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|User Info||The Used Car Market; entered at 2011-07-23 09:03:49|
If you're going to buy a BMW, I'd really recommend a well cared for E36. Anything newer just has too many electronic systems that tend to have problems and often require expensive equipment/tools that a DIY person will not have. The E36 cars are really easy to work on and in the event you need specialty tools they can usually be found relatively cheap. If it's taken care of, an E36 can go a long time and several hundred thousand miles. But any car that's abused will have problems. I just sold an E36 M3 that had about 185k on it, and was extremely reliable with no signs of problems. I would have kept it, but I'm having some automotive ADD lately...just switching cars. |
My Jeep Cherokee on the other hand, well the engine developed a knock in the bottom end at 200k and I swapped in an 80k mile engine. But I knew going in that this thing might have problems as I bought it for next to nothing. It didn't even have a thermostat in it, just full coolant flow all the time. That alone is hard on an engine, and I don't know how long it was like that. Somebody that didn't know what they were doing was playing shadetree mechanic on that one.