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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 Tue, Sep-17-2019, 04:44:20 AM   #21
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Default Re: I have $2,500 to spend on my beat up E36 M3 w/ 224k miles. How do I spend it?

Which car is the colour combo you want? Will your current car with 11.5k put into it be more fun than the 15k car? Will the 15k car need several k worth of work? (yes they all do)
If you want to keep the car long term, remove the logic, enjoy yourself, and don't look at it as an investment. Mileage begins to matter a lot less, but still consider your goals for the plans. If you want perfect paint, maybe starting with a shittier example and getting a respray makes more sense than getting a great car that has flaws, where its not good enough to keep you happy but not rough enough to respray.
It's a complex question and only you know the right answer.
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2019, 05:28:39 AM   #22
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Which car is the colour combo you want? Will your current car with 11.5k put into it be more fun than the 15k car? Will the 15k car need several k worth of work? (yes they all do)
If you want to keep the car long term, remove the logic, enjoy yourself, and don't look at it as an investment. Mileage begins to matter a lot less, but still consider your goals for the plans. If you want perfect paint, maybe starting with a shittier example and getting a respray makes more sense than getting a great car that has flaws, where its not good enough to keep you happy but not rough enough to respray.
It's a complex question and only you know the right answer.
My car definitely needs some love in the paint department, and I've always wanted a green E36... even though green E36s from the factory are becoming exceedingly hard to find (and expensive). The definite plus of putting money into my current car is there would be no "guessing games" on what would need to be done once all of the work is completed, like there would be on a car with lower miles that would probably still need just as much suspension work. You're definitely right though, in order to maximize bliss forgetting about what I could resell the car for down the road is the best option. If I ever feel bad I'll just remind myself that people bought F10 M5s three years ago for $110k hahaha.

Thanks again for the wise advice! This community is one of the things that makes this car so special
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2019, 06:24:13 PM   #23
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This year none sadly. Iím hoping to do about 4-5 weekends next year.

Iím stuck if I should keep it moving in the direction of a track car, or weekend/ Hpde car with AC.

Turbo has crossed my mind , but I donít think having more then 350-400whp is a great idea for a track car unless you want to start cutting up fenders for more tire.

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OP: if you are going to get a newer car for 15k, I would ask the same questions as West. Do you like this other car more aesthetically? Or would you be able to make the cheaper one you already have into something you like more for the same amount?
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I've yet to hear of a FI e36 that car handle track time without issues.
Before tearing out the steering rack etc try replacing the steering coupler. Cheap and made a world of difference in my M3.
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I've yet to hear of a FI e36 that car handle track time without issues.
Read up on Chikinhedís car in the FI forum. He has done a good job making it trackable. It is certainly not the ultimate track car because it is fully streetable. He could remove the AC to reduce drag, improve cooling, and reduce weight, and further lighten it by removing the interior.
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