Hey Guys, I've been searching for a nice used BMW (preference for an E36 M3) for a while now. I have noticed that well maintained 5 Spd non-convertible E36 M3's are not that easy to find. I'm located in Miami (the Sandbar on the Swamp) which makes things worse. It's easier to find a 2008 M3 for sale here than a 1995 (unless you want one with a garish paint job, 22" chrome rims and 18 inch woofers, then you might be OK). Seriously... there was an turbo'd E36 M3 for sale here with a two-tone paint job, and it's claim to fame was "This car was actually in The Fast and the Furious". I've noticed that the E34 are reputed to be among the most (if not the) most reliable BMW's ever made, and I've always liked the design. I need to buy a car within the next 30 days, I'd definitely be open to a well maintaned E34 especially a 5-speed 525i/535i or 530/540i. The idea of the 3.0L V8 with a manual is particularly appealing. What are the problem areas of the E34 that you would look at closely if inspecting a used car for purchase? BTW, are all E34's 50-state cars? I need I can I can register in CA without too much trouble. Thanks for the help... -Jorge from the Sandbar (and soon to be from LA ;-) *** UPDATE: I just noticed further down in the forum that someone had asked a nearly identical question and got a good answer with links. So let me ask this: Which are more reliable, the E34 straight-6 engines, or the E34 V8's?