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1991 BMW 318i convertible

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Bill wants the BMW to be as powerful as today (factory-rated 134hp), and keeping the transmission and clutch would be great, but he is open to suggestions. His range requirement is conservative at 100 miles, and he is looking for a top speed of around 80 mph. 

He will convert his BMW himself; he needs a kit including a plug-and-play battery pack and support during the build.

Bill bought this 1991 BMW 318i convertible from a friend in 2012. It was driven only in the summers until it overheated and the head cracked around 2018. It is rear-wheel drive, powered by a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. With a curb weight of 2,867 lbs., this convertible is quite light and very well equipped with four wheel disc brakes and power steering.

With 126,000 miles and besides minor dings and scratches, the car is in good condition. Besides EV conversion, Bill does not anticipate any cosmetic transformation or major alterations except upholstery later. The two-door sedan is for fun and general transportation, not for car shows or competitions.

Bill wants the BMW to be as powerful as today (factory-rated 134hp), and keeping the transmission and clutch would be great, but he is open to suggestions. His range requirement is conservative at 100 miles, and he is looking for a top speed of around 80 mph. A single Netgain hyper 9 motor coupled with the manual transmission setup would be the preferred solution, but he’s open to suggestions.

Bill will use his BWM during weekends for leisure and charge it overnight.

The BMW is currently equipped with power steering and power brakes, and Bill wants to retain these options. No AC is needed. He is fine with the addition of necessary EV gauges and will entertain options such as a Speedhut-style instrument cluster.

With the help of a few friends, Bill will convert his BMW himself; he needs a kit including a plug-and-play battery pack and support during the build.

There are no towing requirements.

    • SKU
      00100-1991-BMW-318i
  • Year
    1991
  • Make
    BMW
  • Model
    318i Convertible
  • Location
    New York
  • Run
    No
  • Street use
    Yes
  • Drivetrain
    REAR-WHEEL DRIVE (RWD)
  • Transmission
    Manual 5-speed
  • Front brakes
    Disc
  • Rear brakes
    Disc
  • Upgrade brakes
    No
  • Upgrade wheels/tires
    No
  • Upgrade suspension
    No
  • Upgrade interior
    No
  • Power steering
    Yes
  • AC
    No
  • Primary charging location
    Home
  • Charging station needed
    Yes
  • DIY
    yes for most of it
  • EV conversion training needed
    Yes
  • Ship vehicle to shop
    Yes, same state and neighboring states
  • EV drive train
    Same as today
  • EV HP
    100-150 hp
  • EV torque
    -- I don't know
  • EV expectations
    As powerful as today
  • EV top speed
    80 mph
  • EV range
    100 miles
  • EV charging time
    Low (overnight)
  • Towing
    No
  • Use of used parts
    As much used EV parts as possible
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