View Full Version : e36 owners, please look!

07-02-2005, 08:42 PM
how much have you guys spent, on average, in repair bills per year?

07-02-2005, 09:36 PM
so far, averaging out to $700/yr. That included a new tranny tho. :(

07-02-2005, 09:51 PM
I easily spent over $5g's on maintenance on my old E36 over the 2 years I owned it *mumble*

07-02-2005, 09:53 PM
see, thats why im steering away from getting one... i read of a guy on this board spending 7000 in one year....

Justin e36
07-02-2005, 10:19 PM
this should be in the e36 forum. ;)

Aside from the usual maintenance (oil, belts, tires, brakes) I've spent maybe around $1000 on my 1992 318i in the past 3 years. This was for... ball joints, thermostat, windshield wiper transmission, sunroof cartridge.

All the other $$$ I spend on my e36 is things that I upgraded.. (i.e. suspension, rims, tires, lighting, bodykit, bodywork, paint, system, etc.)

e36's are very very cheap cars to maintain.. they're old, they're all over scrap yards... parts are dime a dozen. Aftermarket parts are where it gets pricy.. but again, this holds true even if you have a Honda.


07-02-2005, 10:21 PM
quit ur complaining! ****ing buy the car! honestly how long have u been saying u wanted it, just do it!!! lol

07-02-2005, 10:39 PM
hzhahaha ya i know, but also the other hand of the deal is that if i get a car i need to sell my sea doo ... :(

07-03-2005, 12:16 AM
95 e36 m42 - new tires, new springs. that's it

07-03-2005, 01:19 AM
If you really want an E36 then do this. I think remember you liking the coupe so you should look for a 98 or 99. I'm seeing a few 99's popping up in the trader lately. The higher the year the better chance you have of finding one with an up to date service record.

Don't be scared man. The first year I had my car I did spend alot on it but the only major problem i've had in the last two years was the fuel pump which only cost me $250 and 45 minutes in the driveway. My car is a 92 with almost 240k btw :)

07-03-2005, 01:28 AM
Warranty has covered most of my repairs.... i payed for new suspension and soon i will pay for a new windshield. Less then 1k of my money put into fixing it.

07-03-2005, 06:57 AM
1st year Fuel pump $235
2nd year no repair bills however lot's of mods, however the mods caused me lots of headaches and not to mention money.
3rd year MAFS $525 and TPS $122

Comparing this to my 92 318IS. Had her for over 10 years and averaged about $300 a year for up keep.

07-03-2005, 10:22 AM
alright, thanks guys :)

07-03-2005, 03:06 PM
Depends if you buy a good example or not!

my old one-owner, full dealer service history, 95 318is - drove it for one year and other than a couple oil changes, I replaced a fuel line for $12 :) Drove like new, would do 190km/h all day long and not complain.


my last e36 - a nightmare one-owner 1993 325is that turned out to be a shitbox. $1000 in the first week + it needed Cats on top of that... :(

If you buy wisely you will love the car and it will be cheap to run. If you buy on impulse from the wrong seller.....

07-03-2005, 05:08 PM
first year ive had it ands its cost me 900 for new tranny + labour...so like 1500 total..but other then that...ive fixed a few problems myself

07-03-2005, 05:37 PM
I'va had mine for 5,6 months now...?

to pass safety:
-cluster bulb
-rear tail light
- loose heatshield

how it passed got me as I needed
a suspension, struts springs (got coil overs)
tie rods, ball joints, control arm bushings
a muffler mines split open & the top has rusted off :D
motor is tight though not a leak anywhere

maintenance stuff// but knowing cars helps Rodo
I kinda knew what i was getting into.
I can't even get mad as i got this car sooo cheap that
an expectation of mechanical failures was in my mind :cool:

Find a good Euro specialist that will spot things...
so you know what you're getting into...

also there should be some good deals come fall..

07-03-2005, 08:53 PM
here buy this http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56099

07-04-2005, 12:43 AM
hahah i change my mind like the weather channel changes its forecast. Im not getting an e36 :P

07-05-2005, 10:45 PM
why would you when you already have an 04 325i? lol I was kinda wondering that when you first posted ...

07-05-2005, 11:11 PM
because its my dads, although its gona be pretty much mine :)

07-05-2005, 11:28 PM
Some people have had problems with there E36 but it's like that with any used car, you can never tell when they need something fixed...

This my 3rd year with my E36

first year-Rack and Pinion $700
Second year-Tires $600 + Block heater
This year-Brakes $600 + Balljoint $70

I bought the car at 221,000km and I'm at 250,XXXkm

07-06-2005, 12:42 AM
Honestly, aside from the yearly set of tires, not much. (not including unnecessary mods)

I swapped my water pump, thermostat, spark plugs, microfilter, fuel filter, control arm bushings, and ball joints since I've owned my car (3 years now).

Plus fluid changes, etc, etc.

My car has been fairly issue free actually. I'm pretty happy with the purchase.