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Old 12-21-2008, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question about 95 325

I am looking at a 95 BMW 325 and know nothing about BMWs.
Are there any certain areas of concern I should ask seller about, any peculiarities of this model or special services that should have been performed?
Also, are 17 inch wheels standard for this vehicle?
Any input or things to ask about or watch for will be appreciated.
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The 1st thing is full service, or reciepts, what garage serviced at ?so you can check!.

Pull the oil dip stick and check there's no water on it ( mayo ), cover the exhaust tail pipe and listen for exhuast leaks, check tyres, check all interior switchs work, let it warm up so you can see if it stiil runs nice,check all the lights and flashers work, look under for oil leaks, take it for a drive and check brakes, listen for any whinning from the transmission, so make sure the radio is off!
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Thanks for the input.
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17inch is not standard could have been an option.
Find out when/if water pump has been replaced and check up on all aspects of the cooling system.
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17inch is not standard could have been an option.
Find out when/if water pump has been replaced and check up on all aspects of the cooling system.
+1, look under the oil filler cap, if you see yellowish brown goo or any kind of brown milky substance, run away, the cooling system is the weakest part of the e36 if the owner hasn't maintained it or done anything recently you're going to have to put some money into it regardless
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agreed, plus if it is a standard, check the flex disc (guibo), check for reciepts on the slave and master cylinders. The miles play a big part in this
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