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jedeye 07-17-2011 09:41 PM

E36 M3 - what do you consider high KMs?
Hey I know there's probably a thread for this already buut I couldn't find it SO..

I'm looking for an E36 M3 and am wondering what you consider to be high KMs? I know that BMW engines comfortably pass 300K soo what exactly is different about the E36 M3 that makes people get weary of ~200K+ ??

Also what service records and part replacements should I look for?



Vrbovsky 07-17-2011 10:35 PM

wow you're over the e30's already? that was fast... :D

jedeye 07-17-2011 10:36 PM

hahaha dammit you found me ! but really though i'm looking for an '89 E30 (such as yours) or an E36 M3... all depends on what i can find. /can you e-mail me some more deets about your E30 pleaseeee !!

Vrbovsky 07-17-2011 10:44 PM

not sure im going to sell it... I think i've spent too many hours crawling around under it to let it go so soon.

an e36 m3 is a sweet f-ing ride. But its much more expensive to insure and maintain than an e30. you'll be able to find tons of used parts and junked e30s in the wreckers while m3 not so much.

just be patient, with 4 or 5k you'll get a very nice e30 to start off with.

SiR 07-17-2011 11:20 PM

how is the e36 cost more to maintain?
parts are also easy to get. At least 2-3 guys on here that can get/have them them plus all the online vendors...or the dealer if you have to go there.

If the engine is in good shape/running order I would be more concerned with maintenance being up to date that the mileage number. The engine will run a long time.

maintenance means much more than the number. Id take some higher mileage and complete maintenance over low mileage and no maintenance.
200k is fine provided the car was cared for.

things to watch for

Vrbovsky 07-18-2011 06:30 AM

Ever owned an e30?

I didn't say the e36 was more expensive I said the M3 was more expensive, please don't missquote.
Please don't try to argue that an e36 m3 is cheaper to maintain than an e30 325is.
Its not helpful to new enthusiasts.

Vrbovsky 07-18-2011 07:43 AM

Furthermore for 9gees you'd get a stock m3 or a very sharp very unique S50 swaped e30

jedeye 07-18-2011 11:16 AM

Thanks for the help guys. My decision basically depends on what I find.. IF I find a solid E30 I'll go with that, but I'd really love to join the M family with an E36 - again IF I find a solid one I'll go with that !

@SiR thanks for the link !

Mystikal 07-18-2011 12:32 PM

Mine had 300k when I sold it. It was dead reliable up to that point.

1BADBMR 07-18-2011 03:47 PM

I got 230,000kms on the 0D and still going strong.

BmW1819 07-18-2011 09:25 PM

it really depends on how often they change the oil and used the right fuel cause i bought my car at 245,000 now have 255,000 and burning oil like crazy so it's getting a over haul right now :) make sure u do a leak down test and compression test on it when u buy it that way u don't have to worry

SiR 07-18-2011 10:33 PM

an s50 e30 is unique?

arguably the older the car the more it costs to maintain...all depending on history of course.

part prices arent bad for an all

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