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Old 04-14-2007, 10:40 PM   #16
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As mentioned, the window regulators are an issue to watch (replaced 2X_). I have a '99 sport ti and love it. Regular maintainance is a must. The fog lamps tend to crack inexplicably at times (an E36 problem in general)...use BAV protectors. I had the passenger air bag seat sensor go out under warranty; and one of the engine mounts come loose under warranty. Front ball joints will need to be replaced. Brakes are outstanding. Handling is great; manual transmission is fun and adds more "pep" to the car. The practicality of the hatchback was a real selling point for me. The sport model interior is an upgrade; larger wheels and tires; stiffer suspension; "M" front and rear fascias with side mouldings; "M" 3-spoke steering wheel. One other thing, my radio had to be replaced, the toggle for the CD/radio selector became inoperative....so check that out. Check for valve cover gasket leaks.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:56 PM   #17
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Damn the headliner, how do i get it sticking back on the cealing?
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:08 PM   #18
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I want to know which model years came with an LSD.

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Old 06-01-2007, 05:34 PM   #19
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I want to know which model years came with an LSD.

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Still looking to find out what years came with an LSD in them. Looking at buying a 99 sport (has the M front and rear bumbers, side moldings, and 3 spoke steering wheel). Please help.

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Old 06-01-2007, 07:36 PM   #20
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I have owned a 318ti (96) for a little more than 3 years now. I can honestly say that this car is one of the best that I have ever owned. I have spent more time and money customizing than doing repairs to keep it running. Very low maintenanace and very practical. The only repair that I have had to make were my radiator(Thermostat froze shut and cracked the radiator) and the rear shock bushings. A very reliable car and worth every cent!
i agree - waterpump was my problem for a while (and thermostat)

i've rebuilt my tranny and had a waterpump problem for a while (besides that pesky window problem)

but i'ts very low maintenance!! love it love it love it
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:22 AM   #21
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How many have had the ignition keylock issue (not sure if 318ti-specific or not)
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:17 AM   #22
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im looking for a 318ti and found one but it says it has 209k and a whining sound coming from engine. guy says its idler pulley. but whats the worst case scenario? engine was also rebuilt due to overheating before.
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How many have had the ignition keylock issue (not sure if 318ti-specific or not)
that is how i found this forum
I came home late one night, pulled the key out of my car and the engine kept running.
http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8540&page=4
check out billkirk's reply, its what saved my rear end
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:55 PM   #24
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Has anyone any opinions on Aircon re-gassing?

Mine's hotter on than it is off!?!

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Plastic coolant pieces?
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:28 PM   #26
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New member looking at a 318ti for my daughter. Is ACS available/standard on 94-96 models? Thanks
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:36 AM   #27
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New member looking at a 318ti for my daughter. Is ACS available/standard on 94-96 models? Thanks
in 96 ACS was an option, by 97 it was standard, before that you couldn't get it
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:08 AM   #28
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As it turns out 318Tis are a little rare

... but to help the above questions i suggest you visit the differential section for more info
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:50 AM   #29
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Ive owned my 99 ti for about a year thought i was the only one had to fix the driver side regulator 4x now luckly the shop i take it to just charged me once .
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I think that the fragile cooling system is worth mentioning, especially the two plastic water pipes, one behind the the head and the firewall, and the other underneath in intake.
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