BMW 3 Series E36 Buyer's Guide
In production from 1991 -1999 the BMW E36 3 series BMW was probably the very best reason for BMW’s explosive success all around the world. It was considered as an entry level luxury car, for the most of us I believe we could add “sports oriented”, this model replaced the E30 3 series BMW in the 1991 model year.
The E36 BMW had many different engine applications including 318i, 323i, 325, and 328i engines on the US market, all but the 318i are inline six cylinder engines, with both five speed manual and automatic transmissions.. A compact hatchback model was also offered named 318ti. The 328’s 2.8 liter M52 B28 engine offered the most power and torque at 193 hp.
The E36 3 series by now could be called quite a bargain and in my opinion it is a perfect choice for a first car . Since it’s really not a “todays” model anymore you should choose these cars with caution as by now they are priced cheap enough, where people that don’t really care about proper service get their hands on these vehicles, prices vary throughout a wide range and when shopping for a ten+/- years old vehicle service history and a pre sale inspection is a must, and paying the higher price could easily became a benefit further down the road.