Hi, im new to the site and i hope to fit in nicely.
First off, i became attracted to BMW's because of their good build quality, handling and refinement. As i began to gain interest, i began to look out for BMWs more and more in public and developed some favorites based on looks:
E24 (6 Series)
E36 (3 Series) Especially The Lightweight
E38 (7 Series)
E31 (8 Series)
in fact, id love to have them all! :lol:
Lookings to buy a E36; and i have my heart
set on a White 328is 5 speed. Of course id love the sports package, but most ad's aren't very descriptive on what exactly the car has installed. to give you taste of the kind of car i am looking for i used
to be considering a 90's Porsche 944...excellent handling if you didnt guess already
i guess i want to buy a BMW for many reasons, from the start of my research and observations i loved and admired the style and obvious attention to driver involvement BMWs are always thought to posess. If there is ever two car companies where i have almost felt close to the designers and admired their design and innovations, it would be BMW & Porsche.
Budget: $13,000 USD (California)
This E36 would be my 3rd car, 1st being a E21 3 Series (sold), 2nd Being 1990 Nissan 240sx XE S13 Automatic. My 240sx has been plauged with many problems from day one from the exhaust to the windows and poor workmanship and design on the part of nissan. (i will never
buy a nissan again!) (early on ive realized its better to have good quality & replace infrequently, instead of low quality & frequent replacement)
I am looking not only for a car with better reliability, but better craftmanship and of course better performance. I have pushed my 240sx about as far as it can go in it's stock configuration in terms of handling and feel i have learned the "ropes" of driving and have definatly out-grown my car. (and it's 4speed automatic transmission)
I don't see the value in keeping it because of its horrible quality and reliability. I have spent quite a lot of money repairing my car because of its poor quality and it's expensive parts. So i got to thinking...: why pay $200 to replace parts on my nissan 240sx when BMW parts are probably the same in price for the same kind of part? (power window regulators)
Sadly, (and happily), my E36 would be a daily driver and i wont have the time or money to spend $200 a month fixing it. I will be at college away from home and will not be able to afford costly repairs and maitence like in the past with my 240sx. (i will be living on my own) i am also 6'1" so i figured the 328is
might be a little better choice than the 328i
in terms of leg room, but is it worth the price? i also perfer the looks of the 328is
over the 328i
325is? 328is? cheaper 328i? screw performance and get a toyota? i just dont know anymore...
its hard to get the inside information on such details, so i figured id ask the experts!
My thinking is: if im going to be out on my own, and my parents are willing to finally help me buy a good quality car, why not buy the best quality car for the money (BMW from what i have read for so long) do my research and hope for the best?
is to find a car that is: high quality, high performance, excellent handling, med-high in reliability, and of course, hopefully a BMW
Any help would be greatly appreceiated!