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    Hello all!

    I`m new to the BMW scene and am yet to even drive a zimmer yet.

    I am thinking of getting into an E36 over the next few months but wanted to give myself enough time to do a little research on what options i have with regards to engine size, year, etc etc and what is best.

    I only have a budget of a couple of grand so unfortuantly M£ is outta the question

    Fuel consumption isn`t really an issue(to an extent) as i only work a couple of miles away from home but servicing costs are (reliabilty?)

    Anything you can advise me on would be greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome to the forum mate.
     
     

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    Welcome. Am sure we can make the research really easy. In fact, just buy a late 1998/1999 328 sport (make sure it's build date is post March 1998).

    With a couple of grand you can really take your pic of E36's. Actually M3's are only a couple of grand.... Or you could get a 328 and a couple of choice mods...

    Looking forward to continuing this conversation in the forums
     
     

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    Cheers thanks for info!

    Ive noticed tht the majority of 328 are auto! Is that the case?
     
     

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    There are a lot of autos and the engines characteristics are well suited to it. However, there are probably more manuals out there.

    I had a manual 328 sport and it was a great car.

    Another tip, I won't go into it in too much detail here but have a search for information about Nikasil. Very quickly the early 328's (and other 6 pot BMW's) were susceptible to increased bore wear due to high sulphur fuels due to nikasil bore linings. Short answer is it's safer to look at the later 328's!

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    ok nice one!

    I have done a bit of looking around and have come across this topic. Obviously reliabilty is an issue for me.

    It appears there is an ongoing divide between 328 and 325 so won`t bring that up, but is the 325 aso a good option?

    I think i have decided on a coupe aswell.

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    hi and welcome. i am new too so i am probably not the best person to answer your problem i wanted a "M" but decided against the insurance hike and spent a couple of months looking for an e36 325i coupe and looked at and drove lots in the end i bought a 328i?? with some extras and FBMWSH for a little over £2000. drive lots and dont be scared to walk away. anything built after march 1998 should be ok regarding "nikasil" issue. as for auto/manual debate i had only driven manual but mine is an auto and i love it! as stated earlier it suits an switchable auto box easy to drive still got great umph when needed to blow away boy/girl racers guess it is personal preference try driving both! cheers marc
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    get yourself a nice e36 325i coupe mines brilliant, not that bad on juice or insurance!!
     
     

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    The 325 is a good choice, as is the 323!

    Plenty of options for moding the 328 to give you even more power if needs be.

    As you have seen you can lucky and get a tidy individual 328 sport for £2000

    Must admit I wouldn't have sold my individual 1998 328 sport for less than £4k (not that I would have got that!), I got £3500 for it from the insurance company in March.
     
     

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    Wht u mean by individual?

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