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Old 10-25-2007, 12:17 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by TNation View Post
E36's are junk.
Simply put.
Refer to thread here:

I love BMW's though, don't get me wrong, they are a blast to drive, but price wise and reliability they are SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only buy a Bimmer if its under warranty, and than dump it IMMEDIATELY, when its out of warranty.

As a warning to all those who are thinking of buying one.. Don't buy one unless you can afford the cost of maintenance.
I said it once, I will say it again, maintainence on that car is a bitch..
Ihate it how I never enjoy driving it because I'm afraid of check engine lights, airbag warning lights, keyless entry failure, ABS circuit failure, dead LED bulbs, seatbelt malfunctions, starter motor failure, water pump failure, fan blade dislocation , radiator leakage and failure, fan blade stripping, waterpump assembly failure, loose transmission mounts, alternator failure, battery replacement, ecu errors, control arm bushings loosening, random alarm system malfunctions and errors, tail light failure, fading/blinking HID's, wind noise, damaged clutch cables, fan blade hitting the shroud surrounding it, fan belt tensioner malfunction and sensor failure... etc etc.
all that has happened since August when I bought it. I've spent a ridiculous amount of money fixing it, $4600 dollars since August, and I've had a BMW shop in Calgary fix it. I know the guy and he only charges $60 dollar an hour labor on this stuff for me. If I took it to the stealership, I'm sure i'd be over 7 grand by now.
Simply put, E36 BMW's are POS.
I don't care if you're going to flame me, I went back to Japanese cars, where the cars display doesn't light up like a Christmas tree everytime you start the car. Oh, and they are 1 million times more reliable. I think my new 2000 Lexus GS400 is a five hundred better times car... its been 4 days with it, and GUESS WHAT... NO WARNING OR CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS OR FAILURES... NOTHING>!!!!!

To conclude, I will say one thing. This Bimmerforums board is the most respectful, non-arrogant, and most helpful forum I have ever seen. Most BMW drivers are douches who think their car owns the road, but I haven't seen or heard this attitude here for the most part. Thanks all you guys who helped me out with my many many problems with my E36. I hope you guys all have a good one.. driving your beautiful driving and handling car.. when its not in the shop.

PS: I do have a 2004 X5 and its been relatively problem free, more maintainence obviously than a Japanese, but about only three times the amount. Thing is, I only drive it in winter.... 8000 km a year max... good bye BMW!

Bro, everyone knows that Break My Wallets are a rich man's game. You either do what most of us do, buy and old one and maintain it, or buy or lease a new one, which is even more expensive. This is public knowledge and should have been no surprise to you. I don't know what was on your mind when you bought the car, but if you were looking for reliability, you should have bought a Corolla or Civic. If you bought it to be a baller and impress the people around you, which you certainly did following up with a Lexus, you learned that its takes money to be a baller. If you can't afford to be a baller, stop playing the game. How did you pay for the 8 year old Lexus? A 5 year car loan? Plus, why the hell are you complaining about the reliability of a 10 year old car? E36s ARE 10 TO 16 YEARS OLD!!!! Either way, I hope you matured and aren't as naive as you once were. Regardless, don't blame your naivety on the car or the brand, as you certainly don't understand or appreciate either. You deserve your Lexus, as you certainly don't deserve a BMW. FYI, every auto journalist out there says that the Lexus GS don't come close to my 5 series. If you beg to differ, perhaps I can let you smoke the fumes from my 540's tail pipe.

Last edited by europrince; 10-25-2007 at 12:20 PM.
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