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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 01-02-2012, 09:48 AM
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Mein Auto: 99 BMW M3 E36 convertible
1999 E36 M3 Convertible

Hello BMW Friends,

I have a 99 E36 M3 Convertible that has 154,000 miles now and I need to know what parts I should replace and what should I have the mechanic check to keep my vehicle in tip top shape.
Any comments and suggestions will be very much appreciated.

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Kooma Sutra
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:14 AM
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Mein Auto: '96 328iC, '04 325Ci
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:16 PM
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Mein Auto: 335 vert//M3/4/ 13Outback
Well you need to describe how long you have owned the car, what you know has been done to it to have us help you.
At this mileage you should be on your:
3rd water pumo, tstat and housing
All coolant hoses replaced
All belts replaced
2nd set of brake rotors and pads if not the 3rd set
Struts should be shot and this should be your 2nd set
Shocks same as the struts
Lower control arms are shot, bushing, tie rods too
Rear control arm bushings are shot
Your convertible top is shot if original or close to shot if this is the 2nd top

This is pretty typical for a car like yours.
Good news is that investing in getting the car up to par will allow you to drive it virtually forever
I have 280K miles on mine and I am planning on selling it soon only because I plan to buy a CPO M3 sedan
My car has no issues except for a recent passenger side door handle which I will replace...
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