Wednesday, 10/23: Two buyers lined up for this weekend. I will keep updating this adn my web page as needed, especially if the two drop out.
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This is a very fun car to drive with great handling, steering and response; it has signature fabulous BMW braking. There is no loss of road feel due to more modern BMW “electric steering”! Row through the gears and drive a pure, old school BMW on a twisty road and put a smile on your face. And the hatchback and fold down seats allow for plenty of storage after that visit to Costco.
It’s Boston Green with features like: Active package, 5 speed manual transmission, Premium Audio (with 6 CD changer in rear) and leather seats, steering wheel and gear shift.
It comes with 2 sets of tires (4 each), on their own rims. All tires have at most 1500 miles on them because they have been switched out for summer and winter seasons. The tires are:
1) Yokohama YK 520 205/60R15 summer tires on the original BMW rims that came with the car. (They cost $546.30 on 7/14/2011.)
2) Bridgestone Blizzak WS 70 205/55R16 tires on alloy rims. The tires and rims were both purchased from the Tire Rack near Reno. (The cost: $869.10 on 9/10/2010.)
The mileage on 9/10/10 when I bought and installed the Blizzaks was 50,168; the mileage on 7/14/11 when I got the Yokohamas was around 51,000).
The car is being sold in order to get a car with all–wheel drive for the snowy Tahoe season.
The reason it only has 54K miles on it is because my wife drove it 4 miles each way to work (on side streets in the Los Gatos, CA area). We used my older 5 series as the primary car for main road and shopping trips. Since moving to Tahoe in 2005, the 318 has been the second car, used mostly in the Summer and Fall seasons.
Now both retired, my wife and I drive it around town from June–November. It is stored after that in a indoor storage unit in Reno from January through June with a roughly 3 week takeouts around Christmas and in April. We have a primary car that is the main road trip car during the summer and fall season. So not many miles get put on it, though it is driven regularly when we have it here in Tahoe.
But the family needs a car that’s 4WD or AWD for the December and April months, and as a second car for Summer and Fall.
The car is in very good mechanical shape and has two major non–mechanical issues and a few minor ones:
1) The leather needs treating; it is worn and cracked. The driver’s seat has two tears and rub marks.
2) The side panels don’t fit flush to the door (most notably on the driver’s side). The driver’s side door panel is stubborn and just won’t fit flush to the door (it’s got a visible gap on top). The local BMW shop has tried to re–glue the clips but the panel just won’t fit flush like it should. The shop says the clips are just worn out. It’s unsightly, but does not prevent the door from closing, locking or otherwise functioning as it should. The passenger side shows a bit of this too, though on a much smaller scale.
On the minor side, while the driver and passenger window both work now, both regulators needed repairing and replacing in the last 2–3 years. We had them fail in the cold (near or below freezing). It may well be that they stuck in the freezing temperatures and broke when the door switches were used. I would lubricate the windows on a regular basis. As I said, they work now. I have the repair bills.
The BMW hood decal is missing and is replaceable.
The stick shift knob can come off if really pulled on vigorously. I just put it back on that happened. Something that would act as a shim to hold it on tightly could be added, but a new knob would come with the proper shim.
The heater and air conditioning work, but the A/C might benefit from more coolant; it works pretty well in recirculate mode. The heater system once needed to be bled (this is done via removing the radiator cap) while the car is running, but it's fine once the car is warm.
The heater and air conditioning work, but the A/C might benefit from more coolant; it works pretty well in recirculate mode. The heater system once needed to be bled (this is done via removing the radiator cap) while the car is running, but it's fine once the car is warm. The large center vent likes to pop to half open when the blower is on high; if you want it full blast open, prop something like a small piece of paper to keep it in the fully open position if you have the blower on the highest setting.
In addition, the car was bumped in the rear by someone years ago and the rear bumper was replaced. We have always had USAA insurance, arguably the best there is, so we got a top notch repair company (Los Gatos Body Shop), not a cheap repair shop. They used factory paint and parts and you can’t see any evidence of an accident. I have the repair bill, along with the paperwork. I ran a report via autocheck.com and it came back fully clean without any damage report.
It was serviced at real BMW shops: Allison BMW, The Driving Machine in Cupertino (CA), and even by Dinan in Mountain View, CA a couple times while in the Bay Area. Lately it’s been serviced by Eurotec in Incline Village, NV.
If there is any interest in this car, let me know. I will also try and post to the Sierra (Reno), Sin City (Vegas), Sacramento, and other nearby chapters to see if there is any interest.
Contact: Mark Baumwell.
Email: email@example.com (preferred)
phone: 775-538-2876 (Google voice, forwards to my cell and voicemail)