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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 04-27-2012, 05:09 AM
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i may do that, gonna see what they wanna give me in the total loss pay off, and then see what they will want to buy it back. Supposed to go get rental today.


http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/2933481553.html


Have any texas members seen this car, or does anyone know this person? I am loving the car, even more so than I did my silver one.

I am going to attempt to contact him today, the ad is old but hopefully he still has it and will come down to what I can afford. we will see how it all plays out.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:19 AM
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It has transmission issues. Avoid it. Or have him drop the price to account for having to change the tranny.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:41 PM
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Well I live 200 miles from this guy. Told him my situation and we talked money and stuff. He dropped $500 and agreed to meet me half way.

Just waiting on claims adjuster. They declare it total loss, just have to have it appraised
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:54 PM
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That is WAY too much money for that thing.

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Old 04-27-2012, 07:15 PM
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Okay. But how many of you would let your car go for $2k. Depending on what happens with insurance. I may just make the full drive and offer $2500.

I completely understand what everyone is saying. But unless someone is completely desperate to sell, you can't low ball too much.

I do appreciate everyone's input. But I will most likely get it, and most likely overpay just like I did with the silver one. O well
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:21 PM
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I guess I have a tendency to take into account the time and money people have put in to something. Because if I am selling something I expect people to show me the same courtesy.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:59 PM
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Avoid that one way to many problems the tranny issues alone should drop the price 1k$. Seems its been rode really hard and put up wet.
It's a 92' wonder why he failed to mention the mileage??

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Old 04-27-2012, 10:07 PM
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Look at this thing def not my cup of tea, looks very odd IMO, I live in Dallas area and have never seen it, def seller is looking to get attention but laughable attention IMO... Just a thought, And he says those are 7 series wheels hmmm maybe earlier 90's late 80's bc the look like standard bbs
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:03 PM
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Look at this thing def not my cup of tea, looks very odd IMO, I live in Dallas area and have never seen it, def seller is looking to get attention but laughable attention IMO... Just a thought, And he says those are 7 series wheels hmmm maybe earlier 90's late 80's bc the look like standard bbs


i appreciate the input, I guess by your standards I am laughable. I love it.



Maybe I am just not upper class enough for a BMW, your guy's standards seem to be set high. I will wait and see what I have to work with, and what I can work him down to.

Let's take in to consideration the depo headlights, suspension, and all the other mods that he has made, that I won't have to. I have been talking to the guy just about all day through text. He seems more knowledgeable to the bimmer's than I. He also seems to have maintain this car fairly well. More than the PO of my previous and only bimmer. But I over paid for that one big time.

I will keep you all posted on what I decide and what happens. Might give some of you something to laugh about,
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:08 PM
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can you critics post me some e36 325's that you feel are worth the asking price? just wanting some examples
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:22 AM
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What are the miles on the car? If its not too bad and you like the looks and upgrades then I would def haggle the price down, I didn't mean any misconstrued hating, It All comes down to you the purchaser. And the realization that it's gonna need a lot of TLC
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:25 AM
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Ask him what part of Dallas he's from, and if you want I'll take a peak at it and take some pics for you, I've got nothing better to do, Im pretty well versed on the E36 and and can give it a through inspection...
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Still would like to know the milage of the 92'
If you put an M package on it and had the rear diffuser painted blue and other accents it might really look nice btw

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Old 04-28-2012, 05:05 AM
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He said he's in garland. Hit that link up back in the first post. I would love for someone more knowledgeable to take a look at it.

He said it still has the front door panels off because he was messing with the regulators. And the headliner is out also. But he is putting all that back in before any deal is finalized.

Bro if you could check it out I would be very greatful. I overpaid out the ass for my silver one because of some small details I missed.

My plans for the other included a set of racelands...done, solid camber bushings...done, and he has a header to go with it that just needs put on, I love charcoal gray, and the blue wheels look good to me but I couldn't tell you what they came off of as I am not that versed in bimmers yet.

He just has a very good jump start on the things I wanted to do. And those eurospec depo glass headlights.....eye sex.

But like I said, it will all depend on what insurance does and what I can offer.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:40 AM
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First thing to consider for that car: are you ready/willing to put an additional $1000 into it in the first 6 months of ownership if that tranny craps out? (that is doing the work yourself btw).

2: Mods do not ever increase the price of a car by any logical amount.

3: I didn't see (and am on my phone so won't try to now) if there were maintenance records with the car. Suspension, cooling system, reinforcements etc. These are things a po can have done that put real value into a car for a new buyer.

Remember, most non-enthusiasts get rod of cars when they become too maintenance intensive. Most of them are too maintenance intensive because they weren't maintained properly in the first place.

When I get to a computer, I will try to find you some examples, hit you really need to look constantly to find the"right" car. They are few and far between and people jump on them quick. Because they are vigilant, and know what they are looking for.

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:07 AM
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Narrow yourself down to 2-3 cars. Then take each one to a reputable independent mechanic shop. Have them give each of them a PPI. If you talk to them first and let them know you'll be doing this, odds are better than even that they'll give you a good discount. Last time I took three cars in they charged me for 2 PPI's.



"Been well maintained" I'd call and see if he has records, if so, what has been done on it in the last 2 years, then I'd go see it.



Avoid like it a prostitute with a Department of Health warning on her building.



"15 years records"? Well worth a call.



Acceptable reason for selling, not much info though, i'd shuffle them to the bottom of the acceptable stack.



"Technician owned" could mean it had access to great deals and they were taken advantage of, or could mean had access to great deals and they were too lazy to take advantage of them. Near the bottom too.



This one is a flat out gem. Well worth a call.



By comparison, the ad you'd linked to.



Note, (aside from one) all have multiple pics in focus, reasonable quality.
The good ones, have lots of records.
That's how I'd narrow it down myself.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:10 AM
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Thank you for this info. When I get to a computer I will check those links, I would still like someone to look at the one I posted if its not an inconvenience.

The other thing I have to keep in mind is that I have very limited funds.

I don't mind getting dirty and turning wrenches. So something that needs work leant bother me. I just don't want something that is junk.

I believe the guy selling the one I posted is some sort of mechanic or tech. He said he does most of the work on the car, at work. And he said if I wanted he would put the car on the recovery machine at work and recharge the AC.

Oh and he did say he had a recent carfax with it.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:15 AM
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So depending on what insurance gives me for my car, and what jason finds out about the one i posted...........

I may purchase mine back and pick up something like this

http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/cto/2975019413.html

Given there is not any frame damage, or extensive other issues.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:25 AM
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it was a 2 door

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Old 04-30-2012, 05:04 PM
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Estimated cost of repair $4000, blue book $2300.

Total loss

Their talkin like $2300 pay off after all deductions and add ons.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:31 PM
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I'm not gonna get too far ahead of myself. Or get my hopes too far up, but there is a good chance there is a 1997 hellrot m3 sedan in my near future.

I will keep you all updated
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