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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 Mon, Jun-02-2014, 05:05:05 PM   #1
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Default Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Guess it's time to formerly introduce myself. I've been lurking M3forum for years, mostly to check out the E46 subforum. That was one of my favorite cars (still is) for the longest time. A few years after college, I was finally able to afford one, but ended up getting cold feet. I'm comfortable working on cars (doing maintenance and mods), but that car was just too much. So I decided to hold off and do nothing. Eventually, the itch came back, and figured to hell with it, and bought a beautiful 2008 E92 M3, Sparkling Graphite/Bamboo Beige/CF roof/6MT. Had to get it shipped all the way from California to South Carolina, but well worth it. Here's what she looked like in the beginning.


After 2 years of owning that car, I'm still in love with it. Tons of mods to list, more or less nothing else to do but maybe BBK eventually. No interest in supercharging it, but I will do maintenance items like solid subframe bushings and rod bearings. Here's how she sits now:




Long story short, I ended up going to the track with it (CMP) and ended up absolutely loving it. Having said that, I realize that the E92 is just a little too much car for me to begin learning with, not to mention the consumables are very expensive, so I was officially on the hunt for a track car that is still able to use daily. The list was: E36 or E46 M3, S2K, and long shot, a Miata. I had no interest in getting another project car, so maintenance and some mods were welcomed.

At the end of the day, it came down to either a clean E36 M3, or a higher mileage E46. As much as I still wanted an E46, I just couldn't justify having 2 maintenance whores in my garage. Plus I wanted something that was cheaper to run, and felt more "raw" as the purists like to say.

Luckily, a local car popped up. Techno Violet, Dove, 5MT, a little over 120k miles (last 15k were mostly highway). Lots of bushings already replaced, new cooling system, PSS9 coilvers, Dinan CAI, Hawk pads + SS lines. Couldn't believe that it was local too. So I picked it up last Saturday. Picture of both M3's:


Then the sun came back and the Techno Violet showed its true colors. Stunning:



Not too much for me to do apart from replace a few trims here and there. The shifter is a little sloppy so I'll look into that. Definitely going to change all fluids, and have ZHP knob already on order. But all in all, the car is in great shape. Really tempted to keep the mod bug at bay, but I also really want to pick up a set of LTW's that my coworker has.

Anyway, sorry if this was a long post. Just glad to be part of the family. I now know why people love these E36's so much, what an absolute blast to drive.
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Welcome! Nice cars ya got there.
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Looks great! I looked high and low for a techno. That colour after a fresh polish catches eyes. Some think you're in a girls car, but some love it! Your e92 looks fantastic as well.
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Welcome from a fellow newbie. Gorgeous pair of cars you got there. That E92 is perfect.
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Alright another Techno Violet! Great color choice and welcome!

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Looks great! I looked high and low for a techno. That colour after a fresh polish catches eyes. Some think you're in a girls car, but some love it! Your e92 looks fantastic as well.
Couldn't agree more regarding the polishing. Just gave mine a comprehensive detail last weekend and I couldn't believe how stunning she looked when I was done. I certainly appreciate all the other M colors, but Daytona and Techno Violet captured my attention last year and I've been addicted ever since.
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

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Welcome! Nice cars ya got there.
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Looks great! I looked high and low for a techno. That colour after a fresh polish catches eyes. Some think you're in a girls car, but some love it! Your e92 looks fantastic as well.
Thank you! The crazy thing is in those cellphone pics, the car is pretty dirty. It's been sitting outside for a while now, so I definitely plan on doing full detail soon. I cannot wait.

I definitely got lucky with my find. Techno was one of those unobtainable colors for me. I figured I could pull off Estoril or Red, but never in a million years would I have thought a Techno E36 would be lurking locally. And didn't go for stupid money. Everyone that has seen the car has absolutely loved TV. I also love how Sparkling Graphite has a purple hue to it in bright sunlight, so they go perfect together


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Welcome from a fellow newbie. Gorgeous pair of cars you got there. That E92 is perfect.
Thank you so much!!

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Alright another Techno Violet! Great color choice and welcome!



Couldn't agree more regarding the polishing. Just gave mine a comprehensive detail last weekend and I couldn't believe how stunning she looked when I was done. I certainly appreciate all the other M colors, but Daytona and Techno Violet captured my attention last year and I've been addicted ever since.
Got very lucky! I'm also a huge fan of Estoril.
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oh wow

awesome add-on to the best M motor ever (S65)!
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Both cars look great! Congrats on the e36!
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Nice addition to the family! Techno is cool with a black interior, but I couldn't drive one with dove. It's just such a common interior color that I know it would be hard to pass up a clean car on color combo alone, I've been there. My first m3/4/5 was Alpine on dove. I almost got a Daytona on m-cloth, but it was a 95 and coupe and I pretty dead set on sedan for life. Take good care of the dove or it will not age gracefully..!
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Default Re: Introducing myself: 1999 Techno Violet E36 M3 Coupe

Thanks for the kind words everyone! I'm going to go look at a set of LTW's right after work. And I've only had the car for 2 days

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Nice addition to the family! Techno is cool with a black interior, but I couldn't drive one with dove. It's just such a common interior color that I know it would be hard to pass up a clean car on color combo alone, I've been there. My first m3/4/5 was Alpine on dove. I almost got a Daytona on m-cloth, but it was a 95 and coupe and I pretty dead set on sedan for life. Take good care of the dove or it will not age gracefully..!
I agree, Dove doesn't age well at all. The rear seats are mint though, front seats aren't terrible, but the sides are a little worn. No holes or tears though thankfully. I was pretty picky about a few things, but interior just wasn't one of them. Exterior color, 5MT, low-ish miles, all maintenance done, suspension mods were my priority. And as close to SC as possible. Besides, I can foresee some bucket seats going in at a later time.

Btw, headliner and all the interior pillars look perfect. Absolutely no sag.

I'm so looking forward to driving it after work!
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