I still remember my first car fondly and I’ve spoken about this very fact before. My 1996 E36 BMW 328i was a lovely little machine for all 248,000 miles of its life. I sold it many years ago, for less money than a set of the newest Air Pods, but each and every time I see an E36 on the road, it makes me smile. Which is why this new video from JayEmm really made me happy.
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To be honest, seeing reviews of the E36 M3 isn’t that out of the ordinary. Classic M3s make for good SEO, so many publications like to run retro-reviews of them. However, seeing a video review of a standard E36 3 Series is far less common and really makes me smile. Especially since the car in this video is a BMW 328i, similar to mine.
Admittedly, my E36 was a sedan, this one is a Coupe. This one is also a “Sport”, which wasn’t a trim level sold in the ‘States. My car was also automatic (I was seventeen, I bought whichever BMW I could afford that wasn’t in shambles), this one is a manual. This one’s also green, mine was silver. So the car in this video is far superior to mine in every single way. Still, there’s a familial relation between the two and things like steering feel, feedback and chassis balance are all very similar.
So when I see a review like this one, where the E36 3 Series, specifically a BMW 328i, gets some much needed love, it really does put a smile on my face. It also makes me want another E36 3 Series. Until the memories of spending countless hours and dollars, while exhausting my entire vocabulary of creative swear words, begin to return. Then I realize that it’s probably best to just remember it fondly and continue living without the headache.