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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 05-01-2019, 07:02 PM
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I have definitely learned a lot from this forum thanks to all of the very informational stickys. Seriously a ton of great info on here. I now know what to look for when I go look at a potential new project tomorrow.
However, I was curious as to how bad electrical is on these cars? Namely replacing sensors. I was once told that any electrical component replaced had to be programmed to the car. Is this true? That's about the only thing holding me back from purchasing my first BMW.
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The only part that has to be programmed to the car is the ECU itself. None of the sensors require programming.
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Awesome! Hopefully this car isn't too roughed up then. It's pretty much everything I'm looking for except its not an M3 (can't afford one of those yet)
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E36 M3s have dropped drastically in price. You can usually find one in average condition for $2.5k-$3k. Expect the usual maintenance issues (cooling system and vacuum lines) as any E36.
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