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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, Jun-05-2018, 08:06:00 PM   #1
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Default Need info on buying an E36 m3 !!

Whats up guys so i pretty much have owed every M3 except an E36 and im thinking of picking one up. Before i go looking into dissecting this section i wanted to know what are some things to stay away from and some things to look out for. I know on my e46 it was the vanos issue and on my e92 was the rod bearing issue. Any information would help also what years should i stick with?
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Default Re: Need info on buying an E36 m3 !!

Umm...they are all good. 95 is ODBI 96 on are OBDII.
Honestly though, there is no way anyone could cover in a few words.
Start here I guess:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=300562
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Old Tue, Jun-05-2018, 10:09:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Need info on buying an E36 m3 !!

Wow!! That about covers it.
Look for a private sale with a stack of maintenance paper.


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Default Re: Need info on buying an E36 m3 !!

^ Yep.
From a non-salt use area and modified with what you would have done anyway ...or not at all.
Be patient and go look at several that are close by before pulling the trigger.
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Default Re: Need info on buying an E36 m3 !!

A number of these cars may have been in any severity of wrecks seeing as they're 20+ years old. Check carefully for the usual suspects... paint lines on the rubber seals, mismatched panels, wavy areas, PANEL GAPS are a big one. Compare both sides and see if one has a wider or narrower gap. Look at the underside of the car and make sure there's no rust or undercarriage damage. Open and shut all doors and trunk / hood to see if they line up and close easily. Some cars do have issues with the trunk not shutting even without any history of damage.

Check for body cracks around the areas mentioned in the linked guide. Front and rear shock towers, RTAB pockets. Bring a mirror and flashlight or get a borescope. Also check all the VIN#s on the panels.
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A number of these cars may have been in any severity of wrecks seeing as they're 20+ years old. Check carefully for the usual suspects... paint lines on the rubber seals, mismatched panels, wavy areas, PANEL GAPS are a big one. Compare both sides and see if one has a wider or narrower gap. Look at the underside of the car and make sure there's no rust or undercarriage damage. Open and shut all doors and trunk / hood to see if they line up and close easily. Some cars do have issues with the trunk not shutting even without any history of damage.

Check for body cracks around the areas mentioned in the linked guide. Front and rear shock towers, RTAB pockets. Bring a mirror and flashlight or get a borescope. Also check all the VIN#s on the panels.
E36 should have VIN stickers on each panel, if original.
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Old Thu, Jun-07-2018, 10:18:42 PM   #7
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E36 should have VIN stickers on each panel, if original.
to go along with that, all M3's start with "WBS"
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