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?
£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.
The E36 have chains do they not. Anything to look out for when looking at a E36?
All e36's are chain driven.
Some things to look out for...
E36 Compact http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar...pact-e36-1994/
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
- Head lamp switch illumination out Replaced bulb 06/12/2011
- Near side dipped beam out Replaced bulb 16/12/2011
- The flexible material around the cruise stalk keeps sticking an end out Healed itself 24/12/2012 not sure exactly when
- Boot lock button sticking Fixed 24/12/2011 WD40'd and worked in and out a few times
- 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
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!!
Oh and welcome btw
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.
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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