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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-02-2005, 11:41 PM
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I am considering buying a 1997 328is with 120,000 miles but that seems like alot of miles and I wonder how reliable that car would be. does anybody have any suggestions or comments?????
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:12 AM
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Moved to the E36 (the chassis of the car you are looking to buy) forum. Someone can give you real world information in here.

I would say that 120 isn't that bad.
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:57 AM
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I would say that 120 isn't that bad.
I would agree. The so-called "reliable performance period" extends well beyond
120k mi. The better question is perhaps is whether the price:value ratio is
in line.
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:16 AM
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mine has 213,000+ and she runs strong and pulls hard
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:38 AM
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My '97 328is has 143,000 miles on it and seems to be OK but I have had it around a month.
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:46 PM
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I bought mine at 117,000, oil changed every 3,000-4,000 miles and paid $6,500, though I searched agressively for about two months so I know I got a deal. It is a awsome machine. You'll see other threads discussing the criteria for buying a used BMW and the main issue seems to be how often the oil was changed. An original owner who had it serviced by either BMW or a BMW trained service center should help you build some confidence.
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