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Thread: 500k Mile Beauty (E36 M3)

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    500k Mile Beauty (E36 M3)

    This is it...
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    I have worked with the previous owner (second owner) since starting at the dealership in 2014.
    He has taken pretty good care of the M3 being that it was driven over 160 miles 5 days a week.
    last year he spent a few days chasing down a vibration, which resulted in him replacing just about every bushing under the car save the motor mounts and trans mounts. It ended up being a combo of the differential bushings and drive shaft.

    The P.O. purchased a 335D and decided the car would take up to much of his time if he kept it. I have always joked with him that I wanted to buy it so he tried to call my bluff when he found out that our Sales department was going to send it to auction if traded in. Ultimately a deal was made and I had to explain to my Wife where some $'s had gone.



    Known issues:

    500k+ miles.
    Smokes a lot! currently using 1-2 litres per week with mostly interstate driving.
    Rear bumper/trunk appears stained with oil.
    Windshield is split in multiple areas.
    Alternator whines. (i think its the alternator)
    Front bumper and hood are riddled with rock chips.
    radio display is dead.
    IHKA temp control adjustment only available from driver side button, the passenger stays above 80 but temps out of the vent do not reflect this.
    Seats creak a bit, but then again its a 20 year old car with 500k+
    Rear brake pads are at 3mm.
    Fuel pump is original!


    I have tried a few snake oil tricks to get the smoking to subside, though it has gotten much better, I think a tear down is in order. I suspect the oil rings to be stuck/coated in carbon. I also suspect the valve guides are worn heavily. The P.O. had recently replaced the valve seals and oil separator in attempt to stop the smoking.

    Not exactly sure when I will get around to removing/disassembling the motor.

    I have driven it around about 100+/- miles since purchase. It drives very well. plenty of power spite the oil consumption and mileage, and the handling is great thanks to the refreshed suspension from the P.O.

    This weekend I poured some Lucas stop leak in and drove it home to give it a detail so i feel better about it sitting outside.

    I will update this periodically as things progress with the car.

    Here are the pics,
    Enjoy!

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    Love it. Looking forward to updates

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    This is unbelievable!!!! I am glad to see this beauty on the road.

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    Still looks pretty dang clean for a 500k car! Awesome.
    2004 330i ZHP Imola Red 6MT
    Z4M FCAB, Stewart Water Pump, G.A.S. DISA

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    Quote Originally Posted by melonz View Post
    Still looks pretty dang clean for a 500k car! Awesome.
    +1

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    I can't believe the condition of those seats for the mileage. How much was it, out of curiosity?

    And BTW... THAT, my good folks, is Dove Grey, not that ugly mess the E46 has for a grey interior. Please don't confuse the two! Totally different colors, and this one actually looks good.

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    love it!

    i think, based on the condition of the rest of the car, doing an engine rebuild is worth it. then replace the driver's seat (maybe get some vaders?), restore/replace the headlight lenses, fix the other issues you listed (most seem fairly minor), and then you're off and running with a unique M3. plus, it's a silver M3/4/5! so cool.

    love it.
    peter



    2005 BMW 325iT M Sport 5MT | japanrot mit schwarz leder | 1/7, canadian-spec | MTechII
    future 330iT ZHP.

    2007 BMW X3 3.0si M Sport 6MT | black sapphire metallic mit schwarz leder | 1/6, canadian-spec
    wife's rig.

    2003 Mitsubishi Montero Limited | silver on black leather with BT, 7 seats and massive rubber
    the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    I can't believe the condition of those seats for the mileage. How much was it, out of curiosity?

    And BTW... THAT, my good folks, is Dove Grey, not that ugly mess the E46 has for a grey interior. Please don't confuse the two! Totally different colors, and this one actually looks good.

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    I feel like I stole this thing, after getting it and browsing the f/s ads on various forums. Just a quick craigslist search yielded this at the price point.



    And HEY! I quite like my e46 interior lol.


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    Congrats. Holding up pretty good for the miles and age. Keep her running!

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