140 HP
130 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2600 LB
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
4 L
Transmission Type
Top Speed
110 MPH
MPG (City/Highway)
23.61 MPG

Regrettably, I no longer own this car. While I put a lot of love, sweat and swearing into making this car what I had imagined, it ultimately was never worth the effort. I'd fix one thing, and two others would break. I eventually parted out all of the cosmetic bits, and some of the performance stuff, and sold it back to the previous owner's friend. During my time owning this 318ti, I made a number of large modifications. I refreshed the entire suspension, putting K Sport coilovers, Condor Speed Shop solid busings all the way around, and sourced an E28 M5 Limited Slip Differential for the rear end. I slapped on my favorite BMW wheels of all time (BBS RC090), wrapped in some admittedly skinny Falken tires. Cosmetically the car had M-Tech bits every where, functional rally lights up front, M3 seats inside and so on. In a little under a year, the car went from a comfortable daily, to a full blown project. Although I did ruin it a little bit, I still had a great deal of fun with this car. The height of which was taking this car to Bimmerfest 2016. The last thing I did with this car was get it into Performance BMW Magazine. It was car of the month in their Reader's Rides section of the December 2016 issue. this car will definitely have a special place in my heart, I had never done that much work on a car myself before. But things change, and it was time to move on. I'll miss it a great deal, but I'm sure it'll keep popping up online with the new owner. This car has a way of coming back from the dead.

Discuss this build

[]Vlad A.

This is a great build! I always wondered if a more modern car can pull off bolt-on rally lights, and you certainly proved that it can!

[]Michael B. Gonzales

As they say, "rust never sleeps". Great build story Oliver, thanks for sharing!

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Very nice car

[]William Thieme

Nice looking ti, how'd you get 315 out of the stock motor?

[]Oliver von Mizener

That would be an error, the car was making stock power sadly. That was always the biggest problem with that car, looked great, handled well, but unbearably slow.

[]350Z 247

Gotta be turbo with that torque number

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Awesome looking car. I can't wait to see the progress on your build!

[]Oliver von Mizener

Thanks for the feature! Unfortunately between submitting the car for Car of the Week and now, I have sold the car. I have other projects coming up that require the attention, and I just didn't have the time to dedicate to it anymore. In a weird twist, it was the previous owner who arranged the purchase of the car. He and his friend flew down to Phoenix, and drove the car back to Denver. Hopefully he'll sign up for Wheelwell and we'll all see more of this car!

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