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Hey guys, I'm new to the site and also BMW's, so I thought I'd drop a line to say to hi to everyone and show some pics of the 95 325i I just got today. Also I would like to know in general what should I be wary of with this car, or what I should look for in general.

So far what I've come across is that on the on board computer, the check engine coolant level keeps coming up, although when I checked it everything seemed fine. And the airbag light seems to stay on for about 5 minutes before it turns off.

All in all the car runs great and I'm very sastified in my purchase. This is also my first rear wheel drive car, and I must say its a blast to drive. As far as I can tell it has some kind of optional kit on it, because I see some of the same cars without it. (sorry, new to the whole BMW scene. ) And from the very limited I've been able to research so far it has the vanos 2.5 litre 6 cylinder SFI 24-Valve DOHC rated at 184 hp. 4 Door built in Germany.

All your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.





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Amazing, that is a very nice-looking car you got. I also have a '95 325i, but yours doesn't look similar to it. Looks more like a '96 328i. My guess is your car was customized with a rear wing, sideskirts, and repainted on the gray tone around the bottom. However, based on the engine, it has to be a '96 or so I thought.
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Yeah. Suuuweet. That looks like a sport package on the sides and it makes the car look that much better. Is it a manual? How much did you get it for?

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Thanks guys

Yeh its a manual, with 87k miles plus change. Paid $7500. Cash talks Think it was a good deal?

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Yes. Your car's book value is 8,205. Cash does talk. That's some of the best advise I could give. When you go to buy a car, be pre-approved or have cash easily accessable. That way when you find your car you can say, "I'll give you XX,XXX and I can have it in cash TOMORROW." That is very tempting to some and usually the price can be lowered. Nice work.

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Hmm.. I got a KBB of $12,395. What did you use for your quote, maybe I messed up somewhere, either way I'm happy hehe. I bought it from a private seller also

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That's the way to do it. I used kbb too and just selected manual 1995 4D 325 Sedan. 87,000. Excellent shape. Hmm, whatever. Anyhow, you still got a good deal!

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Cool, guess it doesnt really matter as long as its worth it to me i suppose. hehe. anyways thanks again for your input!

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great looking car you got there... obviously not bad for 7.5K!!!!
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welcome.

Looks to me the owner painted the mirrors, bumpers and sideskirts, and also replaced the wheels with a later style.

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Here's some advice... Don't do what this kid did.
Check coolant is kinda goofy. Mine's low right now and it's not complaining... other times it does when it's full. I dunno, it hasn't complained in a while

If you live where the weather is cold sometimes, the temperature warning thing on the OBC can get annoying and startle you a bit when it goes "booooing" (usualy about 2 minutes after you start the car if the weather's near freezing)

Mod I sugest you do: Get some euro elipsoids, the stock plastic headlights are HORRID compaired to the elipsoids.

Here's a website with lots of information and things to do to your car. E36 DIY Links Page

Q for other guys: How can you tell that he has the sport package just by looking at the side? My 98 323 looks like that on the side (I guess...)


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thats not a sport package, as they had M-tech parts.

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It doesn't have a sport package but it has been painted.

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Originally posted by Andrewsd1985@Apr 20 2004, 09:26 AM
....sport package.....
I don't know why I said that...I'm a douche

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Back to your origional question DIY, things to be wary of your car. There is a very good FAQ section on this site {HERE} that tells most everything you need to worry about. I would put replacing the water pump to an upgraded unit at the top of my list.

As for mods, Bitcore made a solid suggestion. I recently added Euro eillipsoids and they look as good off as they do on. Maybe those and going to clear markers all the way around, and you will have a rockin litttle sled!!

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