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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 11-22-2015, 04:51 PM
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E36 Purchase Advice

I am looking at replacing my daily driver (04 B5 Passat, totaled in minor accident) with a 98 E36 (http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...ink=true&Log=0). The seller is a BMW enthusiast with all service records on hand and drives well.

The only glaring issues are there is some “bubbling” on the rear RH quarter panel (where the facia meets) that was repaired with some sort of bonding as well as the lower corner of the drivers door (no visible issues). Overall the car looks clean & free from rust except those two areas. Should this be of any concern? Plans would be to have this professionally repaired.

Any advice and feedback on my concerns will be much appreciated.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:19 PM
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It's not an absolute, but usually when there's rust damage you can see, there's a lot more that you can't. Before you buy you need to get that car up on a lift and carefully check out the under carriage, and also check behind the fender liners.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:23 PM
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Along with the above, check out the e36 stickies and other forums (e36forum, bimmerforums, etc..). There are so many good threads on this topic. But yes, get it on a lift and have a comprehensive PPI done.

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Old 11-25-2015, 08:11 AM
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I just bought a 98 323is. Make sure you give it a proper test drive and get it inspected by aa mechanic.
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