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Old 17th August 2002, 01:01   #1
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Thinking of buying an E36 M3.

I've been looking for a used 1995 E36 M3. I was wondering if there is anything I should really know about them as far as the drivetrain and such go. Will I be looking to replace the transmission in a 5-speed with 80,000+ miles? How many miles could I expect without requiring a major bill to fix things?
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I've had my 95 since its birth and NEVER had any major components go bad or give me trouble ie. tranny...clutch...engine.
and mine has gone through serious life changes as in many many mods. Only known problem with the e36 which seems to be universal are stress cracks that occur on the rear strut housings. For some reason after time these develop. But there is a quick fix...any dealer parts dept. will have these inserts which weld in and make it better than new.
The only thing you need to look out for are cars that have been wrecked and then refurbished...also known as salvage cars. Up here in NY that seems to be a problem these days. Try and get a low milage car if possible say 60k to 70k and have it checked out.
Here they go for as low as 18k up to 23k for a clean car.

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I heard that the water pump is something that I should probably expect to replace when over 80,000 or so miles. Anyone have any other things that I should know about?
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Yeah I forgot about that

but its a plastic piece so when it goes good ridence. Not a big ticket item and then you could replace it with with an aftermarket metal one.
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