Originally Posted by Dudesky_E36
Don't sweat it. If you live by the forums or by heresay, you'll be paranoid all the time. Just enjoy the car. Not everyone will have the problems that people talk about. They're also less apt to mention their appreciation when the onboard computer informed them that a light was burnt out or something. The flip side is that electrical systems nowadays are so advanced. And if something happens, then like they say, shit happens . . . but it can happen to any car.
And because of the advancements, some things like the on-board computer can sometimes point you in the right direction.
There's not anything major enough to worry about to stop you from jumping on that car. Any car can have problems obviously, but there's nothing extreme with e36's.
Btw, welcome to the forums.
You should post up some pics of the car you're looking at. Also if you have a VIN number, I'll run a carfax for you if you'd like.