View Full Version : Thinking about an e-36

07-14-2005, 10:03 AM
I'm looking at a '93 318 here in Mtl...and would like to pick some brains. I am going to have the car checked by the CAA tech centre here on Monday...but I'm also wondering whether there is anything in particular they and I should be looking for. Its got 152 k on it, plus a little rust, but nothing serious. Its a 5 speed and it **seems** to have been maintained although the guy who owns it isn't a bimmer freak so I don't think he has records.
Any help appreciated.

07-14-2005, 12:03 PM
Be sure to check and see if rear subframe has been re-enforced.

07-14-2005, 02:53 PM
e36's are great cars man, i obsessed over my 325i, but now its gone (the thread is in off-topic). i gurantee you will catch grief on here because you want a 318... but if you really like it, go for it man. However, in time, you will get bit by the performance bug and want something more powerful...its only a matter of time...lol...good luck with your search!

Justin e36
07-14-2005, 05:05 PM
318 auto's stay away from.. but the manual's aren't so bad.. .they can hold up with a 325 auto's.. they're rev happy engines, just don't be afraid to let that needle point up.

07-16-2005, 09:28 AM
Be sure to check and see if rear subframe has been re-enforced.

OK how can I tell ? Anybody got pics or links ??

Its not so much I want a 318 as the car I can afford is a 318...at least it's a 5 speed, but I am going to have to find a new cover for the drivers seat, its getting a little threadbare. Assuming of course I buy it ( asking $4900).


07-16-2005, 12:02 PM
Pull out the mat over the spare tire and see if the metal has stress marks or is simply just cracked anywere in the trunk. Then look underneath the car were the rear subframe attaches to the car itself (the part that holds the diff casing) is still attached not excesivly rusty or twisted bent ect...

07-16-2005, 02:12 PM
because of the mileage, please allow yourself a budget to replace the clutch. You won't regret it.

07-17-2005, 04:27 PM
because of the mileage, please allow yourself a budget to replace the clutch. You won't regret it.

I planned to do that --- I figure $600 should cover it at a well-respected foreign car repair place in Montreal. I will also check out the rear subframe myself, as was suggested here.

Do the '93+ 4 cylinder engines still have that profile gasket problem ?? I have also found a '95 318i with about the same mileage which I am also now considering. He's asking $6000. It has about the same rust problems as the '93..which would you say is the better buy?

07-17-2005, 04:46 PM
hmmm, hard to say for me personally, bring a digi and snap some pics of these....lol... but a '95 witht the same rust issues as the '93?...makes me wonder if that guy took care of it as well as the owner of the other one did.

07-17-2005, 09:26 PM
Yes all M42 motors for the E36 have this problem with the profile gasket. Chances are though if over 140 K it's been fixed already.

07-18-2005, 10:53 AM
Good advice from all - thank to everyone for their suggestions ---wish me luck :)

07-19-2005, 05:12 PM
i loved my 318 when i had it.
But i love my 325 more

07-19-2005, 06:12 PM
My only suggestion would be to add "dont be affraid to bargain" My buddy just tried selling a mint 325is and ended up giving it away. E36s are getting old and prices are dropping.

I would offer $3500 for that 93 and go from there.

08-09-2005, 10:59 AM
Well after a lot of soul searching...picked up the '95 318 for $4500. 165k, new battery (from BMW!! he paid close to $300), new MAF sensor ( still has a stalling problem ) and 4 winter tires for $4500. The only rust is on the left quarter panel over the rear wheel....car was hit in a mall parking lot there years ago and repaired. It's a 4 door (which I am not crazy about but..) It needs front struts because the right one is at 30% (had car checked by CAA)...but other than that it's nice. **Mint** interior...glossy paint...smooth engine/clutch (when it's not stalling.. actually it only stalls first thing in the morning...and only for a 30 second period).

Anyway I am still pleased....needless to say it's my first bimmer....hopefully not my last. My next will be a 325is

08-09-2005, 03:51 PM
Good buy man...I paid 9G's for my 94 318is back in 03 with 220km....belive it or not dealers were asking 15k+ for the same car.......

You'll enjoy it and then you'll get sick of it......and end up kicking yourself in the ass for not buying a 325......Sorry that's just me.....

Still a good score...I was looking at a 92 325I for a winter beater for $5G's..a little rust and that's it...but it's auto....

We'll have to make a meet between the Ottawa guys and Montreal guys soon....Road Trip!!!