I'm new to this forum so hello to all.
I decided to get some feedback from current owners of the E36 platform before I decide on getting or not getting a BMW.
I've owned various American and Japanese cars over the years. We even had a VW classic bug in the early 90s.
Current cars are 91 Toyota MR2, 95 Acura Legend Sedan, 94 Mitsubishi 3000GT, and 95 Toyota Celica GT.
The other day I was at the dealer that sold me 2 of my cars when I saw a 95 BMW 318is for 6 grand.
My Celica is now near 165K miles and running well but I've pretty much done to it everything I wanted and now with no projects it is kind of boring to own. I still like it and all but it's not the toy it used to be.
This BMW has 110K miles on it. It's a 5 speed black on tan leather. I think I can talk them into somewhere between 5 and 5.25 grand as a total drive out price. I test drove it and liked the way it felt on me. It's sort of more an adult car than a celica and since I'm getting older my taste has changed I guess.
What are the nightmare BMW stories?
Is this 1.8 engine a dud or a rock?
A guy at work has a 96 318ti nad last week his heater core exploded under the dash and set him back $500. I want to know if this sort of thing is common.
I have driven the car and liked how it handles compared to my Celica because with the RWD it feels more precise. The Celica kind of has a thing where the front end goes exactly where you make it go but the rear end is always a few seconds behind in following orders.
The 1.8 is not enough to push your internal organs back in your body but it is enough for getting 60 in under 8 seconds in my estimation. I really do not intend to hot rod this car should I buy it. I just always admired the E36 coupe for the classy and simple lines. BMW enthusiasts always criticized the interior saying it was plasticy and cheapo but I have no major gripes with it. The glove box area looks like it is from a Kia but that's a small thing.
The only mods I would do would be to get the BMW "K" style wheels and
run 225/50/16 and maybe buy the European headlights which are glass
and have low beam projectors. The DOT versions are plastic that
tends to cloud up and/or leak with time. If I won a few hundred
bucks in a lottery I may add an M3 bumper cover just to be different
and casue the unpainted lower half of the bumper is kind of fadded
out black which looks horrible on a glossy black car.
Of course, I'd get the windows blacked out and add a Blaupunkt stereo
just to keep it all German.
These guys are also selling a 325iC which is red on tan leather with
a 5 speed for around 7 grand. The leather on the top of the back seat
is torn and the driver's seat is all cracked up. I'm pretty sure the
top leaks on this car. Anywho, I don't want to mess with a
convertible. I may go back and just test drive it to compare the 2.5
to the 1.8.
They also have a 91 (older body style) 325iC white on blue leather
for real cheap ($4900) with low miles.
Here are some pics to see if you are a yahoo member: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/think_176/album?.dir=5143
I'm looking to maybe buy the Black one. Is this a good deal or is it better to just wait to find a 325iS manual?