I also did some research before I got my 1998 328. It had 57,000 and looks great since it was babied. What I found is that toward the end of the e36 production run (somewhere between 98 and 99 depending where you picked one up) they had a machine that had most of not all the kinks worked out. In 99 the e46 came out with a whole bunch of new problems/issues. My car has only had its AC resister replaced and thats all. But what it really comes down to is how it was maintained. If you don't have access to the hard records do a carfax. That's my 2 cents.
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