M3 bought sight unseen, arrived home.
|Professional Detailer Cameron Crabtree works for chocolate milk.|
I've sprained my shoulder, patting myself on the back for finding this one in such pristine condition. While not the sexiest car I've ever owned, the M3/4/5 (M3, 4 doors, 5 speeds) as they call it is pretty special. But, hey, no 20 year old car needs nothing. Plugs, O2 sensors, drips, and hoses all needed minor attention, but didn't amount to much money.
|It didn't take long for the Service Engine Light to come on.
Just a loose injector wire. ( i'm leaving out that it took me 6 hours to figure out ).
The E36 M3 has it where it counts for me. That's on the road to work, mountain passes and freeway on-ramps. While not powerful at all by today's standards, it's tailored to feel good on the road each day. Power delivery seems optimized from for the US legal road experience. I'm not interested in amazing Nürburgring times or 190mph top speeds. I'm also not interested in how cool the european models were.
|Cut and Buff via my Griots Garage toy box. W
ax and Plastic treatments courtesy of Meguiars.
|Part of me misses full power seats of my Carrera,
but the weight reduction helps with the rationalization.
Surely they are more reliable too. yep,
|Back seats that don't fold down make for a slightly stiffer chassis I'm told.
I like this and don't plan on taking it to Ikea anyway.
|Door trim after removing the slimy rubber door seals.
I have many sludge photos , but you get just this one.
|This is the rich Seattle soil tucked into just one fender's edge!
Again, no rust at all..
|Cookie crumbs will come later, so he's training here.|
|Sure glad there are people that can solder micro-resistors better than I do.|
Goodies I've bought thus far and am awaiting delivery
|not an easy install, but it's done.|