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#1 (permalink) Old 05-03-2005, 01:06 AM
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hey guys,
i just recently joined this forum to learn more about the e36 m3's because i want to purchase one. any suggestions on what year? i want to get something around '98-99 coupes, but haven't found a good deal yet. also what should i be looking for when i'm buying an m3. thanks. ANY info will be greatly appreciated.

right now i consider myself a noob about bmw's but i'm sure after a couple months on this forum with people who know their bimmers will help me increase my knowledge.


btw...i previously drove a '95 integra gsr. can't wait to become a bimmer owner though.
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#2 (permalink) Old 05-03-2005, 09:40 AM
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Check the service history for water pumps, make sure it has had at least 5 or 6 installed over a 10 year period (if it's a 95 reg)

Stay on top of them, if they blow whilst driving, they piss water everywhere very quickly and that aint good if you're on the freeway or somethin.

Also, biggest issue with E36 M3's is the vanus system. When you drive the car, make sure it doesn't "chug" or struggle to accelerate, as if something is slipping.

Test this by holding at about 3000 rpm in second, and slowly accelerate. You'll feel it chug. If this happens, get it checked over by a 3rd party mechanic before buying it. It could be the clutch or as little as the fuel pump fuse, but if it's the vanus, DONT BUY IT

Other things such as rust hotspots, above the windscreen and rear wheel arches tend to bubble a bit, This needs attention, but no more than $2-300 to spray over and treat.

Other than that they're very resilient cars. Remember if it's old you may not be THAT impressed with the performance. They are a sports car after all and probably been thrashed about.
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for the record, it's spelled VANOS, and they are pretty straight forward to replace.....purchase is another matter as i cannot remember exactly how much they go for......

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about $5700 as they're made by rolls royce and no insurance company covers it
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My M3 tends to not chug but even with a new clutch and a high end flywheel tends to like miss for a second but I was told what is happening is that the flywheel is spinning so much faster than a stock clutch that when the flywheel actually connects with the clutch it miss a beat because of the increased power. Not you have me worried. I would be surprised though, cause this is one of the first times I have heard that and no one I know has had a problem with their engines in that respect. I have a 98, maybe it was a problem on the 95 3.0 engine. The 3.2 liter was changed around for the better!

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My M3 tends to not chug but even with a new clutch and a high end flywheel tends to like miss for a second but I was told what is happening is that the flywheel is spinning so much faster than a stock clutch that when the flywheel actually connects with the clutch it miss a beat because of the increased power. Not you have me worried. I would be surprised though, cause this is one of the first times I have heard that and no one I know has had a problem with their engines in that respect. I have a 98, maybe it was a problem on the 95 3.0 engine. The 3.2 liter was changed around for the better!

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have tried turning off your ASC? i noticed a lag when i would speed shift with the ASC on. if you turn it off then you should be fine.



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