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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, 10:47 PM
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A Couple ?'s on the 328is

Sorry if these have been asked alot but...
1. I've heard from other people that bimmer engines are especially prone to losing power from not being maintained meticulously, is this true? And how would I be able to tell between one that is still running strong and one that is somewhat shot, seeing as how I have no benchmark to compare it with (It's not like I can get the potential sellers to strap their car onto a dyno).

2. My communte each morning is through heavy L.A. traffic and after driving stick for 3.5 years, I'm somewhat sick of it. Does the 328 take a heavy performance hit from the auto tranny? I'm not expecting a race car, for thats what the 93 RX-7 is for, but I'd still like to take out some of those annoying ricers.

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Old 08-02-2005, 11:35 PM
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328is

Ive driven one for a year now. The BMW 6 cylinder engine is awesome. I did a tune up last year. Other than the usual maintainence issues these engines are very durable. I would say it seems to develop more power at the top than the bottom. If you find a good 328 I say go for it!
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:40 AM
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Mein Auto: VW Golf, E36/7, E30
You could always get a G-Tech and do 0-60 runs on all the potential cars you are test driving. This will tell you if one is 'stronger' than the other.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:19 PM
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Questions over engine

You can do some research on engines that indicates, especially in 95 E36's what to expect. I recently bought a 323i with a M52 Nikasil engine for $20K (Aust), which ran for one day ! I filled it with fuel, which was way too optimistic. Luckily it was covered by warrantee from the dealer, who no longer has me on his Christmas card list. They replaced the engine with a second hand unit out of Japan, took 8 weeks to replace in total. Apparently it had been cooked during a test drive, and they had fixed it ($3K). I didn't notice anything wrong at first, then on the second day it refused to start. The overheating caused the Nikasil bore to wear out in around 100 Kilometers. Check out what type of engine you are investing in first as I learned an expensive lesson (at no cost to me). Get a leak down compression test, which my dealer said he did (but of course didn't !). Cost $12K all up to fix. Cost to me: dented pride and marriage.

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