Right, I'm going to have a crack at a project thread for a my new purchase, maybe it will force me to hang on to a car for more than 8 mins.
Story is, I bought a 330i because, well, I've not had one before. That's reason enough right?
Anyhoo, despite being a great car, in the sense that it did everything well (being quiet, quick and comfy) it just didn't light my fire in the same way a 5 series or older BMW would have.
I sold it to a bloke on another forum who's e36 was- cosmetically at least- on it's last legs and which he was going to scrap. When I turned up at his house to do the deal (he was going to drive me home) I saw his old 328i auto saloon and took pity on it. After all, despite having 234,000 miles on the clock, she'd been stamped by BMW to 191k and so mechanically was in very fine fettle. With gallant thoughts on how I'd set about restoring her to her former glory (there was rust on every panel) I'd forgotten to check the sills properly until it was on my drive. Needless to say, you could have fit a cat in the subsequent hole I poked through the jacking point with my finger. This on a car with no advisories..
By then though, I'd got the bug for a decent 2.5/2.8 e36 saloon, my brother had a 92 325i a few years back and despite the early e36 interior gremlins it was an ace car with a killer soundtrack, one the 328i has never been able to match..
Trouble is, in standard unmodified and manual form with low miles and minimal rust, they really are getting hard to find. Really hard, I found, well, let's just say I bought a coupe.
Here she is, after a good clean and polish.
103k, FSH, black sports leather and a manual gearbox in pretty rare Ascot Green
She needs new discs and pads and a set of rear tyres.
Oh and the obligatory A/C 'regas'.
Pics of interior at some point (it's in great condition)
Keep as standard and mint as possible, keep on top of any rust
Return to original spoilerless spec (added early in the cars life when the car was purchased for £10.5k)
Replace suspension with original M Sport Spec.