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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
I have a 328 and you'll have to try real hard to have more fun behind the wheel. But just like everybody else said, do the maintenance. If you don't it will break down on you. It will most likely be a labor of love and you will get very used to the plan. Don't skimp on a couple of dollars here or there on parts or supplies. You may ssave $2.00 up front but it will cost you way more in the end.
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It's not that hard to take care of a BMW, as long as it's done from the beginning.
Every car only runs as good as the person who takes care of it. Every car also needs to have parts replaced after a certain number of miles. I myself have had my 96 328is with 77k miles for almost a year, and have not had a single major malfunction. I do my regular oil changes, spark plug changes, microfilters, coolant, etc. Nothing over the top, and it runs like a dream, every single day.
look into the forums, and find as many of the common e36 ailments as you can, then before you buy your car take it to YOUR mechanic and have him/her check it out for you. It will be the best 100 bucks you have ever spent.