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Still beats out New "sport sedans and coupes"! by e30 e34 e36 best of the bavarians on 02/08/2012. Trim: 1996 BMW 328i, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Once you own and drive quality all other cars will feel like your older brothers first car, utter garbage on wheels. The turning dynamics, how the car hugs the road, at 3000 lbs the car is on the light side of the new generation vehicles from 2005- and on. Cars are only getting bigger and fatter, the E36 has great visibility!!!! hardly any blind spots. 25MPG 135MPH limiter...could be 146MPH with software tune. 6500K rpm limiter could be 7000 rpm limiter with software " " Get the sport seats, the leather seats are comfortable. GET good tires!!! Do not cheap out on parts!!! Again take care of your bavarian race horse and she will grant you pleasurable moments on the road!!
Cons: Dont trust just any shop with your car!! Learn your car systems, do it yourself on most jobs. Buy german parts, not cheap alternatives.... leather gets hot in summer and cold at winter. bad driver side front head on collision protection!<<<fails where new cars make the grade.(all other occupants are safe in all other crashes.) electric problems get crazy, first culprit check your battery, check the date!!!
Overall review: Learn your car, do your research. you can troubleshoot many things on your own. get a good mechanic you trust. see where new parts were installed on your car!! just be mindful of people, don't trust just anyone to work on your car, let alone trust yourself. It's not like an early 90's ford or japanese equivalent, many of the systems have been engineered with complex systems, repairing systems require special tools sometimes like RTAB, and cooling fan removal. 36mm oil filter socket required for oil changes!! once you go german you won't want to drive any other car. The e36 328i sport package sedan with 5 speed manual is quicker than e90 328i so know where you lie in power 100mph comes fairly quick.
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