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Old 11-15-2013, 12:59 PM
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Might be jumping ship to the dark side...

Guy in my home town is selling a 1996 e36 325i sedan for $2 grand, looking at it, it may need another $500 of work -- windshield, ABS sensor, blown radio speakers, but otherwise it's in very good condition with 120k miles. Quite entertaining to drive, 5 speed of course, and shorter than a w123 so easier to park in the city.

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Old 11-15-2013, 01:08 PM
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Honda Civic: Entertaining to drive, just as cheap, better built.

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Old 11-15-2013, 01:10 PM
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Honda Civic: Entertaining to drive, just as cheap, better built.
NFW I'd be caught dead driving a wrong-wheel-drive ricer-mobile. I don't do FWD, and I don't drive cars where a wing, hellaflush rims, and a gold chain are mandatory.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:16 PM
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Gotcha. Body mods not mandatory .
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:18 PM
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Gotcha. Body mods not mandatory .
The used Civics around here seem either to be autotragic or molested in some fashion by wannabe "ricebois." Honestly, I wouldn't mind a final-generation Civic hatch or even a good CRX, but good luck to me trying to find one that's (a) not rusty (b) not molested.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:27 PM
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A windscreen with out interference from insurance would eat up most of your $500 budget here - I don't know about prices where you are (of course) but I'd check on that first.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:33 PM
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A windscreen with out interference from insurance would eat up most of your $500 budget here - I don't know about prices where you are (of course) but I'd check on that first.
If I spend $1000 or even $1500 on it, it's not the end of the world.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:36 PM
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Guy in my home town is selling a 1996 e36 325i sedan for $2 grand, looking at it, it may need another $500 of work -- windshield, ABS sensor, blown radio speakers, but otherwise it's in very good condition with 120k miles. Quite entertaining to drive, 5 speed of course, and shorter than a w123 so easier to park in the city.
I just got my first BMW, too, at the end of May '13 and LOVE driving it. Been to Canada, already, last week to LA again, and the SF area, and Carson city/Reno all within the past several days, If you enjoy driving, this is the car for you.

I have already racked up 16k on it and just can't get enough time behind the wheel!

Mine is the M-sport version though.



I have heard that some of he 3 and 5 series ones around the age of yours had problems with radiator parts being plastic, but there are ways to upgrade them to metal, so look into that for sure.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:38 PM
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I just got my first BMW, too, at the end of May '13 and LOVE driving it. Been to Canada, already, last week to LA again, and the SF area, and Carson city/Reno all within the past several days, If you enjoy driving, this is the car for you.

I have already racked up 16k on it and just can't get enough time behind the wheel!

I have heard that some of he 3 and 5 series ones around the age of yours had problems with radiator parts being plastic, but there are ways to upgrade them to metal, so look into that for sure.
My 240D also seems to have a plastic-tank radiator, as did almost every car I've owned (Saab, Volvo wagon, Miata).
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:41 PM
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A windscreen with out interference from insurance would eat up most of your $500 budget here - I don't know about prices where you are (of course) but I'd check on that first.
I got a manufacturer correct windshield for a 250sl for less than 300. Have prices spiked that much in five years?
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When I had the Saab, I went to a junkyard in Philly that swapped a new/used one in for $125 or so installed.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:49 PM
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I got a manufacturer correct windshield for a 250sl for less than 300. Have prices spiked that much in five years?
I think the prices here are more to do with "little country syndrome". The sellers are used to getting mega money from the insurance companies so there's little incentive to sell at a reasonable price. I tried to buy a windscreen here for a Honda about 6 years ago and I couldn't find one for less than 600 euros - whereas in the UK they were about 200GBP (with the exchange rates back then it was about half price in the UK)
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:01 PM
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Guy in my home town is selling a 1996 e36 325i sedan for $2 grand, looking at it, it may need another $500 of work -- windshield, ABS sensor, blown radio speakers, but otherwise it's in very good condition with 120k miles. Quite entertaining to drive, 5 speed of course, and shorter than a w123 so easier to park in the city.
$2k at 120K sounds like a good deal. Myself, I'm liking Audi more and more all the time.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:07 PM
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$2k at 120K sounds like a good deal. Myself, I'm liking Audi more and more all the time.
Problem is that they're as rare as hen's teeth with a proper transmission, and I don't DO autotragic.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:20 PM
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Problem is that they're as rare as hen's teeth with a proper transmission, and I don't DO autotragic.

We have a fair number of manual A4s down here and the very sporadic manual A6...but...most of them have been beat to hell and/or require significant amounts of service.

I love the interiors and the ride...but the ones in the 2-3k range are looking very dated AND require a ton of work compared to the comparable Bimmers I've been seeing...

The E36 is a nice ride that still looks good if you find one that hasn't been abused (sadly many around here suffer the same fate as the rice mobiles)...

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