So I recently picked up a 1996 318is! I honestly haven’t been this excited about a car in a while lol. the best part is that I got the car without spending any money because I was able to trade some motorcycle gear for it. I’m guessing the guy (who is a mechanic) has someone who wasn’t able to pickup their car or pay the bill so he didn’t mind letting it go.
Incredibly, it’s pretty dialed in… it’s aligned properly, has raceland coilovers, a chassis mounted shifter, a 3.45 LSD, a new (used) transmission, new radiator, and the A/C belt has been removed (presumably for the 1hp increase). The only initial issue was an oil leak but when I checked it out I found that the oil pan bolt wasn’t torqued to spec so now things have seemed to be fixed.
The clear coat is trashed so I plan to wet sand the car then apply 2K clearcoat.
Any suggestions on the next best steps for me to take with my 318is? Also, where would you suggest for cheap replacement parts? (Things like door handles, side markers, etc… guessing eBay but not sure)