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E36 M3 (1995-1999)

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:31 PM
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95 M3 for $5500?

OK so please know that I am a huge beginner at BMW's and working on cars all together.

I have a huge interest in purchasing a BMW 95 M3.
I have found a local owner who listed the M3 for $5500.
There is after market parts on it and he mentioned it needs a few things.

My questions; Is this a smart buy? and Can I ,as a beginner to cars ,fix it on my own?

The after market parts are as follows: ODB1 engine says the original one blew head gasket and just replaced it with another engine from a totaled M3
there is other parts after market but nothing that effects the engine.. lights and spoiler and cd player.

It also needs a AC compressor, front control arms, a windshield( current one is cracked) , 1 tire, fog lights, new seats, and a few censors but the owner mentions these do not effect the engine at all.
I really want to know if I should go ahead and contact him or just move on.
Are these things easy to fix or cheap?

Thank you for your replies
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:51 AM
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:26 PM
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No harm in contacting or even looking at the vehicle, give it a shot. BTW I wouldn't look at replacing the motor as an aftermarket part but as a used engine.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:38 PM
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ok well i am going to apologize for my instant ignorance and not looking for a quick maintenance thread. Thank you for the links they were very informative.
I guess I will have to look at this M3 and go from there.
I am going to post another thread soon about the OBD1 engine. the threads that I just read constantly say "E36"... I have not searched for it yet, but I am assuming that there is some sort of a difference in these engines. So If you have another quick link or a quick answer that would be great, if not just look for my post and I will try my best to remember the etiquette for posting.
thanks again from both of you
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:15 PM
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Before the older, crankier (read wiser) guys get here:

How old are you?
How many cars have you had, and how much experience mechanically (it sounds like nearly none on the mechanical part)?
Finally, what's your income?

The short answer is that BMW's don't have to be money pits, but they're not exactly Honda cheap to run. If my guess (from your context) is that this is your first car, DON'T DO IT! Not that BMW's are altogether bad for first cars, but this is a nearly 20 (twenty!) year old example that doesn't sound like it's exactly pristine. An M-car, at that. If this is your first car, really sorry to say it but I'd recommend you pick something cheaper and more reliable to run.

Now, if my assumption is totally off, then I do apologize and would gladly hear you clarify. And do what petriej said: read the FAQ's + stickies, search when you can, and respect the old guys
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:44 PM
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unless you love working on cars and have money to blow I'd steer clear
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:51 PM
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It may be a fair price depending on the mileage but you should get something cheaper and more reliable if it's your first car. Plus, if you're young, realistically, you have a higher chance of wrecking it and leaving the rest of us with one less M3 to buy later
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:26 AM
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ok well i am going to apologize for my instant ignorance and not looking for a quick maintenance thread. Thank you for the links they were very informative.
I guess I will have to look at this M3 and go from there.
I am going to post another thread soon about the OBD1 engine. the threads that I just read constantly say "E36"... I have not searched for it yet, but I am assuming that there is some sort of a difference in these engines. So If you have another quick link or a quick answer that would be great, if not just look for my post and I will try my best to remember the etiquette for posting.
thanks again from both of you
All 95's are OBD1....

Is the motor an s52 that was converted to OBD1 or an S50?
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