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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 Sat, May-26-2018, 07:03:22 PM   #171
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I've been MIA since I last posted here in Nov. Since then, I've bought a house with a 4 car detached garage.

I've caught up with this thread and still amazed at how clean your cars are. I plan on spending all day tomorrow washing the M's, much needed. Thanks for the motivation and keep up the good work!
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I've been MIA since I last posted here in Nov. Since then, I've bought a house with a 4 car detached garage.

I've caught up with this thread and still amazed at how clean your cars are. I plan on spending all day tomorrow washing the M's, much needed. Thanks for the motivation and keep up the good work!
4-car garages are super nice. Congrats!
Thanks! Keeping them clean is part of the therapy!
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Old Mon, Jul-16-2018, 07:58:34 PM   #173
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I have an intermittent issue with my ASC and /or brake switch. But decided to created a separate thread as I was not getting any response here.

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Old Wed, Jul-18-2018, 02:52:47 AM   #174
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you is a genieous
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Old Wed, Jul-25-2018, 03:51:54 AM   #175
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Well, the switch showed up yesterday, so I decided to put it in today. What a stupid design! I guess it has to be done that way cause its a critical part, but man....

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Took the panel off:

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New switch - went with URO cause that's what was on Amazon Prime with free overnight delivery. Lately, if the part is not critical, I skip OEM and go for the one that can be delivered fast. This certainly fit the bill - $13 shipped.

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Got the 4-prong one for the OBC:

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Darn thing didn't want to come out, so I just grabbed it by the plunger and ripped that shit of together with the red collar. Popped right out.

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Installation simple, just pop in, done.
Fixed the light, so let's hope this lasts cause I really didn't like the job - not a lot of room to work there.
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Old Wed, Jul-25-2018, 03:54:10 PM   #176
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A clean set of LTW wheels would be perfect on this car. Awesome job.

Like you, I've been a big fan of Leatherique so I'm interested in how the simple green/soft brush has worked out. I'll likely try this out soon on my E46 M3.
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A clean set of LTW wheels would be perfect on this car. Awesome job.

Like you, I've been a big fan of Leatherique so I'm interested in how the simple green/soft brush has worked out. I'll likely try this out soon on my E46 M3.
Strangely, I'm not a big fan of how LTWs look. I can appreciate the weight and all, but not the look. I really like Contours, and I guess I wouldn't mind getting a set of clean DSIIs, but I'm content as is.

I have tried simple green/magic eraser on my drivers seat and it worked great. I need to post some pictures, but I really liked this method to make your leather look new'er and get that matte look.
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Strangely, I'm not a big fan of how LTWs look. I can appreciate the weight and all, but not the look. I really like Contours, and I guess I wouldn't mind getting a set of clean DSIIs, but I'm content as is.

I have tried simple green/magic eraser on my drivers seat and it worked great. I need to post some pictures, but I really liked this method to make your leather look new'er and get that matte look.
Pics and specific method you used would be awesome. I have a couple magic erasers left but like you am worried about it cutting the leather a little too much.
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Nice M. I have been patiently looking for a Dakar 98-99 Coupe. Its been about 4 months now, I hope to find one soon and have a similar journey/experience making it perfect again.
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Pics and specific method you used would be awesome. I have a couple magic erasers left but like you am worried about it cutting the leather a little too much.
Will do. There is really nothing different that I did - just basically very lightly rub/massage the leather, avoiding the seams and creases, mostly working on flat surface, and almost no pressure.

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Nice M. I have been patiently looking for a Dakar 98-99 Coupe. Its been about 4 months now, I hope to find one soon and have a similar journey/experience making it perfect again.
Yeah, I saw your post in for sale section. You'll find one, they do pop up from time to time. I was lucky that I was just randomly looking on craigslist that day!
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