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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2009, 03:09:13 pm »
can't be hard to fix that.  find a wrecked evo and get the doors :D (some sarcasm intended)
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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2009, 03:21:17 pm »

don't see that alloy doors are an upside, especially in a supermarket carpark

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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2009, 03:40:32 pm »
don't see that alloy doors are an upside, especially in a supermarket carpark

A8's are all alloy and they seem to be fine

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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2009, 04:10:40 pm »
He's referring to repairing alloy dings as opposed to plain steel ones!
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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #34 on: December 27, 2009, 05:39:07 pm »

and I would expect that few A8s are used for the supermarket run!   ;)

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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #35 on: December 27, 2009, 09:31:04 pm »
I've heard various pros and cons for both cars.  I drove the 3.0 last year off a yard and really loved it - poor thing was lacking rear tyre tread after I'd had my go in it.  I figure another 40bhp must be a good thing - never heard anything bad about the 6 speed - only the SMG which isn't a consideration.
He has some pretty extensive receipts over the years for the car so will look out for VANOS work - but if all is in good order I don't see it being a trouble maker.

If you know anything bad - with evident links about the E36 evo please reply with them as I'm looking next week.  Cheers Staf
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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #36 on: December 28, 2009, 12:42:10 pm »
I've heard various pros and cons for both cars.  I drove the 3.0 last year off a yard and really loved it - poor thing was lacking rear tyre tread after I'd had my go in it.  I figure another 40bhp must be a good thing - never heard anything bad about the 6 speed - only the SMG which isn't a consideration.
He has some pretty extensive receipts over the years for the car so will look out for VANOS work - but if all is in good order I don't see it being a trouble maker.

If you know anything bad - with evident links about the E36 evo please reply with them as I'm looking next week.  Cheers Staf

My research was done a number of years ago, my Father owned 2 E36 M3's, both 3.0's. He didnt want a 3.2 as they arent as tough as the 3.0's.
If you do go for a 3.2 make sure it doesnt jump out of gear. Also just because the VANOS has been replace doesnt count for anything, the units can fail as early as 10,000kms.
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Re: '94 S4
« Reply #37 on: December 28, 2009, 09:29:59 pm »
Sure - I've heard all this - but apparently the VANOS problem has been hyped by the internet over the years and isn't as bad as the reputation.  Some evos never need the vanos replaced - and apparently the 3.0 also suffers from Vanos failure..
I think you just need to keep a few magic beans in the pocket for the odd expensive problem.  Going to check it out next week - seems to be a good completely standard example with full service history which I will be leafing through.
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