First post, with a few Q's
I just registered here so I figured I would introduce myself. I've been a VW/Audi enthusiast for a while now, but I'm seriously considering defecting to the BMW camp early in '07 when I buy a new car. I'm seriously considering an E36 325i or 328i after driving one and falling in love. I do have a few questions though, as this will be my 365 days a year, all-weather daily driver and I haven't driven anything RWD for a daily in the winter.
First, I would definitely plan on getting a set of steel wheels and good winter tires(I'm partial to Nokian) but how do these cars do in light to moderate snow?
I live in SE Michigan where it's pretty flat(my driveway and freeway offramps are about the biggest hills I regularly have to scale) but it does get kind of nasty in the winter here. We don't get as much snow as some locales, but the city of Detroit is pretty lame when it comes to plowing in a reasonable time frame.
Second, what model years for the 325 and 328 got a LSD? I figure this would be good to have in snow/slush etc.
Finally, when I seriously start looking for a car, what should I be looking out for? Are there any major repairs that NEED to be done on an E36(I guess I'm looking for the BMW analog to Audi motors needing their timing belts changed waaay before the specified mileage or else the time bomb starts ticking, Audi control arm/busing issues, HVAC control issues etc.)
Anyways, that's it for now. Thanks in advance for any input and I'll be seeing everyone on the forum.