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My newbie take on this............ (archive)

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Posted by ZV on October 04, 2000 at 19:20:04:

In Reply to: E36 Reliabilty? posted by Rob on October 04, 2000 at 18:55:48:


I am thinking of purchasing an E36 M3, most likely a 95 for modability. I have never owned a BMW, and I am wondering how reliable this particular model would be, since it would be my daily driver. Common problems, weak points, etc? Thanks for the advice.

Rob Maybach


The guys will tell you shock mounts and water pump, as well as the radiator. I have a great article from R & T with all the info on used 95-99
M3's and the common problems. It's from last month or so. I don't know how long these engines will last, but I keep my cars for a long time. (Had a
Z with 187K!, still running!) Beware though, this car is not a Honda, and will only run good if METICULOUS maint is done FREQUENTLY. The maint schedule for this car is the shortest I've seen,
you have to replace stuff in HALF the time of most
other cars. (Saw a thread about replacing spark-plugs every 12K below!) As a matter of fact,
most guys here do MORE maint than is required by
BMW just to stave off any problems, so look to spending much $$$$$. I actually like to maintain
my car and work on it, so I don't mind, but if
you think this car is one of those 100K before a
tune-up type of car, forget it. If you let any maint items go, it will turn into a very big prob
soon enough. Most M3's are maintained well though,
so you should be OK when you get yours. Good luck.


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