About BMW 318ti
Being a model in 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 318ti was built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, between 1995 and 1999 for North America as an entry-level luxury car. Originally introduced as a model in the first-generation 3 Series, 318ti was BMW's first hatchback since the 2002 Touring model was discontinued in 1974. Competing against the Saab 9-3, 318ti was also regarded as a member of the BMW 3 Series Compact lineup, which is a 3-door hatchback version of the 3 Series. The name "ti" means Turismo Internazionable. After only about four years, the BMW discontinued offering the 318ti in North American market due to poor sales and BMW's decision to phase out all 4-cylinder vehicles in the United States.
BMW 318ti (E36) made its debut in North American market in late 1994 for the 1995 model year when the BMW 3 Series Compact was in its first generation. It was offered in only one body style, 3-door hatchback and came in only one trim level. Being similar to the E36 saloon, 318ti was also equipped with a large sunroof, covered by a folding canvas roof, MacPherson strut suspension in the front, a semi-trailing arm suspension in the rear. During its lifetime, 318ti was powered by 1.8 L I4 rated at 134 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque and 1.9 L I4 producing 142 hp and 133 pound-feet of torque. Both engines sent power through 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions to rear wheels.
BMW 318ti Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting smooth powertrain, spacious interior and well-balanced ride, BMW 318ti has long been thought as a perfect choice for luxury compact car. But the youngest 318ti American could own is at least eighteen years old, they should really care about these common problems on it:
First, engine failure accompanied cooling system failure could be seen as the worst issue that BMW 318ti drivers could even be plagued during driving. Since engine failure could impair vehicle performance and even shorten vehicle lifespan, most car owners have already realized its seriousness. But most of them do not know that cooling system failure could deteriorate and speed up the engine failure. When the cooling system leaks out coolant and does not have adequate coolant, the engine will overheat a lot and stay at a high operation temperature, which will lead to engine performance plummeting dramatically. Finally, you will find the engine running roughly, misfiring, stalling, suffering from starting issues and the vehicle losing power when acceleration as well as consuming excessive oil. Once the Low Coolant Light and Check Engine Light are triggered, please make sure if the 318ti intake manifold gasket, water pump, fuel pump, radiator, cooling hose, coolant reservoir, air filter, oil filter, spark plug and timing belt are in order or not.
Second, for BMW 318ti drivers, another tricky problem to deal with is the suspension failure. Due to lacking enough knowledge about working principles of automobiles, most drivers have no idea about what suspension system is and how it works, not to mention to diagnose and solve suspension failure. But some professional 318ti repairmen offer help and provide some typical symptoms for their reference. At first, there will be clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle; then you will find excessive and uneven tire wear as well as tilting vehicle; gradually, you may feel hard to control the vehicle due to intense car vibration, unintentional steering and loose, roughly operated steering wheel. All these could be attributed to the 318ti shock absorber, wheel bearing, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, coil springs and coil spring insulator.
Please attach enough importance to performing routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your BMW 318ti. Some parts including 318ti seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, fog light, headlight and cabin air filter are essential for a safe and comfortable ride. They are supposed to be on your routine maintenance list.
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