1994 bmw 318 ic - Convertible
May 30, 2014
I bought this car with 113,000 miles on it, and it now has 250,000 miles on it, and it still runs strong (for a small four cylinder) and doesn't smoke.
At 170,000 I had to put in a clutch and replaced the Rear Main seal on the engine at that time, as well as the front and rear seals on the transmission.
I honestly didn't believe that this little 4 cylinder would last this long, or any of the rest of the car for that matter. The manual transmission is quiet, as well as the differential, and the power steering is smooth and leak free.
At 120,000, I did flush the power steering unit and replace with Amsoil, as well as the rest of the car, and it just keeps on going, first turn of the key every time.
At 225,000 I had new Goodyear Assurance Comfort tires installed and the wheel alignment specs reworked so that there is no crazy tire wear as with the factory specs, and after 10,000 miles, they look like new.
When Goodyear aligned all four wheels, they said the suspension components are still within specs and like new, with the exception of two front struts that are leaking oil.
The best mileage recored was 44 MPG on a straight long trip, and it usually scores between 37 and 41 on any highway trip. The actual gas mileage is far better than what the EPA said it would be!
It is a great, durable car that is easy to work on and is very economical!
The trick with buying a BMW is to get one that hasn't had the life driven out of it by some master speed demon. Mine was owned by a woman, and she drove it very conservatively and thus why it still piles on the miles dependably.
I hear some knuckleheads in BMW forums say "these cars need to be driven hard" and I ask why? These cars do not build muscle when ran hard, they simply wear faster. Think about it.