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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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Old 08-17-2004, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I found a 328ic that I am interested in for my wife. It's a white on grey 97 with 80k. I took it for a spin last night and wanted to get a laundry list of things to look for before I make an offer. Any contibution would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

afew other random questions...
* where can I find a hard top? I have search the web for hours and can't find em'. how much are they? (I know they are pretty freakin' expensive)
* The AC doesn't blow cold. When I asked the owner they said they knew, and said BMW said it was not just a simple refill to fix, and said they were quoted 1000$. Does that make sense? What needs to be done?
* Car has been stored for last 8 mts (very weathy owners who travel) When I drove the car the check engine lights and air bag light illuminated. Common? Possile causes? MAF on check engine probably?
* Some places on the side rocker pannel were unsnpped from the body. How ever the tabs did not look broken. Common? Fixable?
* car is a "CI", the top looked pristine, are they reliable?
* other things to look for?

also I plan on putting 18" z8 wheels on it. Anyone with a pick of a 92-99 3 series with z8 wheels please post!

Thank you x 10 in advanced from the new guy.
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Old 08-17-2004, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it a one owner car?
Service records?
Price?

When i bought my M3, i had a check engine light come on druing the ride home. Turned out to be the evaprative emision expansion tank (what ever that is). Cost me just under $500 CDN to fix. Also had my digital climate control unit go, cost about $350 CDN for a new one. Dealer told me these problems may have been caused by storage, if it was in a damp place. Other than that, thats the only problems i had.

I say if the price is ok, and the car has been well cared for, go for it!
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one owner. they say they have service records but I hav't asked to see them yet...
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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also, can the m3 splitter fit on the front bumper of the 328?
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