My '92 320i (2.0l, 24v, 6 cyl) has been fantastic 160,000Miles on the clock
original engine, gearbox, clutch. Recently needed new rear shock mounts, no
rust worth mentioning. Grips the road, cornering is awesome, pretty slick
acceleration when required. Paintwork still looks good
Downside? Hmm less than 20 UK miles to the UK gallon around town, will do
around 40 UK miles to the UK gallon at high speed cruising. The drivers seat
is starting to look very worn, time for a replacement. Odd electrical quirks
also needed a new alternator recently. The handbrake has to be one of the
worst known to mankind.
Is the E36 the classic all-round BMW, OH YES.
servers so good, it's like cheating.....
I disagree. My ex '91 320i (e36 of course) was bought with 160 k km on clock
and sold after one year and almost 200k km, and it will probably remain the
best car I ever had when speaking of reliability, price paid and received
after one year and running costs overall.
It's a good idea to drive a little Japanese/Ford/whatever shopping
machine once a year to remind yourself why you're in a BMW for the
of the year. by John Burns.
'98 328i coupe
Late E30s are bullet proof. Early E36s weren't built well inside but are
I'm not a fan of the 1.6 and 1.8 M40 8 valve engines, the chatter a lot
due to (in my opinion) valve guide wear. The later M43 and the 16 valve
engines are fine.
Sixes are OK except for dodgy waterpumps on the 24 valve units (easy to
Who needs a life when you've got Unix? :-)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, John G.Burns B.Eng, Bonny Scotland
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