I bought this car in 2013 to move from Portland to The Bay Area. The 2002 was my first love, but after some quick craigslist market analysis I realized that a rust free roundie, with an engine and interior was not within my reach. The 320i seemed like a good compromise. Classic looks, less rust, lower price, no carburetors. I found this 320iS and had my mind made up after the first drive. The car is far from perfect, but it's taken me a while to come to terms with it. The paint is a respray probably done in the nineties and is good from 10 feet. I assume it hides less than perfect sheet metal. The recaro seats are shredded and uncomfortable but the vinyl covers look legit in the right light(total dark). The stock suspension is harsh at low speed and leans like crazy at high speed but you can carry good speed through the curves. The brakes work but fade quickly and rear drums are laughable, but you rarely get going fast enough to really need them. The 1.8 liter SOHC lacks low end torque as well as top end horsepower but does the job. What power is there gets put to the ground through a five speed manual and a 3.91 lsd. I could be the 3rd or 5th owner of the car.... I'm not 100% sure. I don't really care anymore and I plan to be the final owner. After two and a half years of daily driving and catch up maintenance and chasing electrical troubles, I burnt an exhaust valve on a trip to the redwoods for my girlfriends birthday. It was an eventful day. I am rebuilding the top end with a 292 degree cam and a refinished head from an '85 318i. Plot twist! I'm using a single sidedraft Weber carb set up. Should be interesting, and I never liked the mechanical fuel injection anyway. I should have just bought a 2002.
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