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I've had a couple of E36s over the years.

My first was a 318iS, which I bought with something like 280k miles on the clock. Mechanically, it was in perfect condition but the bodywork was poor. Here is it with my BIL's Compact.


Some time later, I got a 320i SE. I think it had one or two previous owners and had the sweetest six pot.


I would definitely have another E36 but it would have to be a 325i or 328i saloon without the silly M-stuff.

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Aye, I do still miss the 6-pot of the 320i that I had for about a year.

There was a thread for it somewhere. It was a Boston green coupe I won from a roffle I didn't even buy a ticket for (it was bought for me). It was rough as fuck but sounded ace and drove nicely after a bit of work replacing worn out bits.

It was an auto, though.



After all this lockdown nonsense I want to find some sort of 6-pot manual. Perhaps even a Lexus IS200.



This was the photo 320touring used when roffling the 320 coupe. It looked roughly the same after I got shot of it, bar having working front foglamps and little Scottish flags on the number plates. After I roffled it about this time last year it went to TheDoctor, then NorthernMonkey, then HMC, then out of the forum. It got around a fair bit, considering I'm all the way up in Aberdeen!


The photo of it is very flattering though. Issues I can remember included two ignition barrels to start it, no driver's door check strap, pain in the arse bonnet release, dodgy driver's window regulator, a dodgy idle (only when in neutral) which caused it to sometimes cut out completely, plus not a single straight body panel on it. Still, it had leather sports seats and a working sunroof and sounded absolutely ace.


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I viewed a car today, and I've put a deposit down on it.


It's a 1992 Saab 9000 CS 2.0 non-turbo.

The story goes that it was bought at a year old by one owner previous to the seller, and the seller is a mechanic. The former owner moved abroad and left it in a garage for a few years, and has recently sold the house where it was stored here. It's only on 112k miles.

The MOT history is not terrifying at all, but it was last MOT'd in 2017.

This car wants to live. The battery currently on it is fucked, so the engine revs dropped every time I put any electrical load on it, but everything, everything on it works perfectly. Even the electric sunroof, which I tried at the seller's insistence even after voicing my concerns.

I even asked at what point does the cooling fan kick in, as it was sitting idling on the drive for a while. 10 seconds after I said it, the cooling fan roared to life. The clutch and brake pedals both feel very healthy, too.

The only real electrical problem is that the left rear door's locking has been disconnected due to an error. The door doesn't lock at all at the moment, but if I could just get it locking (even not centrally) I'll be happy.

Cosmetically, it has patina. The bonnet is covered in scratches from where things were stored on it, and it has various rust blebs all around the edges, but they're all solid, no frills anywhere.


The seller was happy to see it go to someone who'll get it back on the road. It was up for sale for £400 and he haggled me down to £300.


I know it needs a new battery and new tyres. The front tyres are very low, and the rears are just old. It's wearing a matching set of Continentals though. It's been looked after.


The seller is in no rush to get it moved either, so that's a plus. I have next week off work though.


In summary, hey @cort1977, about that logistical assistance you offered in the ebay thread? More details please. I'd like to find a shite-friendly garage slightly closer to Westhill, rather than taking it all the way across to the shite-friendly garage in Ellon.

I should probably tag @Saabnut for some assistance too?

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East mains garage at drumoak are quite shite friendly I think, did a suitably robust mot patch on my mx5 for not much a while ago. 

Station garage at kintore are agents for black circles.

As for logistics I can help with collections, I have some basic tools and you can park it on the drive here for a few days if needs be.

What's the plan?

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1 hour ago, cort1977 said:

East mains garage at drumoak are quite shite friendly I think, did a suitably robust mot patch on my mx5 for not much a while ago. 

Station garage at kintore are agents for black circles.

As for logistics I can help with collections, I have some basic tools and you can park it on the drive here for a few days if needs be.

What's the plan?

The plan?




Get it MOT'd and drive it. I just need to figure out where to take it.

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4 minutes ago, Saabnut said:

I have boxes of bits plus most of a later Turbo so shout if you need bits. I may well have a central locking servo etc if I can find the box it is in.


Any wheels / tyres?


Admittedly, I discovered these run 4x108 stud pattern, and I just found a set of 15" Peugeot alloys on winter tyres on gumtree for £50. They're the correct size, too, at 195/65/15.

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I'm having fun* looking at insurance at the moment.

I'll need to phone a classic insurer in the morning. Because I can't use my NCD that's being used on the BMW, the insurance quotes for the Saab are a bit unfavourable. For comparison I did quotes with the NCD applied and they're in-line with what I'm paying for the BMW. Of course, I can't do that because of some weird logic that dictates that a no claims discount is applied to one car, and not the fucking driver that earned that no claims discount as a whole.


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Sod it, Lancaster phoned me back and can do £300. That's £500 for both cars in total. Sorted!


The Scaab (yes I nicknamed it already) is now insured starting Wednesday.



ECP have a huge discount at the moment, so a battery has been ordered for £53, and I'm looking at a set of Peugeot alloys with winter tyres in 195/65/15 today for £50. Turns out Peugeots use the same stud pattern and centre bore, and the offset is only 2mm different.

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Mixed bag.

The Peugeot wheels don't fit, due to locating studs on the Saab that stick out too far. However, I have a set of decent winter tyres in the right size for £50! I could even just sell them on again for the same if I need to.

I have now paid the balance, and Wednesday is a go for collection.


Moose, of course.




However, the BMW is now demanding attention. The viscous fan has finally given up and now the temperature shoots up in traffic unless I have the heaters on full. It's a simple fix, though. I should probably top up the power steering fluid in it too.

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