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    Hi and welcome along to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you on board.

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    Is the E46 3 series available in a 1.6/1.8i engine?
    1.6l no, not in the UK, 316i with a 1.9 engine yes.

    1.8l no, 318i is really a 1.9 or a 2.0l if you get the horrid 16 valve lump.
     
     

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    So whats the best all rounder value and maintenance wise. 316i/318i E46 or the E36? And less prone to through up large repair bills?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by kPATm View Post
    Well. Im a member of another forum that has a very active Motor section. I have been asking what car would be suitable for me with a budget of £2k and would be reliable and not cost a fortune to keep on the road. As soon as I mentioned the 3 series I was shot down in flames. Why do so many people have a problem with these cars are they really that much of a hassle to keep on the road?
    Depends how oyu spend the money. Buy a £500 car you can replace it 4 times.


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    £2000 will get you a 318ti E36 or 318ti E36 Coupe easily and you will have money to play with.

    E46 wise, £2000 will get you a higher mileage(100,000 miles plus) that won't be great. Will be scraping the barrel IMO.
     
     

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    The E36 have chains do they not. Anything to look out for when looking at a E36?
     
     

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    All e36's are chain driven.

    Some things to look out for...

    E36 http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar...ries-e36-1991/

    E36 Compact http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar...pact-e36-1994/
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    £2000 will get you a 318ti E36 or 318ti E36 Coupe easily
    Bought my 328 Coupe 12 December 2009 for £950

    33K miles later it's had six tyres, had two soon after I got it and has plenty of meat left on the current 4.
    Barring that it has had the below done:
    • ICV and / or MAF might need a clean Maf cleaned 14/04/2011
    • Bonnet release going (cable outer rusted and shortening) Replaced 16/04/2011 BMW £17 approx
    • Offside front fog lamp leaking Replaced Star Wars day 2011 £15 Well known auction site
    • Front anti-roll bar links (again) Replaced 18/06/2011 £8.99 ebay (previosly had a set from a motor facotr for £18 that only lasted a year
    • Air-Con not working Fixed 01/10/2011 by regassing £50 approx
    • Drivers side bowden cable snapped Fixed 03/11/2011 turned out to be a clip had fallen off the end of the cable outer, fixed in situ
    • Thermostat, runs at 1/4 when it's -10 Replaced 07/11/2011 £20+ pattern part £23 housing (not actually required) £2+ gasket
    • Flap in one tail pipe seized shut (has been since I got it) Fixed 08/11/2011 After 23 months it took 10 minutes to do
    • Needs service Oil and filters 04/06/2011 Down to orange light again so needs doing again soon £6 filter £41 enough oil for three services
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    • Drivers door handle sticking up Fixed 24/12/2011 WD40'd and worked up and down a for 5 minutes

    As you can see most of the stuff didn't neet doing to keep the car roadworthy.
    it's also had a set of lollipop bushes £23 and a set of RTABS again£20+


    Sometimes ownership is expensive because people go over the top


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    I think potentially you can get a lot of car for your money with an e36... But I think you really gotta have some love for the style and marque for it to be worth your while... Finding a good one would hardest part IMO!! I would never buy one as any kind of money saving exercise!! I guess what I'm trying to say that for £1500 you cant expect an issues free car but you could do a hell of a lot worse with an Audi, merc vw Nissan etc. I know that with mine although it rattles clunks and shakes it doesn't take much to keep it road legal and it will get me to work am back 99% of the time without asking for anything other than petrol!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckb View Post
    what I'm trying to say that for £1500 you cant expect an issues free car
    For £1500 you might actually get a really nice car as people are afraid of the petrol bills, or you might get one that is no better than mine, just has nicer sport bumpers etc.

    My wife's 325 cost £600 with MOT 18 months ago. It has had a lambda sensor for I think £58 and I splashed out £140 for the rear shocks as it had factory M suspension so I got the exact parts through a cheaper than dealer route. I could just have spent £60 on generic ones from a motor factor. It's had disks, shoes and pads all around before last MOT which I think was £100 ish and I could have bought cheaper but I like my brakes to be reassuringly expensive. It's had the £8.99 anti roll bar drop links too and a £23 Febi wheel bearing aith about £7 of BMW drive shaft nut and bearing circlip.

    You do not have to be able to afford to fix a car that you can afford to replace and a good way to mitigate the risk of buying an old car is to save enough money to replace it.


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    Are these cars thirsty then. Either the 316i or the 318i. I had a 2.5l Subaru Legacy up until last month?
     
     

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