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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 Thu, Jan-10-2019, 07:21:06 AM   #11
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He is asking sub $20,000 for the car.

Can anyone else enlighten me in regards to the "failing bolsters"?
Rather suspect quotes you have there...

Early model M3's have a different construction for the vaders, and lack any metal supporting for the bolsters. Over time, the foam fails, and the bolsters sag, bulge or hang to the side like your example is.


See circled area, the "bolster."




By comparison, here is a later model with no bolster failure.



You should be aware of any and all issues with a car, this is one to highlight since upholstery work is quite expensive. At the very least, use it to try to get a lower price.
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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 11:41:01 AM   #12
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...upholstery work is quite expensive...
Never a truer word said.

I didn't know the early seats came without the metal bolster support "wings".
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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 01:16:44 PM   #13
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He is asking sub $20,000 for the car.
That's a steal and a half...
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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 01:46:44 PM   #14
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He is asking sub $20,000 for the car.

Can anyone else enlighten me in regards to the "failing bolsters"?
Depending on how "sub $20,000", I would jump on it quickly before someone else does.

I don't own a '95, but don't expect the owner to believe the "failing bolster" story to lower the price - he's already offering it far below market value (unbeknownst to him).
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Old Thu, Jan-10-2019, 03:13:50 PM   #15
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If someone tried to lowball me based on a bolster foam ripple on a car I priced 10k below market value I’d set the car on fire in front of them before I sold it to them, even if they came back up to asking price.
Lots of people don’t need the money and don’t appreciate those bullshit games when selling a car that you will maybe never have the opportunity to purchase again.
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If someone tried to lowball me based on a bolster foam ripple on a car I priced 10k below market value Iíd set the car on fire in front of them before I sold it to them, even if they came back up to asking price.
Lots of people donít need the money and donít appreciate those bullshit games when selling a car that you will maybe never have the opportunity to purchase again.
In 20 years when cars that "did not have the bolster unnecessary corrected" are commanding more because "that's the way the cars came."
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“This e36 has a wonderful patina that includes, swooping aerodynamic lowered headliner and door cards, sweaty cooling system and pink m logo on cluster”
My car will be worth millions.
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Buy that car right now. You could drive it for a year and double your money.
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If someone tried to lowball me based on a bolster foam ripple on a car I priced 10k below market value Iíd set the car on fire in front of them before I sold it to them, even if they came back up to asking price.
Lots of people donít need the money and donít appreciate those bullshit games when selling a car that you will maybe never have the opportunity to purchase again.
Well said, I would do the same and don't kick yourself for passing a gem like that up trying to haggle over what look to be near perfect seats
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I feel I should also mention the older gentleman selling the car has owned it since new. He is in no rush to sell the car and has no intention of putting it up for sale publically. As far as I know, he is only willing to sell the car to either me or my aforementioned friend, so there's no real rush. He did say that he would like to hang onto it until the spring and try to drive it a few times before he is truly willing to part with it. He has also kept all records relating to the car, i.e. receipts, and maintenance records from new as far as I can tell. It is clear that the consensus seems to be to buy it and never look back.
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