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#1 (permalink) Old 01-13-2004, 01:26 PM
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First I would like to say hello to everyone, Ive browsed the board before but i recently just registered. As the title states, Im looking to buy an E36 this summer. Currently i drive a 96 Mazda MX6 LS, if you dont know its a 6-cylinder sports coupe.
Well Ive been browsing the forums for a while and figured to post a few questions that will help me with my upcoming purchase this summer. I love the style of the E36 so im looking to buy preferibely a 328is if i am lucky enough to find one in my price range, if not i will easily settle for a 325is. First off, what year should i be looking at? Which years had the least recalls? Also, which years are easier to mod, i remember reading that different emission sensors (OB2 or OB3?) have different restrictions making some models more responsive to mods.
Any advice and/or help will be appreciated, thanks in advance and i will be looking forward to posting here more.

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When I was looking for my M3 I just did a lot of google searching. Just search what you are looking for and you should be able to find lots of info. Also I am sure the members that have been around longer and into Bimmers longer will be able to help you out. Good luck in your hunt!!!!

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OBDI cars are easier to mod. They are the pre 95 models, the 325is in your case. the 328is is 96 and later and is OBDII. Im not sure which years have the least recalls, but a 95 or 98 are the years I would look at. 95s have all the early problems worked out but are still OBDI and mod-freindly. The 98 will have all the OBDII bugs worked out and most likely the lowest mileage.

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Thanks for clarifying that, I couldnt remember the initials of OBDI/II. How is the reliability for the OBDII 325is's? Currently i found a really nice 94 black on black with 86k online, I'm going to check it out in person soon but is there anything i should look for when buying an E36 or when i get more serious about a car is there something my mechanic should be looking for? thanks again
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its OBD 1 and 2, not 2 and 3. The OBD1 325 is pretty reliable. It has the same common porbs as the other e36. There is FAQ on common things to look for.

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I don't have much to contribute other than to say I'm in the same position you are, looking for either a 325/328is or an M3. I also used to drive a Probe GT (same car as your MX-6) and I used to date a guy named Drew. Just thought the similarities were amusing.

I will say I've had great luck looking on Autotrader for these cars. I just put in a 200 mile search radius and I'm good to go. Cars.com might turn up a few responses for you, too.

Good luck on your search.

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I can only speak of the one beemer I've owned, my current '97 328is. I bought it in Seatle with 40k on it a few months ago. I got really lucky and it kicks ass. There are lots of little mods you can do to it for next to free, but they don't do much. I would much rather have a 2.8 than a 2.5 (~20 more lbs. of torque and a second faster to 60) than have an easy car to chip.
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CHECK OUT THE STEERING COLUNM IN THE ENGINE BAY. I heard some of the earlier models have rusty ones or at least prone to rust. also, cold starting problems were common in early 328 E36's
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Thanks for the info. I would love to buy a 328is but they are so hard to find for the E36 model. Im looking at a nice 325is right now so i may be an owner of a bimmer sooner than expected. Ill be sure to give it a full check over before i consider buying it. Thanks again for the information.
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