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Re: Help I am stuck between choosing an E30 or E36 (archive)

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Posted by bmwtbg on March 31, 2002 at 14:17:40:

In Reply to: Re: Help I am stuck between choosing an E30 or E36 posted by Roops on March 25, 2002 at 06:01:01:

I think you have to decide what you want the car for. If it is going to be mostly commuting then you may find the peaky S14 engine in the E30 tiresome. The E36, I think, would be easier to live with day to day. If you are going to drive it at weekends and want to do trackdays I would go for the E30. The more involving nature of the car will probably bring more pleasure.

Running costs for both are going to be high if anything goes wrong. Bear in mind that the E30 is going to be at least 11 years old, therefore it is naturally going to require a little more care than the E36. However, if they have been well maintained to start with the engines are bullet proof. I think you have to look at it this way, the E36 is a car to drive around in, with great performance. The E30 is your hobby that also doubles as fabulously rewarding car.

Good luck.


Can anyone give me advice on buying an e30 or e36 in the uk. I cannot decide on which one to choose. I really want an E30 but the sensible side of me wants the E36. This car needs to be used for my everyday to and from work, and also for the track. If the car is to be the E36 it will most probably be a non evo. I spoke to munich legends on the E30 and they quoted high prices compared with everybody else.

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