E36 BMW becoming a classic?

E36 BMW becoming a classic?

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The Brummie

9,377 posts

190 months

Friday 24th April 2020
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Kettmark said:
Drove my e36 318is to the mot station today. First outing for 5 months. Feels like a breath of fresh air after more modern machinery.
Bitterly regret, even after 3 years, selling my 318is.

From the second I watched her disappear down the road I wished I had not sold the car. And within 3 weeks the bloke I sold her too crashed it.

And he never got it repaired because he only had third party insurance. So for the best part of 3 years the car has sat unloved on an industrial estate in Stoke on Trent.

He refused too sell the car back to me & now I have lost his phone number!!!

Need another E36 on my drive to replace my hated Renault.


Kettmark

904 posts

156 months

Friday 24th April 2020
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tight as a drum with just 25k on the clock. Lagoon green and full of extras. Love it to bits.

JaredVannett

1,566 posts

146 months

Friday 24th April 2020
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Probably some lens distortion at play here, unless someone knows the dimensions of both cars... M2 looks massive! hehe


anonymous-user

57 months

Friday 24th April 2020
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Should never have sold my 318is manual saloon or my 318is coupe also manual.

What at what prices are creeping up too, both m sports with leather and both sub £500 purchases...

Wow.

SidewaysSi

10,742 posts

237 months

Friday 24th April 2020
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I love the E36 - brilliant things. I love how you can play with it so easily on the public road and make it dance at very sane speeds. Utter joy for not much cash at all.

Pica-Pica

14,127 posts

87 months

Friday 24th April 2020
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JaredVannett said:
Probably some lens distortion at play here, unless someone knows the dimensions of both cars... M2 looks massive! hehe

It is. The E36 (4 door) was 4433mm long and 1960mm wide with mirrors (for reference a VW Polo is 1964mm wide). I am sure the M2 can be checked

g3org3y

20,819 posts

194 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Hurrah for the E36. party

325i Diamond Black


328i Boston Green (yes aftermarket angel eyes but such was the vogue at the time)


328i Montreal Blue

nomis36

429 posts

167 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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3 years on from being stolen I still look at the photos I have of it with a tear in my eye.

nomis36

429 posts

167 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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I still have a look with crossed fingers to see if the person who bought it off Copart has restored it and put it back on the road. Sadly not so I assume 3 years on it was bought for the running gear. A real shame given how rare it was frown

Kettmark

904 posts

156 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Here's mine

4rephill

5,048 posts

181 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Pica-Pica said:
JaredVannett said:
Probably some lens distortion at play here, unless someone knows the dimensions of both cars... M2 looks massive! hehe

It is. The E36 (4 door) was 4433mm long and 1960mm wide with mirrors (for reference a VW Polo is 1964mm wide). I am sure the M2 can be checked
BMW E36 M3 Coupe:

Width: 1710mm (Not including door mirrors)
Length: 4433mm
Height: 1335mm (unladen)

BMW M2:

Width: 1854mm (Not including door mirrors)
Length: 4468mm
Height: 1410mm (unladen)

Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times (All from fastestlaps.com) :

BMW E36 M3 EVO: 8:35
BMW M2: 7:58
BMW M2 Competition: 7:52.360

Yes the M2's are bigger - They're a bl00dy sight faster too!

Touring442

3,096 posts

212 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Lagoon green - one of their better colours back then. I had a really nice L plate 318iS years ago with those wheels and it drove like a dream.

Kettmark

904 posts

156 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Touring442 said:
Lagoon green - one of their better colours back then. I had a really nice L plate 318iS years ago with those wheels and it drove like a dream.
Mine drives like new. Still, with only 25k on the clock it should!

CRA1G

6,639 posts

198 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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I still have my one owner 99 Evo Cab Manual in Dakar Yellow now on 67K with FSH and history file with every mot and old tax disc's (what are them)hehe it sits proudly next to my 840 and Z3MC in the same colour just wish I could get it out and use it with the lovely weather were having right now... butnono

Olivera

7,419 posts

242 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Kettmark said:
Mine drives like new. Still, with only 25k on the clock it should!
Are you planning on actually driving it? Less than 1k miles per annum is abysmally low for a mundane e36.

Kettmark

904 posts

156 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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I plan to keep it hibernated and show it in summer when restrictions ease. My 6 year old son wants it!
Not many original examples around now.

skylarking808

832 posts

89 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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It appears you have probably answered your original question OP.

Due to threads like this from nearly three years ago many have realised that the E36 can be a modern classic and have bought one - hence "before its too late".

It would be a shame these could become a higher priced collectable rather than a working mans achievable everyday rear wheel drive fun motor. It can also make some second hand parts more expensive for us current owners.

Thankfully a lot of possible E36 beemer buyers are looking at fast large engined one series cars now, or obsessing over e46 M3's.

SidewaysSi

10,742 posts

237 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Kettmark said:
Touring442 said:
Lagoon green - one of their better colours back then. I had a really nice L plate 318iS years ago with those wheels and it drove like a dream.
Mine drives like new. Still, with only 25k on the clock it should!
Mine drives a damn sight better than new with 87k on it laugh

Kettmark

904 posts

156 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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What (if any) mods have u made sid?
What model have you got by the way?

Big bore

31 posts

234 months

Saturday 25th April 2020
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Here is my E36 nearly finished after a repaint another one saved for the future