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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 Fri, Dec-15-2017, 07:33:52 AM   #21
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Moved back to Seattle and had the car shipped. Finally got it tonight after being without a car for the last few weeks. Feelsgoodman. Car is incredibly dirty from the journey but looking forward to getting it cleaned up to my standards.

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Welcome back to Seattle!
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Wanted to post a few more updates.

New Michelin Pilots being installed


I’ve been trying to diagnose what sounds like a ground loop whining noise that gets louder as RPMs climb. Currently has an aftermarket stereo so I pulled it to see if maybe it wasn’t grounded correctly.

Has anyone experienced this? Thinking maybe the ground through wiring harness is insufficient and needs to be connected directly to chassis? Also, are these cables the m-bus and power connector? I’m thinking they could not be culprit since no power is going through them? I will most likely be going with the CD43 but would like to solve this for the time being.





Washed and sealed with new OEM center caps. The old style sticker center cap delaminated and local dealer said the sticker was NLA. Found them online but prefer the new style. Optimum tire dressing went on a little glossy but became perfectly matte after a few hours.



Anyone have a defect-free center vent they would like to sell? Bought this on eBay but the paint on the vent was chipping, so it’s going back. Might just end up buying a new unit.

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Not a lot of progress lately. Car has been mostly sitting in my parking garage lately but I did manage to take a quick drive up to Chuckanut Drive and stretch its legs. Beautiful road.

Some of this:


But mostly this:


On my immediate to-do list:
PCV overhaul
New door and window seals - over $1k in rubber :-(

Further down on my list:
Interior makeover with some M cloth when ASC Fabric unveils their Vader skins.
New steering wheel.
Possibly going with a softer suspension - these Seattle roads are a little harsh with the Bilsteins.

Hope to make it out to some PNW events in the near future.
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Looking good.
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First, congrats on the pickup, looks super clean.


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That looks really clean.

But please, replace that abomination of a 'steering wheel'.

Man does it ruin the interior or what?

No kidding, trying to figure out what to replace mine with??? Been in contact with Ledermanz but haven't gotten sorted out yet.
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Chuckanut drive...? LOL

Looks good man.
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Most likely going to go with this but with tri color stitching. Trade off is a slightly larger diameter over the US 98.5+ three spoke so we’ll see what I end up doing. Possibly wrapped in alcantara...?



Then for seats I’m undecided. On one hand I think the e34 Jahre combo would look great on Vaders but it’s hard to go wrong with the OEM m cloth.



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Chuckanut drive...? LOL

Looks good man.

Hah it’s a goofy name but the road is nice :-)
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I'd always go for the 96+ (98.5 for US?) wheel. I've had the 3-spoke wheel you pictured as the factory wheel in my 328i and upgraded to the M airbag wheel and it was just better in every way.

The 10mm difference might sound like nothing on paper, but for me the difference made a big difference.

And of course, the M wheel makes retrofitting MFL buttons a Plug n Play affair. and enough room for paddle shifters (for my SMG).
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Beautiful car! Looks like she's in good hands.
btw I'm selling a steering wheel in the for sale section you might be interested in.
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