I have been looking for a replacement for my '94 318is coupe for quite a few months now. I was wanting the practicality of a 4-door due to having to soon carry a baby seat, etc.
I had a strange desire to get an early E36 325i as I love E36s, the sound of the M50 engine, and they are available in 4-door and manual. Turns out manuals are rare as I have been looking for one for some time.
I wanted an unmodified model, preferably no sunroof (rare on the top of the line 325i), pre-VANOS (just because it's one less thing to go wrong), no cruise control, in black with a black interior.
Finally, the other day something close came up on eBay... Silver, blue leather interior (yuck), no sunroof, pre-Vanos, but interstate. I put a bid in at the starting price expecting to get outbid. I didn't get outbid - I won it. So I am now the owner of a car I have never seen in person, have not had looked at by anyone I know, in another state. I didn't even ask many questions about it. It arrives Friday with the extra cost of A$400 for transport.
According to the seller the only problems are sagging headlining, and clear coat peeled a little on right hand doors.
Not sure what I want to do to this 325i. I am tempted to keep it stock appearance (even the unpainted bumpers), change the interior for one in black (dashboard, carpets, seats, everything), and put in some later model suspension (as I think these early models are a bit different) -- maybe just the factory lowered "M tech" suspension.
I found a Russian website where you can look up the original specification of your BMW. Here's what it says about my new 325i.
Type code CB32
Type 325I (EUR)
E series E36 (4)
Colour STERLINGSILBER METALLIC (244)
Code / Description (interface) / Description (EPC)
S218A SPORT-LEDERLENKRAD II LEATHER SPORTS STEERING WHEEL II
S411A FENSTERHEBER,ELEKTRISCH VORN/HINTEN Window lifts,electric,front/rear
S530A KLIMAANLAGE Air conditioning
S556A AUSSENTEMPERATURANZEIGE Outdoor temperature indicator
S564A INNENLICHTPAKET Interior light package
S679A HECKSCHEIBENANTENNE REAR WINDOW ANTENNA
S687A RADIOVORBEREITUNG Radio preparation
L810A AUSTRALIEN-AUSFUEHRUNG National version Australia
S818A BATTERIEHAUPTSCHALTER Battery master switch
S848A ERWEITERTER KABELBAUM Expanded wiring harness
S850A ZUSAETZL. TANKFUELLUNG EXPORT Additional Export tank filling
S925A VERSANDSCHUTZPAKET Dispatch protection pack