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  1. #11
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    This is amazing, pretty motivational for owners who are worried about rising mileage

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    2005 IR / black / 6MT
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    This has to be one of the higher mileage E36 M3's in existence...it's definitely the highest I have seen. I am also amazed at the condition of the seats, and the interior at this mileage. One of the main weak points on the E36 is the terrible interior quality, but this one seems to have held up very well over time. Has the car had any accidents or paintwork? It would be amazing if it had not after traveling all of those miles.

    I owned a '97 M3 sedan years ago, and it was a fun car to drive for sure. Although I said I would never own another one, if I came across one like this at that price, I would probably make an exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egiles14 View Post
    This has to be one of the higher mileage E36 M3's in existence...it's definitely the highest I have seen. I am also amazed at the condition of the seats, and the interior at this mileage. One of the main weak points on the E36 is the terrible interior quality, but this one seems to have held up very well over time. Has the car had any accidents or paintwork? It would be amazing if it had not after traveling all of those miles.

    I owned a '97 M3 sedan years ago, and it was a fun car to drive for sure. Although I said I would never own another one, if I came across one like this at that price, I would probably make an exception.
    P.O. Had the front resprayed at some point early in his ownership. He also added the trunk lip/spoiler at that time. I recall him mentioning a minor bump up, lady inched forward into him at a light. It was well before my time at the shop so I'll have to get more details for that.

    As it is now, the front is in need of some paint and the center of the rear above the bumper has a spot the size of a quarter where the clear is failing. Presumably from the corrosive oil soot.

    Attempted to quote machining cost today, but I never heard back from the shop.



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    500k Mile Beauty (E36 M3)

    Decided to drive ol' smoky home tonight. Received a call back from the machine shop, has me wanting to pull the motor this weekend


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    Damn! Nice find! Hopefully it doesn't become a money pit maintenance-wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whammy View Post
    Damn! Nice find! Hopefully it doesn't become a money pit maintenance-wise.
    It's a BMW... of course it's gonna be a money pit. lol
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    Awesome project car! They say these cars will run forever with proper maintenance!


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    Amazing! Car looks great for its age/mileage.


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    500k Mile Beauty (E36 M3)

    Trying out a pricey “snake oil” product and decided to get some before measurements of compression and leak down.
    Left is compression and right is leak-down percent.

    Other than leak down on 6 we were a bit impressed at the shop. (6 is probably the culprit for the consumption)

    Ultimately the motor is getting rebuilt, was planning to do that this month but some things came up and I will not have the time to devote and rather risking the car/parts sitting I’m postponing the tear down.

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