BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > E36 M3 (1992-1999)
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

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


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 05:43:43 AM   #1
Contracheatcode
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Age: 38
Posts: 54
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Contracheatcode is on a distinguished road
Location: Sacramento

United States




Default E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal



On 8/27/2018, I acquired my first BMW since owning a 1998 BMW L7 for about 2 years while in high school. It was so big and beautiful.

Brings back memories:
L7.jpg

While in high school, I often ventured down to the BMW dealership to pick up an odd part. On one occasion I test drove a 1997 Alpine White E36 M3. I've been in love with this car ever since.
aw.jpg

Flash forward to the present. A decent e36 M3 can be procured at a reasonable price. Therein started the hunt about 3 months ago for just the right car for me.

My requirements started vague and broad, and eventually were narrowed to:
  • e36 M3
  • Under $6k, leaving money for updating
  • 4-door, I have kids and there is an argument about practicality to the significant other
  • Original/ limited modifications, as I am learning about cars. The more work to bring back to par the more opportunity to learn alongside my kids
  • No accidents
  • Decent paint and body
  • Estoril blue is favorite color, followed by silver... I later learned that any Estoril calls for a high price-tag, moving my #1 choice to silver
  • No rust, I live in CA so that should be easy
  • Mileage, the lower the better. Though lower mileage comes at a price
  • Manual, though open to automatic as I would learn how to perform the auto-to-manual swap. The automatic presenting an opportunity to learn something more about cars during the swap.

With alerts on from craigslist, I was receiving emails every hour for months with any craigslist posting with "M3" in the title within "200 miles". It's actually kinda exhausting staying on top of your craigslist game. But let me tell you, I got pretty good at spotting the deals. I almost bought an E46 M3 last Saturday, sight unseen. It was listed at $10.5k, 115k miles, and super clean. The intention would have been to flip. I passed as I was not going to ditch my kids soccer practice and drive 200 miles. The seller let me know the next caller grabbed the car later that day. Anywho.

Then the alert came for my future baby. An e36, 4-door, Silver, automatic, 170k miles (Arg!!!). The posting had limited photos (never a good sign). It was also located 200 miles away so I was not super excited to drive that way. Plus it had 170k miles (Arg!!! again). It was also listed a bit high $5,700. No vin listed.

After being listed a week and still listed, I though it was worth a call to the seller. Tip: always call the seller vs. text. You learn so much more over the phone than 2 or 3 texts.

The seller revealed on the phone that it was a 1-owner car. Yes, 1-owner!!! The seller bought from a lady friend of his who owned the car since new in 1997. 20 years later, it's Oct 2017 and she finally decided to sell (my God that is a long time owning 1 car.) So she sold to her friend (as she did not want to be involved). The friend was going to flip, ended up keeping it for about a year. The seller is a bit of a car collector with over 14 cars, so it took him some time to finally list it. So yes, technically a 2 owner car if you count the last 500 miles driven.

So one trip to San Francisco later, and I got to see the beauty. Interior is "ok" and needs a new drivers seat (leather rips), and a lot of love and random parts. Exterior is immaculate. No rust. No clearcoat peal anywhere, expect for bumber. 1 small door ding and the usual scratches here an there. No major or even minor rock chips on hood. Roof is perfect. All around super straight and of course all matching panels (again no accidents).

Car was kept up original, always serviced though nothing major replaced. This means original suspension, cooling system, etc. Bad for wallet, good for me learning with my kids as I bring my baby up to proper condition.

Car ran great. Pulls decent and idled smooth.

After some back and forth, we settled on $5,200. I think I overpaid a small amount, but after you look day and night for month, you start to not care about a few hundred bucks. Especially when you have to drop a lot more to bring the car up to par. And especially as it hit so many of my criteria.

See below post on pics. I am going to need a lot of help from all YOU. I also hope to share my experience so others can learn as well.

For now, my baby sits in the garage and will stay there until the suspension and bushings are updated all the way around. I don't want to damage my baby by cracking the sub-frame near the RSM just because I was too anxious to start taking corners like a race car driver while on original suspension that looks like its about to fall off.

Look forward to journaling the experience...
Jump to top Contracheatcode is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 05:48:49 AM   #2
Contracheatcode
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Age: 38
Posts: 54
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Contracheatcode is on a distinguished road
Location: Sacramento

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Some quick pics. Have not even washed. Going to get right to working on the rear suspension.
8e678f4e6021188eecc021251471505a.jpg
b3c5593d415f14a76d20c293d7125d26.jpg

Last edited by Contracheatcode; Fri, Aug-31-2018 at 06:00:33 AM.
Jump to top Contracheatcode is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 05:55:09 AM   #3
Contracheatcode
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Age: 38
Posts: 54
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Contracheatcode is on a distinguished road
Location: Sacramento

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Anyone know how to remove these pins in trunk near latch??? Trying to remove the carpet to get access to RSM.
e6d157735d7f8a9f08fb66d8b90a4d2e.jpg

Last edited by Contracheatcode; Fri, Aug-31-2018 at 06:00:46 AM.
Jump to top Contracheatcode is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 06:14:54 AM   #4
Braymond141
Registered User
 
Braymond141's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 20,551
Reputation: 0 Braymond141 is an unknown quantity at this point
Location: Oakhurst, CA

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Quote:
Originally Posted by Contracheatcode View Post
Anyone know how to remove these pins in trunk near latch??? Trying to remove the carpet to get access to RSM.
Attachment 211740
There's no reason to remove that trim panel to access the RSM. The carpet will come out just fine with it in place (it's not supposed to be removed to remove the carpet). If you must remove it, you have to tap the center pin out of those expanding rivets. This means that you will need to order new rivets as the pins will be mostly be lost in the chassis soon as you pop them out. Some will fall into the spare wheel well.

Congrats on the purchase.

Last edited by Braymond141; Fri, Aug-31-2018 at 06:03:33 PM.
Jump to top Braymond141 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 01:58:07 PM   #5
warez
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 163
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 warez is on a distinguished road
Location: Orange County

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Congratulations for you acquisition of an E36 M3 Sedan!

One of the four E36 M3 Sedan in my possession is also and auto and exact same color combo like yours. In fact itís one of the very last sedans that came out of the production line.

I only collect and keep sedan for its practicality as well as for itís rarity compared with the coupe. Itís easy to work with and has stronger body.
Jump to top warez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 03:47:06 PM   #6
Texaz3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 1,344
Reputation: 0 Texaz3 is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Congrats! Quite a story.
Jump to top Texaz3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Sep-02-2018, 03:20:18 AM   #7
Contracheatcode
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Age: 38
Posts: 54
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Contracheatcode is on a distinguished road
Location: Sacramento

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

So the suspension refresh items are about to be ordered. Anything I am missing from this list???


Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit Suspension System - E36 M3 Blistein (sport) / Eibach (Pro) Turner $899.95
ROGUE ENGINEERING MONOBALL REAR SHOCK MOUNTS, E30/E36/E46 (PAIR) Rogue Engineering 33-52-1-137-972 set of 2 Rogue Engineering $169.00
Shock Mount Gasket BMW 33526772864 2x ECS $7.66
Rear Subframe Bushing Set BMW 33319066671 1x ECS $99.95
Rear Subframe Bushings - Pair buro 33319059301 1x ECS $17.95
Control Arm Bushing - Priced Each BMW 33326770824 2x ECS $31.12
Differential Bushing - Priced Each BMW 33171134871 1x ECS $20.89
Rear Control Arm Bushing - Priced Each BMW 33321092247 2x ECS $36.18
Control Arm Bushing Kit BMW 31129064875 ECS $49.93
Rear Stabilizer End Link - Priced Each Lemforder 33551126932 2x ECS $25.56
Rear Differential Bushing - Priced Each febi 33171134872 2x ECS $16.66
OE M3 Rear Trailing Arm Bushings With Limiters BMW/ECS 33326770817kt2 set of 2 ECS $107.95
Trailing Arm Ball Joint - Priced Each Vaico 33326775551 4x ECS $67.04
Front Stabilizer End Link - Priced Each Lemforder 31352227203 2x ECS $66.54
Front Strut Mount Gasket BMW 31331094288 2x ECS $9.68
Front Upper Strut Mount - Left Lemforder 31332227897 1x ECS $60.65
Front Upper Strut Mount - Right Lemforder 31332227898 1x ECS $60.65
Front Control Arm - Left BMW 31122228461 1x Bimmer Zone $249.95
Front Control Arm - Right BMW 31122228462 1x Bimmer Zone $229.95

Thanks for your help. I don't want to miss anything essential.

Last edited by Contracheatcode; Sun, Sep-02-2018 at 03:28:35 AM.
Jump to top Contracheatcode is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Sep-02-2018, 04:09:24 PM   #8
JitteryJoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 742
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 JitteryJoe is on a distinguished road
Location: Seattle

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Looks like you signed yourself up for a lot of work. You'll need a lot of tools and specific tools for bushing work. I have no idea what your setup is nor your level of experience. Also, many bushings require preload when torqueing down during install. That is a pain (I had the suspension shop do it during alignment and corner balancing). Anyway, good luck and have fun!
__________________
My Techno Violet E36 M3 Journal
Jump to top JitteryJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Sep-02-2018, 09:19:50 PM   #9
Nate047
Registered User
 
Nate047's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1,026
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Nate047 is on a distinguished road
Location: Venice CA

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

Congrats man, these are great cars and relatively easy to work on. Especially if you have time and are patient. Aaaaaand have the right tools. All the bushings in the rear end have the potential to destroy your whole weekend so make sure to download the Bentley manual if you are going to DIY this. Here's an online copy:

https://www.carthrottle.com/post/nx8pj5b/
__________________
http://www.natehasslerphoto.com
Jump to top Nate047 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sun, Sep-02-2018, 11:47:43 PM   #10
englishtom1596q
Registered User
 
englishtom1596q's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2,591
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 englishtom1596q is on a distinguished road
Location: The Mitten

United States




Default Re: E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal

congrats on the purchase! I would not have bought bilstein shocks if it were me but thats just my opinion. everything on the list looks ok.
__________________
Jump to top englishtom1596q is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 10:17:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright ©1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing E36 M3 4-Door: Contracheatcode Build Journal in the E36 M3 (1992-1999) Forum - {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999 at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)