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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, Oct-06-2018, 10:44:15 PM   #71
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Very clean, I have major garage envy.











These are kind of contradictory statements... Right? I'm not sure why anyone would put US spec headlights back on any E36...


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Old Sun, Oct-07-2018, 09:02:31 PM   #72
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Car and garage are looking very nice. I would put in a Bosche or ZKW headlight set up in over the crap plastic lights but you gotta do what you like I suppose.
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Old Mon, Oct-08-2018, 03:28:13 AM   #73
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Looking good, please keep posting pics, I am really enjoying the detailing.

BTW, what steam cleaner did you go with? I definitely need to steam clean a lot of my Alpine White as well.
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Old Tue, Oct-09-2018, 03:00:30 PM   #74
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Did you use the “workshop position” on the hood hinge to remove the scuttle?
I did not. I was able to clean it up with brushes and qtips. It took like 15 minutes maybe.

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These are kind of contradictory statements... Right? I'm not sure why anyone would put US spec headlights back on any E36...
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Car and garage are looking very nice. I would put in a Bosche or ZKW headlight set up in over the crap plastic lights but you gotta do what you like I suppose.
Ive been looking at different set ups. I don't think the stock lights are going to make it in, but Im not sure what I am going to do yet.

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Looking good, please keep posting pics, I am really enjoying the detailing.

BTW, what steam cleaner did you go with? I definitely need to steam clean a lot of my Alpine White as well.
Thanks. This is the steamer I picked up.

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Old Tue, Oct-09-2018, 03:43:16 PM   #75
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For originality, I'd go with stock plastic (crap) headlights, and that is exactly what I left in mine. But then again, I never really drive it in the dark, and its far from being my daily. So while its original and period correct, the fact that they are absolute crap still remains a fact.
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Old Sat, Nov-09-2019, 07:10:19 AM   #76
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I also think the car culture has moved on from the e36. Also there are very few good examples with people who want to maintain them properly left. Also because they’ve been around for so long, there’s not much to discuss on them and no breakthroughs to make. This forum does have some of the better restoration threads though, especially lately.
What a shame...

The E36 has to be the absolutely best looking body style BMW ever produced...

Unfortunately they really missed the mark with quality control, material selection, fitment of parts both interior and exterior (main and trim, too numerous to list)...

Sad...

HAD a really nice one that has gradually deteriorated over time, along with the help of some of the POs who did all sorts of 'custom' stuff... nothing radical, just numerous and poorly done (obviously not BMW's fault for these issues, but doesn't let 'um off the hook for crap like the door cards, glove box covers, corner light fitment, headlight fitment, exterior trim fitment, headliner, etc.).. Mechanics are generally pretty good, all the rest one must 'live' with, not so much...

Latest aggravation is the broken deteriorated plastic upper door card 'channel' that's apparently glued to the cards and then snaps to spring clips on the door at the window sill... What the hell happened to just having a flange that dropped down into a channel at the top of the door like every other mfr I've ever seen... but nooo, they gotta get 'fancy', 'trick', etc. all to the detriment of the E36 affectatos... Hard to enjoy something one has to be continually fixing something...

So, speaking of fixing, I can find numerous refs to the metal clips to replace the plastic channel setup which is not available any more, even IF one could afford it, but no where is it described that I can find exactly how these clips work, specifically how they attach to the card... obviously they 'snap' to the 6 spring clips on the inner door panel... anybody able to help me out understanding this please...

TIA... and as always... OCTJMO... ICBW...

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...Unfortunately they really missed the mark with quality control, material selection, fitment of parts both interior and exterior (main and trim, too numerous to list)...
And they still haven't fixed most of that in later models... in some cases they've got worse. And let's not mention BMW paint... :-/

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So, speaking of fixing, I can find numerous refs to the metal clips to replace the plastic channel setup which is not available any more, even IF one could afford it, but no where is it described that I can find exactly how these clips work, specifically how they attach to the card... obviously they 'snap' to the 6 spring clips on the inner door panel... anybody able to help me out understanding this please...
Metal clips? I've not heard of them, you don't mean these do you?

https://turtlelaboratories.com/produ...epair-brackets

They just epoxy on. Expensive for what they are but will last a lifetime.
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Wow, I got an email over the weekend that someone replied to my thread and I realized I haven't posted here in a long time. I guess the last time I posted, I put the wiper cowl on and did some cleaning and I honestly haven't done too terribly much to the car. Shortly after fixing the cowl I turned my attention to the 02 and prepping it for a trip to South Carolina, and after that I did an interior refresh. After that trip I did take it up to the North Georgia mountains with a couple of friends.

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I drove so fast that the roundel came right off.

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I purchased a new roundel but then set my sights on prepping the 02 for a trip to The Vintage in North Carolina. While looking for 02 parts on facebook, something caught my eye and I got a new friend for the 02 and M3.

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At this point the M3 sat and I really only drove it to the shop when I went to work on the 02.

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After the vintage most of my time was spent working on the e9 and besides a few trips to work the M3 sat, I felt bad about it so I cleaned up and did a little photoshoot.

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This was around June of this year and I kept tossing around the idea of putting it up for sale especially since I picked up an e91 to daily drive and I was having a lot of fun modifying it.

IMG_7425 by Nick Wood, on Flickr

So in early July, I started the M3 up and pulled in out of the garage to wash it. I was going to clean it, take pics, and list it for sale but it was running a little funny. I pulled the code and I had a miss fire. I pulled the coil pack and this is what I found.

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I swapped some coils around, ordered new coil packs and changed plugs but the problem persisted. So I gave up and sent the ECU and EWS out. They determined that the coil shorted the ECU and it needed repair. So they were repaired and I installed them with no issues since.

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I drove the car for a few days back and forth to work to make sure the computer fixed my issue and hit a milestone.

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At this point I realized that I still love this car at with 150k miles Id never get the kind of money I would want for it so I decided to keep it and start tackling some other issues. So lately I have been fixing little issues here and there. Recently I recovered the sunroof card since it decided to fall apart a while ago. Its not perfect and I will likely re-do it along with the whole headliner but for now its fine.

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That kinda brings everything up to date. I have a few more issues I need to address over the winter. As much as I want to "upgrade" to an e46 or e92 M3, I just cant bring myself to sell this car. It will always have a place in my garage no matter whats parked next to it.

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Well that was a great thread update! Loving the new additions to your fleet.
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I read your thread on Garage Journal from front to back (not a member, was just trying to burn time) over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I've got an E92 m3 and Z4M on top of the E36 M3, and the car is just a bargain. It's just usually the first on my mind to be sold, but considering I wouldn't get that much money out of it, you might as well enjoy it and drive it until the wheels fall off.

Keep the updates coming! I've got mine apart right now because the throttle cable snapped.
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