The BMW Ti (Touring international) never really experienced great success in the US, nor in most countries it was sold in. But as with many cars that don’t bask in the glory of great sales success, they rise to cult status well after the car is out of production. Just look at the M Coupes of 1998-2002.
The E46 iteration of the compact was the second and last of the “Ti” for BMW, despite build and quality of finish being much-improved over that of the E36 Compact, slow demand saw 2004 as the last year for the model.
Slow sales haven’t stopped Sajun Patel from the UK from enjoying his 316ti and what he calls “Simply Gorgeous”. Sajan is also a loyal BMWBlog reader that happens to be studying Automotive Design. He acquired his 316ti with 25,000 miles which now has over 130,000 reliable, enjoyable miles.
Sajan noted; the E46 Ti as part of the Life Cycle Impulse of 2001 was the first BMW to make use of their Valvetronic technology, and it was also the first model to have the new quickened steering rack and the stiffened suspension. With the exception of the rear lift gate, the compact is mechanically identical to the rest of the E46 lineup straight through the 2004 model year.
Congrats Sajan on your 316ti, we at BMWBlog wish you many happy miles.
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