BMW introduced the E36 3-Series
in 1990, the E30’s successor. It stayed in production ’til 1998,
when it was succeeded by the E46. There were 5 flavors. I said it stayed in
production ’til 1998, but that’s not entirely true. The coupe stayed in production ’til early 2000.
The other bodies did go out of production in 1998. Those were the sedan, touring,
convertible, and compact. The coupe is number 5, but that
one stayed in production longer. The E36 is probably the cheapest
way to drive a BMW and a RWD car. It has power as well.
A number of flavors were available. The gasoline engines range from 99-190 hp,
the diesel engines range from 89-141 hp. Of course, there was also an M3 with 316 hp,
but we won’t discuss that car in this video, because it has its own set of things to watch out for.
We can do a whole video about it. We probably will. We won’t cover it in this video. ENGINES
diesel At the moment, about 580 E36
3-Series are for sale at Marktplaats.nl About 30 of those have a diesel engine,
so those are rare. 130 cars have an automatic gearbox
and less than 50% is a sedan. The rarest body is the touring. I didn’t
expect that. Only 60 are for sale. Prices for an E36 3-Series start at 400 euros.
It’ll buy you a worn out car. The prettiest, low-mileage cars
cost around 10,000 euros. Some cars are more expensive. When shooting this video, a low-mileage
328i was for sale for 14,000 euros. Those are rare deviants.
It stops at the 10,000 euros. Reasons to buy an E36…
I’ve already told you about one. They’re great handling cars. There’s a lot of choice
in engines, including nice 6-cylinder engines. They’re relatively reliable. Of course, we’re
talking about cars that are 15-25 years old. We have to keep in mind that
a lot of things deteriorate with age. However, I do have to say that a
lot of parts are still readily available. There’s a lot of stuff for all bodies
and engines in stock at BMW, and aftermarket companies make everything for
the E36, because it’s still a very popular car. The number of cars for sale shows this. You can keep this car going relatively cheaply. Before we’re going to discuss the specific things
to watch out for with an E36, something more general. We’re talking about cars that are 15-25 years old. That means we’re not going to talk about rubbers,
wishbones, and wear parts such as brakes. Rust with the E36… Check the rear wheel arches.
These things happen with older cars and go for all of the older cars. At some point parts are just worn out,
but they’re still readily available. It is hard to find a car with
a complete maintenance history. They’re out there, but cost a bit more. You’ll have to look hard for a car
with less than 62,000 miles. More so, less than 124,000 miles is rare as well. Moreover, they’re popular cars. They’ve been imported from Germany,
where the mileage may have been messed with. Check if the mileage conforms
with the state the car is in. Now for the specific things to
watch out for in an E36 3-Series. A lot of water pumps have plastic
impellers, which wore and broke. If you were unlucky, you got
a lot of junk in your engine. You don’t want that, so check if a previous
owner has replaced the impellers. It could’ve been swapped for a better one by BMW, but there are aftermarket companies
who make metal impellers as well. Those do not break as easily. It’s worth the investment. If it hasn’t been
done already, you may want to do it yourself. Another thing to watch out for is that the
cylinder head gasket may sweat some oil. That’s easy to see. Look for oil at the
cylinder heads. If so, it needs a new gasket. For engines with double camshafts,
oil may leak as well. This often ends up in the spark plug recesses.
When changing the spark plugs, check for oil. If it’s there, a gasket needs
to be replaced here as well. A rattling sound can mean two things.
If the car has VANOS, this unit may be dying. The rattling sound may also be
caused by worn chain tensioners. The vacuum hoses may dry up and tear.
That’s because of their age. All three previous points are
fixes you can do yourself. There’s a lot of info on the Internet how to do so.
You can even buy ready-to-go packages. You can save some money that way, instead
of taking the car to the dealer or workshop. The Nikasil coating of the 323i and
328i’s cylinder walls may come off. When this happens you have a problem,
because you’ll need a new engine. You can easily have it checked.
A compression test should show it. Have a compression test done if you’re not sure
about the power output of the engine. The plastic upper tubes of the radiator
and thermostat may crack or break. There are ready-to-go solutions
which you can install yourself. There may also be a problem with the
Hardy disk underneath the center console. If you hear a strange thumping sound,
the Hardy disk probably needs replacing. The cars with a manual transmission
have a clutch delay valve, a hydraulic system which makes
for smoother gear shifts. That system may be counter-productive or
too slow, so the clutch pedal may feel weird. You notice this soon enough. If the clutch
doesn’t work right, that’s probably the problem. A thumping sound at the rear of the car can have
two causes: worn rubbers of the subframe (inconvenient but not expensive), or the bolts which
keep the rear differential up have come loose. You’ll need new bolts and everything needs to be
tightened. Hopefully it didn’t cause any damage. There may be another cause of strange noises
at the rear. The rear springs can break. If so, you’ll see that soon enough.
The car will be leaning backwards. Next, the power steering tank may start leaking
at the hose connection leading to the steering box. Speaking of the steering box; it may leak oil as well. If so, you’ll need to replace the whole
steering box. It’s expensive and laborious. Finally, the last thing to watch out for in all E36s,
is that the clips which hold the side windows… I’m cranking, but I don’t have to.
I have power windows. The clips may break, so the window gets
crooked or won’t open and close properly. It may also fall into the door. As long as the window doesn’t break, the costs
aren’t too bad. The clips are widely available. Everyone with a screwdriver can fix it themselves. The E36 3-Series we’re driving today is
a 318is with an automatic transmission. The car has split A/C, which was
very luxurious for its day. It has 46,000 miles on the clock. It literally belonged
to an old lady, who is no longer allowed to drive. She had to put it up for sale. It’s now
with our friends of Saab Apeldoorn. If you want one of the most fresh 3-Series from that
era, you’ll have to pay them a visit for a test drive. THIS CAR If you’re looking for a second-hand car and want
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