups, and a scratch or ding or two but nothing excessive. The wheels are also in good condition with only minor scratching. The glass and rubber trim are free from blemishes.

The interior of the car is close to perfect. The seats are in amazing condition, particularly considering the fact that they are basically white. The material is very durable and had regularly been cleaned to avoid any discoloration that is typical with light interiors. The seats have no unusual wear and are firm and supportive with no sag. The carpets are very clean, there has been no smoking, pets, eating etc. in the car. There is the beginning of some separation on the rear corners of the headliner as it is freeing from the backing; however, it cannot be detected unless you are looking for it and it does not interfere with vision so I had not bothered with it. All pixels on the dash, radio and clock displays are present and bright. Every button in the car works as it should: AC is cold and heat is hot; all windows and sunroof open and close swiftly; and all other controls are working properly.

Mechanically the car is also in great shape. It has been extremely well maintained and I have all service receipts from the last 5 years, including: recent services; tires and rear brakes were new at 79k miles; new catalytic converter, struts, right control arm, drive belts, a/c pulley, alt belt tensioner etc., and major tune up at 73k miles; and previously had new radiator, water pump, valve and timing cover gaskets. The only issues that I am aware of is that the air bag light is on and the hood support shocks are in need of replacement (I had used a golf club to hold the hood open in the photo). The car has been meticulously maintained over the years and drives and operates as it should.

The 318ti is a very unique car that combines the efficiency of a compact car with the safety and appeal of a BMW. I have averaged around 32mpg on the highway, which is the only type of driving I do with it. In addition to being very efficient, the car is extremely useful being a hatchback, the trunk is large and the capacity is enormous when the seats are folded down. These cars are very durable and, given the low miles, there is a lot of life left in this one. The combination of low miles, excellent condition, and meticulous maintenance makes this car a very rare find.

These are great little cars and besides the E30, the E36 is, in my opinion, one of the best looking 3 series. The proportions are a little skewed given the shorter length, but this would be a fantastic car to commute with or for the first time driver, as it is not too overpowered, but includes the safety features common in new vehicles.

-Paul

Canadian BMW E28 M5 for sale

I can’t fully explain my recent E28 fascination. Maybe it’s maturing, maybe it’s just an evolution, but my E30 lust is firmly in 2nd place. The M3 too far gone, the 325is too banal, the E28 strikes me as simultaneously under-the-radar yet special. Taking the specialness factor up one notch today is the much-desired black-on-black Canadian E28 M5. I’ve heard E28 enthusiasts lament the Natur leather that came as the only option in the US. While I certainly appreciate the double-Vaderness here, I don’t mind the Natur either. It’s Canadian, but hopefully that is less of a roadblock because it was also offered here, unlike other Canadian models like the E30 wagon. With a nice 130k miles on it, this M5 has few blemishes and would be a great way to up the E28 ante.

1988 BMW E28 M5 for sale on eBay

M5

Brevity from the seller:

BLACK ON BLACK, CANADIAN CAR 216,000 KMS NEW BRAKES, BATTERY, TIRES. INTERIOR IS IMMACULATE, EXTERIOR AWSOME MINUS 2 FLAWS (1 IS A CRACK BY THE FRONT EMBLEM WHERE SOMEONE TRIED TO PRY IT OFF, SECOND IS A DIME SIZED BUBBLE IN THE DRIVERS DOOR UNDER THE MIRROR.) CAR WAS PAINTED BY ORIGINAL OWNER AND SHINES LIKE CRAZY.

WILL BE SOLD WITH ALL MANUALS AND SERVICE RECORDS IN MY POSSESSION AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL SALES BROCHURE AND BMW WINDSHIELD COVER AND SKI BAG.

The $13,500 Buy-It-Now seems high but not out of the question, and the $5,000 starting bid encourages a little more optimism. If it could go smack dab in the middle, that’s a pretty clean deal.

-NR