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1998 bmw e36 328i review

Review of BMW 318is (E36) 1992

1998 bmw e36 328i review

In fact, this is good advice for all drivers regardless of what you drive or whether it is equipped with electronic nannies. For this reason I plan to replace the headunit and amplifier with aftermarket equipment sometime soon. Primary Use: Commuting to work Best First Bmw — I suggest getting the 5-speed as opposed to the automatic, since its peppier. They can be notchy when cold, which can usually be improved by replacing the gearbox oil. I would be hard-pressed to buy any other brand after owning my M3.

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BMW 3 Series Questions

1998 bmw e36 328i review

All season tires are a compromise. I haven't had any major problems with this car, aside from the water pump issue which plagued the E36 3-Series. However, there is a slight tradeoff in the form of increased vibration at very low engine speeds. If I hadn't needed to replace the transmission, I could point out that maintenance costs were actually down slightly this year, following the trend started in 2002. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge. The car produced 190hp and 206 lb-ft of torque which propelled 3131 lb. From late 1993 an airbag was standard for the driver, and a passenger airbag followed in early 1995.

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1998 BMW E36 M3 Sedan Road Test And Review

1998 bmw e36 328i review

My experience has shown that 72K miles is a more practical interval. This is a feature originally introduced on the 850i which ensures a good seal, important as there are no window frames. This is due to the use of plastic in the design. It's hard to be more specific regarding a service interval because there have been three revisions of the water pump throughout the life of the E36 and they each fail for different reasons. I originally wanted a 68' Camaro, but couldn't get a standard car loan for a car older than 81'. They have maintained a drop-top in their range, and the 328i and the models that have followed have become the benchmarks for soft top motoring.

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1998 BMW 3 Series

1998 bmw e36 328i review

I also wound up having to replace the muffler and side view mirrors and decided to use parts from the M3 because they looked and functioned better than the originals. It's replacement was still going strong at about 60K miles later when I replaced it as part of a total cooling system overhaul. Common Problems Early models with the M42 engine suffered from premature failure of a gasket at the front of the cylinder head. The choice comes down to how much ride height and comfort you wish to sacrifice. If you ignore this advice the resulting damage to the engine will make a cooling system overhaul look downright cheap.

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Review of BMW 318is (E36) 1992

1998 bmw e36 328i review

Visually the regular coupe is much more appealing but this hatchback has a lot of potential packed in a smaller package. The M44 has a revised timing chain tensioner and this part can be retrofitted to the M42. It's a fine piece but it's not cheap, and the part is still subject to the usual corrosion issues that may cause the radiator to fail, albeit after a longer time in service. I have never change it since I bought it. Instrumentation consists of a speedometer and tachometer flanked by coolant temperature and fuel level gauges. The twin camshaft, multi-valve engine displaces 1.

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Used BMW 328i review: 1995

1998 bmw e36 328i review

Early in 1994 the engine was further upgraded to make it quieter and meet new emission standards with a new version of the Bosch Motronic engine management system, air shrouded injectors, a one-piece ignition coil design and a single poly-ribbed belt to drive all engine accessories. The E36 M3 was released in 1992 and was available in coupé, sedan and convertible body styles. A bank would want their payment regardless of my personal circumstances. On a sunny day, though, open the sun roof and tear up and down some curvy hills. The roof needs a minor adjustment where it catches on the rear cover while being raised.

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Used BMW 328i review: 1995

1998 bmw e36 328i review

Despite the two extra doors, there is only a slight increase in weight, and performance and fuel economy figures are virtually identical to those of the coupe. Be ready to pay through the nose for repairs, but you already know that. However, some dealers do have a few used models in great condition for sale. Primary Use: Commuting to work Excellent!! The seats were comfortable and well bolstered allowing for a perfect driving experience. And you never know when or where a particular skill set may come in handy.

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Used BMW 328i review: 1995

1998 bmw e36 328i review

It also has the side-effect of reducing wear on the rear tires, since this car definitely has enough torque to spin the wheels around every corner if you have a lead foot. The problem for prospective owners of high mileage cars is that it's very likely that the fluid has never been replaced, so you take some risk in replacing it later on. The engine oil analysis is tracking what appears to be thrust bearing wear so it's anyone's guess as to how much more service I'll get from the engine. If you try to cut corners here you'll wind up pulling the brakes again shortly. This car handled like a go cart and I had a transmission engine match made in heaven.

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