Hello My Name is James — I have owned a E30 for 2 years which is now sold, but looking to stay in the family
Me and my lady want a new car,
(well more her than me as I have a motorbike)
We will only use the car for weekends or just for and if we need it... As I pushbike or walk to work and she does the same or uses her work's van.
So MPG isn't a issue, really. I want something BMW again as with the E30 it was solid and as I look after it reliable.
I am looking at a E36 328i such as this, http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/1815402.htm
Or E46 such as this, http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/1821503.htm
1. Is there a significant service / overall cost involded in a E46 over the E36? I understand the E36 328i is common? so are parts more ready available from specialist etc over say E46 parts?
2. What are the rough service and costs on the 328 engines? more than a 323/325 ? or is it all around the same.
3. And are there major common problems in either? Rear bushes on E46 and Nikosil on the E36?? is that correct?