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Having owned a few vehicles in my life, I Purchased my firs Bmw. Yes a Pre-owned 2004 Bmw 318 M sport.
The through search and rescue mission to find a relatively priced, Second hand vehicle , that still has the “one in a Million look” to it , came to be Very Successful.
This is my First review, so Comments keep them honest and kind, also advise where I can improve to write better reviews in the future.
Basic facts on the Vehicle. Year : 2004 Model : BMW Engine capacity : 318 (2.0/ 105 kw/ 200nm torque) Gearbox : 5 speed Manual Interior : cream leather sport seats, with a 3 spoke sport(“M”) steering wheel Cd front loader (standard BMW business radio , with a 6 CD charger shuttle)
Exterior : Full on M-Sport front spoiler, side skirts and Rear spoiler, 17” alloy M-sport wheels, Sunroof , front and back fog lights Tyre size : 225/45/R17 Z front and back. Purchase Price : 99000.00 (ZAR ) (south African rand)
Test driving the vehicle at first obviously was great as it was a new car for me in a long time, and a Childhood dream to own a BMW. Having a friend along who is Driving his 4th BMW also helped as he knows a bit more about the cars as I do.
Viewing the vehicle was great, it was a VERY well looked after car, with all details , original and no Additional accessories added.
I now have the car for just over 2 weeks and drives regularly, to determine Faults etc, but to date none was picked up.
The car’s road handling is Absolutely superb , solid an firm, with a “heavy” feel to the Steering as uou would expect from BMW. Focusing a lot on road handling. The steering is tight and firm, so that you have the Exact feel of how much you are turning, going into a corner , at low or high speeds. The rear end of the car is Unbelievably stable ,as BMW puts in a lot of effort on the suspension, especially because BMW are all rear wheel driven, they Understand the importance of the rear-end being stable.
Driving pleasure is very satisfying when it comes to Performance, a friend and myself took the car for a drive, and reached 215 Km/h(had to brake to make the off-ramp), with fuel consumption at 7.8l/100km. Urban traffic pushes the consumption up a bit , around 9.2-10 l/100km. however it depends on traffic load. However on the open road you can expect a 7.8 easily.
Comfort wise, as a young gentleman , comfort is great, BMW sport seats all around that Hugs nicely and are very Comfortable, the Dashboard , speedometer dials looks Great ,and the Black break Cream dash looks , just makes you want to smile every time you have a look around the inside.
Sound system Obviously provided by long term BMW partner HARMAN CARDON is Great 4 Full speakers and 2 tweet speakers in Front, really boosts the Sound from the radio and with the Sunroof open all is well and feels good.
A bit on the down side : this is a M-sport edition, so generally your foot would be a bit heavier than normal as the sport sound to the motor makes you want to push it Harder which can make a realistic difference to your fuel Consumption. The Car also has a sport suspension, which makes it that bit harder on the road when you go over a bump. But the up side to this is the brilliant road handling at higher speed.
Tyres obviously are Bigger, and bigger is money out the pocket, when they are done.