Subbing for moar. My mom had an e36 328i brand new back in the day, that was the car that made me all things BMW.
For a while, things were getting pretty dire. But there is a hardcore E36 community that values keeping them clean, OEM or OEM+, and functional mods only. Also, the E36 has never really fallen out of favor with the older BMW CCA crowd. Due to it's low weight, low cost, and relatively stiff chassis (compared to an E30), it's still a favorite for track-day cars. Tip: If you can find a clean one, sedans are slightly preferred for track duty because they're slightly stiffer, a little slipperier, and have more headroom for wearing a helmet.
i love mine. picked it up from a friend in July 2011 with 200,000 miles, and it's up to 207,500 now. the straight six is really great engine, and the sound it makes at WOT is just awesome.
and one i snapped a picture of during a trip to Lime Rock Park:
welcome to the layer cake
However, a resourceful enthusiast could probably score one for next to nothing from someone who swapped to an M3/Z3/Z4 rack. Here's a 328is rack for $75: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1886002
Hey TCL, long time lurker first time poster. Good thread
I love everything about the car except the transmission. My particular model is an Alpina "Switchtronic" which is a conventional auto with push button shifting. Pretty cool technology at the time and actually more fun than it sounds, but I'm looking into a manual swap
Video walkaround: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve_jcklrgCc
I see them on ebay.de pretty regularly, but they don't usually ship to NA. I'm not sure if they can be sourced more locally. I'd love to have a backup since it's so low and just a matter of time before I collect a racoon with it.