Friday, April 22, 2016

Seller Submission: 1991 BMW 318is

The E30 generation BMW was available in a few different sporty trim options -- first was the hot rod M3, a screaming 4-cylinder powered canyon carver; Next was the 325is, an inline-6 powered sport-luxo car that offered more torque and more refinement; Finally there was the 318is which offered light weight and 4-cylinder power, similar in concept to the M3 but at a much lower price/speed point.  Find this 1991 BMW 318is here on eBay with opening bid of $2000 (and on here on craigslist for $2,500) located in Barrington, IL. Seller submission from Dave.


 The 318is was certainly slower than the 325 and less mental than the M3, but it has a certain David (as in ...vs Goliath) character that cannot be denied.  With a manual gearbox and routine maintenance it would make a fantastic first car for a young gearhead.  


This 318is was rescued from  some storage unit, barn, or some other house of horrors -- but the seller says that it starts/runs and can be driven short distances.  However, the car does stall from time-to-time and the brakes work about as well as dragging your Keds on the pavement -- budget some maintenance and elbow grease before you can cruise around like a boss.


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8 comments:

  1. Your headline and text identify the car as a 328 but your other paragraphs and the posting identify it as a 318. Is this some kind of Freudian displacement envy? No big deal, its Friday, stuff happens....

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    1. your comment motivated me to read the listing and I'm glad i did - the seller sounds like exactly the type of person I'd actually be willing to buy a dubious crusty basket-proximate case like this from - lots of problems, none sounding fatal, hard to imagine anything has been left out - and even for a skills-limited hack like me, work I would be willing to attempt or other a pro to finish up - all in all, a wreck that sounds enticing - bravo!

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    2. "other"? - I swear I typed "pay", or maybe "bring over to" - I'm just lucky autocorrect didn't make it say ", so as to entice him (or her) to do the work at a reasonable price, offer to lick whipped cream off the eyeballs of"

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  2. You had me until I saw the spot, you know, the rotten tooth?

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  4. Thanks for the generous & flattering comments. I'll fess up, I'm the guilty party selling this car. The rust is certainly a significant problem but I suspect it's far from terminal. Other than the tinworm & the brake booster/check valve, it's in pretty decent shape.

    Is there any way to change this post title? Given the number of S50B28 swaps performed on iS coupes, it's a rather unfortunate typo.

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    1. If you lived next door to me I would drink too many beer and bring you the money tonight. Cool little car for sure.

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    2. Thanks! I'd buy the beer, that's for sure.

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