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I am an 18 year old male, and i have been very interested in cars, and motorsports for many years. I have been driving around for alittle more than a year in an auto fwd car. I know how to drive a manual, and i really would love to drive one. Also, i love the feeling of rwd. All that said, taking everything that i want into accout, i think i would really enjoy driving a 3 series. If i had somewhere in the range of about $8,000 , would i be able to get a somewhat nice 3 series (preferably a 325is) that wouldnt be a huge money pit (ive read that after about 100,000 miles, these cars start to have all sorts of electrical issues)?
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I am an 18 year old male, and i have been very interested in cars, and motorsports for many years. I have been driving around for alittle more than a year in an auto fwd car. I know how to drive a manual, and i really would love to drive one. Also, i love the feeling of rwd. All that said, taking everything that i want into accout, i think i would really enjoy driving a 3 series. If i had somewhere in the range of about $8,000 , would i be able to get a somewhat nice 3 series (preferably a 325is) that wouldnt be a huge money pit (ive read that after about 100,000 miles, these cars start to have all sorts of electrical issues)?
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well good news, what u read is wrong, if u take care of ur 3er it will last waaay past 100k miles, in fact i bought my 1998 323is manual with 106k miles for 7k, now that was a really good deal, considering the car was in great condition, the car right now 108k miles has no electrical problems and there is nothing wrong with it, and nothing has went wrong (knock on wood), u could prolly find a 325is for 8k, look around on websites such as autotrader or cars.com, maybe even the classifieds section of this site, i'm positive u could find one that suits ur needs

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thanks for the speedy reply, now i just want to get afew more opinions about picking up one of these cars...
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More good news is that if your budget is $8,000 - this gives you a pretty wide selection. If a 3-series is what you want, i would suggest nothing but the 2-door coupe. The 325is is a well made car, and there are a lot of things you can do to it. I formerly had a 93 325is, (worth about $4,000) i sold it @ 160,000 miles and I didnt have 1 major problem with it. It's only little things, regular wear and tear. I'd reccomend something from 95-98, somewhere in there is your price range and around now you'll be finding them with anywhere from 70-150K miles. Good luck, and keep us posted! If you find one you like, post it here - everyone helps with decisions...

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Ive just read from so many different places that after ~100,000 miles little things that cost alot of money to fix seem to pop up... Granted, most of these places have not been a bmw forum, but still, it just seems odd (even some place like edmunds has these electircal problems mentioned in their customer reviews). Not that i dont believe you guys, but what would make people say these things?
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well, truthfully, any car not well maintained and upwards to 100 k miles will start having problems. But I own a 1996 bmw 328is with 159000 on the odometer and I have not a single thing in my car that doesnt work. So, if you find one that is well taken care of and you yourself take care of it, you will have a very reliable, fun to drive, sexy car on your hands and take it from me, my other car is a 1997 mitsubishi eclipse gsx which I love, but there is nothing like a BMW. Its science
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well, it looks like i need to start looking for a nicly well maintained bmw then...
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A nicely maintained BMW will treat you very good. These cars love to be driven. CHeck out the the common problems section:
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The reality is that any older used cars are going to have issues. After you've owned as many used car as I have, you can just about list everything that is going to go wrong - new tires, radiator, alternator, water pump, hoses, belts, brakes etc. It happens with every brand of car. So no matter what you get you will have repairs.

People think they can get a used car and it will perform - not break down - like a new car but it can't. What you can do is put aside $75 a month for repairs - you will need them.

The best way to get a reliable used car is of course to buy one that was well maintained. But secondly, if you have $8,000, then buy a $6000 car and throw the remaining $2000 into the car. Put a lot of those items in without wondering if they are still "good." If they are good, chances are they only have a year or two of life in them. Other than an engine, I've replaced just about everything in the engine compartment, several times over in my life time of driving - and this has been true from Volvo's to Toyota's to Mazda's and now to BMW's; its just the nature of the beast.
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If you want the 2door, get a 323IS......same motor as 325, tighter suspension, better looks IMO.

Just bought my 323IS, and have drivin 20K miles.....not one problem. It was previously owned by a rich lady who got it serviced regularly at BMW, so that definately helps. I run it harder than she did, but I also take very good care of it.......maintenace records and a VIN check are a must before you buy......but remember....people who buy bimmers usually take better care of them than other cars.....why?.....cause they are badass, and you don't want it running crappy or looking dirty!


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If you want the 2door, get a 323IS......same motor as 325, tighter suspension, better looks IMO.

Just bought my 323IS, and have drivin 20K miles.....not one problem. It was previously owned by a rich lady who got it serviced regularly at BMW, so that definately helps. I run it harder than she did, but I also take very good care of it.......maintenace records and a VIN check are a must before you buy......but remember....people who buy bimmers usually take better care of them than other cars.....why?.....cause they are badass, and you don't want it running crappy or looking dirty!
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It all depends how they have been driven, and cared for. my friends last BMW was a 93 535i, and its still running strong at 350,000 km.

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If you want the 2door, get a 323IS......same motor as 325, tighter suspension, better looks IMO.
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a 323is looks better than a 325is??....i thought they're exactly the same on the outside.

anyways, as far as the electrical issues go, ive had many electrical gremlins running through my car - power locks, windows, guages jumping, lights randomly going out, then mysteriously working again. and i think this does tend to happen sometimes in older BMW's, however it should defenitely not deter you from getting an e36. believe everyone here when they tell u that these cars are amazing and fun to drive. . .i even bought an e30 for a winter car cuz i dont want to drive anything other than a bimmer.
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Originally posted by PhunkDJti+Mar 2 2005, 05:24 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(PhunkDJti @ Mar 2 2005, 05:24 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-RedlinedRU@Mar 2 2005, 11:51 AM
If you want the 2door, get a 323IS......same motor as 325, tighter suspension, better looks IMO.
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a 323is looks better than a 325is??....i thought they're exactly the same on the outside.

anyways, as far as the electrical issues go, ive had many electrical gremlins running through my car - power locks, windows, guages jumping, lights randomly going out, then mysteriously working again. and i think this does tend to happen sometimes in older BMW's, however it should defenitely not deter you from getting an e36. believe everyone here when they tell u that these cars are amazing and fun to drive. . .i even bought an e30 for a winter car cuz i dont want to drive anything other than a bimmer.
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did any of these gremlins ever leave you stranded?
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