Hatchbacks and Editorials
1998 BMW 318ti, October 4th, 2015
Things rarely work out as planned, especially when it comes to cars. Sometimes it’s breaking down at a track day, or missing a meet because of work. It’s tough, but it happens. Unfortunately when it rains it pours. In this case, I’m sitting on a small mountain of amazing content that I just haven’t been able to get to you. Deadlines were missed, and I’m truly sorry about that. But the best thing to do is more forward with the site.
Since the last article went up, quite a bit has happened. Most notably I’ve since sourced a new daily driver, this 1998 BMW 318ti. For the E36 platform, this car is actually fairly uncommon. But add the fact that this car is a factory 5 speed, and it becomes something of a unicorn. The car is currently sitting on Style 2 wheels, and Raceland coilovers. Not my first choice in suspension, but I purchased the car that way. For daily driving purposes it’s fine, just a little harsh at times.
The 318ti was actually slated by BMW to compete with down market cars, meaning it’s biggest competition were cars like the 240sx or Integra. As a result, this doesn’t feel like your average upscale Bavarian Bomber. It’s built from the parts bin of the E30 and E36, using a mix of the two to keep costs down. BMW then tacked on a massive hatch, and sold it cheap. The result is a car very reminiscent of its 3-series predecessor, while being a little more practical. For my purposes, it’s hard to think of a car that I would rather own right now.
This particular car is something of a M3 clone. The front bumper, and sideskirts are all M-spec. I rather like the look, but can’t take credit for its transformation. Regrettably the iconic kidneys were lost prior to my purchasing it, and their replacements didn’t arrive before taking these photos. Another thing worthy of note, the car is actually green. But apparently Ascot Grün appears blue when shooting late at night.
Future plans for this car are pretty limited. Other projects and a need to have a comfortable daily driver are more important then modifying this car more. But just barely. The car will serve as the Speed Limitless workhorse for as long as I have it. So if you see it lurking at an event, I’ll be around somewhere working on the next story.
As far as future stories go, I have some stunning features lined up. I visited the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL and got an inside look at what might be automotive nirvana. It’s safe to say anyone who is into cars should be excited about this place. I also have another Pikes Peak feature lined up, with views from the top of America’s Mountain. On top of that there are a few car features, and events that I have to cover. I’ll be publishing a story each week until they are all released.
And for anyone worried about the fate of the slowest E30 around, I still have it. After nearly getting rid of it recently, I’ve decided to keep it for good. As such, it’s getting a rebuild so it can hit the track again. Hopefully, with a little bit of work, it won’t be the slowest car out there anymore. There will be a whole series on the rebuild and it’s return soon. So thanks to those of you who have been waiting patiently for new content. There’s some exciting stories coming up soon, and I’m looking forward to publishing them.