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Old 03-23-2004, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know y'all have an opinion on this one. I'm looking at 95 to 97 models strictly due to budget constraints. Although I'm primarily concerned with mechanical dependibility, I have no problem fixing these cars regardless of scale - but I can think of better ways of spending my Saturday afternoon! Any consistent and devastating failures in these model years - engine or trans? Candid advice is much appreciated.
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check out www.e38.org
plenty of good/bad info on E38...........great car as long as you're willing to put in the time to take care of it..
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If youre concerned about reliability i would skip right along to the 97 and avoid the 95 and 96 since they still run the old alakasil block which is prone for failure.
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I mean nikosil, the alusil is the new one.
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can read about the nikasil issues in the FAQ section
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