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Old 01-19-2009, 01:55 PM   #61
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Take it to a mechanic and get a Pre-purchase inspection done on it. The 100$ or so it will cost you may pay off in the long run, especially considering you say you can't do the work by yourself.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:11 PM   #62
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Take it to a mechanic and get a Pre-purchase inspection done on it. The 100$ or so it will cost you may pay off in the long run, especially considering you say you can't do the work by yourself.
after i take an initial look definietly do the ppi... anybody know where to do it in kitchener?
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:57 PM   #63
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well i went today and it was a big waste of time..

i learned a lot about car deals today lol..

took lots of pics.. i'll provide a link if anyone wants to check it out..

when i showed up... the car was COVERED in snow.. like 1 foot of snow.. it's been parked outside for about 2 months with this owner and supposedly 3 months with the previous owner..

the KM's were 191 and not 160, the car was repainting which is why it was so shiny...

he did give me the details from princess auto some guy names Hans gave him a full list of when needed to be done... (pretty much what he told me)

anyway after we spent 10 mins getting off the snow.. he didn't have the keys and had to go get them...

when he got back the car wouldn't start... sounded like it wouldn't even turn..so we hooked a external booster battery up to it but still nothing..

just a long whine noise... no "clicking" and "turning" if that's what it's called... and the wipers went crazy and just kept going but wouldn't turn off lol...
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:02 AM   #64
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Doesn't sound he was too motivated to sell it if the snow wasn't even cleared off...
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:17 AM   #65
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Ya dude doesn't value your time, don't give him your money.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:52 AM   #66
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here's about 40 pics.. i had nothing else to do when waiting for him to get the keys lol

http://profile.imageshack.us/user/bm...scn2753rx3.jpg
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:55 AM   #67
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well i went today and it was a big waste of time..

Well that's a bummer

You gotta keep searching I guess. Like somebody said here, don't rush.

You probably learned in the process too, now you know what to watch out for for your next one.
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guys... just a quick question.. i see a lot of e36's for sale and in most cases the prices are more or less the same or cheaper...

is it just because those cars are move available then the older e30's?
i'm thinking of expanding my search into the 92-98 range
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:18 AM   #69
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Not a bad idea.

Newer, reliable, less for you to fix (well depends on the condition)

+ I remember you wanted a convertible (I think), and e36 verts look good in my opinion
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:23 AM   #70
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guys... just a quick question.. i see a lot of e36's for sale and in most cases the prices are more or less the same or cheaper...

is it just because those cars are move available then the older e30's?
i'm thinking of expanding my search into the 92-98 range
your opening a old debate between the 2 cars, I would say they had better (motor technology has always advanced)motors and thats about it. The E36 weighed more, has a weaker frame design(they couldn't make a vert till 94 or 95 and had to keep making the E30vert), and mostly a similar suspension.

The major deciding factor between the two cars when buying one is...do you like round or square???

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:29 AM   #71
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The major deciding factor between the two cars when buying one is...do you like round or square???
TRUE, that's why I got mine
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:19 AM   #72
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anybody got thoughts in this guy?

http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-cars-ve...QAdIdZ77948408
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your opening a old debate between the 2 cars, I would say they had better (motor technology has always advanced)motors and thats about it. The E36 weighed more, has a weaker frame design(they couldn't make a vert till 94 or 95 and had to keep making the E30vert), and mostly a similar suspension.

The major deciding factor between the two cars when buying one is...do you like round or square???


The e36 has a significantly more advanced rear suspension....

I'm not sure I could in good concience recommend any older BMW to someone who will be paying to have the work done. I've never owned a car that cost only $500/annum in maintenance, and that includes a 2003 Protege I bought with 90k. And that's doing the work myself. (I track all the maintenance on my cars, the 325e has been cheaper to run than the Protege so far, but has needed a lot of little things that were cheap to do myself, but $$$ to have a mechanic do)

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The e36 has a significantly more advanced rear suspension....

I'm not sure I could in good concience recommend any older BMW to someone who will be paying to have the work done. I've never owned a car that cost only $500/annum in maintenance, and that includes a 2003 Protege I bought with 90k. And that's doing the work myself. (I track all the maintenance on my cars, the 325e has been cheaper to run than the Protege so far, but has needed a lot of little things that were cheap to do myself, but $$$ to have a mechanic do)

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The E36 rear suspension used half of its parts from the E30, so yesthe are similar and quite a common swap to the E30.

I did not recomend an older car to someone, I gave him deciding points to help decide, my concience is clear.
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Looks alright. It's winter now though, so you gotta ask where is the car now?
If it's sitting in a pile of snow, like the one you cheked out before, well thats no good.

Some negatives: chrome bumpers (diving boards) - depends on the personal preference though. Price is a bit high for the kilometers, but it looks mint, so maybe it was maintained properly. Auto trans + high milage = sketchy.

Some positives: no e-test required - less problems. In my opinion convertible and automatic go together nicely.
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