1995 Alpine on Dove M3 - $9,000
August 1995 production M3 bought in July 2009 with 144k from the original owner, my brother (also a CCA member). Have the original books, keys and entry remotes. The car was purchased new in San Juan. From there my brother moved to Virginia for work, then to Indianapolis several years later. I bought the car from him in 2009 so he could buy an 06 ZCP M3, and drove it back to Virginia where I lived at the time. It was shipped to CT when I relocated for work again (July 2011).
The car has always been garage kept. It has not been driven in the snow. This year I put a set of winter tires on spare wheels because of the unsafe cold weather performance of the Star Specs. I do not drive the car in inclement weather; I currently average less than 7000 miles per year. The car has not been tracked.
Maintenance has been meticulous, exhaust and suspension are stock (Bilsteins shocks/stock springs). He and I are both BMWCCA members. All documentation and maintenance records will be provided; see pictures. Whoever has seen or worked on the car always compliments the condition. For oil my brother used Lubramoly, I use German Castrol. Some of the maintenance highlights:
- VANOS rebuilt and replaced using the Beisan seals and shim kit to eliminate vanos rattle, similar to Dr. VANOS but DIY.
- TRM Motorsports chip for 540 maf and 24lb injectors.
- New front wheel bearings (OEM bearings).
- Newly rebuilt and flow tested 24lb injectors (2 spare included). Rebuilt by www.MrInjector.us
- AFE 3.5” intake. I also have a new euro intake box and snorkel that I may include.
- General Altimax Arctic tires (225/45 17) on style 68 E46 wheels for cold weather use, my star specs didn’t feel safe below 50F.
- New front bumper trim, also have the OE plate holder assembly (not currently installed).
- New rear rotors OE blanks and pads (Hawk HPS).
- New tires, Dunlop star specs – 235/40 17 squared on IFG A-5 forged 17x9 wheels (~17.5lbs each) offset 42.5 and freshly powder coated silver.
- New window regulators, motors, and sliders.
- New OEM Battery (East Penn Manufacturing via Batteries Plus)
- New BMW windshield and surround seal, replaced by insurance (I paid extra for OE) due to highway debris causing a spider crack.
- New rear glass rubber trim, this can be replaced without removing the window.
- New exterior door handle trim with rubber seal.
- Cooling system refresh (bimmerworld radiator, stewart pump, fan delete with 80C thermo and 80/88C fan switch, OE reservoir, cap, and radiator hoses, thermostat housing). OE BMW coolant used.
- Full Shift assembly refresh (Bear motorsports one piece machined carrier, AKG selector rod, Z3 OE shifter lever, ZHP knob, new pivot and sponge, rear carrier bushing, and selector shaft seal). Basically everything from your hand to the transmission replaced.
- UUC black tranny mounts with enforcer cups.
- Tranny and diff fluid drained/replaced. Redline and Motul, respectively.
- A pillar, C pillar, and rear deck recovered in black microsuede.
- OE Bosch European market H1 projectors with Osram Night breaker +90 halogen bulbs. Projectors are properly aimed for US roads (the cutoffs are adjustable for LHD/RHD). Wired with new OE connectors and terminals, no adapter harness. City lights functional.
- Radio, tired of the putting in new OE headunits I replaced everything. Eclipse headunit (active cross over), 5-channel amp (class AB on 4 channels, Class D on the sub), Separates in the front , removed rear deck speakers, and a single 10” Arc Audio sub in a removable 1.0 cu ft box in the trunk.
- OEM RTAB and Vorshlag limiter shims
- Front rotors and pads (Hawk HPS). Rebuilt front calipers as well.
- OEM X-brace
- New fender liners and flaps in front of rear wheels
- Replacement of all parts in upper steering column (center support bearing, shim, snap ring, securing bolt)
- Valve cover powder coated silver/gray (close to OE color).
- Updated primary chain tensioner
- OEM (Magneti Marelli) euro tails and front corners and side indicator.
- New Sachs clutch kit and OEM flywheel done at 88,000 miles. Rear main seal replaced at the time as well.
- NEW OE Front door panels , seat leather, and headliner. This is why the interior looks so new. No ratty vaders and delaminating doors. Rear seats are still original so the bottom of the bench in particular shows age. Door panels have 2002 build dates stamped on the backs.
- Driveshaft giubo and front diff bushing are starting to show their age (cracks) and need to be replaced. I’ve priced everything out in my usual overkill (replace ever part and fastener in the area) at around 250 dollars via ECS tuning.
- SRS light comes on due to occupancy sensor mat (passenger seat), I have the code scanner/reset tools to verify. If reset it will stay off for a few months.
- Sunroof panel liner material has fallen. The headliner is only a few years old and great, but the sunroof panel was never replaced. I haven't gotten around to pulling this out yet, I may do it over the winter as it should not be too difficult to cover this in microsuede to match the other parts I had wrapped.
I’m sure there is more stuff but I can’t recall all of it, it’s in the folder but this is to give an idea of the attention put into the car. Most of the work has been done myself, but sometimes I’ll go to a BMW mechanic if I am short on time. I have used the following:
Atlantic Autoworks – Va Beach, VA. Safety inspections, rotor replacement. An independent BMW shop.
Racewerks – Va Beach, VA. Short shifter install, tranny and diff fluid, general inspection. A shop focused on M3s and 911s, they run some E36M track cars around the southeast.
Northeast Motorwerks – Middletown, CT. Recent tech inspection, wheel bearing install, tire mounting, and brake fluid change.
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