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    Thread: The 'you need an E36' thread

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      10-08-2012 12:28 PM #26
      Subbing for moar. My mom had an e36 328i brand new back in the day, that was the car that made me all things BMW.
      10 cylinders, 3 turbos, 4 drive wheels and never enough power.

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      10-08-2012 12:28 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I am all for this thread, but that E36 is just gross.

      Anyway, here is mine:

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      10-08-2012 12:40 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      Yes, it's a great design. But, unfortunately it's also a car that tools in their early twenties have imported from Germany for years now. As a result its image is a young guys' tuning car here now, which is just sad.
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I don't care about image, but in the US they fall into the trap of any older premium-brand car that can be kept barely running without proper maintenance... most of the E36s on the market are trashed. Always that baffling combination of a car which needs a few thousand dollars worth of maintenance but has a few thousand dollars wrapped into phat rimz and halo headlights and garbage like that.
      Thankfully, I think a lot of those young guys are moving onto newer metal (E46s, Infiniti Gs, etc).

      For a while, things were getting pretty dire. But there is a hardcore E36 community that values keeping them clean, OEM or OEM+, and functional mods only. Also, the E36 has never really fallen out of favor with the older BMW CCA crowd. Due to it's low weight, low cost, and relatively stiff chassis (compared to an E30), it's still a favorite for track-day cars. Tip: If you can find a clean one, sedans are slightly preferred for track duty because they're slightly stiffer, a little slipperier, and have more headroom for wearing a helmet.

    4. 10-08-2012 12:41 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by cretinx View Post
      Great cars when you're not setting your money on fire to keep them going
      should pale in comparison to every other M car... the E36 M3 is the cheapest M you can buy and own
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      10-08-2012 12:47 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Chileno View Post
      Boston green
      Yeah buddy.

      Quote Originally Posted by danny_16v View Post
      I'm in on this...
      Find that as a sedan

      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      I'd love to have a clean '89 325is, but with prices comparable to a nice E36 M3 the E30
      doesn't make much sense.
      Nope, it really doesn't. it's unfortunate but true.

      Quote Originally Posted by Charlie84 View Post
      I am all for this thread, but that E36 is just gross.
      buried at the bottom as I sort of agree.

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      10-08-2012 12:59 PM #32
      This thread would be heresy on R3V Limited.
      But actually, I'd take an e36 touring or e36 m3 2dr in avus or boston.

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      10-08-2012 01:03 PM #33
      the setup on this one makes it look a lot like an e34 m

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    9. 10-08-2012 01:07 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by cretinx View Post
      Great cars when you're not setting your money on fire to keep them going
      This has long been a debate before about the TCO. Some say it's no more expensive than a MKIV. I don't no the accuracy behind it, but I have a lady who owns one and she needed a steering rack for it, cost was $850 for the rack plus labor of $250.

    10. 10-08-2012 01:09 PM #35
      The Holy Grail of E36s










      They made Sedan, Coupe, Touring and Cabrio 4.6 cars.

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      10-08-2012 01:10 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      This has long been a debate before about the TCO. Some say it's no more expensive than a MKIV. I don't no the accuracy behind it, but I have a lady who owns one and she needed a steering rack for it, cost was $850 for the rack plus labor of $250.
      I've heard from owners that they're not all that expensive to keep running. Some have even referred to it as the Civic of the BMW world

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      10-08-2012 01:11 PM #37
      i love mine. picked it up from a friend in July 2011 with 200,000 miles, and it's up to 207,500 now. the straight six is really great engine, and the sound it makes at WOT is just awesome.





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      and one i snapped a picture of during a trip to Lime Rock Park:

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      10-08-2012 01:21 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      This has long been a debate before about the TCO. Some say it's no more expensive than a MKIV. I don't no the accuracy behind it, but I have a lady who owns one and she needed a steering rack for it, cost was $850 for the rack plus labor of $250.
      meanwhile, i had the steering rack replaced about 4 years ago on a 2003 Jetta Wagon... cost $800-ish at an independent shop.
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      10-08-2012 01:36 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Benbritto View Post
      Agreed. Alpine White M3/4door/5speed is the perfect e36 imo
      Too bad I sold mine








      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      This has long been a debate before about the TCO. Some say it's no more expensive than a MKIV. I don't no the accuracy behind it, but I have a lady who owns one and she needed a steering rack for it, cost was $850 for the rack plus labor of $250.
      That's dealer cost, likely. It's $630 + free shipping + core at partsgeek for a ZF.

      However, a resourceful enthusiast could probably score one for next to nothing from someone who swapped to an M3/Z3/Z4 rack. Here's a 328is rack for $75: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1886002
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      10-08-2012 01:59 PM #40
      Hey TCL, long time lurker first time poster. Good thread

      Quote Originally Posted by StringTheory View Post
      The Holy Grail of E36s. They made Sedan, Coupe, Touring and Cabrio 4.6 cars.
      I believe there are only four genuine E36 Alpinas in North America - two B8 and two B3. I'm lucky enough to own a B3 and would love to have a B8 too! Mine is a B3 sedan in Hellrot red. It was imported from Japan to Canada a few years ago. Here's a few pics:





      I love everything about the car except the transmission. My particular model is an Alpina "Switchtronic" which is a conventional auto with push button shifting. Pretty cool technology at the time and actually more fun than it sounds, but I'm looking into a manual swap



      Video walkaround: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve_jcklrgCc

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      10-08-2012 02:06 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      This has long been a debate before about the TCO. Some say it's no more expensive than a MKIV. I don't no the accuracy behind it, but I have a lady who owns one and she needed a steering rack for it, cost was $850 for the rack plus labor of $250.
      I just did mine this summer and it cost me under $500. Just buy a refurbished unit and do it yourself and it becomes quite reasonable. I also replaced the radiator, but other than that my 220k mile car hasn't needed any attention since the suspension was refreshed over a year ago. They're affordable cars to own.

    17. 10-08-2012 02:09 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      I just did mine this summer and it cost me under $500. Just buy a refurbished unit and do it yourself and it becomes quite reasonable. I also replaced the radiator, but other than that my 220k mile car hasn't needed any attention since the suspension was refreshed over a year ago. They're affordable cars to own.
      Suspension refresh?

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      10-08-2012 02:10 PM #43
      love that car
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      10-08-2012 02:13 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      Suspension refresh?
      You know, new shock absorbers, bushings, wear components.

    20. 10-08-2012 02:18 PM #45
      my M3, most are old pictures


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      10-08-2012 02:24 PM #46
      A friend I went cruising with over the weekend








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      10-08-2012 02:34 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by jrsmitchell View Post


      Wow, that cluster surround is awesome! Alpina piece?

      This '98 M3 5-speed sedan with a clean title, 190k and some suspension mods (H&R springs) is listed for $5k locally.



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      10-08-2012 02:42 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by jrsmitchell View Post
      Hey TCL, long time lurker first time poster. Good thread



      I believe there are only four genuine E36 Alpinas in North America - two B8 and two B3. I'm lucky enough to own a B3 and would love to have a B8 too! Mine is a B3 sedan in Hellrot red. It was imported from Japan to Canada a few years ago. Here's a few pics:

      Wow a Hellrot E36? rad.
      Hey, how difficult is it to find an Alpina front spoiler (doesn't need to be 'real')

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      10-08-2012 02:56 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Wow, that cluster surround is awesome! Alpina piece?
      Yes that is an Alpina piece. Alpina usually adds some extra gauges in their models. In this case it shows engine oil pressure and oil temperature, differential temperature and the selected gear (Switchtronic) - in a manual model it would show battery voltage instead.

      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      Wow a Hellrot E36? rad.
      Hey, how difficult is it to find an Alpina front spoiler (doesn't need to be 'real')
      Thanks



      I see them on ebay.de pretty regularly, but they don't usually ship to NA. I'm not sure if they can be sourced more locally. I'd love to have a backup since it's so low and just a matter of time before I collect a racoon with it.

    25. 10-08-2012 03:07 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      You know, new shock absorbers, bushings, wear components.
      Oh ok, is there a site that a refresh kit can be purchased from?

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