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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 Thu, Nov-16-2017, 07:29:53 PM   #11
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Ok yes Lux use interior chrome handles. I always thought that was an addon. I was referring to the inner handles but was wrong.

Don’t buy a lux.
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Old Thu, Nov-16-2017, 07:36:46 PM   #12
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95s are weird.

Production dates pre 9/95 '1995' models have all sorts of weird oddities. Things aren't laid out well, parts are strange, etc etc. Weird.
Production dates post 9/95 '1995' models are fairly similar to 96+ cars, minus the 95 drivetrain. Pretty solid if you're okay with OBD1, S50 3L, ZF310 vs 320 (no discernable difference), and 3.15:1 diff.

Production dates OF 9/95 are a strange hodgepodge of both. Guess which mine is....


My suggestion mirrors the rest. Get the nicest condition best maintained example you can find, with a preference for 96+.
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Thanks everyone. I did mean auto trans, not SMG. The saloon is a manual that looks (by the pictures) to have been maintained well. The ad is extremely basic but the houe in the back is nice and there is a newer BMW in the background. Looks like it might be owned by an enthusiast.
I'll let you all know what happens.
Thanks again and feel free to add more information here. I do intend to have a PPI done. Thanks!

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Old Thu, Nov-16-2017, 07:42:15 PM   #14
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Sedans are rarer and usually very well saught after. Weight difference is negligible but structural integrity is increased.

Things that decrease value are convertible, lux and automatic/smg. You get those and the value and desire plummets
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https://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto...361546963.html

I assume this is the one you’re looking at? Looks in good shape from what I can see on my phone. Not the most desirable colors but if that doesn’t bother you then who cares. Not much info on “extensive maintenance.” That car should have every coolant system part and every suspension peice replaced (probably a clutch too). At 200k you’re also getting close to a head gasket failure. This isn’t a big deal if you’re prepared for it and DIY it.
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That is the correct CL ad @englishtom. LC head gaskets go about that same time frame and I have done full engine rebuilds before so I consider myself a 3/5 banana mechanic. I really enjoy working on cars so the maintenace itself doesn't scare me.
We will see if I can get a look at it tomorrow or sometime this weekend. Again, thanks a lot for all of your guidance on this.
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The 95 used the ZF 310 5 speed whilst the later cars used the ZF 320 5 speed. Only the 320 is prone to the 5 gear lean problem which is universal as the miles pile up. I do not know anything else about the internal differences between the 2 transmissions but would love to know. Any experts out there care to expand?
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The 95 used the ZF 310 5 speed whilst the later cars used the ZF 320 5 speed. Only the 320 is prone to the 5 gear lean problem which is universal as the miles pile up. I do not know anything else about the internal differences between the 2 transmissions but would love to know. Any experts out there care to expand?
Incorrect on the 5th gear lean--My ZF310 had 5th gear lean just like my other car's ZF320 did. I fully believe all ZF 5 speed transmissions will have the problem occur, and it's an easy fix with the transmission out of the car.

The internals are allegedly different but to be honest, I'm rocking that same 184k mile ZF310 behind a 330whp S54, and have done so for around 10k miles. The difference between the transmissions is negligible IMO.
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If you can buy in the next few minutes, this m3/4/6 has a lot going for it and is in NC.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1997-bmw-m3-40/
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If you can buy in the next few minutes, this m3/4/6 has a lot going for it and is in NC.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1997-bmw-m3-40/
Ugh, that scares me. The 98 sedan I'm working on would have to go for more than double that.
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