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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 Fri, Jul-14-2017, 06:22:47 PM   #11
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I think $5k isn't going to cut it. Not even a slice.
Haha....well I'm sure the Euro is nice, but I don't feel like I'm missing too much with my modded S52. There are other cars I'd rather have for the money you're hinting at.
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If cars were identical, i'd just go for the US version. Assuming the intention is collectibility then performance comes secondary. You'll have a much easier time finding a nice US example because the Euro cars are more scarce. Plus the logistics of actually acquiring it (exchange rate, transportation, inspection, etc) will be more work. Arguably you're better off spending that money on a car you'll be able to enjoy more.

The only car i'd consider importing is a GT. But they are Porsche money now, so all things considered you weigh all options when it comes time to write a check...
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Less than two year until GT's are eligible and I would absolutely import a well preserved/maintained version, even if it's past collector status.
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Less than two year until GT's are eligible and I would absolutely import a well preserved/maintained version, even if it's past collector status.
Expect to pay no less than $60k plus all the shipping and fees. Some are above 100k.
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Expect to pay no less than $60k plus all the shipping and fees. Some are above 100k.
Yup well aware of the price tags. Actually started looking around about a year ago.
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I'd consider 60k for a GT if for some reason beyond my control I no longer had my car, but at that price I wouldn't pay the premium to move from my lowly 332is msport lol edition to that.
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In California, the Euro spec cars will never be able to pass smog legally without major modifications, the process of which would ruin "collector" status. Because of that, I would take the same lump of cash and build a S54 CA State BAR Certified swap and upgrade other aspects of the chassis to mimic or improve upon Euro spec performance. This is assuming you'd want to actually drive the car and not just look at it.

Or, get a P.O box in Arizona...
Yup-- you cannot import a 3.2 Euro M3 to California legally since it lacks OBD2. I don't think you could retrofit that to work since the DME would not communicate with the scan tools. I'm not sure you can federalize one either, come to think of it.

As much as I love my BAR legal S54 swap....if I had to pay someone to build one I would buy an E46 instead. Finding a shop that knew how (and was willing) to smog one, legally, post-BAR was an enormous pain in the ass too. I've heard of a couple shops charging around $20k for an emissions-legal swap, so as far as I'm concerned it's DIY-or-buy-E46.

I'd love a Euro 3.2 someday but I agree with Westopher. Unless the price was close I'd probably just save a bit more and satisfy my porschelust instead. The E36 is a great car but there are other great cars out there in the mid 20-30k range that I want to own.
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What about a 93-95 s50b30. Could that be legal in California? Does not need OBD2
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I would not buy a pre-95 M3. Older electrical system, bad seatframes, warping dash on very early models, available options at the time.

And while the 3.0 is still a nice motor, I'd really go for a 3.2.

But finding a good, clean 3.0 is even harder than a 3.2.
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The euro e36 is probably already 25-35% more all things equal. Add the cost of importation to that. At that price, I'd likely be saving a bit more and buying a Porsche.
Thats not to say it hasn't been worth it, and won't be worth it again due to changes in the market, and currency fluctuations.
That means you would sell your E36 M3 and add some more to buy a Porsche? Or you would keep the E36 M3 and buy another Porsche?

My original post is more about if you can only keep one E36 M3 in your possession, would you rather keep/buy a US or Euro version given the potential price tag difference?
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