About BMW 318i
Being a model of the BMW 3 Series, which is the BMW's top seller in the United States market and the successor to the BMW 02 Series, BMW 318i was built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, between 1982 and 1998 as an entry-level luxury car. Originally introduced as a model in second-generation 3 Series lineup, 318i was a disappointing model for many fans. Competing against the Saab 9-3, 318i had been manufactured for two generations before it was ended for production.
The first-generation BMW 318i was produced from 1982 to 1994 when the 3 Series was in its second generation. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door compact sedan (E30) and came in only one trim level. Seating up to five passengers, BMW 318i was powered by a 1.8 L I4 rated at 105-140 hp and 107-129 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. The more recent 318i arrived for the 1993 model year and added a body style, 3-door hatchback (E36). During this generation, BMW 318i got power from a 1.9 L inline 4-cylinder engine cranking out 111-138 horsepower and 119-134 lb-ft of torque and power was sent through the same transmissions carried over from the previous generation to the rear wheels.
BMW 318i Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Although when it comes to combing luxury and sport, BMW 318i was peerless at the time, considering the youngest 318i now is at least nineteen years old, which is not an optimistic number for a vehicle. Therefore, you have every need to know about these common problems on it:
First, needless to say, engine failure is often the most common issue on old models. But for BMW 318i, cooling system failure appears along with the engine failure. The engine failure could impair engine performance and even shorten vehicle lifespan, while the cooling system failure only speeds up this procedure. The time when the cooling system starts to leak coolant and has low coolant level, you should know the engine performance will plummet dramatically. Anytime soon, the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues including hard starting or inability to start. Before the vehicle gives up on you completely, you will notice a drastic reduction in power, acceleration and fuel economy. If both Low Coolant Light and Check Engine Light come on, you are advised to inspect the working condition of the 318i water pump, head gasket, starter, intake manifold gasket, oil filter, air filter, spark plug and fuel pump immediately.
Second, for BMW 318i drivers, steering failure is also a headache as they often miss the golden opportunity to solve. In fact, most 318i owners have little knowledge about working principle of the automobile, they are certainly unaware of the function of the steering system. The steering system is responsible for guiding drivers to the right direction they desire. Therefore, in order to avoid dangers, you should keep the 318i power steering hose, power steering reservoir, steering shaft, upper steering column bearing, steering column cover, and steering wheel in the right order in case the power steering fluid leak, you have difficulty in steering and lose control of the vehicle.
To enjoy pleasure on your BMW 318i, you need to ensure every part of it in the best shape as some are quite vulnerable. For example, 318i windshield wiper and wiper blade are often made of soft rubber, which could not stand for a long time, but they are always working under adverse weather conditions such as downpours or heavy snows to clear of debris on the windshield and offer an excellent driving visibility. They should be on your routine maintenance list for sure, and 318i seat belt, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be added to the list as well.
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