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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:40 AM
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Hello all,

I've been driving now for the past week my first BMW, and my first car in ages without a note... and one of the lowest mile cars I've ever bought aside from a few delivery mile factory fresh cars. The car in question? A 1998 328i Convertible in Hellrot over sand. Seems to have everything bar a sport or M-sport equivalent package. Stock Style 32's in 15", original power top, trip computer, cruise, HK, wood trim and of course a manual transmission. To say I'm stoked would be an understatement!



Had it inspected by a BMW specialist and it all checked out aside from the original dry-rotted tires which were replaced the day I brought her home with Michelin Pilot Exaltos. I probably should do all the fluids even though the mechanics said they were all clean and fresh. Up soon will be an alignment, and by fall I plan on changing the water pump.

So the question is now what. Do I sell this car to a collector for a profit (not bloody likely), do I drive it every day like it was a brand new car? (possible, not in the winter though have another car for that) Or do I baby it and drive it as little as possible and see how long I can hold on to it?

Over Chicago's crap roads I cringe when the shakes make things squeak and creak, in traffic I wonder if I'm straining the cooling system and that sweet M52. But the alternative is my 2011 Miata which can barely hold 2 200lb men in comfort, and has a Ford engine from seemingly eons ago which doesn't rev nearly as sweet.

Safe to say, I love this car!
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:52 AM
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We need more pictures. The dry rotted tires are also an indicator that EVERY RUBBER PART ON THIS CAR will need to be replaced, or conditioned.

If it were me, I'd just drive it. The E36 convertible (even in hellrot w/ manual transmission) isn't likely to get a premium collector's attention.

Nice find, though!
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:23 AM
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I asked the mechanics about the rubber parts and to check for leaks etc. They said from the parts they did inspect in and under the car the rubber looked like it had been stored in a climate controlled garage and most seemed in a time-warp condition. The tires they assumed might be dry rotted, so perhaps I confused some information. One tire had shown signs it had gone flat and had been driven on and was the only really bad one of the bunch. If it helps, the tires themselves were all gray indicating some long-term UV exposure (probably from summer only use) while the rest of the rubber throughout is a nice healthy black. Even the door seals and rub strips!

I'll keep an eye on these parts though.

Good to know it isn't really a collector's car. I just wanted a cool unique spring/summer/fall DD that is roomier and more interesting than the Miata. I've got a Countryman for all the other times.

Pictures are forthcoming, pollen has covered the freshly cleaned exterior and rains are supposed to fall later today. Hopefully this weekend I'll get the chance here's one from tire day:

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:33 AM
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Awesome. The paint isn't too faded, either. I loved my 328iC. Just had to have more power, so I bought an M3.

Drive it and keep it nice! It will make a perfect daily driver, and get pretty good mileage to boot. Looks like you have the rollover protection system, and the 'premium' package, but not sport.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:37 AM
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Awesome. The paint isn't too faded, either. I loved my 328iC. Just had to have more power, so I bought an M3.

Drive it and keep it nice! It will make a perfect daily driver, and get pretty good mileage to boot. Looks like you have the rollover protection system, and the 'premium' package, but not sport.
The paint actually looks factory fresh in person! I forgot how gorgeous Hellrot was since all one sees are faded E36s it seems. I drove some M3s, a 68k mile silver over dove example 99 'vert most recently and everything felt tighter and more powerful for sure. But the grinding 3rd gear synchro, warning lights, and torn top liner were a huge turn off. But yea those 240hp really make a diff.

I'd like to do some exhaust work and maybe an ECU reflash to wake up the engine a bit.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:44 AM
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That's my current car. Silver 99 M3 cabrio. A bit more than 240 horses hiding inside, though.

My 3rd gear gives me no trouble if I double-clutch. It can be tough if I don't. My top is in piss-poor shape, but I leave it down 90% of the time.

There's not much you can do with the ECU. Maybe some minor mods and a professional tune to get better fuel maps for 91/93 octane, but that's about it.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:47 AM
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So M3s all have a gear grind in 3rd on downshifting? I thought it was just bad on that particular car.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:50 AM
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I'd say it's not uncommon. Mine is delicate on up or down shift. Double clutching seems to solve any issues, though. Work that left leg!
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:35 AM
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Hmm..Iv'e never heard of that Jared. Mine dosn't have that issue.
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