Will E36 cars appreciate?

Will E36 cars appreciate?

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So

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170 months

Wednesday 30th October
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I had a 328iS coupe in the late 90s and loved it. It was a stunning looking thing.

They remain a great looking car from when BMWs were still aspirational and they can be bought today for very little. Will they ever start being renovated and increasing in value?

I must say I am a bit tempted to buy another.


geeks

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87 months

Wednesday 30th October
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I had a 328iS coupe in the late 90s and loved it. It was a stunning looking thing.

They remain a great looking car from when BMWs were still aspirational and they can be bought today for very little. Will they ever start being renovated and increasing in value?

I must say I am a bit tempted to buy another.

They pretty much already are, cheap saloons and coupe are (mostly) rott boxes and the good ones are getting on for silly money!

The trouble is because the decent ones are commanding strong money the guys with rotten ones or just tatty examples are starting to ask silly money as well. Recently saw one that needed a complete new engine, had sub average paint work although it was solid underneath, seller wanted £2000! Someone commented asking if that was a typo, he said no he wanted 2k. Suffice to say it didnt sell and he got a fair amount of piss taking but he isnt the first I have seen like this and there have been plenty since, some much worse asking similar money, thankfully they dont seem to be selling at that price but the time will come I guess!

Kettmark

422 posts

101 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Like all modern classics, prices have/ a re going up.
My e46 still seems to be In the banger category as nobody seems to want it at £1850 despite a long term owner & full service history!

Mr Tidy

9,783 posts

75 months

Wednesday 30th October
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A mate of mine is hoping it happens soon!

He's been trying to sell a nice clean 320i Cabriolet Auto with just over 100k miles on it for a few months and had very little interest.

So

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Mr Tidy said:
A mate of mine is hoping it happens soon!

He's been trying to sell a nice clean 320i Cabriolet Auto with just over 100k miles on it for a few months and had very little interest.
I would guess that keeping them running is relatively pricey is it?

I had mine for about 18 months, when it was under warranty, and it had loads of new parts. Including an engine rebuild because the liners didn't like British petrol. By way of an apology BMW replaced everything on the car that was showing wear, which was quite a lot considering the car was less than three years old.

I think the driver's seat bolster was re-covered or replaced 3 times whilst I owned it.

Obison

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31 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Well, I've had a fair few of them, i sold the last one, a 323i saloon afew years ago and it was rust free, bar a scab on the rear arch.
After 3 yrs of ownership it gained in value, i sold it for £250 more than i paid.
I think they are gaining, for nice ones, but nice ones are rare if unmolested.
Its not the coupes that are the most valuable, there are loads of them, the standard tourings and saloons are going to be the ones.
Different for the E46, touring 330i's will be the money cars, but good coupes will always be valued.

Mr Tidy

9,783 posts

75 months

Thursday 31st October
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I would guess that keeping them running is relatively pricey is it?

I had mine for about 18 months, when it was under warranty, and it had loads of new parts. Including an engine rebuild because the liners didn't like British petrol. By way of an apology BMW replaced everything on the car that was showing wear, which was quite a lot considering the car was less than three years old.

I think the driver's seat bolster was re-covered or replaced 3 times whilst I owned it.
No, his E36 has been fine - especially compared to his E91 320i that has had some issues!

The Nikasil bore issues I'd guess you suffered from aren't an issue any more now you can only buy unleaded petrol.

For E36s I would have thought any good (as in rust-free) Coupe, Saloon or Touring should hold it's value.

With E46s there seems to be a definite premium for bigger engined petrol Tourings, especially facelift 330is as they got a 6-speed gearbox. Which is probably why I ended up buying an E91 325i Touring last year. rolleyes

Still the E46 325ti Compact has quite a following on here! I had one for over 3 years before I got the 325i (because my E46 was getting pretty crusty underneath).

Which is probably the biggest issue with E36s and E46s now.

But a clean example of either is well worth keeping and enjoying.





aka_kerrly

11,002 posts

158 months

Thursday 31st October
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Mr Tidy said:
A mate of mine is hoping it happens soon!

He's been trying to sell a nice clean 320i Cabriolet Auto with just over 100k miles on it for a few months and had very little interest.
Its not surprising is it!! Fair enough E36 M3 and 328/325i manual coupes are desirable models that are getting pretty slim in numbers.

A 320i cabriolet auto is not an enthusiasts car and it's not super low mileage either. Bet its green with beige interior or something nasty like that as well.

Touring442

916 posts

157 months

Thursday 31st October
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The E36 was the last BMW that was easy to work on. Everything is designed to be simple to get at, pretty straightforward - no can bus electronics, no EML. The E46 is an absolute pig by comparison, a collection of rust and fragile plastics held together by luck and designed by a maniac although a good one that's been well looked after is okay as long as you keep on top of it. They are quite needy though. A decent E36 also drives very well, even better with a few inexpensive mods such as an E46 steering rack.
318i saloons will never be wirth a great deal, 323i and 328i Coupes will, and a good Touring with any engine will always have a value. Maybe even Compacts as well.

V1nce Fox

720 posts

16 months

Thursday 31st October
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i bought my e36 evo coupe about 8-9 years ago as i wanted a fast manual rwd 2 door car with no turbo. it fit the bill better than anything else in the price range. i paid 3500 for it.

it throws up bills now and again but on balance i reckon it’s cash neutral.

BGarside

1,496 posts

85 months

Thursday 31st October
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Not seeing any signs of price appreciation yet, bought my low mileage (34k) 328i coupe for £4k in 2016 but higher mileage cars are still coming up for sale at £3k or less. Having said that, there are far fewer decent E36s around now than a few years back, thanks to the drifters, corrosion and drift-wannabe chavs wrecking the remaining population.

The E30 has certainly appreciated, even the lower powered models, as have the E36 M3 variants, but I'd expect the 328i Sport Coupe to go next, perhaps followed by the 6 cylinder coupes.

Mine has cost at least as much as the purchase price to bring up to standard over the last few years though so I'd suggest buying one because you want to own it rather than expecting to make any money!!

So

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170 months

Thursday 31st October
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The 328i sport coupe, which is what I had, seems to be quite colour-dependent. The silver (what I had) still looks hot, other colours less so IMHO.

V1nce Fox

720 posts

16 months

Thursday 31st October
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Mine's estoril. ironically i'm not mad on it but it was the healthiest one for sale at the time.


I had 2 manual 328i coupes before it. One was a dark metallic green SE with black leather interior (really like it in the colour) and the other one was a completely standard one, no sill trims, grey sill paint (factory) in arctic silver. I bloody LOVED that car, it just looked right.

So

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V1nce Fox said:
Mine's estoril. ironically i'm not mad on it but it was the healthiest one for sale at the time.


I had 2 manual 328i coupes before it. One was a dark metallic green SE with black leather interior (really like it in the colour) and the other one was a completely standard one, no sill trims, grey sill paint (factory) in arctic silver. I bloody LOVED that car, it just looked right.
I think Estoril is about the best colour on your car.

V1nce Fox

720 posts

16 months

Thursday 31st October
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I think Estoril is about the best colour on your car.
Thanks man, yeah I do hear that. I really wanted arctic or again a dark metallic green but it's supposed to be the colour to have.

It's grown on me but I'm still not convinced.

Touring442

916 posts

157 months

Thursday 31st October
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I can't stand silver on these. Avus blue and Bright red (Hellrot) were great colours along with Boston green and Cosmos black.

Estoril has never been a fave either. Daytona and Techno violet were both epic.

So

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Touring442 said:
I can't stand silver on these. Avus blue and Bright red (Hellrot) were great colours along with Boston green and Cosmos black.

Estoril has never been a fave either. Daytona and Techno violet were both epic.
I think it depends on the model.

The silver looked excellent on the 328i Sport, less good on other models. I think the contours of the body and accents just worked with silver.

Obison

53 posts

31 months

Thursday 31st October
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I really liked the 2 saloons i had in Morea green, everyone else hated it!

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Obison said:
I really liked the 2 saloons i had in Morea green, everyone else hated it!
It was a good colour.

I was less keen on the forest green metallic, or whatever it was called.

Touring442

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157 months

Thursday 31st October
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Morea green and Samoa blue were both absolute shockers - real Nissan Almera stuff from 1996.

Montreal blue was a lovely colour when really clean and shiny - it really 'popped' in the sun, the darker Orient blue less so.