Im brand new to this fourm, and it looks great! I finaly have enough to get my first car and the choice was easy... E36!!!!!
I was wondering if there are any specific years that are more mecanicaly reliable then others? I am very familiar with Mercedes Benz and know that this is true for Mecedes. Is it beter to stick to a late model E36 (like 97,98) beacause all bugs would have been worked out by then?
Yes, later model years will be more mechanically reliable. If you want OBDI for modding reasons, get a 95. I don't know that there were any big changes in models ranging from 96-98, but in general it will be better to get a newer E36 with mileage as good as you can find and preferably with service records.
...Other than that they are all pretty much the same.
Many issues were not resolved until the introduction of the 1995 model year. Take for example the fragility of the 1992-94 E36 subframe. SpeedInfusion's craked a few weeks ago. Also, 1992 models are non-vanos.
These are just really basic thigns about the 3 series. OBDII is easier to troubleshoot but a bit mroe difficult to modify. So if you want to modify, get a 95, if you dont mod then anythign 95+ would be ideal.
VANOS (Variable Nockenwellen Steuerung) is an automobile variable valve timing technology developed by BMW. VANOS varies the duration of the intake valves by moving the fulcrum of the camshaft. BMW recently began offering "double" VANOS, which operates on the exhaust camshaft as well, on a number of its cars.
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