Looking to buy an e36?
I have read around a lot of posts about e36 reliability, and most of them are older than '05. I'm wondering if I would be better off getting a manual e36 325/328 coupe preferred, but also sedan; or a maunal 98-02 Civic coupe. Now, of course, not everyone here will have nice thoughts about a Civic, but as they tend to last forever with good maintenance, consider that bit when comparing it to the e36. Now, an e36 would be A LOT nicer, with climate control, leather, and 60+ more horsepower (I know the e36 would be heavier, but still.). If you e36 owners could put in your opinions on the following format:
Maintenance on a (-) basis
-Every 3 mos
It looks like there are a few to be had with 80-90K miles, and some others at 120K all the way up. I read about the water pump, radiator, rear shock mounts, etc. I know most maintenance goes by mileage, and weekly, probably some cleaning mechanical parts and checking fluids, monthly an oil change, etc. I plan on driving it about 10 miles per day, plus whatever other travelling I do. What should I look for when buying, of course maintenance records, but what else? It would have to be in cosmetically good shape, or at least a shape where I could revive it with some elbow grease. After reading around, I got a lot of mixed opinions about which years are the best, but all in all, I want a good daily driver, that isn't in need of repair all the time...
thanks in advance!