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« on: March 18, 2005, 08:10:57 PM »
I am sooo excited, I found a 1995 BMW M3 that was well taken care of, and bought it!  These are hard to find, because they have OBDI systems which was changed in 1996 to OBDII.  Stock, the car is 3100 lbs, 240HP and 236 ft/lbs of torque.  The ride is amazing, quick and responsive.  I have a lot of plans for this, but end the end I expect to be between 350 and 400 hp, and 340 and 390 ft/lbs of torque.  Wow, this is going to be fun, and I will be racing this SCCA.

So what I am doing with the W8?  Keeping it.  It will be my daily driver and since it has 4-motion, its going to be my winter car as well.  No more track days for the W8 :(  But the M3 will be a blast!!!






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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005, 08:23:10 PM »
Word. sounds nice.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2005, 08:33:27 PM »
sweet!  sounds like fun.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2005, 08:42:19 PM »
TPIWWP, haha, when are you gonna get some pics up for us?

congrats on the find!!!  I am sure your W8 will be glad that it can rest from the track now, hehe.

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2005, 09:05:24 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2005, 09:10:33 PM »
Congratulations!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2005, 09:49:32 PM »
I hate you too...  8)

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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2005, 05:35:15 AM »
Awesome, congrats man!!

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2005, 02:34:01 PM »
Pics posted! :)
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2005, 02:43:09 PM »
Wow, looks really clean for a 1995 !!  I am sure you will have a BLAST with that on the track  :P

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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2005, 05:46:23 PM »
Congrats on the new purchase!!

Is this Ty's old car? Its good to know it went to an enthusiast, he took very good care of it!

Let us know if you are interested in any parts for it, I also plan on racing an E36 M3 this year, and would be happy to get you set up!
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2005, 06:18:58 PM »
yeah, it is TY's old car.  I was glad to find one in such good shape.
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2005, 02:17:40 AM »
Oh, my goodness.  That has to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.  WOW!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2005, 11:24:30 AM »
Congrats Jason! Beautiful car!
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2005, 01:01:48 PM »
Looking good, thanks for the pics.  I know you will enjoy that to it's fullest.

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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2005, 02:01:59 PM »
Congrats man.  The OBD1 M3's are a whole lot easier to mod as well.  When you start talking about the M52 (3.0L) and M54 (3.2L) engines, it does get a little more difficult to mod.  But presonally, I like the whole M54 engine with the individual throttle bodies.  315 horsepower on the M54's is pretty nice, but 11.5:1 (iirc) compression doesnt leave much room to do any FI on it unless you do new piston, etc to decrease the compression ratio.

Keep us all posted on how the modding goes.  Its a great looking car, and a great year to mod out.  Just be aware that the heads on the '95's are weak and after too much high reving, it can blow the head.  A friend of mine has experienced this personally.

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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2005, 02:09:17 PM »
very nice clean car!  now I won't feel as bad about bringing out the 330 on occaision when we all get together!   :wink:
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« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2005, 02:16:56 PM »
FYI; the M54 engine is specific to non-M vehicles. E46 3 series(IE: 330; 328; 325; and 323) had these motors. The S54 is the E46 M3 engine, dual vanos 333bhp(US spec).

The S50 is the OBD-1 motor(1995) and the S52 is OBD-2(1996-1999), both of these are single vanos cars. The OBD1 is much easier to tune for forced induction. Lower compression headgasket and a GT-35/T-61 turbo and you will be running 400-450whp all day long.

I'm sure you have heard of www.bimmerforums.com, that is the site for BMW enthusiasts.

Again, Congrats!
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« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2005, 02:20:31 PM »
Yeah, I meant S50, S52, and S54.  My mistake.

Ive done quite a bit of research over on BimmerForums and such when I was looking at getting an M Coupe a few months ago.  Really nice cars.

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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2005, 02:28:14 PM »
The M Coupe's are incredable cars! I have some vids of an AA turbo'd MCoupe with 500whp thats insanly fast.
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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2005, 04:19:47 PM »
Quote from: "bavarienmotor"
The M Coupe's are incredable cars! I have some vids of an AA turbo'd MCoupe with 500whp thats insanly fast.


reminds me that the last time I was over at Gebhardt, they had a used M coupe on the lot.  It had been turbo'd but the turbo had been removed.  the service guys were debating whether they could factory certify it since they had records with the previous turbo use.  never did hear the outcome...
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« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2005, 04:25:18 PM »
Thanks everyone for your support, I am confident that I found the right car for me.  The S50 engine is an amazing beast, but many M enthusiasts have different opionions on which engine is the best for tuning.  I chose the S50/E36 for a few reasons.  The parts are cheap, the OBDI system is easy to work with even if you do not have a computer to diagnose the car, and because the emissions controls are significantly lower there are more modifications you can do without setting off the "Check engine" light or pissiong off the car's computer.  

My first mod will be a CAI (Cold air intake) which is dyno proven to add 18 hp and 15 ft/lbs of torque.  Also, the fuel mapping on the stock ECU is not optimized for US premium fuels, and with a chip will add another 19 hp and 17 ft/lbs of torque.  The third upgrade will be cams by Shrick.  These units are similar to what is used in the S50 euro and will add 50 hp and 43 ft/lbs of torque for about $1200 in parts.  From what I have read, you can use the M50 (non-M motor) MAF and gain significant performance gains as well.  So right there, I will be pushing the 310 - 320 HP range WITHOUT forced induction.  I am going to make these relatively easy modifications first and see what results before I look into the Stage I or II turbo or the super charager applications.  This engine is capable of 450 HP, but I am not sure that I will push it that far.

Let the modding begin! :)
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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2005, 05:55:05 PM »
Insert homer drool here....
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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2005, 06:12:59 PM »
Yep, the S50 engine is a really nice unit.

A friend of mine has a '95 318, complete M3 swap.  Engine, interior, dash, door moldings, rear suspension, everything.  He has done quite a bit to it and its really a beast.  A light car, with that much power is surely going to perform nicely.  Right now, its in dire need of new control arms, bushings, etc.  He swears by OBD1, and has owned many BMWs.  Sweet cars to work on.  I wouldnt mind one myself when the time comes.

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« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2005, 10:05:50 PM »
Hey congratulations Jason!  This has always been one of my favorite rides.  Happy modding!
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2005, 09:32:08 PM »
Congratulations!  Looking at the pics, she looks really sweet and very clean.  I have liked the M3's and find myself looking way too long while they pull away from me.
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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2005, 03:32:16 AM »
Thanks again everyone.

So I have been working feverishly on the M3 during some spare time the past few days.  I started by undoing some modifications that the previous owner had done, namely the audio system and the arm rest.  I need to order a couple parts to fix the armrest, but that should not be a big deal.  I have already disassembled the entire rear of the interior to fix squeaks, wiring, and to clean up the car some.  I am planning to do a very involved detailing this weekend to really get the car into the best shape it can be in.  The leather is really high quality nappa leather, but it needs some treatments to regain its supple feel and make sure that there are no cracks in the future.

I installed HID's today, using the OEM ZKW lenses, and a kit from Um-nitza who specializes in BMW lighting.  I have to say, I am very impressed with the results, but spent several hours fixing some wiring that the previous owner had changed for some reason.  It now all looks OEM, and should last the life of the car.  Tomorrow the car is going to Bimmerhaus to see Bob Tunnel, an expert suspension specialist.  He will help me to setup the car for SCCA and Autocross events so I am excited to see what he recommends.

Ahh, so much to do! :)
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« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2005, 07:41:39 PM »
Questions on these puppys! I saddly wrecked my B5 recently and the Insurance company is totaling it as a matter of convinence. I'm looking at other B5's (have my eyes on an awesome one!), A4TQ's, and noticed a number of '95 M3's in my area (SoCal) on Autotrader.  I'm pretty anal about my car (like all of you! :D ) but 90% of my driving is freeway (70m per day). Even so, I only drive a manual.  My B5 I got 30mpg everyday, and being chipped with some ex mods it was fun and quick and I know what I have to do to keep them running. (my last one was at 116K)

Whats the reliabilty of these M3's as a daily driver? Comfort? (my B5 had Softsports and Bilstiens, a tad stiff but worth it)  You've answered my Mod questions (sounds great!!!) hows the parts cost compared to VW/Audi prices? Since my budget is probably around $15K, any would be high mile ones. What things to look for? Are bushings replaceable or like a B5 does the entire CA need to be changed? Timing Belt or Chain? (or Gear?) Interval?  And good FAQ's?


I need a vehicle in the next week or 2, dieing with only one in a big family!

ps, looks like you got a real sweet one! Congrats!

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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2005, 01:59:24 AM »
Jason, so how's the M3 coming along?

I haven't seen ya at any autocrosses yet?  :wink:

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« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2005, 02:35:40 AM »
Beautiful car! There's an identical one out here in St.  Louis: same year, same color, same interior, pretty much same condition as well.  I always eye it when I take my Sunday, salesperson-free trips to the local car dealerships to check what's out and what's new. It has been there for quite some time...ready for someone to snag it up! I'd say it was time for me to win the lottery, but that would be cliche and I don't play the lottery anyway.

I'm sure this is unnecessary, but make sure to keep showing what you do to it! Those old M3s are really cool.

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