View Full Version : 3 Series 97 E36 M3 - Estoril Blue

10-22-2012, 08:48 AM
I am regrettably selling my E36 Estoril Blue BMW M3 to purchase a 4 door family car for our growing family.

I sold my 95 325i and finally found a clean e36 M3 which I always wanted.
I bought the car 2 months ago and began to address ALL issues that the car had in order to bring back the new feeling to the car.

I have spent over $3000 within the last month replacing everything that the car needed, no money or time has been spared.

The car is originally from Florida, spent most of it's life there, it was imported by the previous owner to Canada 2 years ago.
138,000 Miles (~220,000 kms)

The body and under car is in AMAZING condition, absolutely NO rust. I have seen may E36 BMWs, and none of them had a body as clean as this.

The car was completely factory with no modifications other than Dinan software when I bought it.

The following has been replaced within the last month, I have receipts and pictures of all the work done.


Clean CARFax report, No accidents, Imported from Florida in 2010, never seen snow or salt and it shows!
New OEM Sachs Clutch kit, pressure plate, release bearing, pilot bearing.
New OEM Clutch pedal with Delrin bushings.
New front sway bar links
New tie rods
New Front upper strut mounts (Lemforder)
New Rear shock mounts (Meyle)
New 140Amp Alternator (OEM)
New Power Steering pump (OEM)
New serpentine belts (Both, Premium Continental brand)
New upper and lower idler pulleys (OEM)
New Spark plugs (NGK Iridium)
New oem shifter linkage bushings (All of them! Shifter feels like new)
New lower Shifter Boot
New CCV to Dipstick tube hose
New ICV to Intake boot hose (OEM)
New Intake boot (Between MAF and Throttle body - OEM)
New Cabin Air MicroFilter (OEM)
New Rear deck-lid speakers (Pioneer)
New NGK/NTK O2 Sensors (Both Pre-Cat)
H&R Sport Front Springs / OEM Rear Springs with 15mm rear spring pads (For a balanced look) + Low Mileage OEM Struts/Shocks
Front door seals replaced (original ones had a tear near the top of the window)
Rear right CV shaft (replaced wheel bearing as well, while I was there)
Replaced Driveshaft centre carrier bearing and guibo flex disc
New Depo Projector Glass headlights

Audiobahn 4" Speakers in kick panel + Audiobahn Tweeters

Removed and Cleaned ICV (Idle Control Valve)
Cleaned MAF
Cleaned Throttle body
Recent Rotors and pads all around
3 spoke M steering wheel (from a 99 M3) (Also replaced the steering shaft bearing while in there)

Amsoil Full Synthetic Differential fluid
Redline Synthetic MTL Transmision fluid
Synthetic Power Steering fluid flush

18 Button OBC has NO dead pixels and works perfectly (very rare)
Everything in the car works.

The not so good:

There's a dent on the driver side rear quarter (easy fix, it's a smooth dent, can be removed)
Driver side fender has been painted by previous owner. Not very noticeable, but I am very picky and want to be straightforward by mentioning it.
The interior could use some TLC (door panels have some spots where the glue has dried and is separating the door panel inserts. I was going to fix this but didnt get to it yet)
Front seats have been replaced by previous owner with sport seats from an M3 Sedan (they don't have the reclining feature, so big persons will have some difficulty getting into the rear seats)
Driver side window one touch UP doesn't work (one touch down does) needs a window regulator

Other than that, the car is beautiful, runs and drives great. No oil leaks, or coolant leaks, diff noise, or any issues.

PLEASE, Serious inquiries only, I am not in a rush to sell as I do enjoy the car immensely.

the car is priced to SELL, if you're looking for an E36 M3, don't miss out on this one.

No trades as I will be buying a new, boring family car.

Feel free to email me with any questions.

$11,500 Etested and Certified. I only want 80% back of what I invested in parts alone (not considering the time spent)

Willing to negotiate within reason.


10-22-2012, 08:49 AM

10-22-2012, 09:35 AM
I've always loved this color. Very hard to come by estoril e36's in good shape these days.

Bump for a clean looking car.

10-22-2012, 10:00 AM
Thanks for the positive comments :)

Forgot to mention, comes with a CD/MP3/USB/AUX Sony Xplode deck.


10-22-2012, 11:34 PM
clean car, seen in person!

10-23-2012, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the comments :)

Some interior shots, sorry not the cleanest, I will detail the car this weekend.


10-23-2012, 10:38 AM
clean car, only downside, no vader interior

10-23-2012, 10:52 AM
clean car, only downside, no vader interior

Thanks. Yes, no Vaders, but the condition of the car makes up for it.
I just saw a reupholstered set of black Vaders on kijiji for $1000, they look like new! I was going to pick those up before being forced to sell the car.

10-23-2012, 03:48 PM
Forgot to mention the car had a complete clay bar job top to bottom and waxed 3 weeks ago.
Brakes are like brand new all around. Tires have 80% tread.

10-24-2012, 12:52 AM
I think i saw you on 16th this morning. Nice car!

10-24-2012, 09:05 AM
I think i saw you on 16th this morning. Nice car!

Thanks! That would be me, on my 10 minute commute to work ;)

10-24-2012, 08:17 PM
great car and solid seller. Good luck Tig !

10-25-2012, 10:23 AM
It's only been a few days since I posted the car for sale.
OEM DSII's or Contours can be had for $400-500 these days.
If you really NEED vaders, you can always buy a set

If wheels/seats is all you look for in a car, you're doing it wrong IMO. Those are nice to have things, not must have's.

I for one, care more about the body and mechanical/electrical in a car, the rest is cosmetic.

I am open to reasonable offers, if you're interested in the car, come see it and we can work out the details. I'm willing to take a hit but I won't just give it away.

Thanks for the comments regardless :)

10-26-2012, 11:05 AM
tough season to sell right now, before winter :(

10-26-2012, 11:20 AM
tough season to sell right now, before winter :(

Yeah, I concur. No biggie, not in a rush, I enjoy the car so it's all good.

10-29-2012, 03:19 PM
your pm is full I'm trying to send you a message

10-29-2012, 03:39 PM
your pm is full I'm trying to send you a message

Sorry about that, try now

11-06-2012, 12:35 AM

Brand new Continental ContiWinter Contact TS830P tires installed 225/40/18 (Tire rated #1 last year http://www.tyrepress.com/News/1/127/23620.html )
(Very expensive tire, still about $270-300/tire)

4 Wheel alignment done.

Car runs straight as an arrow and smooth at any speed.

11-21-2012, 09:41 AM

Spent another $450

Replaced Passenger side Control Arm ball joints (both inner and outer - Lemforder)
Replaced both Control Arm bushings (Lemforder)

11-22-2012, 01:44 PM
Also replaced muffler hanger with a new OEM bracket and bushing.

12-04-2012, 04:06 PM
All photos of the repair process and parts that were replaced can be seen here:


12-05-2012, 12:06 AM
Want to trade for an ix touring?

12-05-2012, 09:56 AM
Want to trade for an ix touring?

Hmm, very interesting trade offer I must admit. I'm not a huge fan of the touring, but I always loved e30's and never had one, and yours looks clean, so I could be interested depending on the terms :)

PM me and we can talk *wave*

12-05-2012, 03:49 PM
Nice clean ride!
P.S. lot of people actually would rather non - vader, these are more comfortable..

12-13-2012, 04:46 PM
Nice clean ride!
P.S. lot of people actually would rather non - vader, these are more comfortable..

Thanks *th-up*

01-04-2013, 04:27 PM
Found the car I want to buy, significant price reduction to sell.

$10,000 takes her home.

Must see in person to appreciate body and mechanical condition!

I am losing over $2000 in 4 months of ownership.

01-07-2013, 11:57 AM
Super Clean car seen in person!!!color is just Beautiful :D

01-11-2013, 09:13 AM
Deposit received, car is pending sale. Thanks everyone for your comments and interest.

She will be dearly missed *sad*

01-11-2013, 10:50 AM
very clean

01-14-2013, 08:17 PM

Car is sold to a good home. Enjoy the car Amine!