First post in the E36 tech lounge so be nice.
This subject I have no doubt has been killed to death by members before me so apologies in advance.
I am currently looking at a 1997 BMW 323i, currently has 63000 miles on the odometer and is priced at £1695.
Here is a link for you all to take a gander -
BMW 3 SERIES 323i SE 4dr Saloon 2.5
By my estimations it does look very clean indeed and certainly well cared for but there are a few things bothering me.
What should I look for in terms of common issues?
I believe this engine in particular suffered with nikisil wear problems, based on the mileage and we are now in late 2013 would the issue still be apparent or is it safe to assume that buying this vehicle will prove to be fine. I know the mileage is low but based on age and my minds logic surely the issue in hand will have struck already? correct me if I am wrong.
Also what sort of MPG will I see, vehicle will see a fair amount of motorway mileage (6000miles per year) and the odd town drive, so say about 10000 miles per annum, maybe less.
I am not one to plant my foot at every opportunity but every now and again I like to clear out the cob webs.............. So to speak. Not really a fan of chunting up and down motorways either, I happily commute at a leisurely 70MPH +5.
Having driven diesel for a good few years I have weighed up the pros and cons and sadly the oil burner is proving pointless, ok so I can get 45mpg on a run and plenty of poke but after 4 DMFW, 2 turbo failures and endless brake pad and disk replacement because of the heavier power plant I believe that petrol is truly the way to go and I cannot think of a better contender than BMWs refined, smooth, reliable, powerful straight 6 platforms.
My journey to work has reduced significantly so that is not an issue, fuel consumption will not be a problem, id rather loose 10mpg in aid of a decent reliable block.
Many Thanks and I hope somebody can provide some influential information