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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, Jul-09-2017, 02:45:34 PM   #1
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Default Estoril Blue Hardtop M3 Build

Hello all,

I made this thread as a way for me to grow as an e36 M owner. I recently picked up this 1999 Estoril Blue Hardtop M3 with 160,157 miles. It was an original owner, southern vehicle. The body is rust free as well as all floor panels (which I know is something to look at on older verts). I have owned a 2004 330Ci for the past 3 years and needed something new (or old). Having only been with the vehicle for two weeks, I have not done much. But here is a (very) short list of what I have done.

Services Done:
Front Rotors
Front Brake Pads
Passenger Side Caliper
Balanced Tires + Alignment

Now here is the fun part, the services I will immediately need to perform in order to make the car feel like an M Sport again.

Services Needed:
Oil Change
Oil Pressure Check (explained below)
Spark Plugs
Fuel Filter
Coolant Level Sensor

Long term services will include the following:
Full Interior Restoration (Seats, Center Console, Glove Box, Door Panels, Steering Wheel)
Glass Projectors
Euro Tail Lights + Corners/SideMarkers
Coilovers
Wheels + Tires (Two of four are unfortunately bent)
Cold Air Intake
Exhaust work (Still deciding)
Hood Struts
Cooling System Refresh
Driveshaft (Bad U-Joint Forcing Driveshaft to Rub)
Cluster Rebuild
Hardtop Fix (Explained Below)

I do have a few issues that I do need some help with if anybody could help.

1.) My low oil pressure light tends to flicker once the car hits full temperature. This does not happen every time I drive but it happens enough to worry someone. If I shift the car into neutral or park, the light goes out. In drive, it only occurs during idle. If I continue to drive the car, the light goes out and does not return for the rest of the day. I have only had one occasion where the light continues to flicker after prolonged driving. Again, this does not occur every time I drive the car. It seems as if it is a worn oil pressure switch due to the fact that it flickers intermittently and then disappears. I need to do an oil pressure check while idling to ensure the fact that I am not running too low of oil pressure. If anybody has had any experience with this issue, I would love to hear your story.

2.) "Coolant Level Low" across my check control unit. I have checked the coolant and it is full (a little too full). Could this be a bad Coolant Level Sensor?

3.) "Brake Light Circuit" across my check control unit. I have checked all brake lights. Only the reverse light is out. Could this cause the brake light circuit message to run on my check control? (Sorry if this is a stupid question. Im sure it is in the manual somewhere)

I am going to try to post some pictures of the project below. The purchasing price was $4800 for all who were wondering.


[IMG]IMG_3498 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]IMG_3535 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]IMG_3549 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]IMG_3551 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]52130175184__93CEC150-FBB9-45F5-AA99-F70FEA3EBD99 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]52130176121__9598BDD8-A9AA-41AC-9E45-BDFC17B14187 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]52130176799__8DA3B3CC-B8E5-49FB-8247-8110E1C40154 by alex corsi, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Hopefully either the pictures above work or these links below do. If not, Ill try another way to get you all pictures.


Link 1: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150075...posted-public/

Link 2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150075...posted-public/

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Pics don't work - in Flickr, click the little arrow sort of going to the right (sharing) and copy the BB Code link
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Damn, how do PO's ruin leather like that? Unless Taz went to work there.

But nice seeing another hardtopped vert here.
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Damn, how do PO's ruin leather like that? Unless Taz went to work there.

But nice seeing another hardtopped vert here.
My only guess is that it being a South Carolina car since 1999 with oem tint on the windows... the sun just sucked the life out of them. Luckily, I have found an upholsterer who can work in my price range. going to need to find new door panels soon though.
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You should be able to find a second hand interior for sure.

This car must have been out in the full sun, all its life. Even the plastic rollbar covers are completely cracked.
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Welcome on board, looks like you've got a pretty decent project in front of you. I have a similar (or maybe the same) issue with the oil light flickering. It's a giant can of worms but there's some information about it on forums, this is a good thread:

https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...e-at-Idle-Info

There's a number of things that could be causing the light. Could be a bad oil pressure switch/sender. That's the cheapest so I would try that first. And if you can check the oil pressure with a high quality mechanical pressure gauge, do this as well. IIRC it should be between like 7-12psi at idle, and it should build steadily as you increase RPM. I'm not sure if being an auto or 5 speed makes a difference there. Does the motor knock at all? How is the VANOS? How are the timing chain tensioners? Is there any evidence of oil leaking?

Bad case scenario is it's rod bearings, better case scenario is something small like an o ring or gasket or sender unit.
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I have a set of 1999 e36 coupe black door cards for sale soon. In Ok cond. LMK if int.

Great color! Welcome to the madness that is owning driving restoring an old m.

I'm into mine at just a tick over 22K........ with int restored, new paint, wheels contours restored, new brakes, suspension....... this IS the place for good info on how to keep these cars on the road or track.
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