I purchased this 4-door/sedan 325i (E36 chassis, for those who know about their BMW's) used in August, 2001 with almost 108,000 miles (107,800 miles to be exact).
When I purchased this car, I had the air conditioner repaired, the tires replaced, and a major maintenance service done on it (a 30,000-mile BMW "Inspection II" maintenance).
At around 109,000 miles (in late August, 2001), the radiator went bad and had to be replaced.
At around 114,000 miles (in November, 2001), the slave cylinder for the clutch went bad and had to be replaced.
Besides the problems with the air conditioning, radiator, and the slave cylinder, there have been no other mechnical problems with the car.
I expected to have some mechanical problems, as mentioned above for a used car of this age and with this many miles on it. However, with these repairs done, I know that these repairs will last for many years and I will not have to worry about these mechanical problems.
Fortunately, I also have an excellent mechanic that I go to have my BMW repaired and maintained.
I love owning and driving this car! It is one of my favorite cars that I have owned. Although this car is 10 years old and has nearly 120,000 miles on it, it still looks much newer and runs as smooth as a car with half as many miles on it.
This car is very well and solidly built and is built to last. I am sure that I could use this car as a daily driver for the next 10 years and get 275,000-300,000 miles out of this car, if I wanted to.
In addition, this car has excellent performance, in terms of acceleration, pick-up, speed, and road handling. It is also very comfortable, comfortably seats 4 adults, and is quiet on the highways (even for a 10 year old car).
The bottom line is that this car is a true driver's car and a lot of fun to drive (having a 5-speed manual transmission makes it even more fun to drive). No wonder why the 3-series BMW is the benchmark sports/performance sedan that all others are judged against. Many of my friends have driven my car and always want to drive it for these reasons.
The only complaint that I can find for my 325i is that the maintenance and repair costs are expensive for this car, especially when compared to those of American or Japanese cars.
I would recommend one to consider purchasing a used E36 BMW 325i, if one does not mind the only drawback of high maintenance and repair costs.