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BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110296] Wed, 18 June 2014 10:22 Go to next message
jvtex is currently offline  jvtex   United States
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My co-worker has been hanging out at the autocross' with me for the last couple of events.
For his price range, he likes the idea of a E36 BMW 325is in STX. So we've been looking on Craigslist and found a few worth looking at.
This needs to be a driver and an autox car. When it comes to BMW E36's I'm a newb.

So, other than the obvious:
1. major accidents
2. leaks
3. timing belt / overheating
4. brakes and rotor life
5. working A/C
6. clutch feel / transmission selection
7. shocks and bushing (which may get replaced)
8. power window opperation
9. limited slip.

What are the known issues to look for?
Also, price range. KKB has a +100K mile, 5spd car in great condition listed around High $2750-$3000.
Craigslist adds seem to be around $500-$1000 more on asking price.

Tsang Bro's and Charlie Davis, expecting you to chime in!
If you know anyone selling a car, We're... err, he's interested Wink .


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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110299 is a reply to message #110296] Wed, 18 June 2014 11:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
justint5387 is currently offline  justint5387   United States
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Why no love for sedan?

The 328 is also an option if you want something newer(96-98 vs 93-95). 328 has a taller gearing that goes up to 70mph vs 65-66mph for 325, so that even out the torque difference. The 328 has the same hp from the factory, but 20 more tq. If you are set on 325, you want a 93+ since the 92 doesn't have vanos.

Rear trailing arm bushings and rear shock mounts fail on these cars, but you will replace these for STX anyways.

We had the fan blades broken a couple times, make sure all the tabs on the fan shroud is good since there is only a small clearance from the fan.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/tips-on-buying-a-bmw-e36-3 -series-63153.html


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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110301 is a reply to message #110299] Wed, 18 June 2014 12:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
jvtex is currently offline  jvtex   United States
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:edit:

Thanks Justin, good info

I had to do a search on engine size and didn't realize that STX displacement was up to 5.1L normally-aspirated.
what' is the reasoning for the M3 not fitting in STX?


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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110302 is a reply to message #110301] Wed, 18 June 2014 12:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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jvtex wrote on Wed, 18 June 2014 12:37
I had to do a search on engine size and didn't realize that STX displacement was up to 5.1L normally-aspirated.
That may change is mind because he likes the M3's. Do they fit in STX?

The E36 M3 is STU.


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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110303 is a reply to message #110302] Wed, 18 June 2014 12:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Justin pretty much covered it. Smile

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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110304 is a reply to message #110303] Wed, 18 June 2014 13:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
justint5387 is currently offline  justint5387   United States
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The E36 M3 was considered too fast for STX

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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110313 is a reply to message #110304] Wed, 18 June 2014 22:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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another good doc http://www.edgemotorworks.com/E36-Series-3

yes, E36 M3 was feared too fast for STX even before 2wd was allowed wider rims/tires than awd; dunno if that was justified as it's heavier than nonM and 245 would've limited it more than lighter nonM


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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110319 is a reply to message #110313] Thu, 19 June 2014 09:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Take a poll of current 3-series STXers: would you like to have your same car but with 50 more HP (yes/no)? Take a second poll of the rest of the STXers: would you like to have the class-winning car competing against you with 50 more HP (yes/no)?

I think the results of those two polls would demonstrate why the M3 isn't in STX with the rest of the E36es. Smile

I would offer up my car as a possibility, but I made some irreversible, non-STX-legal mods. Doh! Mad


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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110320 is a reply to message #110319] Thu, 19 June 2014 09:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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bmw had not won stx at the time i talked of; like i said above, it was when 245/8" rim was max. wrx was dethroned only after 2wd handicap was given. and it's not the same car when there's a significant weight difference; isn't it like 200 lb in st trim?
RussB wrote on Thu, 19 June 2014 09:11
Take a poll of current 3-series STXers: would you like to have your same car but with 50 more HP (yes/no)? Take a second poll of the rest of the STXers: would you like to have the class-winning car competing against you with 50 more HP (yes/no)?

I think the results of those two polls would demonstrate why the M3 isn't in STX with the rest of the E36es. Smile



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Re: BMW 325is for my co-worker [message #110321 is a reply to message #110320] Thu, 19 June 2014 10:08 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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There is no way I won't run a M3 vs. a 325 if they are in the same class. The 8"/245 is before my time.

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