I currently own a BMW 318i E36 1993 model.
I wish I thought to visit this forum before buyig the car.
The car started with 104000 kilometres on the odometer in 2001. It now has
For the first 60000 kilometres since I had it, I really regreted buying the
car. I was starting to miss the car I gave to my brother when I bought the
I had the following problems:
· ball joints
· suspension arms at the front
· cooling - this was the worst
· water pump
· tappet / ticking noise
· camshaft (again!)
The car just seemed to "break" during that period up to 60000 kilometres.
The tappet ticking noise is the last problem I have dealt with.
I recommend having a mechanic you trust and can build a trusting
customer/provider relationship with. You'll need and appreciate it! Also,
a mechanic that can pre-empt problems before they happen while driving a
long from home is an high advantage. It saved me from being stranded! Of
course my mechanic is quite experienced with BMWs and other European cars.
Also, a good cash flow will not go astray.
Since the above repairs, my car feels more reliable than when I initially
bought it. I am now going to do some minor mods to it like a nice exhaust
and decent stereo. The factory fitted stereo receiver no longer picks up FM
(another problem) and the right-indicator in the dash-board cluster does not
When the car works, I really love the handling and feel! I have access to a
brand new Mazda 3, and it's okay, but I do like returning to using the BMW.
Would I buy another BMW? If I get another 50000 kilometres of reliability
and enjoyable motoring, I may consider.
Sorry for the long-winded e-mail.
In summary, CHECK THE SERVICE HISTORY for the ABOVE. If there is evidence,
it should be a good purchase!
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