running costs + high milers 318 ci

Hi all,
Hoping some of you can give me some pointers here. I'm looking at buying an early bmw 318ci ('99 - '01 ish). Now the prices seem to be falling a bit with the new model on its way.
Is there anything in particular I need to be checking (faults, etc) when looking at milages between 70k and 90k? Or am i likely to have any big bills for replacing parts that usually fail around these milages or cars of this age? Anyone give me an avg service cost and intervals? Also, what kind of mpg can i expect to get (been told up to 39 - 40 mpg if you take it easy) - is this true?
Sorry about all the q's - but so many people keep sayin the same thing to me...
"ooooh - no use gettin a beemer, cost a fortune to run and to maintain/service"
But I wanna buy myt first bmw!! (23yrs old) - hence the 318ci for insurance reasons. I currently run a 53 plate vectra 2.2 sri dti - but not happy with it (noisy on motorway, lacks the feel of quality, etc) Lookin to spend around 8k - 10k maximum on the 318. Any Advice appreciated Thanks in advance,
Rick - UK - Lancs
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DOnt know about the mechanicals but can tell you the 318Ci is a fantastic car and will make your Vectra feel like a Lada. It may be bottom of the BMW heap but that is only on engine size as the build quality of the car is still there.
If you can afford it try to get the 143bhp 2.0L car rather than the older 1.9 cos it is far better
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Hi Rick,
I have a 99 323ci in the UK with 120k miles on it.
Runs as new, ive even driven a mates brand new 325ci and apart from the newness worn off on mine there isn't a huge amount of difference.
I think the important thing with BMW is simply maintenance, if its been properly serviced and cared for then the miles on the clock mean nothing.
Just be careful where the car has been, I.e don't buy a car that's done 50k in the centre of London, buy one with 100k that's been up and down the M1!
Cheers
Ash
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Hi,
I've got a '02 318Ci with 70k on the clock, and running costs have never been an issue. Services cost me about 150 or so (can't remember exactly) for an oil service, inspections around double. Oil services have been around every 17,000 miles for me, although the engine decides when it wants to be serviced, so it depends on how it's driven.
Average mpg has been very good. According to the on-board computer, I'm averaging 36mpg. That's driving fairly rapidly over quite fast A roads for 3 hours each day (Nottingham - Lincoln and back again). Taking things easy on a motorway would definitely bring mpg to around the 40 mark, possibly more.
The cost of running, apart from insurance, will not be too different from your Vectra, I'm sure. The 318Ci is a great car- mine has been completely reliable from day one and is undoubtedly the best car I've owned.
Matt

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Ta very much for the pointers everyone...
just one thing - is around 8k or 9k enough to pick up a decent 318ci? What Milage shoul i look at at these prices for a good deal?
Also - is the new engine gonna be out of my price range (uprated from 1.9 to 2.0 in approx 2000?)
I would go for a six cylinder engine but insurance would sting me - even with 5 years no claims they still want 1200 ish for a 318ci.
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Rick

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Whoa there matey! 1200???
- I'm only 1 year older than you (so not hit the 25-year-old mark that insurers seem to be obsessed with)
- Car parked on driveway 1 mile from Nottingham city centre
- '02 318Ci (with the uprated valvetronic engine) valued at 12k
- Full no claims
I'm only paying around 700! Unless you're a serial speeder, there's something funny there! Go and get a quote from Tesco or Admiral, your insurers are ripping you off!
Anyway, back to your point about car prices... 9k should find you something reasonable, but only if you go for private purchase. You'll not find anything from a dealer I wouldn't have thought. Goes without saying, go for FSH and would be worth getting it thoroughly checked out before purchase.
Matt
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So you're saying that you will have paid for your car, again after 8 years of insuring it. I don't know what the excact South African Rand conversion to your currency is, but usually around R12 = 1.
So I'll have to pay R1,200 a month insurance on a car worth R100,000. That is preposterous. In South Africa, as a 35 year old, you should pay much less than R400 a month which roughly translates to 400 per year. Even as an under 25, they are milking you...
MW

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hmmm - i'm 23yr old - car parked on road (well - on a 10ft wide pavement next to the road) in rossendale. got 5 years ncd + 1 SP30 and 1 SP60 (98mph on empty, straight, dry motorway at 3am in middle of summer!!! - yes i'm bitter about that one :))
Startin to get your point ere - the new vectra 2.2 sri only costs me 700 a year - did a straight vehicle change on policy with old car (irmscher astra 2.0 sri)
shopping around time me thinks :)
Rick

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