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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 Sun, Nov-10-2019, 05:59:16 AM   #1
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Default High mileage resurrect/DE aka the worst idea ever!

1.5 years ago I picked up this M3 that just crossed 356K miles. I had a dream of turning it into my DE/autoX replacement for my E46 non M track rat. It is a 96 Alpine White on Mulberry, 5MT, with lux package. Everything on the car was original. It was in a few accidents, but the replacement parts were always OE and the title was clear. Underneath had no rust and wiping the grime away revealed a little surface rust and no clear coat lol. Compression test was excellent and although I had no idea of much of the history previous to its current owner I went ahead and negotiated with the seller eventually settling on 2300.

After a brief going over I set out purchasing parts....probably the worst decision I ever made. I got screwed a few times too by purchasing used parts from forum members (GC coilovers that were blown when they arrived, camber plates that were falling apart) which added to the headaches. At one point I thought I should cut my loses and purchase a prepped car for around 14K (saw at least 3 in the timeframe when I was purchasing parts and slowly working on her listed for around that). In the end I stuck with it and with the help of a friend and Carlin at BMWERKS in Dickinson, TX the engine was sorted. Carlin really went above and beyond, even giving advice and guiding me step by step on things I tried by myself (the reason why I chose him to do everything I couldnt or didn't have the time to handle).

Anything that leaked was looked after, cooling system was refreshed, oil pump nut was safety wired, baffle added in pan, plus the normal M50/intake/BW race exhaust, injectors, RK Tune, LTFW, clutch, etc, etc were included in the freshening (all done by Carlin). Next up the suspension saw every single bushing replaced with Delrin, TCK DAs upon GC Race camber plates, new lower control arms, GC camber arms, etc, etc was accomplished. Thanks for forum members I was able to source a new ATE brake booster, coupled with new master, EBC yellow, brass guide pins, BW lines, and she stopped well.

Now here she sits awaiting an interior refresh along with paintwork and I must admit I am excited to see it all come together. It will still be some time before I am able to afford to get the bodywork/paint done, but everything else is here and when I have time it will get done.
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Default Re: High mileage resurrect/DE aka the worst idea ever!

Looks better than many 200k mile examples, well done. Try to get it to 500k miles!
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Looks great in white!
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How much did the shop charge you to leave the engine looking like that?
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Looks better than many 200k mile examples, well done. Try to get it to 500k miles!
I will see how far she goes and thank you.

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Looks great in white!
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How much did the shop charge you to leave the engine looking like that?
500 extra, but they cleaned off the mildew so we had a few words and it ended up being 0.
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The custom parts and wiring routing in the engine bay are worth at least $500.

Seriously, though, good job sticking with the car. It’s a lot of work. Sometimes you can afford to buy the finished car and have to spend more and take longer. But in the end you will have some satisfaction, though if you are over 40 and your income is increasing, you might not choose to resurrect a cheap car again.
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