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In 27 years a bunch of blokes and a woman will cream themselves after a few of them club together to buy it, being one of, if not the only example left.

 

They will then drive it to bimmerfest 2041 and more people will look longingly upon it.

 

Go kick a door in, add to the mystery

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It's a £191 car for fucks sake.

 

It's not as though you intend to auction it at Bonhams with "immaculate provenance".

 

Give it a few year's, it'll be on show at the Concours d'Elegance. That or Shitefest...

 

 

In 27 years a bunch of blokes and a woman will cream themselves after a few of them club together to buy it, being one of, if not the only example left.

 

They will then drive it to bimmerfest 2041 and more people will look longingly upon it.

 

 

 

Already rarer than the M3 of the same generation.  

 

Future classic in the making... ;)

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As it is, we plan on putting it on show at Crail for there "German invasion" day, which if anything like last year is all dubbers who spend half of the day polishing the car. Should be interesting to see the looks and comments the car get's. 

 

And of course, "how Many Left" at Alford next year.

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This year these just ticked over into looking OLD.  Like, properly old, properly Morris Minor brush painted in the 90s but still a daily driver kind of old.  What's extra strange is you reverting it back to steels and trims has shaved some age off it, those alloys looked smaller and just emphasised the OLDness of it all.  Cracking stuff at any rate.  I hope the sill is the only rust you have to contend with, I remember Chompy's "it's just a little hole in the wing" rot that turned out to be a real tip-of-the-iceberg rotfest of crumbly oxidised cornflake doom.

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This year these just ticked over into looking OLD.  Like, properly old, properly Morris Minor brush painted in the 90s but still a daily driver kind of old.  What's extra strange is you reverting it back to steels and trims has shaved some age off it, those alloys looked smaller and just emphasised the OLDness of it all.  Cracking stuff at any rate.  I hope the sill is the only rust you have to contend with, I remember Chompy's "it's just a little hole in the wing" rot that turned out to be a real tip-of-the-iceberg rotfest of crumbly oxidised cornflake doom.

 

Saying how it looks properly old I have to agree, but more because of the size of the thing considering how it was an average sized car back in the day, where's its dwarfed by the likes of the Polo & Fiesta in height, width close enough on length! 

 

Were hoping for the best with regards to the sill, I'm not an expert, but it does not look terminal! I'd say its better than my Cappuccino was when I bought it, and them things rust if it's so much as there's moisture in the air, in Australia.

But worst comes to worst we can likely punt it off to some wannabe drifter for the same price, if not more than we paid.... 

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I love the old E36 and have one myself tucked away in the garage I know I should sell it but I just can't bring myself to since I've spent a small fortune getting it back up to scratch and just couldn't see it ending its days as a drift car or hammered as a BMW cup car.

 

I bought one of those cheap rear exhaust sections on eBay for both the Zed and the E36 and must say you really can't go wrong for the money and both have made the engine note change for the better (apart from motorway use) due to having small silencers and the quality seems ok.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181376825994.

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The M43 isn't a bad engine but do keep an eye on the coolant as if not given regular coolant changes they can get blocked up and do a head gasket.

 

I've just seen this one on eBay like yours. If only I had the money and space.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322212015078

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klavius better than bosal

 

That, to be fair, isn't difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

Shame you're not in Englandshire as I stripped one of these for a track car - lovely velour interior, a set of new steels with new tyres. The nearly new zorst is going on my Touring though. Judging by the number plate, yours may well have been someone's company car at BMW GB in Bracknell.

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In 27 years a bunch of blokes and a woman will cream themselves after a few of them club together to buy it, being one of, if not the only example left.

 

They will then drive it to bimmerfest 2041 and more people will look longingly upon it.

 

Go kick a door in, add to the mystery

 

It's not though.

 

That was the 316e - wind up front windows, grey bumpers but badged as a 316i. They sold about 3. Here's with optional/retrofitted 'loys.

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I don't think I have seen one of these in the flesh for years, let alone a lower spec one with wheel trims.

 

Hopefully it shouldn't be too much hassle getting it fixed up properly, as it is a rare old thing now and now looks much more appealing than they did a few years ago.

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Be aware that a 316i doesn't have a rear anti roll bar so a 318i exhaust will fit.

Well, there's a 318i touring in the scrappy with a half-decent looking exhaust...

 

Nah, for the sake of £31 I think we'll just get a new one. It avoids faffing about in the mud in the scrappy too.

 

I've got a pencilled-in booking for next Tuesday/Wednesday to get the sill looked at. The guy has given a very reasonable estimate to do it, as a lot of the welding he does is much more intense than a wee bit of a sill repair. We'll see how it goes.

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That was the 316e - wind up front windows, grey bumpers but badged as a 316i. They sold about 3. 

 

I'm actually a little bit annoyed that we don't have the full on poverty spec model!...

 

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I'm taking the car to work tonight, chance to give the inside a good clean up and such as well as hopefully a look under the car if I can seek it inside & over a pit! 

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Update!

 

My local branch of ECP had a Klavius back box in stock, and a 20% discount today.

 

I just picked it up. It was meant to be £29.99, but I got chatting to the guy at the till (and the place was quiet) so I told him the story behind the car, and he swung the screen round towards me and asked me if I needed any brackets for it too... So, I also got the big strap bit that goes round the back box.

Then he manually over-rode the prices so I only paid £33.50 in total for almost £40 worth of parts.

 

Winning. :D

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I bought a front damaged Calypso red 318i on an R plate last month for 100 quid - three owners, FSH and utterly mint - requires a bonnet, bumper, nosecone and screen. I'm not going to fix it (the shell has been sold to a mate building a track slag) but the p/o only paid £450 and it's a 90'000 mile car with working a/c, original bill of sale and all original paint. Utterly rust free as well - I've never seen an E36 so nice in recent years.

 

The perfect grey carpet is earmarked for my Compact ;-)

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I really, really like the dashboard in the E36, especially when the climate control is fitted. There's something slightly underscale about it, I love the precision of the controls. The E46 dash buy comparison was more solid but a lot less imaginative to look at.

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I forgot I had a part share in a white E36 about five or six years ago which was bought for £50 (well £25 actually as it was bought between a couple of us for a home to Rome trip). It was quite a high spec one though with a sunroof and aircon but being a six pot auto it was quite a juicy old thing when driving around town but then it did have to carry 4 blokes plus luggage so was overloaded for all of the journey.

 

And it not only lasted the trip but my mate kept it for a further couple of years before selling it on and it was trouble free in all that time afterwards apart from when the suspension gave way in Rome and it put up with a lot of neglect as it was his old work car afterwards but still looked good.

 

It had the same kind of mileage as yours when we bought it and a good bit of service history so I hope this one goes as well for you.post-9282-0-20889700-1470123948_thumb.jpegpost-9282-0-10675100-1470123978_thumb.jpeg

And yes the flames did stay on the car even after he sold it

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I forgot I had a part share in an white E36 about five or six years ago which was bought for £50 (well £25 actually as it was bought between a couple of us for a home to Rome trip). It was quite a high spec one though with a sunroof and aircon but being a six pot auto it was quite a juicy old thing when driving around town but then it did have to carry 4 blokes plus luggage so was overloaded for all of the journey.

And it not only lasted the trip but my mate kept it for a further couple of years before selling it on and it was trouble free in all that time afterwards apart from when the suspension gave way in Rome and it put up with a lot of neglect as it was his old work car afterwards but still looked good.

It had the same kind of mileage as yours when we bought it and a good bit of service history so I hope this one goes as well for you.attachicon.gifimage.jpegattachicon.gifimage.jpeg

And yes the flames did stay on the car even after he sold it

 

My first E36 was a monster mileage (234'000) 320i Auto on a K. I still maintain that it was the nicest one I had. Turbine smooth straight six and the five speed auto.

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I've been using it the past few days going to & from work (12 mile round trip,85% of it in the city) and she does it fine, only things that'd make it better was if it was easier to get into 1st gear (have to give it a good push) and the bloody exhaust! 

 

What I can say it though, the 'broke' speedo is a thing, but it's a simple fix (smack the dashboard). Works but once the cars been sitting for a few hours it'll stick again. 

 

The drivers window won't go down now, just happened on the drive home a hour ago. I've a feeling it's the button, as pressing for it to go up you can feel the button, where's pressing down you can't. (If that makes any sense) 

 

Can't wait for the new few weeks, sill fixed, new exhaust and front brakes should all be done! :D

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