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Old 07-22-2003, 03:21 PM   #16
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audiophilia;

In all seriousness, the price for that vehicle is a little on the high side. For just under $9,000 you should be able to pick up a 325i. The vehicle would be a good deal if the seller comes down to around $7,000, but again I would do a carfax first- speaking from personal experience- private transactions are just that. Car looks ok though- straight. Fogs are easy to fix, and the steering wheel is correct for that year and model. But is that the cloth (mousehair) int?
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Old 07-22-2003, 03:25 PM   #17
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In all seriousness, the price for that vehicle is a little on the high side. For just under $9,000 you should be able to pick up a 325i.
That's so true! I'm selling my 325i for $8995 right now.
(sorry, I just had to mention that. I need to sell the car asap )
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Old 07-22-2003, 04:04 PM   #18
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That's so true! I'm selling my 325i for $8995 right now.
(sorry, I just had to mention that. I need to sell the car asap )
post some pics man..
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Old 07-22-2003, 04:08 PM   #19
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post some pics man..
Behold! I present to you, my E36 for sale in all it's stockified glory!



Or for $9995, you can get these snazzy rims with it too



(ok I'm dont spamming )
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Old 07-22-2003, 04:14 PM   #20
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I'd pick for $9995, the rims are just awesome... nice pick
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Old 07-22-2003, 04:20 PM   #21
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if you think that germans are making crap, why bother showing up to this forum, why the hell did you bought one for yourself ?
lol I see you didnt dispute the "money pit" comment.
I am on a lot of forums, ferrari, lambhorghini, porsche etc.
What part of his first post didnt you understand? He asked for advice and I gave mine. Sorry it didnt agree with yours.
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Old 07-22-2003, 04:33 PM   #22
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Early M42 (1.8 4-cylinder) had profile gasket issues [read: $$$]. Get evidence that the profile gasket was replaced on that car. See here:

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/eng...asket_faq.html

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Old 07-22-2003, 06:08 PM   #23
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lol I see you didnt dispute the "money pit" comment.
I am on a lot of forums, ferrari, lambhorghini, porsche etc.
What part of his first post didnt you understand? He asked for advice and I gave mine. Sorry it didnt agree with yours.
i think he's wondering more why you'd say german cars are "money pits" when you have one yourself, and yeah i agree with you, my bimmer put a HUGE hole in my wallet

anyway i think $8300 is a bit steep for a 92 318i...it'd be great if you could talk him down to say, 6500-7000 (7500 at the most) or better yet, buy Contra's! the extra power of the 325 is well worth the $695 difference
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Old 07-22-2003, 06:46 PM   #24
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Thanks for the heads up guys. My buddy really would like to get into the BMW scene, but is a 'civilian'. Read: he's nervous. Rightly so, I would think. But once you drive one, that's it!!! Personally, I'd take the chance...

Can't wait to get an E30 for my kids and do it up...another buddy got a steel grey 325i in good shape for 2Gs.
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Old 07-22-2003, 10:28 PM   #25
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sonic7 bought his nice 325i 1993 i think for 7300...8300 for a 318! is a rip
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Old 07-23-2003, 04:14 AM   #26
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sonic7 bought his nice 325i 1993 i think for 7300...8300 for a 318! is a rip
true ...

1992 325i with 143000km still drive like new or almost ... today i had it on hwy 403 to mississauga bmw at almost 190 km/hr very steady. the dinan chip is working well and so new tires ...


this german engineering is NOT crap ....

money pit .... hmmmm may be perhaps .... depends how nice you want it to look like ....

i used to own 2 harley davidsons .... and that was bottomless money pit ... but again for look ... and status ....
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Old 07-23-2003, 04:39 AM   #27
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Re: E36 -- to good to be true?

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Hey Guys:

Need you E36 guys expert advice...

My buddy is wanting to get into a BMW. What do you think of this deal? Any suggestions much appreciated.

Brakes, ball joints, window regulator, etc...any nightmares in waiting?!
nice colour, interior looks clean .....
check inside the trunk lid for rust, underneeth the door, around the sunroof. the only thing that i would NOT buy that car is because the 318 - 4 cyl. i took a test drive one in oakville (private sale) and i couldn't get it up to 100km/hr within one long block even red lining it .... but alot of improvement can be done .....
and if you notice there is no cup holder ... there .... i just bought one from bmw dealer for 170 bucks + taxes with a bit modification to mount it with screw rather than velcro that comes with it .....
but regarless he should be able to pick that up for around 7G's especially with that mileage and then the taxes ... if can write it out for less on paper ....
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Old 07-23-2003, 10:41 AM   #28
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Stay away from the german crap. Can we say " money pit". Buy japanese. You can get a nice 220hp 300zx for that kind of money.
wich part didn't YOU understand, "stay away from the german crap".. why did you bought a BMW in the first place, and Porsche is german too, so what's your point
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Old 07-24-2003, 02:03 PM   #29
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I'm pretty sure profile gasket was replaced at this point. It would be impossible to drive the car for so long without doing so. It was never covered under warranty because it was just too expensive for the dealer to replace.

Anyways, on the '92 E36 chassis, check for rear sub-frame failures. Common in all 5 speed E36's up until '94 ('93 production date) which had the upgraded reinforced sub-frames. Ask a mechanic to check it out for you. $600-$800 repair job.

Most '92 E36's I've seen are in really shabby condition, and most likely will kill you in repairs. Try to find a newer E36, it will save you money and hassle in the long run.

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Thanks again for all help and suggestions...much appreciated...
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