I love this car and always will. Cost
for parts is average just need to know
where to get the parts from. Internet
filled with parts suppliers, both OEM
and Aftermarket. Handled on rails even
before changing to autocross
suspension. Family loves the car wife
loves it the most and has given up on
her Eclipse. Engine is a powerhouse
waiting to be unleashed. The things
that people are complaining about
are "wear items" and have to be
replaced on any car. It is called
MAINTENANCE people. Get over it. Those
parts aren't supposed to last forever.
If you can't afford the maintenance
don't buy the car. The M50 is the best
engine that BMW came up with.
Handling, drivability, dependability,
ease of modification, styling and the
all out acceleration.
Little insignificant things that can be
dealt with, like the position of the
I love the way the car looks, performs,
and drives, however failing electrical
system, and computer system is very
disappointing. Windows have failed 4
times. Sandia BMW wants $1100 to fix
computer/sensor. Labor charge ($90)
per hour plus outrageous part costs
make this car difficult to own. I
don't intend to buy another.
Performance, handling, and looks for a
Really fun car to drive...I bought it
for my son and I love driving it
also..I have a new audi a4 and the BMW
still rides as well. Have had all the
typical 92 bmw problems. water pump,
rear shocks, thermostat, hoses...but,
overall a great car...I do wish the
labor was cheaper...car mechanics see
BMW and charge you acordingly...they
see ya coming...
The E36 M50 engines are reliable if you
spend the money to get them that
way... Before buying or shortly after,
make sure to replace the plastic
waterpump housing and the waterpump
itself. The plastic used on both is
prone to breaking and will overheat the
car. Also, replacing the radiator and
thermostat is a good thing to do if it
has never been done before. The rear
shock mounts will fail also. Replace
these with E46 mounts. The ignition
coils will need to be replaced also if
they are original. Be sure to buy a
car that has been serviced regularly.
Transmissions should not be an issue,
but the auto does have more failure
than the manual.
The acceleration, styling, modification
possibilities, and certainly the
The interior on these cars could use
some work. The headliner, A and C
pillar covers, and the door panels are
my main problems.
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