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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 01-24-2014, 09:47 AM
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That all depends on condition. If your 2000 is a ragged-out wreck and the '95 318 is really nice, it's a good trade. If both are average condition, they'd owe you some money.
The only thing wrong with my car is the right rear fender is missing some paint. I'm waiting on pics of his car.
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awesome post... I'm a noob.. I've had a ton of other cars.. So far driving my e36 is my fav so far.. last car was a mk5 GTI.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:27 AM
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Pricing

Great job and Thank you for the time you put into this when buying an E36.

Is there also a pricing guide anywhere in regards to buying a 10/15 year old BMW
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:50 AM
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Great job and Thank you for the time you put into this when buying an E36.

Is there also a pricing guide anywhere in regards to buying a 10/15 year old BMW
Try KBB or consumer report.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:17 AM
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Great job and Thank you for the time you put into this when buying an E36.

Is there also a pricing guide anywhere in regards to buying a 10/15 year old BMW
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Try KBB or consumer report.
This. Basically, you shouldn't pay over 5k for a nice non-M E36, you'll be able to find one around 3-4k. A nice M3 of any year will run you 8 - 15 grand. Of course you could get lucky and find one in the 5 - 7 range. Some mint low-mileage (<50k miles) M3s will go up to 20k or higher even. Good luck! Post your findings so we can advise you on making a proper purchase.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:37 AM
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Mr Crimson, here is what I am looking at.

http://providence.craigslist.org/cto/4332668000.html
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:41 AM
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Mr Crimson, here is what I am looking at.

http://providence.craigslist.org/cto/4332668000.html
I wouldn't pay 8800 for it. Top repair isn't cheap. But that's good mileage.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:48 AM
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7500.00 is his bottom line, THAT'S IT, !!!!: ) He said call me in late March and it will be 8000
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:04 AM
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7500.00 is his bottom line, THAT'S IT, !!!!: ) He said call me in late March and it will be 8000
I'd say don't buy it. I mean I sold a 2000 323ci that had a lot of mods for 5,300.
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Wow! That's a very nice, clean car. I don't know your situation, and what your interests and intentions are with buying one of these cars. If he can provide ALL or most of the paperwork (receipts and records) for the car, and granted all the maintenance is kept up on and it's ready to drive with no extra cost, I'd say go for it. That car would last you the rest of your life if you actually maintain it properly.

But, if you wait and search for a good deal, you could find a very nice M3 in that price range....just sayin'

PS. Definitely go for the 7.5 cash, I wouldn't go higher than that.

Edit: Aaron, a car in that class with an all OEM setup in good condition is worth more than a car with a bunch of aftermarket bolt ons.
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Just remember to factor in the cost of the top replacement, and the fun-limiting 323 (restricted 2.5L M52) coupled with the additional weight of the 'vert.
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Well I am going to look at it tomorrow AM and I will let you guys know how we make out Thank you all for the input
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I have a german sold 1998 316i (not to be confused with 318i). How much of this write up concerns me? I noticed a lot of it was leaning towards the m3 crowd and larger engine crowd.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:59 AM
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I have a german sold 1998 316i (not to be confused with 318i). How much of this write up concerns me? I noticed a lot of it was leaning towards the m3 crowd and larger engine crowd.
Everything but the engine specific stuff lends itself to all E36s.
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I have a german sold 1998 316i (not to be confused with 318i). How much of this write up concerns me? I noticed a lot of it was leaning towards the m3 crowd and larger engine crowd.
Easiest solution is to put a proper engine in it, then you don't have to worry about what applies to you .

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Maybe it's just the small engine, or the short wheelbase/small tires, but the car doesn't feel the most stable reaching 140kmh. Before that, It's very comfortable and i can't hear anything but light road noise. I do plan on getting a BMW 3 series with a higher displacement engine. But, not yet.
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Maybe it's just the small engine, or the short wheelbase/small tires, but the car doesn't feel the most stable reaching 140kmh. Before that, It's very comfortable and i can't hear anything but light road noise. I do plan on getting a BMW 3 series with a higher displacement engine. But, not yet.
You're in Germany? Might as well save up for what we Americans refer to as the sweet sweet nectar of automobiles: a proper '95+ euro M3. Oh God what I would do for one of those
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Maybe it's just the small engine, or the short wheelbase/small tires, but the car doesn't feel the most stable reaching 140kmh. Before that, It's very comfortable and i can't hear anything but light road noise. I do plan on getting a BMW 3 series with a higher displacement engine. But, not yet.
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You're in Germany? Might as well save up for what we Americans refer to as the sweet sweet nectar of automobiles: a proper '95+ euro M3. Oh God what I would do for one of those
Yes, this is what i look forward too.
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Tires are almost new, suspension and steering are pretty stiff, Although i don't have reciepts proving so, the previous owner claims to have replaced a few bushings, ball joints, shocks and brakes. (shocks feel good, no slack in suspension or steering, and brakes stop hard)
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Awesome writing (although I've only read the first post).

I live in Brazil so buying a nice E36 here is a big challenge. In general, all the cars have very high prices here, so a good E36 will cost something near 12kUSD, and a, let me say, not so good one will be about 7,2k USD. Further: For buying parts in a not so abusive price, I'll have to purchase in the US an wait up to 60 days to receive the parts here in the jungle (ok, I'm not so sensitive about joking w/ my own country ).

Regardless of everything, the E36 was the car that led me to become a gearhead, and wrenching my own car will be nothing but a pleasure to me. So, 2014 is the year when an E36 will enter my garage!
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Awesome writing (although I've only read the first post).

I live in Brazil so buying a nice E36 here is a big challenge. In general, all the cars have very high prices here, so a good E36 will cost something near 12kUSD, and a, let me say, not so good one will be about 7,2k USD. Further: For buying parts in a not so abusive price, I'll have to purchase in the US an wait up to 60 days to receive the parts here in the jungle (ok, I'm not so sensitive about joking w/ my own country ).

Regardless of everything, the E36 was the car that led me to become a gearhead, and wrenching my own car will be nothing but a pleasure to me. So, 2014 is the year when an E36 will enter my garage!
Very nice, good for you man! Those prices are for non-M E36s?? ouch
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Yep, unfortunately...the E36 M3s are between 19kUSD and 24kUSD...

But here we have both the american and german born cars...

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How much does it cost to ship a car to Brazil? I have sent telecom gear there and the duties/tariffs were outrageous. Beyond outrageous, but I am still interested in knowing what a German manufactured item would cost.
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I can tell more accurate values later, but the shipment of a car is something around 4kUSD and the total taxes will be around 130% the cost of the car+shipment.


And we cannot import used cars, only brand new cars or 30yo+ collection cars.

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