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Old Mon, Sep-17-2018, 06:48:19 PM   #1
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Hi All,

My name is Ryan, I work as a mechanical design engineer. I've owned my M3 for almost 4 years now. I struggled between E46 and 36 but ultimately the styling of the 36 won me over.

The car has quite the history. It was originally a British Columbia car, and its factory VIN calls up a '99 318is. It was legally rebuilt into an M3 using what was (presumably a crashed) '96 M3. When I bought it I thoroughly inspected the suspension and drivetrain - the only component I found that was not properly swapped over was the 3 spoke M steering wheel - 100% of everything else is M, with matching VIN's on each system. I'm not a purist, per-se, because I understand the function is identical. I used the swap as leverage to get a better price on the car, knowing that it was functionally equivalent. She just rolled over 170k km this summer (about 100k miles)

Since then, I've welded in the rear subframe mounts before any trouble started. I've fully rebuilt the front and rear suspension, on the second set of tires (Pilot Super Sports). Those projects made a world of a difference to how the car handles.

I have kept up with maintenance and fixing all the small stuff you find on a 20 year old car. I've recently done water pump, power steering reservoir/cooler, and transmission seals - now it doesn't leak at all.

I've had a few problems with it. The original transmission had some sort of internal issue and the fluid came out looking like molten aluminum. I replaced it with another lower milage ZF unit from an early E46 - no problems with the swap.

It needs a new driveshaft because both joints have a lot of play - I just learned how much that one is going to hurt the wallet. I'm pretty mad about the design of that thing - what idiot decided 3 different styles of joints was necessary, and then made one of them non-serviceable to boot?

The door panels keep coming apart from the door pockets - I've fibreglassed them back together twice now, but I'm still not happy. The glove box used to come un-latched on its own as well, but I found a fix for that too.

I do occasionally autocross the car - that was one of the things I was looking forward to with an M - that you can daily it, but also just take it to the track and change absolutely nothing and still be competitive. None of this swapping tires or changing pressures or stripping out the interior - the car is capable in factory condition with factory specs.

She's rust free, and the interior is in excellent condition. The paint, however, is a little rough, with lots of scratches here and there. The bumpers are clearly resprays as well.

I'm just here to get some ideas, I'm not certain if I want to work on the paint, refinishing some of the interior, buy a set of coilovers, fiddle with the engine (I'm generally an engine guy), do nothing, or sell it and get something just a little newer. I know that covers just about all the options...

Nice to meet you all, in advance,

Ryan
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Hi Ryan, maybe you check out for remanufactured driveshafts, for example here is one for $335, BuyAutoParts 91-00812R (Driveshaft - Remanufactured)
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Hi Eric, thanks for the heads up. I had also found https://www.wholesaleimportparts.com...shaft_1996.php . Since I need the rzeppa joint as well, I might give this one a shot.

Being Canadian, I will get wrecked on duties/taxes, so I will probably try to do this over winter and order a few big components at once to a parcel service just south of the border, and then make the trip to go get them.
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