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I Really Want an E36 BMW 3 Series Touring

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

I've recently decided that I, Doug DeMuro, really want a 1990s station wagon. No, I don't want some old Volvo or Ford wagon that your mom used to drive you to oboe practice in when you were 11. I want something much cooler: the BMW 3 Series wagon.

Now, if you know BMWs, I know what you're thinking: They didn't make a 3 Series wagon in the 1990s. And that's true -- although BMW was making a wagon version of the 5 Series (which I've dubbed the "Long Roof") starting in 1989, the 3 Series didn't get a wagon model until the E46 variant came out in 1999. Put simply, the car I want didn't exist.

Ahh, but it did.

In foreign markets, BMW shoppers were gifted with the ability to buy a Touring version of the highly popular E36 3 Series, which was sold from 1992 to 1998. To me, this is the ultimate BMW 3 Series, as it mates the handsome lines of the E36 with the perfect body style: a station wagon. Best of all, the E36 3 Series Touring was hardly a wagon by modern standards but really more of a hatchback. A cool, relatively lightweight, handsome hatchback.

In the years since the 1990s, BMW's E30 3 Series wagon has gotten all the glory. The E30 has risen in value and popularity, and E30 models are now legal to import, which has driven up interest in the E30 Touring. Meanwhile, the E46 wagon has always been well-known, since BMW sold it here. That leaves the E36 Touring as something of the middle child, the one nobody remembers, the forgettable one.

Which is a shame because, well... look at it. I want one. And you know what? The earliest models become legal to import later this year. Mwahahahahaha...

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