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Old Mon, Jul-27-2009, 09:28:24 PM   #1
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Default Advice on an 97 E36 M3

Ok, new here, please don't shoot me if I am not finding the right FAQ, post or whatever... just a little advice is all I need.

I'm an ex Porsche guy, looking for a new ride. I found a very nice looking 1997 E36 M3 that looks perfect for double duty as family caravan and autocross fun ride...

The problem is that is has 160,000 miles ... what do I need to ask the dealer before I fork over the cash? They haven't performed a leak down or compression check which worries me. And the last thing that I want to do is trade my reliable ride (an F250 truck) for a super expensive high maintenance nightmare.

What goes wrong on these beasts?

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Please check the e36 M3 section. There is alot of info there plus some links and threads on regular maintenance problems.
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Mileage shouldn't scare you if all maintenance/repairs were done on time.

My last 95 M3 had close to 200,000k miles, and motor was healthy because no expense was spared.
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Ok, new here, please don't shoot me if I am not finding the right FAQ, post or whatever... just a little advice is all I need.

I'm an ex Porsche guy, looking for a new ride. I found a very nice looking 1997 E36 M3 that looks perfect for double duty as family caravan and autocross fun ride...

The problem is that is has 160,000 miles ... what do I need to ask the dealer before I fork over the cash? They haven't performed a leak down or compression check which worries me. And the last thing that I want to do is trade my reliable ride (an F250 truck) for a super expensive high maintenance nightmare.

What goes wrong on these beasts?
They are not super high maintenance and parts are not super expensive for the german import world (but are compared to the Ford F250 world), but any 20 year old car with 160k will be needing some work. If you are a DIYer, these can be great cars. If you have to pay a shop everytime it needs something, maybe consider a newer car.
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My 225k E36 M3 is on its second engine (140k) first one was blown by a money shift. I have owned the car for 5 years and have spent $3000 keeping it running.

The catalytic converter can be a ***** if you need to smog it (California). The engine itself is pretty bullet proof...weak spot on these cars is the cooling system (radiator etc) and all of the bushings/mounts under the car.

For a 160k car, you can expect to spend about $500-1000 a year to maintain it. One year it will be brakes, one year radiator hoses, one year bushings, one year valve cover gasket etc.
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$10K rule is in effect (or is it $12K now?). In other words you can buy an E36 M3 for that amount and it should be pretty well sorted, or buy one for less and expect to put that much more into it to get to that level.

At its core though, the S52 is a very reliable engine and can last forever if properly taken care of.
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7 year bump. Well done.
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