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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Dec-29-2009, 09:38:48 AM   #11
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Fantastic thread..... however the people that NEED to read it will probably ignore it, or be too lazy to read it once they see how detailed it is.
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Stickied in HUGE letters... awesome Nick
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Old Tue, Dec-29-2009, 12:34:46 PM   #13
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What an excellent post! This is huge for all the noobs in here, and it's a helluva lot better than just firing off the old "search" cannon every time a new member comes to this community & asks this basic question.

You continue to be a real credit to this forum.

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Old Tue, Dec-29-2009, 02:13:42 PM   #14
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Awesome writeup Nick, thanks for posting this...should be stickied for sure. One thing I might add is, what about the recommended mileage for performing these preventative maintenance items (or "average" mileage at which these things tend to fail?). As an owner of a relatively low mileage car, these are things I worry about and need to consider in the near future.
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Old Tue, Dec-29-2009, 03:15:12 PM   #15
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Good job as usuall.
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Great work Nick! Thanks for taking the time to put this together
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Awesome post. With all the noobies coming in here asking the "should I buy" question, this post is just what they need. Should be a sticky.
From what I've seen tho, no matter how much advice ppl give here, no 18 year old can be dissuaded/persuaded contrary to their already made up mind of wishful thinking.
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it has been stickied... in HUGE letter, different color, and at the very top of the list
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Old Wed, Dec-30-2009, 12:51:28 AM   #19
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Thanks for the kind words guys. It was just something I thought about putting together a while back. For the past few months i've been cutting and pasting my responses from other threads into it and building up info little by little.

I added a bit more today (chassis weaknesses), and i'll be streamlining it a bit when I get a few minutes.

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Awesome writeup Nick, thanks for posting this...should be stickied for sure. One thing I might add is, what about the recommended mileage for performing these preventative maintenance items (or "average" mileage at which these things tend to fail?). As an owner of a relatively low mileage car, these are things I worry about and need to consider in the near future.
I suppose I could add something like that in there. I haven't as of yet due to 2 reasons:

1) Giving a defined timeline can lead to a false sense of security in some instances.

2) So many people come into ownership of the car these days without any sort of maintenance history, defining service life of components is useless in many cases. They don't know how long the part has been in the car.

Still, I think you're right in saying it can be of some value to some people. I'll just have to be specific about it.

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it has been stickied... in HUGE letter, different color, and at the very top of the list
Thanks Cal. I'm not sure it needs to be *that* big. But I suppose that gets the point across.
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if I could make it bigger Nick, I would of...
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Discussing Informational thread: "Should I buy an E36 M3?" in the E36 M3 (1992-1999) Forum - {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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