Everyone has varrying degrees of "life" out of the Auto transmissions. Mine currently has 262,500 km on it and i have no issues. Some people have had theirs fail at 100,000 km. If you do purchase it, it is recommended to inspect and change the transmission fluid. BMW states its a "lifetime" fluid so many people never check or change it. However the "lifetime" is determined as the point at which the transmission fails. Be that 100,000 km, or 500,000 km. As long as you dont try to drive it like a manual transmission with the "Sport" mode, im sure it will last for many more miles. If in the event it does dail, a replacement transmission can usually be found on several BMW forums for not too much money.
The E36 was made with a cooling system notorious for failing due to many plastic components. The water pumps (pre 1997) have a plastic impeller which was prone to failure. If you purchase the vehicle most people recommend replaceing the water pump, and thermostat housing with aluminum ones for longer life. The expansion tank and radiator have been known to fail as well. The two most important parts would be the water pump and thermostat. When they fail, they are known to do it in spectacular fashion causing a lot of damage.
The Rear Shock Mounts (RSM) and Rear Trailing Arm Bushings (RTAB) are very common wear points and are known to fail. Inspect them for wear. Rogue Engineering makes one of the best aftermarket RSMs out their. Their is plently of additional information concerning these two components on the forums.
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