Car of the Month - March 2003

Cars of the Month

The Car of the Month for March belongs to:
Emile Marais

"Here are pictures of my 1983 E12 BMW 518i M EX, with only 200,000km on the clock. It is one of the last E12s produced in South Africa. Everthing is still original E12. (The '82 E12s produced in SA incorporated some E28 futures - like the dashboard.) The car is still accident free, and in very good condition. The most expensive repair work done to date: the replacement of the timing chain."

"The engine is a 1766cc 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled type with mechanical fuel injection. Output is 77 DIN Kw at 5800 rpm; torque is 145 Nm at 4500 rpm."

"Standard equipment on the executive models in SA included leather trim, air conditioning, eletrically operated side mirrors, rear window defroster, SLL (service indicator system), rechargeable handlamp in the glove comaprtment, rear fog lamps, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and 14x6J alloy rims."

"Top speed, according to BMW in 1983, was 169 Km/H. I must mention that the engine is working very hard at speeds exceeding 140 Km/H. I found the best cruising speed to be around 110 Km/H (3500-4000 rpm). Fuel consumption the last two years averaged between 8.7 and 10.1 liters/100Km in mixed driving condtions - mostly city traffic. The aircon is a serious strain, especially on uphills - the only reason why I have not used it for some time now."

Emile's 518i

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