The 2nd generation BMW M3, generally referred to as the E36, was heralded as one of the most sublime daily-driver sports cars ever. No, it wasn’t as brutally fast as a Corvette or as exotic-looking as a Porsche. But anybody that has ever had their ass handed to them by a smug M3 driver at a track event knows that these cars are more than the sum of their parts.
This car was found on bimmerforums, originally for sale for $23,000. At the time of this post, asking price had dropped to $13,200 OBO. The fact that it has 193k miles on it is a bit of minus. But the fact that so much work has been done to it is quite a plus. All the projects were well documented on MotoIQ. Some fancy dress-up bits for the interior, a cat-back exhaust, an M50 manifold upgrade, the TurnerMotorSports Stage 3 performance package, wow.
And don’t forget:
-New Valve Springs, Lifters, and Retainers (<5K miles) -New Timing Chain Tensioner -Dr. Vanos Stage 2 VANOS upgrade -New Vanos Solenoid -Clutch Fan Delete -SPAL electric fan with in-car switch. -New Thermostat -New AC Belt -New Serpentine Belt -New Power Steering Return/Cooler Hose -New Power Steering Hose – Fluid Reservior to Pump -New Valve Cover Gasket -New Exhaust Manifold Gaskets (Head to Manifold) -New Exhaust Manifold Gasket (Manifold to Cat) -Transmission with 95K miles on it -UUC EVO 3 short shift kit -UUC Double-shear selector rod -UUC Delrin clutch pedal bushings -Redline 75W90 Diff Fluid -Redline D4 ATF Transmission Fluid -New Motorsport Limited Slip Clutch Plates - rebuilt by Bimmerworld. -OEM E36 Diff Rear Mount Set. -KW Variant-3 Coilovers. Double Adjustable. -Performance Friction "Direct-Drive" 2-pc 'dimpled' front rotors -Replaced ABS pump and controller (by EPIC Motorsports) -Rebuilt front calipers -SS brake lines -Motorsport X-Brace -Proflex Polyurethane: -Front control arm bushings -Rear trailing arm bushing -Rear subframe bushings -HD Rear Shock Tower Mounts -TMS Rear Shock Tower Reinforcement Plates -New wheel bearings (4) - <5K miles -New front lower control arms -17x9 D-Force wheels (4) -245/45-19 Continental DW tires. -Depot Euro Ellipsoid Projector Headlights w.Black housings -HID Bulbs -E46 M3 trunk spoiler painted body color and rear diffuser painted -3M Window Tint 30% front, 15% rear side and back windows (3/14) -New “M3” trunklid logo. -New PIAA Super Sporza windshield wipers. -New Door Handle Surrounds -New Outer driver/passenger windshield weather strip -New rear window lower rubber trim -New Windshield Cowl Trim Panel. -Front bumper repainted due to debris. -Passenger door repainted due to dent. -Black Ultrasuede headliner -Black Ultrasuede: Steering wheel re-covered, shift boot, e-brake boot, arm rest, speaker deck. -Seats in EXCELLENT condition -BavSound Speaker System for HK replacement -A/C Climate Control professionally repaired (upgraded resistor that blows out) -New Final Stage Blower Resistor Pack -New Brake position travel sensor -New Brake Travel Sensor That may be enough to get your attention? I have taken an interest in German vehicles lately. In fact, I was in the market for an E36 M3, and recently put a deposit on one. Cost no object, I may have purchased the car shown here. The upgrades have netted 243 whp, which is approximately 292 bhp, all of which is very usable, with no peak hp silliness. I like the tasteful upgrades, along with the understated exterior and muted but sexy wheels.