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Rasputin
10-14-2005, 10:28 PM
Hi Guys,

I havent posted much since i joined maxbimmer, usually read all the threads and check out awesome rides members have here, some people have great tastes *mw* . I owned 1995 325is about a year ago but only for a short time had to sell it, now i have the opportunity to buy another bmw a 1998 328is. My question since i never drove a 328is how does it compare to a 325is does the 2.8l engine have more noticible grunt, i know they have more torque that the 325is. The car that i am going to go take a look at has 122,000km its a 1998 328Is M package, the owner so far replaced: New Brakes,New Rotors,New Sensors(dont know which have to ask when i got see it) New climate control system, New tie rod ends, new motors for power windows. What else should i look out for in particular if i decide to buy it, i will take it to an inspection at a local bmw dealership. What would be a fair price for this car. any imput will be appreciated. Thanks *th-up*

Rasputin
10-16-2005, 06:15 PM
anybody????

328is_Perf
10-16-2005, 11:14 PM
well .. look for powersteering fluid tank leaks .. guaranteed to be there ... no big deal though $5 fix DIY... but just a thing to point out to reduce the price...

cold idle should be relatively smooth .. too rough is not the best thing .. it will be a little rough .. it's just how the car is.... those engines last forever, so you shouldn't have much problems with that .. there isn't much to look for differently from the 325... the 328is is definitely way quicker than the 325is

theyre very nice... i'm on my 2nd 328is (RIP 1st) .. and my brother has one also


auto or manual?

NIMA
10-16-2005, 11:44 PM
I have the same car..........been very happy with it since buying it 2 yrs ago............it seems like the one you're looking at has had all the usual things done ( climate control, tie rods, etc.)..........also check the ball joints and make sure it wasn't an accident repair vehicle..........as for price, I say offer around $ 15,000.........

Rasputin
10-17-2005, 01:09 AM
Thanks for the replies guys, yes its a 5spd, the seller is asking 18,999obo i live in alberta, i think car prices here are a bit more expensive than overe there in the east. I took it for a test drive tonight and it rode very nicely engine was very smooth and also way quieter than on my old 325is the wasnt that much ticking noise from the valve train, only thing i could notice was if i turned the wheel to the right and then left when the car leaned over to eather side i heard sort of muffeld rubbing noise any idea what that could be other than that i was very happy the way it drove. Another question is how much do you guys spend a year on maintenace, just want to get an idea since i drive an acura right now and havent had any problems for over a year besides oil changes, i know that bmw are solid cars but they do require proper maintanace.

komodo9
10-17-2005, 02:54 PM
E36 Common Faults FAQ (http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/thread3824.html)

There's collection of a lot of things to look out for when buying a new used car. :)

e36chick
10-17-2005, 03:52 PM
price is too high...i paid 14500 + tx for mine in april...

propr'one
10-17-2005, 06:06 PM
i paid like 9500 for my 4dr 98 5spd 328i sport package. 166Kms, needed a few minor things done, repairs less than 1000$. (i paid that price last week)

///MsAniTy
10-17-2005, 06:51 PM
I would honestly say your best bet is not to buy that car. I would If I was in your situation come down to toronto and buy a car and then drive it back or somthing along those lines. You would atleast save 5g's+ on your car and you could even check out the e36 m3/4 for sale in the F/S section going for about 22 I beleive

Rasputin
10-17-2005, 10:58 PM
thanks for the replies, damm looks like there are alot of problems associated with e36 that i didnt know about.

seberschlag
10-18-2005, 11:13 AM
hey rasputin let me know if you'd like to see pics of my car it is for sale here on Max and only has 50000kms
send me your e-mail if you want to see.

komodo9
10-18-2005, 01:30 PM
thanks for the replies, damm looks like there are alot of problems associated with e36 that i didnt know about.

Most of those problems are pretty rare, don't let it scare you off... that list is just trying to be as comprehensive as possible.

If you preform good maintenance on your car and treat it right, it'll last forever. *wave*

328is_Perf
10-19-2005, 12:16 AM
and most of those are pre 96 model faults .. they fixed a lot on the 96 and up

still have the bubbles on doorpanels, and i fixed the power steering leak, and the window problem was fixed by lubrication