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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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The 1994 will be peppier. You should test drive it.
With either car, be ready to put $2k-$3k into maintenance shortly after you get it. This is a must with used cars.
Regarding the oil change intervals, I don't listen to the dealer nor BMW. I use Mobil1 full synthetic and change the oil every 6 months or 6000 miles. Many say that there are better oils out there, and that may be true. However, Mobil1 works great. If you run on regular oil, stick to 3 months or 3000 miles.
u should drive both cars and feel for yourself which one is "right" for you... and "RIGHT" means many things. personal feel for each of the cars, driving style, personal taste for the color and options.... and of course, afford-ability(New Car Prices and Used Car Blue Book Values - Official Kelley Blue Book Site). Initially, you can expect a noisier ride with the Ci because the body isnt as rigid as that of a coupe; maintaining a soft top is an extra chore of course... etc...
then consider also economics of resale(an earlier model, mileage and other factors, of course will always command a lesser value over time).
Both are reliable machines but we can't give you the answers you seek here. our gut will tell you which one is best for you ;-) Good Luck
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