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Old 07-13-2006, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which is better?

Looking to buy my first BMW and I was wondering what would be a better purchase, an e-36 or an e-34. I am a college student looking for a BMW that is under $6000, and is a strong reliable car for the travel home, that has good accel, handling, for fun, space for moving to and from college, and gas milage for the travel home. Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Always prefered the e36 Shape.

As far as reliability goes, umm not sure on the e34's but i do know the e36 arnt that reliable
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Def E36... not because i drive one, but becuase the 3s are always cheaper to repair and more reliable. just like the 5 is more than the 7. If you want reliability, get an E36...
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I think an E36 325iS would be good, or even an E30 325iS. They both have reasonably good room for fitting luggage and both definitely back a good punch when needed. The E30 I think would be cheaper, but the E36 has a more contemporary look.

In my opinion, I think an E30 325iS(year 88+) may best suit you. Good fuel economy, great stock handling, ABS, Limited Slip Differential(both tires have equal power when loss of traction occurs), great community for repairs and upgrades, and if maintained can look like a very new car. But keep in mind, same goes for the E36, it is just a bit harder to find them with LSD's. It's more your preference towards look and feel of the car. You should test drive some E30's and E36's.

Check out:
r3vlimited.com
e30tech.com For E30 galleries and feedback on purchases(these are strictly E30 forums).

Check out:
bimmerforums.com
and this forum for more E36 gallery and community feed back(this isn't strictly E36, but has a great occupation of E36 enthusiasts).

Hope this info helps, if you need anything else, IM me(aim): drboboh
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sedan FTW. I vote 325i sedan 5-speed for you.
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Hey
I agree with REXKING, 325i sedan will be the best bet for you for that budget and if u want to be a litlle economical get the 318i sedan but opt for manual tho dont get automatic, even if u get the 325i get a manual.

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