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    My budget it $15K. As usual prefer to spend less but will spend more if needed. Finding E36 ranging from $5k with 235k miles to $16K with 68K miles. In a certain way I am asking an unanswerable question. What one in the end will cost me the least? Purchase price plus cost of needed repairs. Is it wiser to spend more on a car with less than 100K miles and will need little repairs. Or go up in mileage say 150K or so, pay less but put $3-5k into repairs?

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    Go high mileage. You need to replace all that crap on the 68k car anyway. The only real variable is whether you need to swap the engine. S50/S52s are only about $3k in decent shape, so I would not exercise myself over it.
    2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD Duramax LBZ/Allison 6-speed
    2002 BMW M3 - Alpinweiss III/Black
    1999 323i KP/GTS2 - Alpinweiss III (Black Hood, other stuff)
    1990 325is - Brilliantrot/Tan
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    1989 M3 - Alpinweiss II/Black (S62B50 in progress)



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    I purchased an 96 M3 with 130,000 miles for $8,200. Hopefully is it a good deal. Nick, were is a good place to purchase the items you suggested?

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    I, too, just purchased an E36 M3
    Got mine for $9k w/ 120k on it, all stock, all reciepts, clean title. I may need to replace a window or two due to faded/cracked/chipped rubber around the base, but other than that the car is in excellent condition.

    Looking forward to this summer/spring/fall
    2000 323i
    1997 M3

    it was a beautiful day... the sun beat down
    I had the radio on, I was drivin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I purchased an 96 M3 with 130,000 miles for $8,200. Hopefully is it a good deal. Nick, were is a good place to purchase the items you suggested?
    http://www.vorshlag.com AST and Vorshlag parts
    http://www.turnermotorsport.com - H&R Sway. Look here and Bimmerworld for stock suspension and consumables as well. They frequently are cheaper than EVERYONE.
    http://www.bimmerworld.com - Stock consumables and PFC components.
    http://www.rogueengineering.com - RSMs
    http://www.rmeuropean.com - stock parts for real cheap
    http://www.getbmwparts.com - Tischer. More extensive selection, local.
    2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD Duramax LBZ/Allison 6-speed
    2002 BMW M3 - Alpinweiss III/Black
    1999 323i KP/GTS2 - Alpinweiss III (Black Hood, other stuff)
    1990 325is - Brilliantrot/Tan
    1989 325is - Alpinweiss II/Black (S50B32)
    1989 M3 - Alpinweiss II/Black (S62B50 in progress)



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    Oh yes, and when you replace the clutch, don't forget to replace the shift pins in the transmission. The ZF is prone to sticking detent pins which cause the shifter to rest under 5th.
    2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD Duramax LBZ/Allison 6-speed
    2002 BMW M3 - Alpinweiss III/Black
    1999 323i KP/GTS2 - Alpinweiss III (Black Hood, other stuff)
    1990 325is - Brilliantrot/Tan
    1989 325is - Alpinweiss II/Black (S50B32)
    1989 M3 - Alpinweiss II/Black (S62B50 in progress)



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    And do the shifter bushings as well!
    Car54 ...well, now Car52

    Craig Brickner

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    You can do those at any time.
    2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD Duramax LBZ/Allison 6-speed
    2002 BMW M3 - Alpinweiss III/Black
    1999 323i KP/GTS2 - Alpinweiss III (Black Hood, other stuff)
    1990 325is - Brilliantrot/Tan
    1989 325is - Alpinweiss II/Black (S50B32)
    1989 M3 - Alpinweiss II/Black (S62B50 in progress)



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