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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sat, Apr-18-2015, 05:09:46 AM   #1
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Default Taking a unicorn from ratty to rockstar

I'm a long-time M3 owner, and have owned quite a few over the years. My first was a '95 in Cosmos black that went from my daily to dedicated road racer. I also brought an ex-racer '88 E30 M3 back from the dead and daily drove it for a couple of years. My current fleet includes an E46 M3 GTS Challenge racecar, and an E30 M3 that I saved from the crusher and I'm building up into a gravel rally car. So, when a friend posted that he was looking to sell his technoviolet Dinan supercharged coupe, I jumped on the chance to own an E36 again and get one step closer to a complete set of M3s.






This car is special. Not only is it a rare technoviolet on dove grey, but it was the car Dinan designed the OBDII supercharger kit on and still sports it's original Powerdyne blower. It's a low mileage '96, with full Dinan suspension and power mods. The car was exceptionally well maintained mechanically, but is really rough cosmetically. The window trim is worn and rusting, the paint is faded and peeling on the wing and rear bumper, it's got a bunch of small dents and dings, there's a rust patch by the tail light, and the interior leather is cracked and worn.

My plan for the car is to bring it back to like-new condition over time, add a few more mods, and then use it for club events. I'll use this thread to track and share my progress for those who want to follow along.

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Default Re: Taking a unicorn from ratty to rockstar

One of the first repairs on the car is replacing a broken HVAC controller. Like many E36s, the climate control module was intermittently cutting out. I bought a rebuilt unit, and swapped it out.



For those looking to do the same, the process is really simple. There's a hole in the top of the sunglass holder that you can use to push the on board computer out. With the OBC out, you can push the climate control module out from behind. Unplug, plug the new one in, and you're done.

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Default Re: Taking a unicorn from ratty to rockstar

The car had a broken passenger side window regulator, so I had the guys at Bill Arnold BMW Repair in San Rafael fix it. While they were at it, they re-glued the plastics on the door panels, and swapped out the rusty window trim and dried out window gaskets for new parts.




Pro tip: If you want to swap the window surrounds, the only way to do it properly is to remove the side windows. It takes a bit of time, but it's pretty straightforward otherwise.
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Looking forward to this. Nice work saving a car that deserves it.
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Old Sat, Apr-18-2015, 06:01:14 AM   #5
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Another quality thread from you Peter
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Nice, I'm doing the same with my 95 cosmo....currently gathering parts ATM . I'll be watching.
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Awesome

M3's being brought back from the brink warms my heart
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Glad you ended up with it. I only see trashed cars near me.
My Techno was on Black leather. I sold it to a kid named Ross near you. Then a year later I saw it on CL with a giant V right down the middle. He hit a pole straight on.
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Good man! Saving one from certain death.
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It's so nice to see them in good hands, especially another TVM. I'm looking forward to future progress.
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