VIN: WBSCD9328WEE09423 condition: excellent cylinders: 6 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas odometer: 260000 paint color: white size: mid-size title status: clean transmission: manual type: sedan
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For Sale: 1998 BMW E36 M3
Reason: Home improvement bills force the sale of 3rd vehicle
Date acquired: May of 2018
Work completed during Previous Owner's tenure: The previous owner took possession of the vehicle from his father (owners 3 and 4), and they owned her for a decade. He reported the car was gone over and specifically mentioned the clutch, suspension, brakes, and steering. He claims the engine was previously rebuilt (top end) when his father owned it but he did not have paperwork to verify. They also upgraded to glass headlights and installed aftermarket speakers/wiring.
Upon purchasing the vehicle, I had a thorough inspection of the vehicle completed at Bill Arnold BMW repair. On October 10, 2018, Bill Arnold test drove the car and said the engine felt strong. The car had an oil leak, needed a cooling system refresh, and possible steering fluid leak. They replaced the Thermostat housing, AC/Drive belt, muffler hanger, DRIVESHAFT, exhaust manifold, oil line, oil filter and gaskets. I had them remove the clutch delay valve as well and fix a broken muffler hanger.
UPDATE: On January 29th, 2020, I had a mechanic check engine compression in each cylinder. All cylinders were within spec according to Haynes manual: less than 7% variance and all around 165 psi.
I had the interior headliner replaced, along with various interior A, B, C pillar covers as the plastic clips were fairly brittle and needed attention.
Comparison to previous BMW (E90 330I manual):
The E90 (year 2006) is more comfortable as it is two model years newer (E36,E46, then E90) and the newer car felt more planted all of the time. You could push the newer car more in the rain over twisty mountain passes. This is part of the reason I traded for the E36. The E90 was too stable. It felt like a Subaru. Also, the E90 did not have a limited slip, so if it lost traction under power, it felt scrappy and not enjoyable. I priced having a limited slip differential installed in the newer car but it would have cost thousands.
Driving and Owning:
The car gets positive attention from other car enthusiasts. It is a good looking car and is fun to drive. I like the squared wheel set-up as it has a neutral and natural balance. I have not gotten around to matching the tires yet as my plan was going to use the current mismatched tires this summer at least and replace them with a set of Michelins later on as they are my personal favorites.
The car looks great in the pictures. However, it is a 20 year old car and has telltale signs of it's age. The car is very simple to understand and work on. Most issues are resolved by replacing worn out plastic bits such as light bulb holders and the like which are readily available. There's tons of information about these cars on the internet. I honestly wish I had more garage room as I love this car. My daily driver is a 1998 Toyota 4runner and I barely use that car thanks to my work being next to a SMART train stop and my work paying for ridership.
I just cleaned the interior. The leather seats show wear around the side bolsters and there's likely a couple small tears. The door panel on the driver's side has signs of wear as well.
The exterior looks good for a car of this age. There are some paint touch up spots from the previous owner. The front bumper is missing a slot next to each fog light. Im sure there's covers available but I kind of like it that way and it feeds more air to the engine.
I'll add more pictures and details as I have time.
Clean title and Carfax available. Vehicle previously owned by a car enthusiast family for half of its life.
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