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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Wed, Dec-19-2018, 05:16:34 PM   #1
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Default I bought my M3 22 years ago today...

It seems like the older you get, the faster time flies. It’s hard to believe another year has already gone by. In fact, it went by so fast, I never even had a chance to get that exhaust I’ve been talking about for so many years now. Nor did I get a chance to replace the fuel filter. Ugh. Ok, I’ll target 2019.

But seriously, this past year is definitely significant in that I experienced the most physical ailments ever. From patellar tendonitis, chronic lower back pain, to ultimately a ruptured disk. At this rate, I may just have to actually start considering selling my heap. I didn’t get to drive her all that much at all this past year. Probably close to the lowest number of miles I’ve ever driven her in a year. Been too busy driving my G30 5-series, and now X2. Makes me wonder if should keep her. The onslaught of grey hair, now coupled with the limp from the ruptured disk, probably don’t match so well with a lowered car. People probably look at me and say, “is he driving his son’s car?” LOL And to think when I first saw my bucket sitting in the dealership showroom all those years back, I had thought to myself how this was truly a “man’s car”, one that I could and would drive forever, as opposed to the slammed Integra that I came out of. Ha, the irony.

Anyway, depending how the likely surgery goes from this disk situation, I may have to do some deep reflecting on what I should do with the car. It would be such a shame if I had to part her out and sell her, as she still looks so pristine sitting there in the garage. Have I finally reached that stage in life when it’s simply time to move on? We shall see. 2019 will definitely be a year of reckoning. Stay tuned…
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Old Wed, Dec-19-2018, 06:42:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: I bought my M3 22 years ago today...

Beautiful car you got there. I'm sure you are going to miss it the moment you sell it. I've missed mine everyday since I've sold mine. If you are interested in selling it, I'd be interested.
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Old Wed, Dec-19-2018, 07:38:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: I bought my M3 22 years ago today...

It doesn’t seem the older you get, the...

It’s a simple fact. The older you get, the less % of your completed life 1 year is.

Going from 1 to 2, you lived a complete life.
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Old Thu, Dec-20-2018, 12:12:58 AM   #4
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Congrats on the anniversary! You can't sell it, so get that idea out of your mind. Sorry about the ailments, get better soon and enjoy that e36.
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Old Thu, Dec-20-2018, 01:06:04 AM   #5
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Default Re: I bought my M3 22 years ago today...

First: May 2019 be filled with some positive improvement in health. All the best!

Second: Thanks also for loving the car from day 1. Good stuff.

Third: I think the fact that depreciation has brought down the price to the point of affordability to so many is bitter/ sweat. I see a lot of young fellas on Youtube with an e36 m3. I am sure some will be butchered and not loved like they were meant to be loved. At the same time, more people enjoying and learning about the car is not a bad thing. My 2 cents. Neither right or wrong.

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Old Thu, Dec-20-2018, 05:28:16 AM   #6
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Well done for keeping her so long. For what it's worth...


I was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and it manifested in my spine, prompting surgery. My diagnosis prompted the purchase of my M3 as it was a bucket list item. I had another car as my DD and bought the e36 as a weekend car. Fast forward nearly ten years and my back is no better (but my cancer is still in remission thankfully) and I found myself selling my G30 (I had a 530e) and using my e36 as my daily for the first time in my ownership. I miss the tech and highway ability of the G30, but nothing drives like the e36. Nothing. After having several modern BMWs, my e36 still makes me smile and I don't miss any of those cars (well, maybe my f30 335 Msport. Great daily).

I would vote to keep it if my opinion carried any weight. Maybe put it back to stock ride height? Mine had Billies and that was one of the first things I changed, putting it back to stock. Now I love the way it rides at speed and even the lower speed stuff is tolerable. My main complaint as a daily has been the small fuel capacity, as I find myself filling up every 5-6 days.

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I feel like I saw your thread last year celebrating 22 years haha!

Congrats on another great year of ownership.
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Default Re: I bought my M3 22 years ago today...

If anything, stash it somewhere for a few years and then give it to aforementioned son.

Hope your health improves!
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Default Re: I bought my M3 22 years ago today...

Ruptured/slipped/herniated disc, did it feel like you got electrocuted? If so, I would suggest getting an electronic therapy machine (I have a TENS unit I got from Amazon for $30). I also suffer from slight degeneration, this happened back when I was 31, I’m 35 now & almost got my six pack back. My next step is to try some upside down sit-ups on my teeter machine, but I can only work out when the unit is on my back. I may look like a hybrid experiment when I go to the gym, but I look better than most people in their 20s, so I’m good.

Congratulations on nearing the quarter century mark, car looks great.
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congrats i'm ~ 14yrs on my m3
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