High mileage car so be ready...
Dash lights, front suspension, shocks and struts, wheel bearing, steering rack, brakes, heater fan works only on high speed, transmission, VANOS, engine seal was leaking, ignition coils.
Thanks to my mechanic who knows German cars like the back of his hands, this car was brought back to life. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it.
I absolutely love this car. It is very reliable and goes like mad. I had it chipped, and installed a cold air intake to make it sound nice. Stock muffler has very nice tone under acceleration.
I drive the car very hard and it is my daily driver. I must say it takes a beating and then some. Since the initial repair, nothing has gone wrong and I believe it will stay this way.
The car has 300,000km on it! The engine is still smooth and has plenty of power! Unbelievable! I drove a friend's 2003 330CI and besides the power difference, they both drive pretty much the same; incredible! The car hasn't lost it's magic after all these years.
I particularly love this car for its looks. I mounted 17" deep dish rims which transformed the car completely; it looks lowered even with stock equivalent shocks and struts. A real chick magnet!
I can't stress enough how much I love this car. Take my word, stay away from the E46 and find yourself a real kick E36 and cherish it!
Just to sum up: I never knew what the big deal about BMW was until my friend would not shut up about them. I bought one and never looked back; money well spent. I will definitely buy another E36, and so SHOULD YOU!