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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, May-02-2019, 09:04:40 PM   #11
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Pretty insane turnaround already. Add me to the list of people who don't understand how an interior gets to that point. Would hate to see the POs other belongings if they treated the car this poorly.
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Default Re: 1997 Techno Violet M3/4/5 Slicktop

Thanks to everyone for the kind words. You guys give me motivation to restore this beauty and finish this project.

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I never wanted to post these pictures until I got it finished, but here it is. The hood must've had a poor paint job back in 2012. The paint and clear coat has fully pealed up in certain spots. My plan is to get the hood sanded and repainted, but I don't wanna bring it to a shop before I fix the ignition. Imagine me taking it to a shop and telling them to start the car with a screwdriver......

Please no hating, or shitty comments. Yes, I know the hood is extremely ugly, and I don't know how I have been able to drive it like this. It will be done soon, but I need to tackle the mechanical parts first.
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I thought it would look better if the spots were painted techno violet, right...…? I touched up these spots for a temporary fix using an aerosol can. Looks a little better, but still awful.
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I am having the dreaded e36 ignition/key problems. I ended up buying a brand new ignition tumbler from BMW to match my current key. I didn't want to have mis matched key for the doors and the ignition. The steering wheel ended up locking on me so I had to do my research. I figured out that the steering lock can be removed by simply drilling a hole in the steering column thing and removing the spring. IT WORKED. Gotta love all the documented problems on old BMWs. Thanks to the forums for help.

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The arm rest must be recovered. It's too ugly as it sits. Maybe the previous owner had sandpaper for elbows? Anyway.. out it comes and I will purchase some foam and fix it. It should be a lot better.

I am also debating on purchasing a new steering wheel.. Maybe an M tech with alcantara and a purple stripe in the top middle? Hmmmm…….
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