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E36 M3 (1995-1999)

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:05 AM
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hey gang, first time posting under an M forum, wishing to become 1 very soon
i used to be an owner of an E46 325 Ci, sold it and now lookin around.
i'm about to go check out an E36 M3 Euro Spec 1998 321hp 6-speed with around 140k on the clock (around 87k miles)
from my long experience with an E46 coupe, they have a crappy interior! lousy door trim, in fact lousy everything trim, the whole thing starts to rip off in a few while :S have to change control arms every 1.5 years, cooling system is a b!tch... etc
just wanted a heads up at what to expect from an E36 M3, do they have these kinds of probs? any mechanical issues i should keep my heads up for?
your help and guidance is much appreciated
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:14 PM
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Check out he regular E36 forum and read the stickies there. There's a guide for buying an M3.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:26 AM
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More of the same, only faster. It's an E36. All of the probelms you had with the E46 only older.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:51 PM
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I had reservations, especially after checking the web, but I have to say I really like this model. Yours would not be US spec so you would get horsepower but I appreciate the torque and to me the body style is my favorite. From what I've seen the problems are well defined and understood (cooling system, suspension) but these are not huge issues in the scheme of things. My thinking is that maintenance is key (see BMW Car Club of America and Mike Miller's "Old school maintenance"). What a great car and what a nice community on this forum and elsewhere.
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:08 PM
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thanks guys will take a look at the E36 Forum, but i thought that the M3 is a totally different car from the E36 3-series, i'v been told by my mechanic and 2 owners of M3's that the only thing that's similar is that both have the BMW badge... or perhaps the German build is different from the US build
anyways i'll be checking out the M3 tomorrow and will take a look at the E36 forum, thanks
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thanks guys will take a look at the E36 Forum, but i thought that the M3 is a totally different car from the E36 3-series, i'v been told by my mechanic and 2 owners of M3's that the only thing that's similar is that both have the BMW badge... or perhaps the German build is different from the US build
anyways i'll be checking out the M3 tomorrow and will take a look at the E36 forum, thanks
I would RUN from that mechanic. He has no business around M3s if he was serious. As for the other owners, it certainly is a different car from the FEEL of the drive, but as for parts, there are a few KEY differences. The rest is EXACTLY the same as the regular E36. Your question about what to expect maintenance-wise is prime for the regular E36 forum.

It's true the Euro spec E36 M3 is different from the US-Spec, mostly the engine.

Take a look here:
http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=15
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Jared, why don't you just put "It's Giubo" in your sig? Save a lot of typing.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:59 PM
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thanks for the info bro, but since we don't have US specs M3's in Lebanon, i can only speak for the Euro Spec ones. the differences mentioned by the owners i spoke to are the entire engine bay, suspension system, braking system, so basically the entire mechanical area in addition to many many cosmetic changes outside and inside. i'v seen both normal E36 3-series and M3's, he was right...
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They're not that different.

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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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More of the same, only faster. It's an E36. All of the probelms you had with the E46 only older.
Def Check out the sticky first
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