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audiophilia
07-22-2003, 02:40 AM
Hey Guys:

Need you E36 guys expert advice...

My buddy is wanting to get into a BMW. What do you think of this deal? Any suggestions much appreciated.

Brakes, ball joints, window regulator, etc...any nightmares in waiting?!


Year: 1992
Model: 318 I Cyl: 4-Cylinder
Class: Sedan Milage: 192,000 KM
Price: $8,300.00 Trans Type: Manual-5
Colour: BLACK Warranty: 3 year power train/transmission
Comments
Power Steering,Sunroof,FWD,Tape/CD Player,WBACA5302NFG03507 condition,No Accident,4-Door,Interior colour GREY BLACK,AC ,Emissions ,Certified ,Cloth

http://showroom.bellauto.ca/car_images/UL57_520_1.JPG

http://showroom.bellauto.ca/car_images/UL57_520_7.JPG

johnoz
07-22-2003, 02:42 AM
Steering wheel has changed. It hints for check the front end for hits

BimmiN
07-22-2003, 03:17 AM
Originally posted by johnoz
Steering wheel has changed. It hints for check the front end for hits
Thats the same wheel I have on my '92... and my car has never been in an accident.

johnoz
07-22-2003, 03:18 AM
how come no airbag?

///MsAniTy
07-22-2003, 03:21 AM
why does it say fwd?

///MsAniTy
07-22-2003, 03:24 AM
i dunno thou it seems to be not that great of a deal cuz there is better 318 in the trader i assume then that.

Polish
07-22-2003, 03:32 AM
Originally posted by ///MsAniTy
why does it say fwd?


front wheel drive??
im not sure..dont think i can be but im not an expert:confused:

its fugly though, those fog lights, haha, what was that kid thinking

looks like mine just a year older kinda*th-up*:

mpower1226
07-22-2003, 03:34 AM
why doesnt he buy my car off... the pic is in rides section. Shamis uploaded it. the blue car

djcontra
07-22-2003, 12:07 PM
I know who the previous owner was. I see this car parked at a donut shop on kipling every day I goto work.
I recognize it because of the interesting foglights.
I'd run a carfax on it just in case, but I've never seen any damage on it.

TiemenT
07-22-2003, 12:14 PM
lookes nice, but $8,300.00 is quite a lot...

bmwwade
07-22-2003, 03:16 PM
Stay away from the german crap. Can we say " money pit". Buy japanese. You can get a nice 220hp 300zx for that kind of money.

AcidSnow
07-22-2003, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by bmwwade
Stay away from the german crap. Can we say " money pit". Buy japanese. You can get a nice 220hp 300zx for that kind of money.


mmmmm . . . . . ok . . . . .

TiemenT
07-22-2003, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by bmwwade
Stay away from the german crap. Can we say " money pit". Buy japanese. You can get a nice 220hp 300zx for that kind of money.

if you think that germans are making crap, why bother showing up to this forum, why the hell did you bought one for yourself ?

AcidSnow
07-22-2003, 04:03 PM
$8,300 - too expensive!!!

TiemenT
07-22-2003, 04:14 PM
I don't like to plastic bumper, certainly not for $8,300

openwheel
07-22-2003, 04:21 PM
audiophilia;

In all seriousness, the price for that vehicle is a little on the high side. For just under $9,000 you should be able to pick up a 325i. The vehicle would be a good deal if the seller comes down to around $7,000, but again I would do a carfax first- speaking from personal experience- private transactions are just that. Car looks ok though- straight. Fogs are easy to fix, and the steering wheel is correct for that year and model. But is that the cloth (mousehair) int?

djcontra
07-22-2003, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by openwheel
In all seriousness, the price for that vehicle is a little on the high side. For just under $9,000 you should be able to pick up a 325i.

That's so true! I'm selling my 325i for $8995 right now.
(sorry, I just had to mention that. I need to sell the car asap :))

TiemenT
07-22-2003, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by djcontra
That's so true! I'm selling my 325i for $8995 right now.
(sorry, I just had to mention that. I need to sell the car asap :))

post some pics man..

djcontra
07-22-2003, 05:08 PM
Originally posted by TiemenT
post some pics man..

Behold! I present to you, my E36 for sale in all it's stockified glory! *par-t*

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=177940

Or for $9995, you can get these snazzy rims with it too *th-up*

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=177937

(ok I'm dont spamming :))

TiemenT
07-22-2003, 05:14 PM
I'd pick for $9995, the rims are just awesome... nice pick*th-up*

bmwwade
07-22-2003, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by TiemenT
if you think that germans are making crap, why bother showing up to this forum, why the hell did you bought one for yourself ?

lol I see you didnt dispute the "money pit" comment.
I am on a lot of forums, ferrari, lambhorghini, porsche etc.
What part of his first post didnt you understand? He asked for advice and I gave mine. Sorry it didnt agree with yours.:moon:

scollins
07-22-2003, 05:33 PM
Early M42 (1.8 4-cylinder) had profile gasket issues [read: $$$]. Get evidence that the profile gasket was replaced on that car. See here:

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/engine/all_m42_profile_gasket_faq.html

Shawn

dropped_E30
07-22-2003, 07:08 PM
Originally posted by bmwwade
lol I see you didnt dispute the "money pit" comment.
I am on a lot of forums, ferrari, lambhorghini, porsche etc.
What part of his first post didnt you understand? He asked for advice and I gave mine. Sorry it didnt agree with yours.:moon:

i think he's wondering more why you'd say german cars are "money pits" when you have one yourself, and yeah i agree with you, my bimmer put a HUGE hole in my wallet :(

anyway i think $8300 is a bit steep for a 92 318i...it'd be great if you could talk him down to say, 6500-7000 (7500 at the most) or better yet, buy Contra's! the extra power of the 325 is well worth the $695 difference *th-up*

audiophilia
07-22-2003, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the heads up guys. My buddy really would like to get into the BMW scene, but is a 'civilian'. Read: he's nervous. Rightly so, I would think. But once you drive one, that's it!!! Personally, I'd take the chance...

Can't wait to get an E30 for my kids and do it up...another buddy got a steel grey 325i in good shape for 2Gs.

Jon@Bimmersport
07-22-2003, 11:28 PM
sonic7 bought his nice 325i 1993 i think for 7300...8300 for a 318! is a rip

sonic07
07-23-2003, 05:14 AM
Originally posted by E46_lover
sonic7 bought his nice 325i 1993 i think for 7300...8300 for a 318! is a rip

true ... :)

1992 325i with 143000km still drive like new or almost ... today i had it on hwy 403 to mississauga bmw at almost 190 km/hr very steady. the dinan chip is working well and so new tires ...


this german engineering is NOT crap ....

money pit .... hmmmm may be perhaps .... depends how nice you want it to look like ....

i used to own 2 harley davidsons .... and that was bottomless money pit ... but again for look ... and status ....

sonic07
07-23-2003, 05:39 AM
Originally posted by audiophilia
Hey Guys:

Need you E36 guys expert advice...

My buddy is wanting to get into a BMW. What do you think of this deal? Any suggestions much appreciated.

Brakes, ball joints, window regulator, etc...any nightmares in waiting?!


nice colour, interior looks clean .....
check inside the trunk lid for rust, underneeth the door, around the sunroof. the only thing that i would NOT buy that car is because the 318 - 4 cyl. i took a test drive one in oakville (private sale) and i couldn't get it up to 100km/hr within one long block even red lining it .... but alot of improvement can be done .....
and if you notice there is no cup holder ... there .... i just bought one from bmw dealer for 170 bucks + taxes with a bit modification to mount it with screw rather than velcro that comes with it .....
but regarless he should be able to pick that up for around 7G's especially with that mileage and then the taxes ... if can write it out for less on paper ....

TiemenT
07-23-2003, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by bmwwade
Stay away from the german crap. Can we say " money pit". Buy japanese. You can get a nice 220hp 300zx for that kind of money.

wich part didn't YOU understand, "stay away from the german crap".. why did you bought a BMW in the first place, and Porsche is german too, so what's your point :moon:

Autotechnica
07-24-2003, 03:03 PM
I'm pretty sure profile gasket was replaced at this point. It would be impossible to drive the car for so long without doing so. It was never covered under warranty because it was just too expensive for the dealer to replace.

Anyways, on the '92 E36 chassis, check for rear sub-frame failures. Common in all 5 speed E36's up until '94 ('93 production date) which had the upgraded reinforced sub-frames. Ask a mechanic to check it out for you. $600-$800 repair job.

Most '92 E36's I've seen are in really shabby condition, and most likely will kill you in repairs. Try to find a newer E36, it will save you money and hassle in the long run.

Bry

audiophilia
07-24-2003, 04:43 PM
Thanks again for all help and suggestions...much appreciated...

danbean123
07-24-2003, 04:59 PM
I don't like the fact that there is racing pedals, it maybe means that the owner drove it hard and taught it was a racing car !

djcontra
07-24-2003, 06:53 PM
Originally posted by danbean123
I don't like the fact that there is racing pedals, it maybe means that the owner drove it hard and taught it was a racing car !

well it was owned by a punk who worked at a donut shop, so what do you expect ? :D
You have a good point though. Always look for signs of modification when you buy from a dealer. If it's privately, dont feel afraid to ask who drove it, and what they may have done to it.