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Old 08-27-2003, 03:33 PM
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Question Buying advice on a used '97-'99 328 or '95-'96 M3...

Sorry if this has been posted before but didn't find anything too useful in my search query. I'm thinking about purchasing a used '97-'99 328 or '95-'96 M3. I've aways wanted one and know that they are fun to drive cars for everyday use. I was hoping to get some advice on what trouble areas I may encounter or should be aware of or avoid in a used 328 or M3? The one thing that I've found that seems to be a pretty big problem on these cars is the waterpump going bad repeatedly.

I'm trying to avoid getting into a money pit of repairs bills by purchasing a used car that is prone to needing extraordinary repairs after 50k miles and not being reliable.

What does a typical owner spend on maintenance a year and what does it include for a '97-'99 328 or '95-'96 M3?

Thanks for you help!
Old 08-27-2003, 03:39 PM
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It would be a perfect daily drive to compliment the 350Z.

You've already touched up on the one issue that plagues most of the E36es. The water pump. Just make sure the water pump has metal impellers instead of plastic ones. If you're not technically savy, have a mechanic check it out.

Another weak point is the rear shock mounts. On the E36es these are hard to check, since you'll need to remove the rear decklid to access these. Also, check the subframe mounts underneath the car...This is another notorious weak point.

Outside of those areas, the E36 is a freakin' TANK mechanically. Expect electrical gremlins though, with advance age they may rear their ugly heads but will not likely prevent you from being able to enjoy your car.

Other than that, if you find a car in good condition for a good price, it's hard to beat BMW's steering feel and handling characteristics.
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Old 08-27-2003, 07:12 PM
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Check the top thread in the E36 M3 forum.

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