A few weeks ago I drove to Minneapolis with Emily to pick up her new-to-her car; a ’98 BMW 318Ti (e36 Compact.) It’s a great little car — zinno red, 5-speed, hatchback — and suits her perfectly. Seeing the grin on her face when we first took it for a test drive was priceless!
Since we brought the car home, that body style has been growing on me. I love to drive the car, but even though the 1.8L four-cylinder motor helps it zip around pretty well, it always feels to me like the car needs more power. And of course, I’m not the only one thinking that, and others have already paved the way to putting more power under the hoods of these cars. BMW made the task pretty easy; the e36 Compact shares a great deal with the coupe and sedan, in fact, the cars are nearly identical from the firewall forward, so transplanting the mechanicals from a sedan or coupe is pretty straightforward using off-the-shelf parts.
Which brings us to today’s BMW of the Day; a ’95 Ti with the heart and soul of an M3. Sweet.
The car is being advertised for sale on the 318ti.org web forum for $8,500. Not much for photos provided, but it sounds like a lot of car for the money…
I’d like to sell my car, my dad is selling his 77′ porsche and will give me a deal I cant refuse if I buy it from him.
I have a 95 Alaska Blue with a full 95 M3 swap (s50) with a euro 6sp trans. No rust and great paint
Every M3 part from the M3 donor car was moved across onto the ti. the swapped parts have 62k on them. Trans has 30k. Lots of money into this no expense spared swap.
Parts on the car
- 95 ti sport with M body kit
- Depo hid headlights
- M3 contour wheels (staggered) Kumho MX tires
- Sparco Adjustable seats
- Black Leather rear seat
- Suede headliner, also everything above the door panels is black (a-pillars and so on)
- subframe x-brace
- S50 motor, with following upgrades,
- turner motor-sport ecu
- euro MAF 3.5″
- larger injectors
- bimmerworld samco intake boot
- samco radiator hoses
- fan delete kit (lower thermostat and electric fan sensor)
- AFE intake
- 6sp euro m3 evo trans
- Rouge short shifter
- custom shorterned drive shaft
- uuc trans mounts
- M3 fronts new rotors and pads
- ti rears
- E30 3.73 lsd diff with z3m bushing
- Ireland subframe bushings
- e30 halfshafts
- Bilstein Sport Shocks
- H&R race rear springs
- M3 front spring
- M3 offset caster and rear control arm bushings
- rear UUC shock mounts
here are some pics
I can email as many pics as needed
Im asking 8.5k OBO dont be shy.
Here are the photos provided by the seller in his ad and what he sent me by email, plus the pre-purchase photos of Emily’s car.