His life-long passion in cars and in art did not materialize until he bought his very first car, a Cinnabar Red E30. The love continued when he got his second BMW, an E30 in a classic Alpine White. He then explored further and took on an expensive but plenty powerful E85 Z4 with the red interior he’s always dreamed of. Now here he is back again in an older chassis, a 1998 M-Tech 318ti. Perhaps we can say he’s pretty loyal…
Some may say its a bit of an ugly duckling and may not like the look, but personally, I think the E36/5’s quirks are what make it so unique. The front suspension is borrowed from the E36 chassis while the rear is from the good ol’ E30 M3’s that we all know and love. Apart from the base model Ti, the M-Tech Ti included the E36 M3 front and rear bumpers, alloy wheels, rear headrests, heated sport seats, and a black headliner. His even has the highly sought after optional M3 mirrors and optional M-Tech spoiler.
Jeff took it upon himself to make a couple of his own tasteful changes. One of my favorite’s being the AC Schnitzer Type 3101a wheels. That coupled with the TC Kline coilovers, and adjustable Koni shocks give it the perfect fitment for daily driving. Since the car was made in Germany, it’s only fitting that the wheels are too.
The rear suspension was swapped over from a Z3M Coupe so its with a finned LSD, reinforced trailing arms, M brake calipers, and larger rotors. R1 Concepts drilled & slotted rotors paired with Stoptech ceramic pads ensure that all of this will stay under control.
Since this wasn’t Jeff’s first BMW rodeo, I just knew this car was going to be done right. Here’s his Z4 that is unfortunately no longer with us due to a bad driver.
Once he started with BMW, it lead to a longtime passion for these cars and every time I ride in his 318ti, I could see the reason behind it. The community is tight-knit and loves all of their ultimate driving machines.
One of the best things about being a car enthusiast is the people you meet and the experiences you share over the same passion. Something as simple as having the same car is something that spark a friendship that otherwise would’ve never existed.
Jeff would like to thank Austin Caccavo for helping him get the wheels, Narek from Garage Welt for always hooking him up, ECS Tuning, Tischer BMW, and the person who’s writing this post for the photos and coverage.
- Cold Air Intake
- Magnaflow Exhaust
- TC Kline Racing Coilover Kit with Koni Shocks
- TC Kline Camber/Caster Plates
- Z3 M rear suspension
- E36 M Calipers
- R1 Concepts Drilled/Slotted Rotors
- Stoptech Ceramic Pads
- ACS Type 3101a
- 17×8.5 Front +3
- 17×8.5 Rear +13
- 215/40/17 Yokohoma S-Drive
- E36 M Steering Wheel
- ZHP Weighted Shift Knob