The BMW E36 318Ti was an attempt by BMW to capture a share of the sport compact market. Forward of the B-pillars the 318Ti was standard E36, but in the back it used the old E30 semi-trailing arm rear axle, a trait shared with the Z3. The 4-cylinder powered hatchback/luxury/sport car inhabited its own space in the market place with no real direct competition, but didn’t sell well and was phased out of the US market by 1999. Find this 1995 BMW 318Ti with an M3 drivetrain swap for sale in Folsom, CA currently on ebay at $4,500 with zero bids and 5 days to go.
The 318Ti was an attempt by BMW to resurrect some its its former glory by bringing back the Ti name, first used on the 2002Ti. It was powered by a modest 1.8 liter inline-4 that gave it less than sporting acceleration, but the handling combined crisp E36 steering with a tail-happy E30 rear.
The owner of this Ti lost the crude 4-banger and installed a smooth inline6. The S52 is a 3.2 liter DOHC sweetheart that puts out a US specific 240 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of torque. The US version S52 isn’t quite as much of a beast as the Euro version (at 321 hp) but its longevity is undeniable and power level is a great mate to the E36 chassis.
The seller states that the AC and climate control functions – an unusual and welcome feature for a car with an engine swap. The inside looks clean in the photos provided.
What this seller has done is essentially create a 5-seat version of the M-coupe – and we think it could make a great daily driver for a small piece of pocket change.
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