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    SOLD! 1991 318is Alpine Perfect Daily Driver Jalopnik featured!




    SOLD SOLD SOLD


    Up for sale is my 318is. This is not a garage queen, racecar or show queen but a nice honest solid example that is set up to be a classy , fun, economical daily driver. It has been properly sorted to be enjoyed for many more decades and hundreds of thousands of miles.


    This particular 318is is a very very special car it has traveled 441,000 miles and I am proud of the mileage this car has covered. E30s are a high water mark for BMW in terms of serviceability and excellence in engineering, This particular 318is is a testament to how long they will last with a caring owner. Having owned and driven many, many e30s I will say with confidence there is no discernable difference in condition, reliability or how it drives compared to a lower mileage example. It does not feel tired or worn out. The motor is not in need of a rebuild anytime soon. It is priced much lower to a comparable example in the normal mileage range giving you more bang for your buck.


    I am seeking caring enthusiast owner who shares this attitude of automotive stewardship. Someone who values how special this car is for what is has and will achieve and is committed to keeping this car on the road for a very, very long time. The way this car is set up has worked for a long time I want to go to someone who will keep the car long term as their daily driver.


    It was purchased in 1993 by my friend who is a Lawyer and commuted 100 miles a day in it until 2011 when he sold it to me. He maintained and treated the car well and it shows. I am a huge e30 enthusiast and former appraiser for BMW and have taken the time to address the mechanicals of the car to an enthusiast level.


    Tasteful OEM+ Upgrades include:
    Bilstein sport shocks
    H&R sport springs
    Z3 Short Shifter
    Kenwood Stereo With amber illumination and Aux cable
    Frenched High Beams (original included)


    Recent maintenance includes:
    Head gasket 10k miles ago
    Valve cover gasket
    All new vacuum lines including the "mess under the intake"
    Painted intake mainifold
    New intake manifold seals
    Alternator
    New Windshield
    Power steering hose replaced
    Power steering rack boot
    Correct IS front lip and new clips
    Hvac blower motor
    Catalytic Converter
    Rebuilt drivers door lock
    Wheel roundels
    Antenna grommet
    Rear Shock mounts




    Exterior:
    Clean Alpineweiss paint shows nicely. Front fenders and door panels have been repainted but no accidents reported in the vehicle history involving any paintwork. Tiny dent in hood, quarter sized chip in passenger door, small crack in rear bumper below rub-strip, rock chips on valence and front edge of hood.
    California car with no rust
    Color matched IS front lip
    Factory optional foglglights (uncracked)
    Rust free sunroof panel (these commonly rust)
    Original 14 BBS basketweaves with caps


    Interior:
    All original Black Vynil sport interior
    AC blows very cold
    Grey carpets
    Black OEM floormats
    Rearo designed factory sport seats in great shape, only a few small cracks in the passenger side bolster and minor side bolster wear on drivers side. Seats adjust properly
    Kenwood headunit with amber illumination and Aux
    Heat blows hot
    All gauges and controls work
    Odometer is correct and works
    Clean dash with only a tiny crack
    Nice headliner
    Sunroof works
    Spare tire present
    Complete Toolkit
    Factory jack and tow hook


    Mechanicals:
    M42 Engine pulls strongly from idle to redline
    M42 does not burn any oil but does mark its spot convincingly
    Cooling system operates properly
    Transmission synchros operate smoothly
    Clutch operates properly
    Working Central locking
    Matching Lockset with 2 keys
    50% tread on tires
    Brakes operate properly and are within spec
    No timing chain slap or noise


    I am selling the car as I no longer commute to work with my new job. Both the wife and I work at home most days or drive short errands. We have more cars than days a week we drive so it is time to downsize.


    SOLD! Car is priced at $4900. Other e30 318is in similar condition with less miles have been selling for $6-8k including a close friend who sold his locally in 24 hours for $6800 with multiple inquiries. Feel free to make me reasonable offers. I am willing to facilitate shipping. The car will be provided with registration through Summer 2014 and a California smog certificate.

    please email me at ryanwild86@yahoo.com for the quickest response


    Thanks for looking!






















    Last edited by Wild Ride; 01-04-2014 at 03:28 PM.

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    This needs to go to an enthusiast

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    Just outside my price range. This car really
    does deserve to go to an enthusiast.

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    Bumping this up. New spark plugs and passed pressure check on cooling system. Car runs excellent

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    Bump

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    Ahhhhhhh so much want!!

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    Oh man, if this were on the east coast

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    How is this car not sold? If it was on the east coast, I'd grab it. Bump for a good looking e30!

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    shaaaarp. And a jalopnik feature now! good luck!
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    Voted NP.
    at 4,900 it's definitely not a deal... But I might pay that much if I needed another car
    :p

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    Jalopnik feature! This car is doing great things. 47% voted nice price which is good enough for me. I only need 1 buyer.

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    Price Drop Bump $4500

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    I was in San Diego over the holidays and went to check out Ryan's car. He is a true e30 enthusiast who is accurately representing a car that should provide enjoyment for years to come. While the mileage certainly gets your attention, the car drives solid, pulls strong and most importantly has had an attentive owner. Unfortunately for me shipping to Pennsylvania killed the deal.
    Last edited by jcyvii; 01-01-2014 at 07:37 PM.

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    Jcyvii. It was a pleasure showing you the car. Thanks for the endorsement.

    Car is now sold to a very deserving owner and achieved the price I was aiming for.

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    Bought it! Love it!!

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