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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 06-28-2011, 12:23 PM
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Is it worth the $$$

ok so im looking to buy my first m3. ive wanted one ever since i was 16. I found a '97 e36going for $6995. The interior and exterior are in great shape. my only concern is the mileage (140k) pleae tell me what you think. i am really considering getting the car.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:25 PM
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I think this post is really unnecessary.

Read all of the stickies, then make your decision. It's not hard.
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I think this post is really unnecessary.

Read all of the stickies, then make your decision. It's not hard.
Boom.

Short answer: Depends on how it was driven. @140k a moderately used m3 still has plenty of life on it. If they're all street drag racing miles, walk away.
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Boom.

Short answer: Depends on how it was driven. @140k a moderately used m3 still has plenty of life on it. If they're all street drag racing miles, walk away.
There's way too many of these threads for me to give a serious answer to each one, when a simple search and read will yield all the necessary information.
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Agreed, hence the Boom.
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Bimmerfest (mostly E36 section) does not take in newcomers (noobs) very well (who aske already answered questions), at least from what I observe.. Lol (Especially Lou)
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If it's in sound mechanical shape, then a 140k engine has plenty of life in it. The majority of problems on the E36 are not related to the engine (directly, anyways). The engine is the most durable component of the car, so you need to inspect the other things. How is the suspension, when was the cooling system last replaced (all parts of it). If the car has been reasonably maintained and has a solid suspension and cooling system then it should have plenty of life for reasonable amounts of maintenance dollars.

If you have to redo the suspension and the cooling system that's another $1k-$2k.
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