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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 06-19-2013, 01:02 PM
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Can I have your winter wheels for a certain price, if they are steelie wheelies?
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:22 PM
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Can I have your winter wheels for a certain price, if they are steelie wheelies?
Sorry, they're the original wheels, this style:

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Old 06-19-2013, 03:07 PM
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Oh, wow. That car looks great

For some reason I thought we were talking about a sedan. Haha.

Also, throwing the tires and what-nots definitely sweetens the deal and chances of finding a good price. I know here, in Colorado, having an extra set of winters really helps when selling a car. However, I do think it's right to expect to get a little less than you'd hope for.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:15 PM
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Oh, wow. That car looks great

For some reason I thought we were talking about a sedan. Haha.

Also, throwing the tires and what-nots definitely sweetens the deal and chances of finding a good price. I know here, in Colorado, having an extra set of winters really helps when selling a car. However, I do think it's right to expect to get a little less than you'd hope for.
Thanks! And I agree, plus I am too attached to the car, it's so hard to look at this objectively.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:27 PM
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4Runners always hold their value more than BMWs. The other thing is that you should never expect to recoup the money you spent on upgrades/mods at a 1:1 ratio. It would be nice if that's how it worked, but it sadly isn't. Also, I paid $6k for my '98 328is in 2010, which was in flawless condition and had 94k miles, and it's a manual transmission car. And what I paid was definitely was definitely not the deal of the century... It would've cost me $5-5.5k had I not purchased it from a dealer. Expecting to get the same amount for an automatic car (which always sell for much less than manual cars) with 30k more miles in a private party sale is pretty optimistic (or totally crackers). I mean, I suppose you might stumble into someone who doesn't know what these cars go for on the open market, but it seems unlikely. If selling your car for $4-4.5k is not something you're prepared to accept, you might as well just can the idea of selling it and keep it. After all, you like it and have a personal attachment to it. We're dealing with cars that have fully depreciated now, and I know you must have paid a considerable price in 2004 before the E36 market totally tanked, but that is one tough pill which must be swallowed.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:47 PM
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All that being said, as clean as you have described the car, not selling for quick turn-over, someone less knowledgeable than our forum peers will see it and want it...you can probably get 5K for it (ask 5.5 and deal to 5). I have seen many a vehicle bought for more than they booked for, or those in the know thought possible. (i.e. man down the street sold a 1995 BMW 740i - he was second owner - had the records, etc and wheel upgrades, retrofit Nav system from a later model for $6000) I bought mine for $1300, put a lot of work into it and about $1200...it is now strong mechanically and immaculate inside and out..with upgrades...and have been offered $5K for it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:32 PM
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No argument on my side guys, I agree, you're both spot on. And in reality I've actually been very pleased with the level/rate of depreciation, I've checked it a few times over the years, it's basically bottoming out now (dumbest time to sell I know). And I'm not factoring in what I have invested necessarily, just more along the lines of what do I think it would be worth to me to let it go and not just give it away, and in it's current condition and options what is it worth.

Actually hadn't even thought of that till now but if I remember correctly I picked it up for $17,900 after some major negotiating, I want to say book was over $20k at the time. Plus, if I expected 1:1 for the wheels/tires and start/alarm I'd be asking $9k, haha now that's "totally crackers"!!!

I think I will sleep on it for awhile (few more years lol) and maybe let the market decide, if someone picks it up for $5k I'll let it go, if not I'll keep it tucked away and someday be able to show people what an E36 was

Thanks again for the time and input, I do appreciate the perspectives.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:34 PM
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You might find someone to buy it for $6k, but I don't think it's worth that. I disagree with the old addage, "it's worth what someone will pay for it."

I've seen stranger things! Colleague of mine got some schmuck to buy his beat up E46 for more than he bought it for, which was already more than what it was worth. All after driving it like he stole it for 8 months!
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