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Dan Bro
09-16-2003, 11:52 AM
Guys I'm planning to buy a BMW 325i (e36) some of you might know from my previous posts.
I'm just wondering what are some expenses that I will be looking at "if" something breaks.

ex.
fuel pump = $???
M3 swap = $ ???

Could you guys help me out.

Thank you, it is greatlly appreciated

Dan Bro
09-16-2003, 03:56 PM
anybody ???

bmwm5lover
09-16-2003, 04:00 PM
fuel pump for an e30 is 400$(mine is gone), so i wouldnt be surprised if the e36 one was more.
swap is about ~8G with the engine

R_JAY
09-16-2003, 04:08 PM
I'm pretty sure the M3 swap (motor, tranny and labour) will run pretty close to 10g but i'm not sure. Some guys on the board have done it so maybe they can shed some light. You're buying a 325 so you'll need a motor out of a 95 cause it's OBD1. Some will say it's cheaper to just buy an M than to build one.

sonic07
09-17-2003, 05:59 AM
that's for sure to buy an M in what ever year would be cheaper and wiser than to swap one and would never be the same as ....
i got quote from mantis racing $ 3500 on labour alone + what ever parts it takes to complete the job. they also recommend to buy the car that already has what ever you want than to swap one ....

nzer
09-17-2003, 09:33 AM
not sure about e36.. but wouldn't be suprised if its the same:

look to be changing bloody wheel bearings and control arm bearings like almost yearly.

perhaps the water pump, and if not then change it anyway.

some earlier e36s had rear subframe issues. Fixed 94/95 i believe.

sonic07
09-17-2003, 05:08 PM
Originally posted by nzer
not sure about e36.. but wouldn't be suprised if its the same:

look to be changing bloody wheel bearings and control arm bearings like almost yearly.

perhaps the water pump, and if not then change it anyway.

some earlier e36s had rear subframe issues. Fixed 94/95 i believe.

true about the subframe issues. there is a fix for it 40 dollars parts but lots of money on labour. only if you drive the car very very hard and track the car otherwise if it's just a little street racing it should be ok. bmw aware of the problem and redesign on all of the M3 during those years.

SickFinga
09-17-2003, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by nzer
not sure about e36.. but wouldn't be suprised if its the same:

look to be changing bloody wheel bearings and control arm bearings like almost yearly.

perhaps the water pump, and if not then change it anyway.



wheel bearings? never heard about that on e36.

nzer
09-17-2003, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by SickFinga
wheel bearings? never heard about that on e36.

i'd seen some of you e36 boys mention it... anyway .. just a thought.

Dan Bro
09-18-2003, 11:47 AM
I guess my better bet is to send the car that I'm going to buy ,to inspect it by my mechanic, eh ???

thinair
09-18-2003, 10:48 PM
The wheel bearing thing is more if you track your car pretty hard.

Ball joints go often if your car's suspension is stiffer/lower. They're cheap though.