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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 02-28-2009, 04:52 PM
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Hey, new kid buying a 98' 328i. VAGINA!!!

I said vagina to get your attention. everyone knows sex sells. not trying to be rude or anything.

So im a high school student and im looking to buy a bmw. I really like the E36 and E46. Today i checked out this 1998 328i with 122,000 miles.
it has the sport package and premium package. Auto Transmission. 2 owners. it was a certified used car when the car was bought by the 2nd owner. the second owner did all the maintenance himself. the dealer has all the service records and such. Asking price is $7,850. This car is in the best condition ever.

Is this a good deal? do you think this car will last me through college. I know there are a million threads saying the same thing but, i had to ask. And what about the transmission. is it generally reliable?

I know about all the major defects (water pump etc.) and i plan on doing maintenance myself cause im really car handy. So if this car is well maintained by me, will it last?

Thanks for everyones input. It is greatly appreciated.

I bet most of you would have not noticed this thread if it wasnt for the "VAGINA!!!" haha
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if you are getting this car thinking that you can get rid of the virgin herpes virus, let me tell you that it hasnt worked out well for Andy.
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(I wasn't going to write anything in this just due to the title, but that was too funny Bboy.)
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... We all kinda just ignore Amber (barbie) anyway. She's sort of our attitude and eye candy here, that's why we keep her around...
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OP, wtf are you looking at an auto for? Get a manual, it'll be more reliable. The auto is a common failure when it gets up to higher mileage, and it's made by GM (). And 7200 is too high. Keep looking.
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Old 02-28-2009, 05:12 PM
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until you find another.



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Old 02-28-2009, 06:13 PM
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Yea ditto with the manual trans option. Plus it's "the ultimate driving" machine not the ultimate getting from point A to point B machine. The manual real completes the package. If you want a manual I'd suggest a Benz or Lexus, good luck with your decision.
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um. well this really my only choice cause there are like 10 E36s for sale within 50 miles of where i live. And half of them are the 318s. so i dont really have variety.
and if it were up to me i would get a manual but again, i basically have 10 cars to choose from and from what i remember, none of them were manual.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:33 PM
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if you are getting this car thinking that you can get rid of the virgin herpes virus, let me tell you that it hasnt worked out well for Andy.
wtf are u talking about?
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Are you needed to get a car immediately for any reason? It'd be better to wait and see what else comes up. Also, why limited to the 50 mile radius? Try on a bunch of sites. If you must get the auto, talk him down drastically. That is WAY too much.


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cause 50 miles is along way away to buy a car.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:01 PM
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Try 800 miles.

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um. well this really my only choice cause there are like 10 E36s for sale within 50 miles of where i live. And half of them are the 318s. so i dont really have variety.
and if it were up to me i would get a manual but again, i basically have 10 cars to choose from and from what i remember, none of them were manual.
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cause 50 miles is along way away to buy a car.
Wait, what? You're seriously only looking 50 miles out in an area that's not that populated? If you don't mind overpaying and being stuck with an auto, whatever. But you can find better deals on better cars. 50 miles is absolutely nothing.
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Try 800 miles.

It's worth it if you get what you love.
+1. I live in one of the most populous areas in the country and I still went 500 miles to go get the Jag, about 150 for the E39, and about 120 for the bike. If I find the exact car I want in good shape for a good price, f*ck it, I'm getting a plane ticket. They're cheap enough now anyway. I almost went to Virginia when I found the convertible I wanted a while ago, before I decided to pass on verts. Another time I actually was about to book tickets to Washington when the guy said another guy had just came and bought it after he got off the phone with me.

It's a car - it's special, it's your baby, get what you want regardless of where it is.

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I said vagina to get your attention. everyone knows sex sells. not trying to be rude or anything.


I bet most of you would have not noticed this thread if it wasnt for the "VAGINA!!!" haha
Def. worked for me .

Welcome to the forums, and your def not the only high schooler on here. Half (exaggerated) of these guys are high schoolers or just kids that like to pi$$ you off (cough cough CHAD cough).

Anyway, dont get auto. I regret buying my auto and trying to wait for a good deal on a 5-speed. Plus that is way overpriced .

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You dick, you know I'm not in high school.....
"Half (exaggerated) of these guys are high schoolers or just kids that like to pi$$ you off (cough cough CHAD cough)."

Thats why I said OR . I can be a D1CK at times .
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if you are getting this car thinking that you can get rid of the virgin herpes virus, let me tell you that it hasnt worked out well for Andy.
HAHAHHAHAHAHHA. wow omg this is never gonna get dropped is it?
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HAHAHHAHAHAHHA. wow omg this is never gonna get dropped is it?
Nope. In fact, me and Amber were discussing the medical name for it (VHV) and how it spreads, is carried, etc today in chat. We pretty much outlined and defined the whole virus.
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Limit your self to 50 miles? Why?
122K miles for 7+K$ w/ automatic? Don’t settle. In 6 months you’ll be saying “coulda, woulda, shoulda.”
I live on Long Island. Last January I found a ’98 328 vert., manual, w/59K on e-bay for $10,200. The car was owned by an attorney from Ft. Lauderdale FL.
Flew down and drove back to Long Island. The car is great. The previous owner just had the stealership do the complete cooling system. I did a 4 wheel brake job and changed the tranny fluid. This is my weekend toy. I”ll have her for many years.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:38 AM
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Ironically, check out the thread about the guy who just joined. 85,000 miles, looks mint in and out, $3600.

FWIW, I paid $7150 for the Jag including tax, title, & license. Took some work to find and a 1000mi r/t, but overall it was way worth it. It's about the same mileage, newer, faster, more expensive when new, and nearly mint in and out. Why anyone would pay that for a non-M E36 is beyond me.
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In the end, it really only matters what you think the car is worth.... If it is a 7K car to you, then get it. If not, pass and wait. Since you are in highschool, you'll have plenty of time to get what you want.. and you'll find what you want will change.
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Nope. In fact, me and Amber were discussing the medical name for it (VHV) and how it spreads, is carried, etc today in chat. We pretty much outlined and defined the whole virus.
You forgot to tell him the bad news. Not only will it never be dropped, but you're stuck with the VHV for the rest of your life. Just thought I'd make your day bright and cheery.

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In the end, it really only matters what you think the car is worth.... If it is a 7K car to you, then get it. If not, pass and wait. Since you are in highschool, you'll have plenty of time to get what you want.. and you'll find what you want will change.
IDK, I disagree. It's better to get what you love in the first place, than spend way too much on something that you may not and be stuck with it. In this market, spending too much is just moronic: if you really want to just give money away, PM me and I'll give you a great PayPal account to deposit it into.

If you don't like that option (which is my favorite, by far ), then wait a bit longer till just the right one comes on the market. Spend much less than that chunk of money, and then invest the rest in making sure the one you get is up to date on everything you can afford to get done. That would really be the most practical thing to do, especially as you don't have the luxury of using a different car while she's in the shop. Unless you like the "show up to school with mommy" look. But you asked our opinions, and that's mine.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:06 AM
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I bought my 97 328i with about the same mileage and features almost 4 years ago. I paid under 8k for it then and it was in flawless condition. I have the auto and it has been a great car. I was in high school when I got it and recommend the car, but like I said $8k four years ago.....if you can get it for maybe 5.5K, go for it!
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Heck, I just sold a one owner '99 540 "M" sport 6 speed with 90K miles for less than $9K. Anything over $6k for a non- "M" E36 with that kind of mileage is silly.
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