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I got my 96 328i about 8 weeks ago ive had to replace the thermostat the water pump and now i just finished doing the boot(trunk) seal.The car came with a 3 month warranty so the thermo and pump were changed under that.Its only had one lady owner and got full bmw service history and i was wondering if there are any other common faults with these models or am i just having bad luck.This is my first bmw and i love it.
 

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Congrats on your new BMW! The waterpump/thermostat gig is very common. Wisdon indicates that these should be replaced with the upgraded waterpump (metal impeller instead of plastic) ASAP upon getting an E36. Trunk weatherstrip certainly seems within reason for a '96 (not ordinary, but if the person didn't keep the rubber cleaned/refreshed, this could very well happen...don't know what kind of summer/winter extremes you have which could adversely affect the rubber life).

On any used car you need to be aware of things that may be wearing out because of normal wear and tear...tires, brakes, battery, shocks. You also may want to take car to a BMW mechanic (not necessarily a dealer, as they tend to charge an arm and a leg for their work...albeit, they do a great job) and have them give the car a once-over along with a lube/oil change.

Lots 'o luck!
 
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