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    Thread: The 'you need an E36' thread

    1. Geriatric Member Chapel's Avatar
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      10-08-2012 02:10 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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      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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      10-08-2012 02:21 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 02:36 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 02:59 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



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      10-08-2012 03:06 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.

    7. 10-08-2012 03:09 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 03:10 PM #43
      love that car
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      10-08-2012 03:13 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      Suspension refresh?
      You know, new shock absorbers, bushings, wear components.

    10. 10-08-2012 03:18 PM #45
      my M3, most are old pictures


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      10-08-2012 03:24 PM #46
      A friend I went cruising with over the weekend








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      10-08-2012 03:34 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 03:42 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 03:56 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.

    15. 10-08-2012 04:07 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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      10-08-2012 04:17 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      Oh ok, is there a site that a refresh kit can be purchased from?
      LMGTFY

      http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E36-328...Kit/ES1831866/
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      10-08-2012 04:21 PM #52
      Really like these specific E threads in TCL

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      10-08-2012 04:40 PM #53
      If I were to do it all over again (Non-M):


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      10-08-2012 04:42 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by DeathKing View Post
      If I were to do it all over again (Non-M):

      what front spoiler is that?

      Also, I've just been made aware of a trunk wiring issue that can cause fires... good to know. easy to fix, just need to diagnose the wires in the trunk harness


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      10-08-2012 05:49 PM #56
      awesome thread! I own 3 e36s, I love these things. A 94 325i vert, a 98 328 sedan, and a 99 M3 vert. I've never gotten around to taking proper pics, but here are a couple cell phone shots.
      Sorry for the bad quality, there all I have for now.






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      10-08-2012 05:56 PM #57
      ^^^

      Reminds me of Clueless :







      and The Chase:

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      10-08-2012 05:59 PM #58
      lol, I had never seen clueless, but my coworkers made endless Charlie Sheen jokes after seeing the red one the 1st time.

    23. 10-08-2012 06:33 PM #59
      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:
      Beautiful car.

      I'm thinking about an 3.0 or 3.2 B3 Coupe or Cabrio. Great cars, classic BMW straight six at it's best.
      Last edited by StringTheory; 10-08-2012 at 06:35 PM.

    24. 10-08-2012 06:43 PM #60
      My Estoril blue vert with a manual trans. It was a 99 and I got it with 100k for $4500. Other than the a couple rips in the drivers seat it was nearly perfect and had all its maintenance kept up on. So far it's been 10x as reliable as our VW.



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      10-08-2012 06:49 PM #61
      picking this up tomorrow morning. Can't wait:


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      10-08-2012 07:03 PM #62
      I love them but I could never live with the steering wheel. Any upgrades that keep the airbag? Not that a 13-18 year old airbag would be that great. Well there are some 18 year old airbags that I'd love to cushion my face at a high rate of speed, but that's neither here nor there.
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      10-08-2012 07:12 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by are you listening View Post
      My Estoril blue vert with a manual trans. It was a 99 and I got it with 100k for $4500.


      Beautiful car. What a steal at 4500. You could double your money overnight.

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      10-08-2012 07:14 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Internal Combustion View Post
      I love them but I could never live with the steering wheel. Any upgrades that keep the airbag? Not that a 13-18 year old airbag would be that great. Well there are some 18 year old airbags that I'd love to cushion my face at a high rate of speed, but that's neither here nor there.
      Euro SRS wheel:





      Feeling lucky? Non-SRS wheel:



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      Quote Originally Posted by are you listening View Post
      My Estoril blue vert with a manual trans. It was a 99 and I got it with 100k for $4500. Other than the a couple rips in the drivers seat it was nearly perfect and had all its maintenance kept up on. So far it's been 10x as reliable as our VW.


      Auto or stick?
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      10-08-2012 07:18 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Auto or stick?

      Appears to be stick, and for sale:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...5-speed-manual

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      10-09-2012 01:16 AM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Oh boy that might cause some controversy.

      Quote Originally Posted by Internal Combustion View Post
      I love them but I could never live with the steering wheel. Any upgrades that keep the airbag? Not that a 13-18 year old airbag would be that great. Well there are some 18 year old airbags that I'd love to cushion my face at a high rate of speed, but that's neither here nor there.
      Hahahahahaha

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      It's been several years but I've been missing my old one quite a bit...

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      ^^^Perfection.

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