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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 Sat, Dec-17-2016, 04:13:32 AM   #1
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Default I bought my M3 20 years ago today...

It’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since I started these annual posts on this forum, but I suppose this year is somewhat special, as it marks the platinum (yes, that would be 20th) anniversary of my beloved/hated bucket. While I had set out to do various things to my heap this year, i.e. install aftermarket exhaust (finally!), replace fuel filter (even more finally!), etc. etc., I just never got around to any of it (life is just too hectic for me right now, plus I never drive this thing!). But, I did manage to finally update my long-overdue stereo system.

Now, to be clear, I did install a complete aftermarket system within weeks of purchasing the car, but that was almost 20 years ago! And while I have enjoyed the upgraded tunes over the years, I had consciously decided a few years ago that I would eventually have to update the system to reflect newer/more current technologies, i.e. Bluetooth, audio streaming, satellite radio, Pandora, etc. And I figured while I was at it, I might as well reconfigure the system in such a way to make it track-ready in an instant. After all, tracking my hooptie with a 60 lb. subwoofer box isn’t ideal (although I have posted some wicked fast lap times at Streets of Willow while bumping Notorious B.I.G., lol). So, in addition to updating the head unit (replacing the old Sony with an Alpine unit that finally matches my Alpine EQ), I had the wiring redone for the subs to make them “quick-release”. Also, I added a second amp (an old but powerful Punch 160a2) to drive the bass and thus take the toll off the Alpine 5-channel amp, allowing the latter to focus on the mids and highs only. So, without the Sony head-unit, I didn’t need the Sony CD Changer in the trunk anymore (yes, for all you kids, we actually used to listen to CDs back in the day, lol). Now I finally get to listen to the library of songs on my phone!

For those of you who aren’t audiophiles like me, none of this probably interests you. But more importantly, these changes have now breathed new life into my jalopy, as now I can’t wait to drive her more!!

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sorry, it was driving me insane

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Old Sat, Dec-17-2016, 05:22:45 AM   #3
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...or perhaps you are just living up to your username?
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Old Sat, Dec-17-2016, 08:42:59 PM   #4
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Default Re: I bought my M3 20 years ago today...

^ Nate brought the lulz.

Congrats OP! I have followed like the last 4 of these that you've made haha. I'm in the 12volt business so this is right down my alley.. Great headunit choice! That EQ def shows us how old you are

Here's to many more of these threads .
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Love your yearly posts!!! Congrats on another year!
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Old Sat, Dec-17-2016, 11:24:57 PM   #6
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That's nice. I was way too young to be able to afford a new e36. Hell I barely had my driver's license.
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Well, I am definitely driving my hooptie more often now. It's amazing what a refreshed stereo system will do! But seriously, I just love driving her even more. Saw that my old (and dare I say, original) Bridgestone Potenza SO-3s are starting to wear thin on the front. Rears still have some meat, so maybe I'll target getting some new rubber sometime late in the new year (now that I can finally justify it with increased driving, lol). Not having shopped for tires in some time, I don't even know what's good these days. Anyone have any suggestions? I recall everyone raving about some particular tire about a year back or so...can't recall the name now, ugh.
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"Audiofile" -listens over BT connection.


JK, congrats man! Wish I could have afforded one new but I was in 8th grade.
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Go for the pilot super sports. Tons of grip, they wear well and aren't too pricey. I put them on my M3 and 135. PSS are much better than the MXX3s that the car came with!
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Go for the pilot super sports. Tons of grip, they wear well and aren't too pricey. I put them on my M3 and 135. PSS are much better than the MXX3s that the car came with!
I just remembered - Dunlop Star Specs! Everyone used to rave about them on this forum not too long ago (maybe a couple years ago?). Are these now a thing of the past?
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