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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 07-08-2011, 02:03 PM
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what bmw would suit me

hey im new to this forum even though i have been reading quite a few threads on here. I'm trying to decide if a bmw would be the right car for me. some things about me is i'm 16 and live in phoenix(very hot). Now i would probably never consider getting a bmw at a younger age if my dad werent a body man/ mechanic and that he could get parts for lower prices through his shop.My dad does work on bmws but only does body work on them since he is a bodyman and only does mechanic work out of our garage and that is why i cant ask him about his opinion on which bmw would suit me. Iv been doing alot of research and i think a e36 bmw is the style i like most. I want something that is a four door,5 speed and is an inline 6. My biggest question is what year/ model would be right for me based on the fact im 16 and im paying for all of it. Right now iv just been saving up and i just want opinions since im not really set on anything yet.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:15 PM
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325i, 328i or 96+ M3, fits your needs
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:21 PM
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:25 PM
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this ^ ...IF you do get a bmw

bimmerdiy.com would be very useful along with the service manuals out there
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:36 PM
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:42 PM
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325i, 328i or 96+ M3, fits your needs
Putting him in an ///M may end up being a bad move.



Start in a 325, or 328. Find a nice one, keep it mostly stock, then sell and buy whatever you want later on down the road if you're still wanting one.
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Putting him in an ///M may end up being a bad move.



Start in a 325, or 328. Find a nice one, keep it mostly stock, then sell and buy whatever you want later on down the road if you're still wanting one.
? too much car?
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Wow very bad advice.










Everybody knows the 95 M3's are better...
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Everybody knows the 95 M3's are better...

he wants 4 door, unless google lied and there are 4 door 95s
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:52 PM
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he wants 4 door, unless google lied and there are 4 door 95s
Oh does he?

I stopped reading after the title...

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? too much car?
Yeah. Especially for a 16 year old who "wants" a BMW.


He'd wrap himself around a pole within the month.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:56 PM
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:28 PM
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thanks for the advice and i would defintly not get an m3 i cant afford to buy it or the insurance for. what things should i look for when buying a used bmw besides the usual
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Look in the Buying an E36 sticky. Thatll give you the heads up about E36s. I tell people to follow this rule: If you dont have 1K to dump into it for maintaince in 3 months, then dont buy it". Because between the cooling system overhaul and suspension overhaul, thats about how much youll need
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:42 PM
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:02 PM
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Yeah. Especially for a 16 year old who "wants" a BMW.

He'd wrap himself around a pole within the month.


I've never understood that argument. We're talking about what, 230hp? Big freakin' deal. People in cars with no power wrap themselves around poles all the time. If someone is so inclined, they'll do it one way or the other. It's all about proper training and practice of advanced techniques and knowing your car's limits, but more importantly, your own limits.
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I've never understood that argument. We're talking about what, 230hp? Big freakin' deal. People in cars with no power wrap themselves around poles all the time. If someone is so inclined, they'll do it one way or the other. It's all about proper training and practice of advanced techniques and knowing your car's limits, but more importantly, your own limits.


Yeah, towards the bottom.
It's not the car Chad, it's the mentality.


At least in my area, many kids get cars handed to them, and it's interesting to see who's able to deal with the responsibility
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:09 PM
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Right, and when someone is given a "sports car" (even if it only has 240hp), they're probably more likely to drive it like a douchenozzle.
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Right, and when someone is given a "sports car" (even if it only has 240hp), they're probably more likely to drive it like a douchenozzle.
Haha you said douchenozzle
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Hey man,

I'd agree that a 325i, 328i, or an m3 would be great for you. Definitely get a manual. Also, 4 doors are awesome! I would advocate going for an M3 for the most part, but it is a handful in terms of both maintenance and performance for someone who is only 16. The only problem with an m3 is temptation. I have to admit I drove mine like a jerk for a while when I first got it. Not too long ago, I spun out and almost wrecked (luckily, everything was absolutely fine). That experience really put things in perspective for me.

My first car was a brand new leased Subaru Impreza, which I was lucky enough to get out of after a year with my dad's help. It was a fun car; not fast, but a good "learning car" that was fun to drive. This being said, a 328i or 325i would be great to get started on. It will help you learn the dynamics, responsibilities, and maturity associated with driving a BMW. A 325i or 328i will also have a good engine punch to keep it fun. You could always sell it when you feel ready to move up to something with more performance. Plus, it will help you develop your taste. You could also go for an e30 325i. I wish I had done what you are thinking about before getting my current m3. If you do go the m3 route: the sedans were only made in 1997 and 1998. Good luck!
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At least in my area, many kids get cars handed to them, and it's interesting to see who's able to deal with the responsibility
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Right, and when someone is given a "sports car" (even if it only has 240hp), they're probably more likely to drive it like a douchenozzle.
I disagree - correlation doesn't imply causation. I think it's just that people that would tend to drive a certain way in any car are attracted to sports cars. If someone is going to drive like a dipsh!t in an M3, I think they would in a Taurus too.
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I dunno... Give someone a nice straight-6, good handling, and a 5-speed and people start getting silly. I can see the temptation, anyway. But yeah, I basically agree. You don't even need 100hp to kill yourself in a high speed accident.
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