cheap bmw 3 series insideNo, we are not going to get into the cabin now - the most important, of course, is under the hood. It all started far back in 1991, when BMW 316i Sedan E36 with M40B16 engine of 1596 cubic volume came into the series. Inline quartet - this is not what is called a Bimmer, but the 102-powerful 2-valve engine, which still does not cause much trouble for the second, third and even 4th owners - it says a lot.
It should be noted that the Germans do not squeeze out maximum possible of their engines, as opposed to the Japanese, who contrive to get "race cars" from these volumes with different supercharged. So, 316i bmw e36 still has its available resource. Other words, BMW e36 engines are really high qualitative and reliable.
In 1993 this engine was replaced by the M43B16 version with a camshaft drive chain and another entire list of improvements. Well, the 36th engine bmw with this motor came down the assembly line in 1998.
As a rule, these cars used to be with a mechanical transmission, but if desired an automatic transmission was also possible. Suspension of bmw 316 e36 was extremely simple, but, accordingly, it was quite reliable. The level of road grip comfort, breakdown and controllability was more than comfortable.
bmw 3 series 316i appearanceThis model is indistinguishable from more serious modifications of the e36 body and enjoyed the fact that "it was also a bmw" and "nuances are not visible from the side". All the same types of bodies (sedan, coupe, hatchback, station wagon and convertible), the same colors and the same components. So, cheap bmw 3 series is BMW too. Especially if you are outside this car.
There is only one undeniable plus of BMW E36 316i in comparison with more serious models - you can turn around under the hood of this car. Everything is accessible enough and it is quite real to crawl at the problematic places for the repair.
BMW E36 316i photo
And finally some photos, although there is nothing special on them.