Right, having not yet even put my 320i coupe up for sale (it also needs MOTing this month, but hopefully shall pass with flying colours) I gave in to temptation and obtained myself a rather rough E36 328i convertible.
Been wanting one for ages, and this one came up at a good price (esp. considering the value of parts if I wanted to break it) with a full years MOT.
Without further ado:
The car is really rough around the edges. It's a 97 registered M52, built late 96 and at 136k. It's had a replacement block from BMW at some point so no nikasil worries.
I like the m3 bumpers and skirts, as well as the scorpion back box, but I'm not a huge fan of the fake m3 mirrors and the alpina wheels. It also has PDC and 18 button OBC with check control, smoked rear and front clear lights and clear side repeaters, full black leather interior with little wear and some sort of stiffened suspension.
I will be selling the private plate and the wheels as I am not really attracted to them, and the money can be put towards fixing the huge array of foibles.
The roof is fully automatic, but needs a new front locking motor and a new screen. It also needs a damn good clean of the headlining and exterior.
The aircon doesn't work and needs troubleshooting. The power steering pump makes a horrible racket and loses power at low speed manoeuvres, thus needs replacement. One (or more) of the previous owners has made a mess out of several areas of the car and seems to have bodged some things.
I'm already in the process of removing the largest collection of electronic gadgetry ever seen.
It has (well had )
-really bodged stereo
-thatcham alarm (not connected)
-hands free phone kit
-steering wheel controls (for a wheel that is not there)
It came out of the factory with an M-wheel, but only has a normal one now (?), not a concern as I would have put my E39 m-wheel on anyway with cruise and stereo controls.
The alpina stickers are coming off, I need to source loads of little things like bits of trim, badges, fog light, aerial etc. At some point it will need a little bit of paint on the rear arches and the drivers door due to rust and scrapes.
Watch this space