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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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I am new to this forum and consider buying a used bmw.
CR recommends the 98 328i sedan as one of reliable used cars but I am inclinded to buy a 98 318i because the gas is really expensive recently. My question are the following.
1.Generally, is 98 318 as reliable as 98 328?
2.According to your experience, how much I need spend on the maintenance except the gas? I am not sure whether I can afford the maintenance cost for a 10 years old bmw.
Thank you very much.
How many miles are on the car? Find out when the last time an inspection I and inspection II were done on the car. If they have been done recently you should be maint free for a while, except brakes and tires or random sensors going out. By 1998 virtually all problems have been worked out from the earlier E36's. Double check and make sure that the water pump is one of the newer models with the metal propeller, I'm pretty sure by now it should have one. The rear strut mount issues were fixed in 1995. The only consideration with buying any E36 after 96 is the OBDII system. Basically it will not matter to you unless you plan on doing some modifications to the car. If you plan on it, just ask or do a quick search and you'll see what you'll run into. Nothing horrible, you just have to make sure you are getting the right stuff.
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