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Old 09-08-2006, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On the hunt for a e36 M3

I was looking for a e36 under $9000, but I've acquired my family's 2003 Camry...so naturally I'm going to sell it asap and add the $ to my e36 fund for a M3. What I would like to know is what defects or problems should I look for on a 96-99 m3? thanks in advance
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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e36 M3 was 95-99 in the US.

Defects? Most commonly known is the plastic impellor blade int he water pump that tends to breaka nd ends your cooling system down the pooper. Also other known defects of the e36 are a sagging headliner due to improper airflow when a jack stand pad falls off from underneath the car. Apparently air rushes up this hole, through the pillar,a nd causes the rear of the headliner to sag. Other defects? Dont worry about it. What people need to understand is you need to find the bext e36 M3 in the best condition they can afford. Find a respectable and legitimate BMW owner who takes care of his/her car.
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rear shock mounts!

and as with all bmws - premature subframe failure
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and as with all bmws - premature subframe failure
Is there anything, like a subframe connector or something that will prevent this probblem?

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Is there anything, like a subframe connector or something that will prevent this probblem?

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M3's have subframe reinforcement that reduces the risk of these problems, although it can certainly still happen. Active Autowerke does make a differential support bracket that helps a good deal. There are subframe reinforcements for non-M cars, but I'm not sure whether any are marketed for 96-99 M3's.
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I have a e36 1997 m3 for sale, it's a texas car, runs very strong. call jerry 7742199276. I n ma. right but moving to Fl in Nov.
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I was looking for a e36 under $9000, but I've acquired my family's 2003 Camry...so naturally I'm going to sell it asap and add the $ to my e36 fund for a M3. What I would like to know is what defects or problems should I look for on a 96-99 m3? thanks in advance
I HAVE A NICE 1997 M3 SEDAN FOR SALE, BOSTON GREEN, RUNS EXCELLENT, STAINLESS EXAUST. 9 TIRES COME WITH IT, CD PLAYER IN TRUNK, IT'S AN AUTOMATIC, VERY FAST. PRICE IS 8,250.00 CALL JERRY 7742199276

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As an addon, I also have a Daytona Violet 1995 OBDI m3, manual 5spd, luxury package black interior, 101k miles, CF hood, cold a/c. Was looking at $9,000. Lots of current maintenance. Hit me up if you're still around.
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see there is no such serious problem you are going to face in BMW model. suggest you just go for it.
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