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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 Mon, Oct-23-2017, 12:13:07 AM   #21
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A hole-lotta-love into this baby! Great work, and attn to detail.
I want to buy one of your cars
Keep the pics coming.

I went through my own version of clensing my beast upon receipt... your results are amazing.
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Amazing work, thanks for sharing!
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Very nice progress there. Only thing I don't like is the Leatherique which leaves behind grease and darkens leather (and the smell is not pleasant). Original new leather is super matte, almost chalk black. You can get yours closer to the original matte finish with degreasing. You'll notice even more suppleness (this comes from cleaning leather, our top coated leathers can't be sun damaged restored by products like Leatherique).



Your glovebox sag may be rectified by checking to see if the vent section "hooks" are properly positioned on the door body. You will need to pull the whole box to verify the hooks are intact. If they are not, you can get the vent section for a decent price new from BMW still.
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Nice progress so far, looks really great. You are reminding me of several fairly simple to-do items on my list I've never gotten around to.
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Very nice progress there. Only thing I don't like is the Leatherique which leaves behind grease and darkens leather (and the smell is not pleasant). Original new leather is super matte, almost chalk black. You can get yours closer to the original matte finish with degreasing. You'll notice even more suppleness (this comes from cleaning leather, our top coated leathers can't be sun damaged restored by products like Leatherique).
Well, the leather was pretty hardened, and Leatherique softens it quite a bit. Plus, this leather is too far gone to be restored to "factory" condition.
How do you degrease leather? It still has most of its matte finish everywhere but on the driver seat.

Thanks!
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If the glovebox vents hooks aren’t properly seated, you’ll see this right away by just opening the glovebox and look from below. There will be an obvious gap between the housing and vent trim.

If there is only a small gap and no hooks visible, then they are likely bend or broken.
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p.s. this is the 'chalk' like color Braymond is talking about.

The funny thing is, that new black nappa leather is more a dark gray/anthracite than actually black. So when it looks like proper black, it's actually not as per factory.

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If the glovebox vents hooks aren’t properly seated, you’ll see this right away by just opening the glovebox and look from below. There will be an obvious gap between the housing and vent trim.

If there is only a small gap and no hooks visible, then they are likely bend or broken.
Will check this today after work, thank for the tip!

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p.s. this is the 'chalk' like color Braymond is talking about.

The funny thing is, that new black nappa leather is more a dark gray/anthracite than actually black. So when it looks like proper black, it's actually not as per factory.

Yeah, I know how the brand new black nappa leather looks like! I drove/bought my fair share of brand new BMWs with nappa interiors.

There is simply no way a 127K miles leather that has never been cared for, never had leather treatment/conditioning done in its life and spent most of its time in cold Washington climate and under California sun will ever look like new again.

This is the best I can (or at least know how to) do with it. Its not perfect, but its a hell of a lot better than it was. i would be interested in trying the "degreasing" and see if it could help knock down a bit of sheen off the drivers' seat, but the rest of the interior is actually very nice.
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Agreed. It looks pretty darn good.
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Up to that point, I barely drove the car as I was expecting bunch of parts and maintenance items to arrive. Once parts started to accumulate, next couple of weekends were spent putting the car back on the road.

Since I had no records (or, very few records) of maintenance, I decided to baseline the car. After thorough inspection, I have concluded that the following has been done recently:

-Brake rotors looked literally brand new
-Brake pads were new as well
-Looks like front brake hoses were replaced also – all OEM stuff
-Subframe bushings looked like they were recent
-Pre-cat O2 looked new

That was about it. Everything else under the car (and I mean, everything) looked very tired. And of course I had no knowledge of any filters/fluids that were in the car.

Engine oil was drained and looked pretty sad. Based on Carfax records, the last oil change was done 10K miles ago. There was no way of telling what was in there! New Liqui Moly and Mann filter went in – smooth as butter!

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

New air filter as well:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Spark plugs were changed next – they were freaking original plugs!

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Looked pretty horrible. Replaced with platinum NGKs:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

One of the Bremis was non original, but I guess it works fine for now:

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Fuel filter was next, depressurized the system by pulling the fuse, drained the filter:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

New filter ready!

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Fuel hose and clamps looked suspect, so I replaced both with new:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

…and as suspected, tada! The original fuel filter from 99:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Coolant was drained front radiator and block, and replaced with OEM good stuff. Also drained transmission, diff, and flushed brakes – Motul fluids used throughout:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Blackstone report was a formality at this point, but I did it anyway since I was sending samples for 2 other cars at the time, so decided what the heck – it came out decent, but I have no idea what was in the car and for how long. Plus I added some fuel during the trip as it was low. At least it wasn’t horrible.

Blackstone M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

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