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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 Thu, Jan-19-2017, 04:55:48 PM   #21
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Thanks. Agreed on vehicle history reports. My car's history report returns a clean history.. I was just stating my findings.

I just filtered through base 3 series cars on Autotrader and CL. There are literally no manual E36s and very few E46s within 500 miles, and none catch my interest. I simply see myself in an E36 M3. This also stems from the fact that having driven a bunch of base E9Xs, I don't see how the older cars would be any more fun to drive; they're all boring. Or maybe they'll be slightly more fun due to more rawness? That's my style, which is why I prefer my E46 M3 over the many E9X M3s I've driven.

I'll hold off until I can up my budget and/or find a better E36 M3. They're arguably the more fun cars to drive. I'll keep driving the E46 in the meantime.
I think it's a good call. I daily drive my E36 M3 and really enjoy it. I bought a pretty damn clean one (it's a driver at 135k miles, and not a garage queen) and even then, I've spent a decent amount on maintenance. So I couldn't imagine getting a low quality car and trusting it to be a DD.

I still think E36 M3's make great DD's though. Great torque, fun handling and parts are significantly cheaper than on my E92 M3 or Z4M. Also gets OK mileage.

Just keep an eye out for a good one!
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Why would the guy dump a bunch of money into it only to turn around and sell it for 6K? Doesn't seem like a very logical thing to do.
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Strange.

I would DD the shit out of that car. I wouldn't put my kids in it though, since it's got safety standards from the late 90s.

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Strange.

I would DD the shit out of that car. I wouldn't put my kids in it though, since it's got safety standards from the late 90s.

and a wrench for a steering wheel
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and a wrench for a steering wheel
Yeah, might want to deal with that first though.

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Old Fri, Jan-20-2017, 01:39:17 AM   #25
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Do dealers modify their carfax reports to misrepresent junk cars as clean, because WHAT THE FUCK!? Seller hasn't given me a carfax report yet, only taking his word that it's clean for the time being, but I want to see what kind of report he actually gives me. If anyone wants to run a carfax on the car themselves, go ahead, vin is shown in one of the photos.













Looks like it's been passed around like a *****, and gone from salvage title to clean title in the process.

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Strange.

I would DD the shit out of that car. I wouldn't put my kids in it though, since it's got safety standards from the late 90s.

I mean, if you're an enthusiast and see potential in a car and have resources to fix it, would you want to see it running again even though you could make more by parting it. Not say that's what the seller's motivation is, just a possibility. You did sort of the same with your E36, no? Yours was in much better condition though.

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Yeah, might want to deal with that first though.

Would rather have no wheel than school bus wheel.
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Old Fri, Jan-20-2017, 01:41:30 AM   #26
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I guess it's safe to post this for sure now.

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Old Fri, Jan-20-2017, 02:23:20 AM   #27
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Oh hell no. It's strange to me that the owner of a shop like COBB would ever buy such a car.
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Oh hell no. It's strange to me that the owner of a shop like COBB would ever buy such a car.
I considered that hearsay. I was a bit skeptical, so I planned to call him and ask if he actually owned it, and ask about its history if so. No need for that anymore.

Those ITT who were telling me to walk away were right.
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I mean, if you're an enthusiast and see potential in a car and have resources to fix it, would you want to see it running again even though you could make more by parting it. Not say that's what the seller's motivation is, just a possibility. You did sort of the same with your E36, no? Yours was in much better condition though.
I wanted a cheap car I could work on to get to know it better. I'm all for a garage queen that is in great shape, but I didn't want to pay the money to get one - if that makes sense. I wanted a car with lower initial investment and some problems I could fix.

Though, for a DD to me reliability is paramount over performance... (I drive a Prius to work lol) so YMMV.

If it's cheap and you don't mind the potential for downtime, I say why not.


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Man, I feel like there's a bigger M community in Austin than I ever realized, and E36s specifically. We all need to get together some time. I've always got shit wrong with mine that I'm trying to address
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