Posted by John Roberts on December 31, 1998 at 11:47:51:
In Reply to: I was trying to be succinct. Here's two whole posted by Brian on December 29, 1998 at 22:41:37:
The 318ti is a nicely balanced machine - sure, only with the 5 speed. I'll bet there are other drivers like me that prefer a light, nimble car that needs to be well shifted to perform. Check out the '99 'ti review on carpoint.com which concludes with:
"The sporty, practical 318ti is nicely painted and solidly built. Even those who can afford a more expensive BMW should give this model a hard look."
I currently own a vintage prelude SI - sweet balanced ride, but getting old. Only bmw I'd consider is the 'ti
: paragraphs from Edmunds making fun of the DUD:
: While all BMWs possess the aforementioned traits, not all of them are entertaining to drive. Specifically, the four-cylinder Bimmers are real Bummers. Though not exactly slugs, anything with the 138-horsepower 1.9-liter inline four accelerates rather leisurely and gives up a large degree of powertrain refinement in the name of affordability. Buyers of such entry-level BMWs want one thing, and that's the badge on the hood.
: Similarly, automatic transmissions should be avoided. Why? Those who understand the marque will instantly brand you a "wannabe," maybe even to your face if they're drunk. Wannabe the biggest wannabe of the bunch? Buy a BMW 318ti equipped with an automatic. Hell, you might as well get a Chevette!