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    Hi,

    Im Robbie, live in the midlands and joined up to get some pointers and tips on buying an e36 3 series, what to look out for, commen problems etc, iv have only got around 500-900 to spend on the base but over time will improve various things =)

    Thanks any help would be much appreciated

    Robbie
     
     

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    With a budget of that size, be prepared to roll your sleeves up and a few months of devotion.

    You may be able to pick up a write off/non runner for that price and turn it into a decent project.

    Things to keep an eye on would be waterpump/thermostat/radiator (around the bottle part which can be prone to budge) then little things like wishbones etc.

    If you do go for an early 6-cyl lump (M52) careful due to the nikasil issue
    http://www.bavarian-board.co.uk/nikasil.htm

    Im sure there are other parts that people may add on but welcome.
     
     

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    Thanks fr the info! Interesting read that link, I never even knew abou that issue!

    Iv seen a few e36s that seem pretty good for the price one with full service history although had an auto box.

    Initially I was just buying one as my cheap runaround to replace my golf at the minute, but not sure if many people seen it on here but stanceworks e36 just makes me love these!
     
     

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    Agreed. It seems the e36 is making a return. To be fair, I would try and save up for a bit longer and just nail out atleast 1500-2k to get you going. Generally that price and above, you can pick one up thats mechanically fine but maybe bodywork needs doing.

    When you do look, check the arches for signs of rust since that was one area it usually started on. Few people have picked up autos and swapped it out to a manual so there is that too.
     
     

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    Thank again, yeah really can't afford more right now, like I said was just a runaround I needed, I mean bodywork can be a bit rough as I'm able to do it and mechanics the same , the plan is to eventually engine swap it anyway

    I looked at e30s too but as nice as they can be, they do require more work to get them perfect, and at the same money as e36 it's a no brainer for me!



    the stanceworks one just nails it completely for me, perfect!

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