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Old 03-24-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
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Need Help!!! E36 m3 question

Hello everybody, this is actually my first time posting so bear with me. I have been without a car for a couple of months now. I had a 2001 330i great car, loved it, it had 170,000 miles on it and it still drove like brand new , long story short i was in a accident and it was totaled . Now ive been looking for a replacement, and i really would like a M3. Ive found a E36 m3 1999 black on nappa gray leather, 52,000. It's in great shape overall, no modifications, and the seller said no problems with Rsm's. He's asking a lot i think, 16999 obo, im not planning on giving him what he wants. I was thinking 14500-15000, but anyway, I ran an autocheck and it came up clean. The E46 M3 is what i really want but because of school and just a lack of funds i cant afford one right now. Someday! Sry! Got off track. So, what my questions are; Are they good cars? Reliability? I am a student and i do drive a lot, so i want a car that's not going to end up in the shop every couple of months. I love taking care of my cars, and i do all maintnance on my own. Is it going to be much more expensive than the e46 330i to maintain? Im sorry for my rambling on, i wanted to thank everybody from now for their responses. It is much appreciated!
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:49 AM   #2
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E36 M3's are fantastic fun to drive even today. I owned a 97 M3 years ago. It was pretty trouble-free. The earlier E36 M3's had several issues mechanically as well as electrical, but the later models were a ton more reliable. It's going to feel lighter and sharper than your 330- especially the steering.

Make sure you take it to a mechanic to get the car inspected. E36 M3's that are clean, low mileage, and in good shape are getting harder and harder to find. You'll def. pay more for a well maintained low mileage one. Long term, the maintenance costs on the E36 models is a LOT cheaper than any of the E46 vehicles.

Insurance (for me anyway) was about the same as my 330Ci.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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That seems pretty high, almost into E46 M3 territory (well, shitty E46 M3 territory at least). I've heard great things about the E36 M3s, though, and as much as I love the E46 body style, I'd probably get an E36 M if I did it again.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:04 PM   #4
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