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    1. Geriatric Member Chapel's Avatar
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      10-08-2012 08:51 AM #1
      So much love for the E30 in the other thread... how about some E36 love?
      And, while the love for E30 pushes the buying ability into the stratosphere, the E36s remain affordable and, in MANY cases, cleaner and cheaper to purchase!
















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      10-08-2012 09:04 AM #2
      My friends brother had a gorgeous E36 M3 Sedan. I thought that car was just about perfect.

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      10-08-2012 09:58 AM #3
      I am almost kicking myself for getting the ZHP as I keep seeing lower and lower prices for clean E36 M3 sedans. Hope they're still hovering in the low teens two years from now as I'd love to snatch one up.

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      10-08-2012 10:00 AM #4
      Next up: The You Need a Porsche 944 thread

    5. 10-08-2012 10:08 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      Next up: The You Need a Porsche 944 thread
      I've been wondering what the next "you need a(n)..." thread would be, im thinking this wont last. and im hoping the 944 doesnt happen

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      10-08-2012 10:09 AM #6
      Give me an M3 Lightweight and I'm golden.

    7. 10-08-2012 10:44 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Benbritto View Post
      I've been wondering what the next "you need a(n)..." thread would be, im thinking this wont last. and im hoping the 944 doesnt happen
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      10-08-2012 10:06 AM #8
      Yes, it's a great design. But, unfortunately it's also a car that tools in their early twenties have imported from Germany for years now. As a result its image is a young guys' tuning car here now, which is just sad.

      Here a nice example.

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      10-08-2012 10:08 AM #9
      Yes...yes...perfect timing. I just sold my MINI last Saturday and this car is high up on my next car to purchase.

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      10-08-2012 10:32 AM #11
      ^^ You have my perfect E36. Alpine white (i think?) M3 Sedan. I've already got an E30 and an E34, I suppose the next logical progression is an E36?
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      10-08-2012 10:36 AM #12
      There's a guy local to me that I've talked to about E30 parts...but his deal is E36s now. He parts them, knows them inside out. We talked about it at length once, and his impression is that there is a lot more in common (mechanically) between the E30 and E36 than most folks are aware of, but the E36 is safer, roomier, more comfortable, and has the more advanced Z-axle (or whatever it's called) rear suspension. I kind of want a four-door/5-speed 325i as a daily.

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      10-08-2012 10:18 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      Yes, it's a great design. But, unfortunately it's also a car that tools in their early twenties have imported from Germany for years now. As a result its image is a young guys' tuning car here now, which is just sad.
      I don't care about image, but in the US they fall into the trap of any older premium-brand car that can be kept barely running without proper maintenance... most of the E36s on the market are trashed. Always that baffling combination of a car which needs a few thousand dollars worth of maintenance but has a few thousand dollars wrapped into phat rimz and halo headlights and garbage like that.
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      10-08-2012 10:32 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I don't care about image, but in the US they fall into the trap of any older premium-brand car that can be kept barely running without proper maintenance... most of the E36s on the market are trashed. Always that baffling combination of a car which needs a few thousand dollars worth of maintenance but has a few thousand dollars wrapped into phat rimz and halo headlights and garbage like that.
      and sometimes you find a mint, unmolested one with a ton of paperwork that was owned by an old lady since new for $3500...

    15. 10-08-2012 11:10 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      Yes, it's a great design. But, unfortunately it's also a car that tools in their early twenties have imported from Germany for years now. As a result its image is a young guys' tuning car here now, which is just sad.

      Here a nice example.
      It hurts how much I want that. E36 is my favorite M3. I can't explain really why I like the design so much, but it's pretty much perfect in my eyes. Also, the colors are awesome. Boston green, estoril blue, or dakar yellow. I can't decide which one I like more. Right now though I'd go for the green

      Not to mention it's a great drive and I've heard it's a fairly simple car to work on. I don't do any of that, but once I get out of college, if the opportunity presents itself and I'm doing well enough, I would learn on an e36, hopefully an M, for my weekend car. No visual modifications obviously, that's not me, and I already think it's perfect.

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      10-08-2012 11:48 AM #16
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      10-08-2012 02:10 PM #18
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      10-08-2012 12:28 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I am all for this thread, but that E36 is just gross.

      Anyway, here is mine:

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      10-08-2012 12:40 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      Yes, it's a great design. But, unfortunately it's also a car that tools in their early twenties have imported from Germany for years now. As a result its image is a young guys' tuning car here now, which is just sad.
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I don't care about image, but in the US they fall into the trap of any older premium-brand car that can be kept barely running without proper maintenance... most of the E36s on the market are trashed. Always that baffling combination of a car which needs a few thousand dollars worth of maintenance but has a few thousand dollars wrapped into phat rimz and halo headlights and garbage like that.
      Thankfully, I think a lot of those young guys are moving onto newer metal (E46s, Infiniti Gs, etc).

      For a while, things were getting pretty dire. But there is a hardcore E36 community that values keeping them clean, OEM or OEM+, and functional mods only. Also, the E36 has never really fallen out of favor with the older BMW CCA crowd. Due to it's low weight, low cost, and relatively stiff chassis (compared to an E30), it's still a favorite for track-day cars. Tip: If you can find a clean one, sedans are slightly preferred for track duty because they're slightly stiffer, a little slipperier, and have more headroom for wearing a helmet.

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      10-08-2012 01:03 PM #21
      the setup on this one makes it look a lot like an e34 m


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      10-21-2012 09:15 PM #22
      Does the uneven wheel gap on EVERY E36 piss anyone else off? I love how they look besides that though.

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      10-21-2012 09:20 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by slippinclutch View Post
      Does the uneven wheel gap on EVERY E36 piss anyone else off? I love how they look besides that though.
      I like how mine sits, is it bad in your opinion ?

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      10-21-2012 09:22 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by slippinclutch View Post
      Does the uneven wheel gap on EVERY E36 piss anyone else off? I love how they look besides that though.
      The incredibly annoying rake pisses me off.

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      10-21-2012 09:26 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by slippinclutch View Post
      Does the uneven wheel gap on EVERY E36 piss anyone else off? I love how they look besides that though.
      exact opposite. I love it on most BMW's, especially E36 & E34's. They both look better because of it imho. Raise the fender line in the rear of either of those two cars and they will look really awkward. likewise if you lower the front, they would have a ridiculous forward rake look.
      Last edited by a2a4raddo; 10-21-2012 at 09:30 PM.

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