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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, May-25-2018, 05:46:21 PM   #11
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The E46 M3 I'm restoring right now was much worse than that. As long as you can find a good parts car it doesn't have to cost a fortune to put that one right again.

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I would fix everything that needs to be fixed mechanically first. make sure the engine and transmission, and entire drivetrain and chassis is in as good condition as could be. Then make a decision whether restore it into a road car or make a track rat out of it.

I would see what it would take to make it legal again (cats) and fix that power steering (probably needs just a new lines/reservoir and fresh fluid), and scan for codes. Then you can make a decision.

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Old Fri, May-25-2018, 06:07:51 PM   #13
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I would fix everything that needs to be fixed mechanically first. make sure the engine and transmission, and entire drivetrain and chassis is in as good condition as could be. Then make a decision whether restore it into a road car or make a track rat out of it.

I would see what it would take to make it legal again (cats) and fix that power steering (probably needs just a new lines/reservoir and fresh fluid), and scan for codes. Then you can make a decision.
Thatís exactly what I was planning on doing! All of this was overwhelming at first but Iím making a list of all the mechanical problems in order of whatís important to get the car running great. Not looking forward to replacing the cat$.
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Old Fri, May-25-2018, 07:22:36 PM   #14
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I would look at buying a totaled car to do a full interior swap from. It’ll cost a lot more if you do bit by bit
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I would look at buying a totaled car to do a full interior swap from. Itíll cost a lot more if you do bit by bit


Iím gonna try to save and restore what I can as far as the trim goes. Dash is good, just needs to be cleaned up. Seats and headliner are the biggest issue with the interior but my father is gonna redo those!


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Old Fri, May-25-2018, 08:19:09 PM   #16
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The seats suck, but that ****ing gear knob. How does one tolerate grabbing that.

I'll second making some sort of track car out of it, but restoration is fun too. You're looking at $10k minimum in repairs.
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The seats suck, but that ****ing gear knob. How does one tolerate grabbing that.

I'll second making some sort of track car out of it, but restoration is fun too. You're looking at $10k minimum in repairs.

No one drove the car in the condition itís in which is why it was given to me. To give it a better life and do as I please with it (: Full blown track car sounds fun but as I mentioned previously, we have too many good roads in SoCal to keep it in the driveway waiting to see track time! I donít see why it canít be a street/track car
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I wasn't suggesting a full blown track car, I'm not sure anyone was. Given the state of the interior it makes sense to just strip it into a street "track" car.
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Here are some flaws on the exterior. Iím gonna be washing the car and stripping the interior this weekend. More pics to come







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Old Sat, May-26-2018, 04:15:44 AM   #20
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It's not that bad, but it will be a lot of work. Better start making a list of everything mechanical that needs to be replaced or serviced (probably everything on the car, lol). The cosmetic stuff can really sink your budget, just clean it the best you can then do something about the seats and shift knob once it drives reliably. The miles aren't that crazy and the E36 is very serviceable so it should probably end up being OK.
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