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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 Sun, Jan-29-2017, 05:11:56 PM   #11
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Default Re: My $8.8K 176K mile Craigslist E36M3 Journey Begins

Cleaning the K&N and inspecting the Air intake tract, MAS, TB, etc.... it appears I already have the euro-spec MAS... pretty cool... suspect this is part of the Dinan mods on this motor.

I cleaned the TB as well... a little crud around the blade.

I'll research how much if any these motors respond to true ram air... into the K&N.... or just let it suck the iso-lated air in the little compartment heat shield.
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Old Mon, Jan-30-2017, 01:24:03 AM   #13
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Congrats - I just picked up a 99 myself less then a month ago and I decided immediately to overhaul the clutch - wife was similarly pleased


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Motors are solid, even at 176k. You can go with cams and then refresh the valve springs, etc. and breathe some new life into it. Chain guides and chain tensioners were needed on mine at 134k (although that is rare).

For $10k-ish you can also just go the S54 route; they're pretty cheap nowadays.
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Old Mon, Jan-30-2017, 04:27:56 AM   #15
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Congrats on the car and GL with the build.

Need more pictures
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I've got 2 faster cars available, but I thoroughly enjoy the power output of my bone stock US S52. It's nice to be able to floor it everywhere but have just enough power to be brisk, but not go to jail. Very happy with the car as is.

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solid pick up, and welcome to the fam! looking forward to seeing what direction you end up taking the car in.
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Old Mon, Jan-30-2017, 04:20:08 PM   #18
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Very nice, looking forward to future updates.

Already decided on the LS swap?
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Greetings from Austin

Looks like a fun project, enjoy
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You guys might appreciate this 90's used car experience:::

I'm so excited to have my toy so I take my wife to dinner in it the night i drive it home.... She's already skeptical when I chirp the alpine alarm and set off the alarm leaving the house... We roll to dinner w the rear shocks missing the top bushings and she suggest my toy is unsafe.... So we arrive at trendy bar rest and I valet:::::: pull up, get out then alarm goes off and valet guy can't get it started.... Wife unhappy w my track project .... To put the final cherry on top--- I pop the pioneer faceplate off and ask my wife to carry it in her purse. Classic 90's flashback. She says no more dates in that car!

Funny how much things change on cars in 18 yrs.

Alarm going in the trashbin... stereo getting upgraded soon.

OH this cracked me up. I only removed my faceplate once when I parked in the Fashion District in LA. Funny thing is my car (not m3) got broken into years later and they tried to take the whole radio but I bolted it in good so they only took the faceplate.

I take my wife on date nights in the M3 too. Last time we went to a wine club, she likes wine more than me so she really enjoyed the drive home with the vert top down and for once she wanted me to drive aggressively.
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