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Old 07-15-2014, 12:45 AM   #1
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What to Look for?

New guy here to the forums. Couldn't find a place to make an introduction (if someone could link me to that section if there is one on here. That would be great)

Anyways. I'm finally looking into buying a E36. And figured here would be the best place to get some questions answered.

I've personally loved these car's for a long time. And have wanted one for just as long. I drive my friends nuts by talking about wanting one. Well now is officially the time.

I'm trying my best to learn as much as I can here. So I hope everyone can bear with me. Anyways. I've been on the hunt for a 36 for a while now. Always checking the inter webs. Some might say I'm crazy. But I hope to find a relatively clean E36, for under the $7k mark with reasonable mileage. Coupe/Sedan, Really doesn't matter to me. No verts. 5 Speed would be awesome, but Auto would do for now. (could always do the swap later) and anything but a 318i..... Sure the price range may sound unrealistic, for what i want. But I'm sure I can find SOMETHING.

Anyways. I've found a few car's I'm planning on going and checking out shortly. And right now. All i really know what to check/look for is the following. (just by reading what I've found online over the last little while)

Wheel Arches
Rear Boot lid
Bottoms of the front fenders
Rear strut towers (inside the trunk)
Rear sub frame mounts
Rear sub frame itself

And all the other usual things you should look for in a used car. Such as how well the car runs and drives.

I know I'm not going to find a 100% showroom condition car. I can deal with small amounts of rust. As long as 1/4panels arn't rotted away (or any other part of the body for that matter). Or it needs a-lot of mechanical repairs to be considered "road worthy"

If anybody else could help me out with key specific things to look for in a E36 when I go to check em out. That would be awesome. Like I said. I'm here to learn.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:46 AM   #2
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Also. If this is the wrong spot for this post, could a mod please be so kind and move it to the correct place. Thanks.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:17 AM   #3
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Welcome to Max! It sounds like you have a very good idea of what you are doing, and the price is not at all unrealistic, just takes TIME! (like all good things). Not like you are expecting a rust free E30 for under $2000! lol
As you know, rust is issue #1 for any Canadian car. Find something as original as possible (no accidents or repaints at all). Millage is irrelevant, if well maintained, as much records as possible. But E36's are very simple, pretty bullitproof by todays standards. Just take your time, and good luck!
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:45 PM   #4
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My one piece of advice is don't rush. It took me over a year to find my car and its still not really the "perfect" one. I got a really good price on it, but it needs quite a bit of TLC to get it where I want it to be. Don't just jump on one because you're tired of waiting.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:36 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.

And I know. I'm trying not to rush things. I think I'm really going to start the hunt soon for one.

Would really love to find a Dakar Yellow M3.... But I think I might have to shell out a few more bones for that.

I got looking through some older Classified ad's for M3's, and alot of them sparked my interested. Until i read "sold" lol.

Looks like the good clean ones, don't stick around for sale too long!
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