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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, May-26-2019, 07:47:27 PM   #41
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Default Re: 1997 M3 - Boston Green/Modena - M3 GT Project

First order of business, pick up some new rear exhaust hangers. That guy is hanging low. Nice cheap start with a big payoff.
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Default Re: 1997 M3 - Boston Green/Modena - M3 GT Project

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So those should still be on file? Also, I wouldn't want a grained leather. I'd want to keep it supple with no grain as from the factory.
I’m not sure how LSB and Imola helps you, but yes. Relicate only uses US cow hides. They are a close match to the smooth grain used in the E36 but have a tad more pebble in them than the original Euro hides. “Nappa” is not sheep skin as the name implies. BMW used smooth grain cow hides and passed them off as Nappa.

Yikes. You really paid a lot for a mileage number and have a lot of work to do.
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Old Sun, May-26-2019, 09:20:14 PM   #43
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Default 1997 M3 - Boston Green/Modena - M3 GT Project

Congrats on the car!

I just picked up a similar color combo.

Those seats do have a surprising amount of wear for such low miles. Did the previous owner take good general of the car? You paid a premium for the miles and in my experience sometimes the 120k mile car that’s been sorted versus a 50k mile car that needs a ton of stuff, sometimes the 120k mile car is the better deal and less headache.

Look forward to see what you do with it!
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Old Sun, May-26-2019, 10:55:48 PM   #44
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First order of business, pick up some new rear exhaust hangers. That guy is hanging low. Nice cheap start with a big payoff.
Second order of business is to gently steam clean those seats and see where you are really at wear-wise. Hard to tell if they are just really dirty or really worn out, or both.

Like the color combo though. Really good looking.
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First order of business, pick up some new rear exhaust hangers. That guy is hanging low. Nice cheap start with a big payoff.
Right. Not too worried since I'm replacing it.
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I’m not sure how LSB and Imola helps you, but yes. Relicate only uses US cow hides. They are a close match to the smooth grain used in the E36 but have a tad more pebble in them than the original Euro hides. “Nappa” is not sheep skin as the name implies. BMW used smooth grain cow hides and passed them off as Nappa.

Yikes. You really paid a lot for a mileage number and have a lot of work to do.
Maybe, I'm not sure I'd agree. Prices have been trending positively for a while. Any of these cars require maintenance and even if I managed to find something in better condition, it would be a higher mileage car or it would have been substantially more expensive; and it likely wouldn't have been in my preferred color combination.
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Congrats on the car!

I just picked up a similar color combo.

Those seats do have a surprising amount of wear for such low miles. Did the previous owner take good general of the car? You paid a premium for the miles and in my experience sometimes the 120k mile car that’s been sorted versus a 50k mile car that needs a ton of stuff, sometimes the 120k mile car is the better deal and less headache.

Look forward to see what you do with it!
That's possible, but at the end of the day, I can spend money to correct issues. No amount of money takes miles off the clock.
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Second order of business is to gently steam clean those seats and see where you are really at wear-wise. Hard to tell if they are just really dirty or really worn out, or both.

Like the color combo though. Really good looking.
The texture is really messed up. It looks to me like a dye job gone bad. Very bad.
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The texture is really messed up. It looks to me like a dye job gone bad. Very bad.
I disagree. Everything that isn't discolored is the same texture as my original Modena seats.
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Default Re: 1997 M3 - Boston Green/Modena - M3 GT Project

Looks pretty solid, just give the seats a few runs with the leatherique two part cleaner stuff and get in there with some brushes and then steam clean etc. I still clean mine every few weeks with some warm water with a splash of apc

BG and Modena are both (unfortunately for us) colours that show up any imperfection. Both are hard to photograph and more often than not, look different on pics than with the naked eye

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