This car manages to be one of the best all around packages I have driven.
The build quality is amazing and the driving position could not be better.
I love the way the doors have no frames around the top, it really makes
you feel that you’re stepping into something a bit special. The 328i Sport
may have similar bhp to the 325 but the torque has gone up dramatically at
low rpm giving a much more responsive driving machine. There are various
tuning procedures to push the power up to 250 bhp from spending under £1k
and not really affecting the sound or reliability of the car. These
include the M50 325 intake manifold, big bore throttle body, cold air
induction system and a remap. This is already a good compromise to the M3,
but with that performance upgrade option it’s even better. Running costs
are actually very reasonable with nearly 30 mpg and reasonable servicing
costs if you stick to specialists. This Sport came with ASC, which has
come in handy several times with a combination of uneven road surfaces,
bad weather conditions and possibly a little spirited driving. The
handling is very good with the Mtech suspension and steering, which does
inspire confidence. I have heard many people criticise the E36 coupe’s,
especially the M3 for having light or vague steering but I have to
disagree, I think they are being picky.
I found this Sport sifting through Pistonheads and was amazed at the spec
and price it was up for. The car was advertised through a specialist
Dealership called “Up Town Cars” in North London.
I travelled up the same day with a mechanic friend of mine and bought it
after attempting some rather bad negotiation skills.
Me “The fan belt, alternator belt and drivers side electric window
regulator needs replacing”
So-called friend “Oh I can do that for you, will take me a few minutes”,
I’m still waiting on the window regulator.
So we paid the asking price, I wasn’t fussed though as the engine
had been replaced under warranty (which the sellers didn’t know). The car
had 80,000 miles on the clock and the new engine had been fitted in
06/2000 giving the engine approximately 40,000 miles of use. I wasn’t
going to wait for them to troll through the receipts and jack up the price
when the realised the car is worth £2k more than they were asking for it.
This car really was fully loaded, 6 disk changer, digital climate control
(adjustable for both passenger and driver), full leather (Lux Pack) sand
leather, 17” BBS RC042 (now refurbished, these are always in a mess), full
Mtech kit, Avus package, Continentals all round and to top it off a FBMWSH.
The E36 should have had a spindle recall, so check this has been done
through BMW. The 328 engines had Nikasil liners, which were eaten away by
poor quality fuel, resulting in a new engine required. BMW Dealers would
have done this under “Good-Will” if the car had FBMWSH and under 100,000
miles. Some dealers would have inserted steel liners; others gave a whole
new block and pistons. This car was lucky enough for a whole new engine.
The BBS 042’s had a serious corrosion problem and will most likely need
refurbishing, this is costly. Otherwise there aren’t any real issues
different to any other car.
All BMW Genuine parts have been used, since owning the car I have kept the
FBMWSH and taken the car to Barons of Hindhead. The aircon and alternator
belts were replaced along with an Inspection 2, which is BMW’s highest
Engine: 2.8 straight six,
Performance: 0-60 in 6.8
and 148 mph at the top
Time owned: 12/2005 -
Bought and sold for:
Mileage owned: 81,000
Parts/Servicing costs: £400
£780 with 2 year NC