strength and reliability
I'm not sure how the boost would affect the engine. I've got a 1997 318i and its got over 180k hard miles. This car has been abused. Still it runs nice. Keep up with your LOF (Lube Oil Filter)s, and maintanance charts and the car will not quit on you. Also consider this...BMW and Mercedes Benz are rivals, right. Well a Greek cab driver rode his 1970 Benz for 2.8 million miles. And rivals do try to beat each other in all aspects. So i'm thinking that if a Benz diesel can run for 2.8 million miles, lets say a regular gas car only gets a quarter of those miles, thats 700K miles. And if Benz and BMW stays on par for quality then you can expect close to 600k more miles out of that engine. Another point is that BMW has been working on 6 cylinders for a while now. Like the Japanese can squeeze everything from the 4 cylinders they make, The Germans can create that potential in their engines. So with new technology comes better engines. The E36 that your talking about is a solid engine.
The most important thing is a great mechanic and regular LOFs and the charted maintnance. Also get the Bentley Manual. Third, read all the DIY's you can get your hand on. In summary with proper care the car is Excellent car and will give you lots of fun. The boost will kill the engine faster, how much I'm not quite certain.
PS. if the car is free and you don't want it, send it my way. I'd love to have it.
I think I have found(own) the beaten foster child of 318's.
Last edited by wesmyth; 06-29-2006 at 10:21 AM.