BMW 318ti Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW 318ti

BMW 318ti Problems

Multiple Power Steering Hoses May Simultaneously Fail

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

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BMW 318ti Questions

Are there any engine issues with the 1.8, other than the stupid, plastic water pump blades? (1 answer)

Nearly bought an MB, C230 'til I found out about the balance shaft issue. Benz is really dropping the ball, not stepping up for a recall. The fix is like $4000!

a whistling noise is coming from my dipstick tube, dipstick removed no noise? (1 answer)

when car is running, everywhere, most of the time.

plenty of crank power;not starting? (1 answer)

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BMW 318ti Recalls

Recall 97V131000
THE CRUISE CONTROL AND THROTTLE CABLES ARE ATTACHED TO THE SAME THROTTLE VALVE ACTUATING LEVER AT THE THROTTLE HOUSING. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE PLASTIC BUSHING ON EITHER CABLE COULD BREAK DUE TO ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES COUPLED WITH VIBRATION. IF THE BUSHING BREAKS, THE OUTER CABLE HOUSING CAN ...

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BMW 318ti Reviews

I bought "Trixie", a Alpine White 318ti Sport, in 1996. She was the perfect car - fun, economical, and reliable. I sold her to a friend in 1999 when I decided to pay off all my bills before getting married. I received a call from the same friend 12 years later, asking if I was interested in buying her back for $700. I expected a battered wreck at that price. Instead she turned out to be in mint...
I bought my 97 BMW ti with 70.000 miles on the clock.I had one serious incidence that cost me $700 at a dealership.Had i had my mechanic look at it it would have been maybe a $100.This car runs great.The hatchback makes it possible to move an amazing amount of stuff you could not do with a 5 series BMW.She takes premium but gives me 26 in the city and 31 on the high way so I have no complaints....
I have several vehicals (5) which I keep for various purposes. The 318ti doesn't quite have a niche that I ca define, but I can't get rid of it. It asks so little of me and returns so much.

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