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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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I have been looking for 1996+ E36 sedan for about a year now. Looking for great condition in and out and don't care too much about the engine and transmission as I can repair that. Only nice ones that I have seen were being sold by the used car dealer and they wanted way too much $5000 and car still had small issues.
Then pretty much all of the private party sales were total junk, paint gone, seats filthy and torn, door cards falling out, window regulators not working, sunroof not working, overheated engine, oil leaks, mismatched tires, dents, salvage titles... on and on. And still about $3000.

I am puzzled as to why people want too much for their thrashed E36?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:05 pm
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No Idea, its unbelievable. Extend the search to Southern California and you will be happy.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:22 pm
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Hey you know ive had a few very fair priced e36 cars for sale... ill keep an eye out for a late model 4 door on craigslist for you brother.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:41 pm
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Extend the search to Southern California and you will be happy.

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ill keep an eye out for a late model 4 door for you brother

Issue is not finding one. Issue is reasoning behind the price of these cars today. Price must be high because someone is buying them. Must be drift people, why would someone buy thrashed E36 for that much money. Reasoning may be that drift guys don't care about interior and exterior and will build the engine anyway.
But I thought Sedans would avoid this crowd.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:37 pm
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Look at what happened to E30's...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:39 pm
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Just to update. I quit looking for E36 do to that reason and have been looking at E46 now. Try to avoid the early 3 years and look at 2002 or 2003, even then I find E46 cars with lots of issues going for $5000. So I wonder who is buying these cars with that high of a price?
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e46 cars are a steal right now and beat just about any car for the value, like you said stay away from the 323i and 328i models as they have issues with the subframes. I would say stick it out and find a 5 speed 330i. I would recommend buying one that has had the cooling system replaced, thats the one repair that gets expensive.

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Yeah, sucks you can't find anything to flip. I know people in my neighborhood are pretty bummed about that.

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not saying you should get a ZHP but......... yea you should get a ZHP

www.zhpmafia.com/forum...cles-only)

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:06 am
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wkohler wrote:
Yeah, sucks you can't find anything to flip. I know people in my neighborhood are pretty bummed about that.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:23 pm
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Just one example:
phoenix.craigslist.org...00658.html
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Hi I am selling my 2000 bmw 323i I am selling it because the car just won't start it might be an easy fixed the car needs some work but other than that it's in good shape leather seats ac work great it is manual transmission. $2650.

Just from one photo I can tell, paint is totally gone, door trim is gone, wrong wheels and tires. From description it does not run and it needs some work and seller wants $2650.

On a positive side it is slick top no sunroof.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:40 pm
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xAZxE30x wrote:
Look at what happened to E30's...

This.

bullfrog wrote:
not saying you should get a ZHP but......... yea you should get a ZHP

This.


E46s are bottoming out price wise, they really are just about the sweet spot for the money.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:32 am
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$5k for a nice E36 non M?

Or

$5k for a 130k mile 2001 330i?


The 330i is such a better car. If you can find one that is well maintained, buy that thing. Just make sure it's a manual.

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