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    I'm struggling between and E36 and E 46

    Looking for a convertible and trying to decide between both addition.

    Each has it's pluses and minus...but I saw an E46 convert. tonight in the dust and I really like that siloette...as long as I don't mind paying $2000 in upgraded wheels...lol


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    the only E36 i considered was an M3

    I owned an E36 325i like 5 years ago. Good car, but it's finally dating itself as it's 3 models old now. They sold too many for it to be a classic among anything other than BMW guys. The M3 is such a treat to drive that I would have considered an M3 very, but finding a clean one is almost impossible. My local BMW shop said they do a ton of pre-purchase inspections and they have probably inspected 20 E36 M3s and they only gave a green light to ONE of them. You gotta figure most have had 2-4 owners and at least one owner beat the hell out of it.
    So, I decided to get something newer where the body style would hold up for a couple more years.
    I stepped in a 330ci a couple weeks ago and was immediately hooked. It made my E39 feel like a complete pig.
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    if you NEED them let me know where to ship them

    I've had them in my garage for years. They need a new home and I need to free up some space.
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    wow thanks!

    I'll know more in a couple days. Can't wait.
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    Re: the only E36 i considered was an M3

    Michaelgvh or others:

    Liked your 2Cents about the E36 M3s and E36 325s. Any advice or gotchas re: E46 325 Convertible from you or your local BMW shop that do pre-purchase inspections?

    I'm considering a E46 2001 325ic Convertible with 61K miles (2 owners, with low mileage evenly spread over 2 owners). So far one issue - it has already failed smog check once before, but has since passed. Worried catylytic converted could go out (very costly!)

    Any advice would be appreciated !

    p.s. I'm in Los Angeles area. Where are you located?

    p.p.s. Is your purchased 330ci an E46 convertible?
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    I owned an E36 325i like 5 years ago. Good car, but it's finally dating itself as it's 3 models old now. They sold too many for it to be a classic among anything other than BMW guys. The M3 is such a treat to drive that I would have considered an M3 very, but finding a clean one is almost impossible. My local BMW shop said they do a ton of pre-purchase inspections and they have probably inspected 20 E36 M3s and they only gave a green light to ONE of them. You gotta figure most have had 2-4 owners and at least one owner beat the hell out of it.
    So, I decided to get something newer where the body style would hold up for a couple more years.
    I stepped in a 330ci a couple weeks ago and was immediately hooked. It made my E39 feel like a complete pig

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    predictably - the driver mat is in rough shape...

    The other three are all ok. I feel strange taking you up on your offer as a new guy to the board. I haven't contributed a darned thing... yet.

    As an aside, I'm trying to learn fast. I've had the car for 2 days and managed a DICE install and hardwired my Valentine-1 to the homelink power supply.

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    Re: the only E36 i considered was an M3

    I guess O2 sensor starting to fail could be a reason for failing a smog test. The mileage sounds a shade early for o2 sensor to go, but it could happen. It's a less costly red flag than a full Cat.

    As for what to look for, I don't know the E46 well enough yet, but any time you are talking Vert, you need to do a careful examination of the top material, window, and all the mechanicals of it. Unless you have a mad set of upholsterer skills, a new top will cost you 1-2k to get done. The rear window will get hazy after a few years. Some zip out and are cheaper to replace.
    Standard BMW inspection says you need to take a close look at the cooling system and suspension components and bushings at that mileage.

    Bottom line, find a good BMW shop that knows these cars... not a random show, and the $100-$150 you spend will pay itself back times 5 in the ammunition they give you for negotiating the price down due to stuff they find that needs attention.
    ... or they will save you $12k when they tell you to stay away from a train wreck.

    Good luck with the purchase, it's a beautiful car.


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