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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 01-31-2013, 07:36 PM
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Wrecked.

Caught ice tonight. Gained control lost it and flippe down an enbankment. This car was a safe car an imglad I wrecked in it than anything else. No airbag deployment. Anyone else think it's repairable?
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:42 PM
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well without better pics it's impossible to say for certain, but i would say probably not.

if it flipped onto its side, you most likely have lots of damage, and quite possibly of the structural kind.

not to mention suspension damage, and additional hidden damage that may not be found until the obviously damaged parts are removed.


full coverage on insurance??

either way i belive it's well past the totalled point.


glad that you are ok, though. that't the important thing. you can replace a car. you can't replace you.






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Old 01-31-2013, 07:44 PM
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First id like to say I'm glad your okay. Second your probably better off parting it out if your insurance doesn't cover the damages.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:14 PM
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Yea I didn't have full coverage caus of its age and stuff. But thanks me too. I was thinking about parting out and making some good money to get anther car. But all I can say it is a safe car
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:15 PM
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Wow, glad you're okay.

As far as fixing it is concerned, it certainly isn't worth it financially. You can buy a different E36 for way less than the cost of trying to fix that. Part that baby out, make a little cash, and get something else.

Sorry to hear this, though. Another E36 bites the dust...
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:15 PM
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Oh noes... Sorry to see this bud...

I'm glad to hear you're OK, especially after a roll over. Thats crazy. If you dont have insurance, I'd start pulling body panels and see if the frame is whacked. DF may be right, especially if the A pillar has any type of damage
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Yea I didn't have full coverage caus of its age and stuff. But thanks me too. I was thinking about parting out and making some good money to get anther car. But all I can say it is a safe car
Yea, what year is it?
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Yea, what year is it?
93 318, if it's the same one in his info...





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93 318, if it's the same one in his info...





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Old 01-31-2013, 08:30 PM
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gotcha. yeah the app doesn't show a lot of little things.




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Old 01-31-2013, 08:32 PM
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Oh noes... Sorry to see this bud...

I'm glad to hear you're OK, especially after a roll over. Thats crazy. If you dont have insurance, I'd start pulling body panels and see if the frame is whacked. DF may be right, especially if the A pillar has any type of damage
The only bad damage is front of car. It has a little bit of dings but not really at all. Windshield is the only glass cracked/broken
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:38 PM
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yeah, but the a pillar can be tweaked easily on a roll over. even if just on the side....

in the daylight check the windshiled for a bend where it is cracked. if it looks like there is a crease, or the curve isn't smooth and consistent across the apex of the glass, you most likely have a bent a pillar.

think of it almost like a fault line with the plates colliding. one side usually goes higher than the other.





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Old 01-31-2013, 09:20 PM
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Thanks man I will. Probably gonna part it out as get a fwd or all wheel so ill probably be getting off this forum
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Here's some better picture I took this morning. It seems like it could be repairable. If not how much do you think I could get for a 1.8 4 cyl engine with 90k? And a used tranny with 90k?
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Here's some better picture I took this morning. It seems like it could be repairable. If not how much do you think I could get for a 1.8 4 cyl engine with 90k? And a used tranny with 90k?
Theirs no way of telling if its repairable until you take a good look at the structure. You could probably get a good chunk of money for the engine and transmission since they have low miles. Id say 500 for the engine and 350 for the transmission. Search and see how much m42s and the transmission you have go for with similar miles.
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That sucks, dude. An adjuster will have to determine if it can be repaired. Usually a flipped 93 318 is going to have more damage than it is worth.
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Does it start? Can it be driven? Does it track straight?

Damage doesn't look that bad to me. IMO, in these cases it depends on how much you care. It would be really costly to get it back to great condition, but it might be relatively cheap to buy some new sideview mirrors and tiewrap the airdam back on

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Not worth fixing. E36s are dirt cheap, especially 318s. There are two routes you can go if you want to do it cheap.

Pick up e36 with nice body, blown drivetrain (should be less than 1k). Then swap your engine/trans.

Part out your e36. You'll make at least 1500. Then use that towards another car

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Not worth fixing. E36s are dirt cheap, especially 318s. There are two routes you can go if you want to do it cheap.

Pick up e36 with nice body, blown drivetrain (should be less than 1k). Then swap your engine/trans.

Part out your e36. You'll make at least 1500. Then use that towards another car

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+1 on this. Sorry about your car though man, that sucks.
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Sorry man that blows. Glad you are ok!
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Does it start? Can it be driven? Does it track straight?

Damage doesn't look that bad to me. IMO, in these cases it depends on how much you care. It would be really costly to get it back to great condition, but it might be relatively cheap to buy some new sideview mirrors and tiewrap the airdam back on

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Can't be driven strut tower is broken. Luckily engine and tranny look ok. But how much could i sell rims for with around 50-75 tread?
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Not worth fixing. E36s are dirt cheap, especially 318s. There are two routes you can go if you want to do it cheap.

Pick up e36 with nice body, blown drivetrain (should be less than 1k). Then swap your engine/trans.

Part out your e36. You'll make at least 1500. Then use that towards another car

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drivetrain will be about 1k-1400 depending upon overall condition.

driveshaft, diff, axles, interior bits all are going to be salvageable.

rear taillights, decklid (?) rear 1/4 glass, and wheels/tires.

what's pretty much gone are fenders, hoose, nose panel, headlights, bumper, doors, mirrors, ps rear 1/4 sheetmetal, and most likely steering.suspension up front.

the rear suspension would need to be inspected for tweaks, but may also be useable.

so yeah, anywhere from 1500-2k if you are able to part it out and price it right.

selling the car as a whole, though, will get you much less. it just seems to be how it wors, so if you have the time to part it out, do so and tag the parts. take pics, and store the parts. keep a list of what you have handy as well, and what you want for the part.

it makes it much easier if you have a safe, dry place to store the parts as well so they're out of the way.


good luck with it, and again, glad that you are ok.




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Glad no one was injured! From the daytime photos it looks like the A pillars have been displaced toward the driver side. Probably why the windshield cracked. That's repairable, but probably not affordably.

If the car was an M3 in really good shape, you might give repair a try, but unfortunately 318's just don't have enough market demand to make it worth it.

BTW, ice doesn't discriminate between front or rear wheel drive. If you're carrying too much speed when you hit the ice you're going into the boonies, period.
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