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  1. hi, possible BMW newbie needs a bit of advice 
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    Hi, I could be joining as I am looking to get my first BMW.
    I'm looking at 1999 316iSE models or similar.

    I've seen a couple of dogs, supposedly good condition cars, so was wondering if you experienced BMW owners could suggest some pointers for me?

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    Are there any particular nasties to look out for?
    Is 100k OK on these engines, as most cars in my price range are 100k or so?
    Any common problems I should keep a look out for?

    I'm steering away from obviously chavved up motors, anything with huge spoilers or advert descriptions that contain the words M3 lookalike.

    I'm just looking for a nice straight BMW 316.

    Thanks in advance
     
     

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    hi mate just bought my first e36 on a p plate 124000 miles.
    had to change rear shocks,simple job cost 70 quid for the pair.fitted myself.have to say cant fault it ,great drive good solid car engine/g box feels like new it purrs along its a 318i and im getting 35 to the gallon just pottring around am well pleased.just try and get one with decent history,i was lucky i only paid 450 from autotrader dealer,but its sound. good luck.
     
     

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    Welcome to the forum mate

    Have a browse through the General BMW Discussion section and hit the Search button at the top, loads of information on here for buyers
     
     

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    Thanks for the replies. OK, I'll look through the discussion board, just finding my way around the forum.
     
     

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    OK, got one.

    It's a 316iSE, V plate, bright red with 116k on the clock. BMW SH up to 80k odd. Looks really nice, but as I'm a fussy git, there are a coupe of things.

    The wheels have a healthy dose of kerb rash, which was mentioned in the ad and it could do with a hoover and a bit of T Cut in places, but generally good nick. Drives well, but I think the tracking or front bushes could be iffy as it sometimes tramlines along ruts on the road. No obvious knocking though.

    So far, well pleased, but just a couple of questions.

    1- Regarding the paintwork, is it OK to T Cut BMWs? Do they have a laquer finish, even on solid colours like Red. It's not metallic at all, nice solid red.

    I am thinking it's just a UV fade, like so many red cars seems to have if not polished regularly.

    2- Does the accelerator usually feel like your pushing hydraulics? I realise the pedal is the other way to most other cars, but it seems quite firm and I like a loose pedal myself. It doesn't stick or anything.

    3- The handbrake doesn't want to hold the car, but I'm sure that's just an adjustment, unless you people can tell me different.

    Look forward to hearing back and kind of wishing I don't need to post too often, unlike my Dad with his Renault.
     
     

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    Hi there, regarding the fade... Red beemers are terrible for it arent they...

    We gave my friends 320 a good buff and mop, it came out reallly fresh, we was very supprised

    Accelerator pedals are quite different to other cars, but in this case i think its just normal and going to take some getting used to

    2 of my previous bmws had problems with the handbrake being very high up and not holding the car very well, it was just a case of adjustment, hopefully this will be the case for you

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    I'll be out when it's dry with a bucket of suds and a shammy.

    Need to get the handbrake sorted though, it's really crap. Out with the spanners already.

    Have to say though, at the moment I am really impressed with how a 115k car drives this well.
     
     

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