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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 Tue, Oct-30-2012, 08:01:58 PM   #1
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Default Question about an e36 m3 I'm considering

I'm looking at a very nice 1995 m3 coupe that has unfortunately been straight piped. I've never been a fan of extremely loud vehicles, preferring the "sleeper" type, but everything else about this car is excellent (including the 6 speed transmission imported from Germany to put in it 10,000 miles ago). What sort of expense am I looking at to put in a stock or aftermarket cat-back exhaust?

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p.s. Yes, I've spent the last two hours googling this, and haven't found any real straightforward answers, hence the post.
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Old Tue, Oct-30-2012, 09:01:39 PM   #2
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Stock can be free if you can find someone giving it away. Check Ebay, I've seen stock used for a couple hundred $$. Aftermarket, anywhere from $450 to 1k new. Exhaust replacements are the cheapest, easiest and most plentiful out there to replace.
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Old Tue, Oct-30-2012, 10:12:26 PM   #3
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The Stromung exhaust is quiet nice and isn't very loud
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Old Tue, Oct-30-2012, 11:31:53 PM   #4
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I love the subtle purrr of the Stromung exhaust as well! It sounds very high class and isn't obnoxious at all. IMHO its the best exhaust you can get for a street car or DD.
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Old Wed, Oct-31-2012, 01:00:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: Question about an e36 m3 I'm considering

If the rest of the car is acceptable to you then go for it. You shouldn't have any issues finding a stock exhaust for cheap. There are also some very nice aftermarket options, as mentioned above.
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Old Wed, Oct-31-2012, 01:05:25 AM   #6
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I have a supersprint catback for $500 on my 98 m3.
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Essentially, the car's price and history is right (owned by a mechanic, offered to let me have whoever I want look at it under a lift at his shop), the price is right ($7k) and it has a 6 speed transmission with 10k miles on it, imported from Germany. 155k miles, suspension fully redone, and $10k worth of audio (the $10k includes labor on the custom trunk enclosure, estimated resale value of the parts is $3k). As I'm not loaded, the plan is to buy it, sell the audio stuff, put in a more modest system (it has 3 amps, 2 additional batteries, etc), and use the rest of the funds to make the car what I want it to be.

I appreciate all the responses, and if I wind up pulling the trigger on this one, I'll be sure to let you guys know.
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Old Wed, Oct-31-2012, 01:29:47 AM   #8
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+1 for stromung. loud when you want it purrs the rest of the time
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I'm a huge stromung fan

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If you buy, I have a factory mid-pipe and cat-back that you can have for $150 plus shipping.
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