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Old 05-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A Hello, and a question.

Hey folks, nice website you got here. vBulletin is the best, btw.

I'm thinking about buying a '93 325i sedan, which is why I'm here. It's only got 83k miles, and the car itself is in damn fine shape. It only blue books out at around $5k at the most, which for that kind of car is cheap.

I've got one question/concern though with buying a Bimmer - even thou I know they're "great" cars, I've heard that they cost an arm and a leg to repair if they happen to ever break.

I'm a college kid with a shitty part time job; should I stay away, or should I jump? Advice is appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2007, 08:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey folks, nice website you got here. vBulletin is the best, btw.

I'm thinking about buying a '93 325i sedan, which is why I'm here. It's only got 83k miles, and the car itself is in damn fine shape. It only blue books out at around $5k at the most, which for that kind of car is cheap.

I've got one question/concern though with buying a Bimmer - even thou I know they're "great" cars, I've heard that they cost an arm and a leg to repair if they happen to ever break.

I'm a college kid with a shitty part time job; should I stay away, or should I jump? Advice is appreciated.
welcome,

well, its a hard question to answer...

depending on how mechanic savvy u are would be the determining factor...

i mean, the most expensive problem with the E36 Chasis (92-99 series) is the subframe tearing issue...have the subframe checked...and also the rear shock mount tower...besides that...since it is a 93, make sure the VANOS ( variable valve timing) unit is in good shape.... other than that only basic maintnence stuff that any car would have....

good luck dude, hope that helped
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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they arent too cheap to repair, but the thing is they dont break too much so its not really an issue. at least in my experience.
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The subframe tearing issue was quite a bit more common in e36 3 series vehicles from 92-94. Since it has lowish miles it should be okay. What is the previous owner like? Young? Drive fast? Corner hard? Grocery getter? Babysitter? And another simple test is when you get in the car, hit a preset on the radio. Are they rock? Jazz? Rap?

Example to this is my car had all Jazz radio presets when I purchased it. Put two and two together and it's very apparent that it was a nicely driven vehicle. The previous owner was a 64 year old retired cop.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Sorry for not posting, but here goes.....

Well, I didn't buy the car. I wanted to (trust me on that), but some things kept from pulling the trigger.

First off, couldn't drive it. When I asked to speak to the owner, the car was in a trust - which meant that the people who owned it died. Which means that the owners were old folks. And that the car sat for a while, which is why the tires, even if they did have a whole bunch of tread on them, were totally rotted.

The body was in damn fine shape - no dings, clean paint. Even the leather drivers seat looked new. BUT - the drivers' side fender was hit somewhat, and the front fascia was bent slightly out of shape because of it. Figure $1500 for it to be fixed, I figured. Then wait, another 1500 waiting if the front subframe has damage possibly? Can't even push the air intake ducting back into place? Oh snap.

I loved the car (perfect replacement/upgrade from a maxima), but trying to find a sweet car for under 10K has its' pitfalls.

Well, if it proved anything, I should stay in farking college, make some money, then buy a new M3 - black, 6spd, and some black rims.

Thanx guys for the advice.
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Xtal, its definatly worth jumping at, i not saying go for the first bimmer u see but im a collage kid aswell and i love mine to bits.

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