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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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| Originally posted by jllphan@Apr 3 2004, 04:23 PM |
First thing to learn, bimmers are cars, beemers are motorcycles.
The 328is is a great car. I recently purchased a 325is with a 328engine that has been masaged to produce more than enough horsepower and torque. Out of the box the 96-98 328 came with 190hp and 207 ft/lb torque. This can be increased relatively inexpensively and what is left is a fantastic driving experience for the price of a new civic.
Look for the same things you would look for in any car. First and foremost, records. I would certainly look for a car complete with maintenance records. Beyond that just the regular things: signs of abuse, paint work, leaks, creaks, etc.
Once you've bought her, change the water pump to one with a metal impeller. The oem pumps are notorious for crapping out often times taking other parts with it. These cars don't require as much maintenance as their more expensive counterparts (5,7) and when they do, it is cheap and often times a do-it-yourself project. I recently sold a Porsche and wanted something that was still a blast to drive, but not a repair hog. I've found precisely this in the later e36 coupe.
| Originally posted by jllphan@Apr 3 2004, 06:58 PM |
When you say "earlier" you mean 98 and on then yes i agreee, but the 328 model was available in 96, which left it prone to failure.
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