Noob here. Is this 328i a good buy?
Hello, this is my first post. After many months of debating on which bmw I should get, I decided to get an e36 328i sedan (or perhaps an e36 m3 sedan.. if I can find one in good condition). But I'm not too crazy about an m3 sedan since the europeans got the real one, and while the US-spec one is still great, I don't think id like the insurance difference as well.
Now, if i was going to go down the 328i path, I would mod it. 3.23 m3 diff, m50 manifold + m3 cams + a tune. I read that these mods alone should make it just as fast, if not even slightly faster than a stock US-spec m3 (at least in a straight line). I would have also upgraded suspension and brakes..
I found a 96 328i sedan with 250k KM on it (155k miles). And it has been modded, with exactly the same mods I was planning to do + more and even an upgraded sound system. It has the following mods; 3.23 diff, k&N CIA, TMS shorty headers, KW Variant 1 adjustable coilovers, TMS adjustable rear control arms, Meyle HD front control arms, Powerflex front & rear control arms bushings, BavAuto Adjustable front camber plates, and a strut tower brace. And a shark injector tune for the manifold + cams.
He rebuild the head last spring, he replaced every single part (has m3 valve springs) to ensure strength for m3 cams.. This was done at a shop and he has receipt for this to prove it. (costed him 9k)
He has tons of receipts, but not all of them. He seems solid, doesn't seem like hes hiding anything. Hes owned the car for 7 years and never drove it in the winter, hes completely fine with me taking it to a bmw mechanic for a Pre-purchase inspection.
He was asking 7k originally.. (6500 USD) I got him to go to 6500 (6000 usd..). Do you think this is a good deal? Oh and the interior is absolutely mint. (I still haven't seen the car in person, but judging from the interior pics it looks flawless) I asked about rust and he said there are only three spots, he sent me pics of these 3 spots. (I will upload pics)
Underneath is pretty good as well. Theres only three things I am concerned about, am I getting ripped off? I honestly don't think I am considering I would pay a lot more in the long run trying to modify a 328i. Also, does a head rebuild raise a red flag in any way? Maybe something went wrong? Engine overheated? And how hard will it be to remove the rust spots?
Any more advice would be greatly appreciated, I feel as if this is a solid deal and that there shouldn't be anything wrong with the car mechanically.. he assures me everything is solid, he must be somewhat of a bmw enthusiast and hes ok with a pre-purchase inspection which is comforting to me. However I am still a noob. Sorry for the long read
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