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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-24-2015, 03:27:48 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,661
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Opinion Needed: 97 E36 M3 @$17k

I agree, to make the same argument on the flip side of the coin I think back to my father's '95 C36 AMG. They only imported around 200 total into the US. This was a hand assembled car done before...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jan-21-2015, 04:06:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,430
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Thinking of Selling...

If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to find an NC on a used car lot at take it for a test drive. I think you'll be very impressed.

I had a '96 Miata for 4 years and it's probably...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Sep-05-2014, 04:34:13 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,203
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Today, Mazda did what BMW seem utterly incapable of doing (New Miata)

On paper I agree, but in execution, but NB MSM is disappointing in stock form. The gearing on a 6 speed NB Miata is ridiculously short. This is amplified on the turbocharged version with a lower...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Aug-28-2014, 04:33:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 794
Posted By Z Driver
Re: '95 M3-35k Miles only $8,950???

It think he's claiming 35K miles on the "rebuilt" V6 engine. Nobody would spend the money to ever rebuild an engine for that car given how trashed it is. That repainted hood is horrendous.

Call...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-16-2014, 03:30:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 777
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Waterless coolant

I ran it in my Miata after I replaced the entire cooling system as preventative maintenance. The biggest selling point to me was the lack of pressure. This probably helps the cooling system last...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-12-2014, 05:17:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Help: Looking to purchase specific E36

I'd skip the anything with a salvage title. The panel gaps at the trunk lid are terrible and the crappy aftermarket tail lights suggest that is where the damage occurred. This screams of corner...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-01-2014, 02:46:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By Z Driver
Re: paint restoration

It should clean up nicely. I guess that's the one good thing about single stage paint, but then again it never would had been that bad in the first place with a clear coat. If your few odds and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-19-2014, 03:10:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,382
Posted By Z Driver
Re: confusion over tires

I'd imagine 7.5" squared since it's a '95 and his OE size is 235. I haven't purchased tires for my M3 in years and I'm shocked at how few 235's are on tirerack.com versus 5 years ago.

Although...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-15-2014, 03:48:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 919
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Local Project: Worth it or not?

It's nice to see somebody who asks for advice actually take it.



Parts cars, even then there really isn't much there.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Feb-15-2014, 03:55:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,446
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Re-gluing door panels?

Another vote for Gorilla Glue. I used it about 6 years ago and it has held up fine. I think I've even had the door panels off a couple times since then without any issues. I would test it out on...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-14-2014, 03:05:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,513
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Moving from window shopper to buyer

I'd pass. Small things like the missing jack point cover and lack of effort of even taking an interior photo make me question how meticulous the owner was with maintenance. With that many miles,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Sep-23-2013, 03:01:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Recommend me a good set of snow cables / chains

Seems to fit your need:

http://www.autosock.com/
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Sep-15-2013, 06:19:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,298
Posted By Z Driver
Re: I got some replacement parts for the M3 yesterday and....

It looks like private sector UPS guy wanted to stick it to the man (USPS) via your M3. At least both parties in this accident are definitely insured and you're obviously not at fault. I have no...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Sep-08-2013, 07:07:04 PM
Replies: 45
BRZ
Views: 3,036
Posted By Z Driver
Re: BRZ

The Datsun 240Z legitimized Japanese cars in the US market. It could hang with the Porsches and Jags of it time at less than half the cost. Unlike the British and Italian sports cars (MG, Fiat,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-17-2013, 07:30:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,701
Posted By Z Driver
Re: This is MINT!!!

I like a car ad with pictures, just not duplicates and triplets of the same picture. It looks like a clean car and those seats look fantastic.

I can't believe they couldn't replace that crappy...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-05-2013, 04:22:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Checked out a BG sedan...

I watched your video and it sounds like you've done a bit of research on what to look for in these cars. If I were you, I would be looking at increasing your budget. Unfortunately, it seems a lot...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-01-2013, 05:07:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,299
Posted By Z Driver
Re: E36M3 MPG worsened with plug change

Very impressed; do you know the history of your car? Is it still on the original drivetrain? I have what I would consider a high mileage daily driver, but that picture puts my truck to shame.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Apr-05-2013, 05:20:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,479
Posted By Z Driver
Re: First autocross season with m3

It's been awhile; I retired the M3 from auto-x duty many years ago. On the few times I did use street tires, they were Michelin PS1's (OE tires) and then Continential ContiSport 2's (summer tires;...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Apr-04-2013, 05:24:43 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,479
Posted By Z Driver
Re: First autocross season with m3

fixed :hattip:


Even with a square setup, an E36 M3 in close to stock form suffers from very bad understeer at auto-x speeds. Really the only way to spin the car is if you are over zealous with...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-14-2013, 04:07:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,475
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Homemade ramps

I just don't think I would trust something I personally made out of wood to support a car. I really like my Kwiklift. Just drive on and jack the lift from the lateral support bar in the rear if you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-12-2013, 05:11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,451
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Changing Diff Oil

Or buy this set from HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/12-piece-drain-plug-socket-set-94961.html

These are shallow enough to use with a 3/8 ratchet.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-26-2013, 05:39:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,613
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Just wanted to share this ad with everyone, loving this car

Fantastic example of an E36 in a desirable color. My only two nitpicks are the expansion tank looks old so the cooling system is probably still original. The second gripe is the mismatched front...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-05-2013, 04:44:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,003
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Snow Tires Rub on Bilstein's

I ran into this problem after I replaced my struts with Bilstein on stock springs. My auto-x tire setup was 245/45/17 (before Kuhmo decided to make the V710 a 245/40) all around on stock DSIIs with...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-25-2013, 05:54:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,662
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Maf reading e36 m3 with torque app

No, no matter what OBDII device you use, the E36 M3 does not support oil pressure or oil temp. It's a limitation with the car, not the device. Very few cars support those parameters.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-17-2013, 04:14:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Hex bit socket for diffy fill plug.

Get this set from Harbor Freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/12-piece-drain-plug-socket-set-94961.html

The 14mm hex is shallow enough to be used with a 3/8" ratchet. Under $12 out the door...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-16-2012, 04:15:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 949
Posted By Z Driver
Re: DIY Core Parts Disposal

:rofl3: auto-correct.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-15-2012, 03:22:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 949
Posted By Z Driver
Re: DIY Core Parts Disposal

Any fully metal parts (brake rotors) I will just take with me to the metal recycler when I take my aluminum. When it comes to cooling system parts, I will dry them out, tape up the ends, and store...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-19-2012, 04:14:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,094
Posted By Z Driver
Re: CL find: Uber clean.

Probably a very nice car and may be worth the price, but the ad is terrible. The only person that would pay that price is an enthusiast (who is probably hundreds of miles away). There is no mention...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-19-2012, 04:26:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,497
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Just Got My New (and first) M3

Very nice! It seems almost all the clean, low mileage, and unmolested E36's left are the convertibles. I'm sure the top down experience of the M3 is fantastic.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-13-2012, 04:14:12 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 23,835
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Production numbers: North American-spec sedans w/ manual transmissions

This is really cool. Thanks for taking the time to run through VINs. I really wish that VIN decoder would release its database. Do you have plans to do the entire US Spec M3 production run? It...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-19-2012, 01:38:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 18,482
Posted By Z Driver
Re: VIN decoder online

Very cool. I always wondered when my exact production date was. Getting a hold of the full database source was be amazing. I would love to see a year/color combo/production quantity matrix for the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-15-2012, 03:18:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,914
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Battery

I went that route in 2003 for around ~$125. That battery died in 2010 (not complaints on the life). I called all the local BMW dealers here and the cheapest was $320. I went with the Interstate...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-04-2012, 02:59:56 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,744
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Interior and Fluid Overhaul Questions

Care to explain why the oil pressure is low on a cold start?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-30-2012, 04:34:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,756
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Video - How to Change Manual Transmission Fluid

Thank you for making the video. I'm sure there are some newbies out there that will benefit from this. No wonder this forum has gone to crap in the past few years; somebody posts a video DIY...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-27-2012, 04:35:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,511
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Looking at a potential track car, your opinion please

I agree with both of these statements.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-08-2012, 04:23:22 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,522
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Any factory Imola's out there?

I remember many years ago (like 6-7) seeing somebody posting on bf.c with one with the Modena interior. He was always trying to either trade or sell the car and never seemed very happy with what he...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-27-2012, 03:34:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,540
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Question about Challenger SRT8 392

For what is worth, my father is the original owner of a '06 SRT-8 Magnum. I think it has ~40K miles on it today. It's been problem free. The 6.1L is a sweet engine. It free revs quicker than my...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-27-2012, 03:19:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,020
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Rust problem

If you are planning on using the car as a DD and you live in a snowy climate, you might as well buy a rusty one at a discount. It doesn't make a lot of sense to buy a rust free example at a premium...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Mon, Jan-23-2012, 04:00:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 291
Posted By Z Driver
2004 bmw Z4 2.5i 5 speed

I'm selling this car for a family member. I picked this car out in January 2010 for him and performed the maintenance work on it:

2004 BMW Z4 2.5i with a five speed manual. Hellrot red with...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-31-2011, 05:34:37 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 10,405
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Best replacement for E36 M3

I've seen many auto-x related posts you have made about how various cars can't compete against your E36 and I have to ask what at SCCA events have you been? My Miata and M3 have put up quicker times...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-02-2011, 03:38:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,619
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Looking for info on factory rear wings

My 5/96 build date 1996 came with a factory wing and that wasn't dealer added. I guess it could have been POE added, but it's listed on the BMW window sticker. I was there when the car arrived on...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-18-2011, 03:30:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By Z Driver
Re: gas gauge acting up

Back when my car was still under warranty, I had a fuel sender go out. The gauge read completely empty. The dealer replaced the sender and everything was fine. A few years later, I filled up and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Nov-02-2011, 06:10:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,651
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Avus/cloth/no-sunroof M3 for sale

It's not really a drawback considering you could never get a Euro spec M3 in the US. People (ie: anyone who didn't buy their E36 new) have been bitching about that over a decade. The truth is the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-01-2011, 03:22:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,651
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Avus/cloth/no-sunroof M3 for sale

A very low miles (for an E36) M3 in a very desirable color. Not to mention the rare cloth interior everyone is nuts for and the rarity and weight reduction of no sunroof. It seems the maintenance...
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Jun-05-2011, 01:40:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,303
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Which looks best (Vintage German Car Edition)

I've been around lurking mostly in the E36 section. For that past couple of years I have rarely posted (especially in OT). There aren't too many members left from the good old days.

Are you...
Forum: Off Topic Sat, Jun-04-2011, 10:49:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,303
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Which looks best (Vintage German Car Edition)

I have to go with the 300SL.

356 - Beautiful car in the eyes of a car lover, but a bit pedestrian looking in coupe form (cabs and speedsters look better IMO) to the masses. Too similar to a VW. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-04-2011, 10:33:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,464
Posted By Z Driver
Re: cobra to m3 I need some input

To the OP:

If it was me, I would stick with the Cobra. It sounds like you have a very mint low miles example. You already know the car and its issues. Buying a used car this old is always a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-04-2011, 06:21:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,464
Posted By Z Driver
Re: cobra to m3 I need some input

cons for E46, stock power is a joke, 333hp/262tq? are you serious? That's less than an Ecoboost Taurus.

Spoken like a true E46er.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-27-2011, 05:09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,364
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Any cars still going strong on original battery

The original battery to my car was DOA in a grocery store parking lot 2 months after my M3 was new. It was replaced under warranty and lasted until 2002. I installed a new battery purchased from...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-25-2011, 04:28:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,383
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Gonna buy these...

Without tires is usually preferable. 90% of the time the tires are either a crappy/cheap model and/or are worn out. Buying wheels with tires only increases my costs because I now have to pay for...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-24-2011, 04:13:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,383
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Gonna buy these...

I can't stand E46 & E9x wheels on the E36, but for some reason I don't mind seeing contours on an E46 coupe.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-12-2011, 04:59:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,175
Posted By Z Driver
Re: e36 M3 UUC Motor Works Cat Back too loud ?

I'd just try to trade for a stock exhaust. All the UUC's are obnoxiously loud and don't sound very good.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-03-2011, 04:30:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,809
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Coolant Expansion Tank

My original plastic tank lasted almost 15 years and 68K miles without failing before I replaced it. I have no problem replacing it again within the same time or mileage interval versus going with an...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-19-2011, 07:58:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,575
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Disabled driver seeks relationship with M3 :)

I really cannot comment on the ease in ingress/egress between the coupe and sedan. I've been in and out of both, but haven't noticed much of a difference. The coupe and sedan weigh more or less the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-19-2011, 04:08:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,575
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Disabled driver seeks relationship with M3 :)

Welcome! I remember reading your story on miata.net a few years ago. As mentioned already, we do have a member with hand controls installed. I'm not sure if you are aware or it, but 1995 was the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-18-2011, 05:12:01 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,908
Posted By Z Driver
Re: What's your odd ritual when driving your car?

'96s don't have the clutch safety switch either.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-09-2011, 12:00:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,503
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Checking this out tomorrow. Suggestions.

When I saw the pictures of the car and high mileage I figured it was game over. The wheels, painted moldings/door handles, splitters, and euro front plate screamed young owner.

If it wasn't...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-04-2011, 06:23:09 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,554
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Expensive but nice

I called KBB but they didn't have any of those 25K mile E36's for $12.5K in stock. I guess I have to wait their next shipment. :rofl3: Maybe NADA has a few of them.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-04-2011, 06:14:12 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,224
Posted By Z Driver
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-04-2011, 05:41:38 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,554
Posted By Z Driver
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-31-2011, 02:22:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By Z Driver
Re: what do you guys think of these "vehicle service plans" ??

Lol, the icing on the cake is a the ex-US Fidelis employees would fair better if they had leprosy when it comes to finding a new job.

For the OP, here's an article Car and Driver did on...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-30-2011, 08:47:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By Z Driver
Re: what do you guys think of these "vehicle service plans" ??

Almost all of those 3rd party warranties are scams. A lot of these companies are based in St. Louis and have a terrible track record with the BBB. You are basically buying into a contract that you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-23-2011, 03:24:39 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,039
Posted By Z Driver
Re: If you could get yourself another E36 M3, what would it be?

My M3 is a weekend toy that also competes with my Miata which is also another toy. If for some reason I lost my M3, I'm not sure I would want another. I find it a little too practical and isolated...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-21-2011, 04:24:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,676
Posted By Z Driver
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-12-2011, 05:18:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,171
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Amberlamps! Estoril on canvas?

Deez are mad tyte yo! Deez lites eliminate dat unsightly gap between tha headlite and tha corner lite. Hellaflush!
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-11-2011, 06:52:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,171
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Amberlamps! Estoril on canvas?

That is some talent! It would have looked better with this headlight/corner combo:

http://www.4caroption.com/images/products/items/LP-BE36CC-5_HID.jpg
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Mar-08-2011, 05:17:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Best '90s Dance Hits

90's dance music was awesome. Some good stuff posted here (and some stuff that's not dance music). Here's what I got:

Technotronic - Move This

Quad City DJ's - C'Mon 'N Ride It
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-03-2011, 05:02:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,342
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Any "easy" way to tell if waterpump is original?

No maintenance record indicating replacement = assume it's original and replace it; especially with 80K miles. Another vote here for OEM thermostat housing. My original lasted 14 years and 68K...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-25-2011, 03:09:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,026
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Who here has bought the stromung exhaust from understeer?

I bought mine from Understeer 4 or 5 years ago. I can't remember if it shipped from Understeer or if it shipped from the manufacturer.

The exhaust did not come with new hangers. If you need...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Feb-16-2011, 09:29:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Dr. clolorchip, anyone use it here?

Worth the price. I used it as well on my Boston Green with great results. Very minor and fine road rash disappears. Larger chips become less noticeable, but the product has trouble filling them in...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-15-2011, 04:59:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,683
Posted By Z Driver
Re: what color should I paint these?

You get pulled over for speeding because you are speeding. Your wheels looking un-douchey isn't the problem.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Feb-10-2011, 04:15:44 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,271
Posted By Z Driver
Re: A Porsche guy's thoughts on the E36 M3 and BMW Dealers

I'm glad you enjoy the M3. Boston Green on a sedan is a pretty rare sight. I hate to say it but with 260K miles and daily driver duty, I hope the previous owner's maintenance habits were better...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Feb-10-2011, 03:59:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,345
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Keep the Modena or redo in alcantara?

His seats look great but if I remember correctly, it wasn't an exact match to the OEM Modena.

I have Modena leather and I really hope somebody in the future does make an exact replica of the color.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jan-12-2011, 09:54:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,474
Posted By Z Driver
Re: coupe door swap questions

:agree:

I think the body shop is the way to go. I know you are worried about the paint not matching. I would put my money into betting a good body shop can match the paint and blend it properly...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Dec-31-2010, 04:58:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,366
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Sweet... a E46 Dakar Yellow on ebay

By coincidence, I saw that car in person about a month ago. My girlfriend bought her Honda Element from the used car dealer that is selling the M3. The car was not with the inventory but was being...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-24-2010, 05:53:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,609
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Removing paint!

If you didn't try to blast the paint off your current trim, you could have sold it and offset some of the cost of the new trim...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-24-2010, 01:46:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,609
Posted By Z Driver
Re: Removing paint!

Paint stripper is some pretty nasty stuff and I wouldn't trust it on plastic.
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Dec-03-2010, 05:35:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,225
Posted By Z Driver
Smallest as far as practical space would be a MR2...

Smallest as far as practical space would be a MR2 Spyder and then my Miata. I've driven a shorter cars like the Mini S and Scion Xa; but both have much more interior and cargo room.


How do...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Dec-02-2010, 02:23:31 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,497
Posted By Z Driver
I am thinking I have done plenty of indoor...

I am thinking I have done plenty of indoor photography professionally and I am qualified to state my opinion. Natural light is great at times, but very difficult for all practical purposes. Do some...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Dec-02-2010, 02:32:24 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,497
Posted By Z Driver
Kid on the way...You're going to really want a...

Kid on the way...You're going to really want a dedicated flash that you can bounce indoors.
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Nov-12-2010, 03:23:15 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,497
Posted By Z Driver
The new sensor in the D7000 is supposedly amazing...

The new sensor in the D7000 is supposedly amazing and represents the next generation for Nikon's DX line. I can't wait until they put that sensor into a body that can replace the D300. The sensor...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Nov-12-2010, 03:18:25 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,497
Posted By Z Driver
Well the way it's calculated on point and shoots...

Well the way it's calculated on point and shoots is the longest focal length divided by the widest focal length. I had a bit of a mental math fail in my original post and it's actually closer to 4X...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Nov-12-2010, 02:08:42 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,497
Posted By Z Driver
It's a little over 5X optically. 24-105 on the...

It's a little over 5X optically. 24-105 on the crop factor 7D body won't be the ideal outdoor setup as it won't be very wide. Many new point and shoots go wider than 24m on a 1.6 crop body does. ...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Nov-11-2010, 09:13:23 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,497
Posted By Z Driver
I have to agree with him. I am a very avid...

I have to agree with him.

I am a very avid landscape photographer and shoot weddings/events professionally. I have loads of Nikon gears. I have the say that the best camera is the one you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-09-2010, 03:38:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,709
Posted By Z Driver
Is it just my memory, or did the dealer kick the...

Is it just my memory, or did the dealer kick the price up by $1K from when this was originally posted?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-05-2010, 02:10:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,709
Posted By Z Driver
I have the same color combo and build month. My...

I have the same color combo and build month. My car was only made about 50 cars after the one pictured. If that car does not have a sunroof, it is close to being my car; and my car is optioned very...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-13-2010, 05:25:26 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,421
Posted By Z Driver
There's nothing like a clean low mileage E36 M3.

There's nothing like a clean low mileage E36 M3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-13-2010, 04:50:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,814
Posted By Z Driver
I was using my Miata with snows in the winter,...

I was using my Miata with snows in the winter, but I always felt bad about it. It was my mistake to spend too much and buy a Miata in very good condition. I decided that this year I was going to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-30-2010, 10:39:46 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 37,060
Posted By Z Driver
68,8xx

68,8xx
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-11-2010, 05:05:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
Posted By Z Driver
I've never had an auto-x inspection where the...

I've never had an auto-x inspection where the tech could find the cable. They always try the cruise control cable and then asked if it was drive by wire.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-11-2010, 04:30:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,441
Posted By Z Driver
Good luck with the sale. I figured you had put...

Good luck with the sale. I figured you had put more than 3,000 miles on it since you bought it. I'm not one to talk though since I have only put on 700 on mine since May '09. What's next?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Aug-05-2010, 04:44:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,151
Posted By Z Driver
Sorry to hear that. At least when they still...

Sorry to hear that. At least when they still make a profit on a nice car, it shows that the market for clean E36 M3's is still strong.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-04-2010, 08:50:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By Z Driver
It's been discussed many times. Only the front...

It's been discussed many times. Only the front wheels will fit the E36.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-01-2010, 06:42:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,233
Posted By Z Driver
I wrote about my experience with a C36 in...

I wrote about my experience with a C36 in response to a similar question a few weeks ago:
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-17-2010, 04:09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 918
Posted By Z Driver
You most likely will have to run a 5mm spacer and...

You most likely will have to run a 5mm spacer and longer lug bolts. I did in order to fit my 245/45/17 R-comps on 7.5" DSII's on the front. This was on stock suspension and springs.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-10-2010, 01:59:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,082
Posted By Z Driver
I would avoid the C36. My father bought one of...

I would avoid the C36. My father bought one of the first C36's imported in to the US in 1995. He put about 113K miles on it from '95 to '06. It had many problems and was always at the dealer. It...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-14-2010, 05:51:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,347
Posted By Z Driver
I love the color combo! What's that green...

I love the color combo! What's that green called? It almost looks like Boston Green.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-26-2010, 04:35:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By Z Driver
It could be a slipping clutch (especially if you...

It could be a slipping clutch (especially if you have high miles) or the clutch delay valve. Do a search for CDV delete for more information on the latter.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Apr-15-2010, 06:34:43 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 19,394
Posted By Z Driver
I use my Miata with snow tires. Everything that...

I use my Miata with snow tires. Everything that makes it so great on backroads/auto-x courses makes it a liability in the winter. The short wheelbase makes it always want to rotate (even in a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-12-2010, 05:35:32 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,141
Posted By Z Driver
Question Don't do a BMW 2002. I (ironically) sold my...

Don't do a BMW 2002. I (ironically) sold my Datsun Z to pick up a very clean '74 BMW 2002 with 57K miles on it a few years ago. I was overwhelmed with the originality, lack of rust, and cosmetic...
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