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Exterior photo of 1996 BMW 323iT Individual M Sport Touring

1996 BMW 323iT Individual M Sport Touring

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Details

Price: $19,800

Mileage: 207,790 Kilometers (129,114 Miles)

Engine: M52B25 2.5L 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Individual Estoril Blue Metallic Exterior

Interior: Individual Blue/Black Leather Interior

Additional features:

H&R Cup Kit Suspension

Individual/Special/Exclusive Equipment

M Sport Package

BMW Individual Front Strut Brace

3-Spoke Two-Tone Euro Sports Steering Wheel

Kenwood Bluetooth Stereo w/ Matching Illumination

7-Button On-Board Computer

M Sport Shift Knob

Individual Shift and E-Brake Boots

Heated Manual Sport Seats

Rear Headrests

Armrest

Euro Headlights

Adjustable Headlights

Automatic Air Conditioning

Power Front Windows

Manual Rear Windows

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

Euro Mirrors

Slicktop (No Sunroof)

Rear Cargo Cover

BMW Carpet Floor Mats

Magnaflow Exhaust

17-Inch Style 23 M Contour Wheels

Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 All-Season Tires

German Market Euro-Spec E36 Touring

Background

1996 BMW 323iT Individual M Sport Touring exterior photo

The BMW E36 (1992 to 1999 3 Series) occurred at a sweet spot of BMW evolution where power, weight, size, suspension design, reliability, and luxury all intersected. It was revolutionary when it debuted in the spring of 1991 for the 1992 model year. It was the first BMW designed by computer-aided design and a stark contrast to the traditional 3-box design language used in the E21 and E30 generation 3 series. The driving experience is connected and visceral, yet the driver enjoys luxuries that took other marquees years to offer. With only the slightest talent, it is a highly capable platform that can easily outperform more powerful and expensive vehicles. The ease at which it can be pushed to the limit makes it the weapon of choice in many track applications. Abuse, neglect, and entry-level buyers have decimated the population of worthy examples. Clean, unmolested stock examples command significant premiums—if you can find one!

Summary

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This 1996 BMW 323i Individual M Sport Touring is one of the rarest E36s we’ve ever had at the hangar. In 1996, Estoril Blue was a color reserved exclusively for the M3. In rare examples, it was offered as an Individual color like this M Sport touring, while the interior was finished in two-tone Individual Bahia Blue and Black leather. This is confirmed with an Individual VIN plague. The VIN decode also shows Individual colors, along with the M Sport, Special Equipment, and Exclusive packages. These make this German Market Touring the closest thing to a factory-built BMW E36 M3 Touring. Notable options include the M Sport appearance items (basically the same as M3), three-spoke two-tone Euro Sport steering wheel, BMW Individual front strut brace, M Sport shift knob, Individual Bahia Blue shift and E-brake boots, 7-button on-board computer, Individual Bahia Blue and Black heated manual sport seats, no-sunroof, and 17-inch Contour M3 wheels. Upgrades include an H&R Cup Kit suspension, a modern Kenwood Stereo, and a Magnaflow exhaust. The 2.5-liter M52B25 engine suits the touring perfectly and is one of BMW’s most reliable powerplants.

It originally came to us in 2021 from Europe and was immediately sold to a Glen Shelly regular. We have it back now on consignment in trade for our European E34 M Sport wagon. Mechanically, it showed up very sorted and has been well-cared for. We originally did a starter and wheel speed sensor, replaced some rust exhaust parts, put U.S. catalytic converters on it, and installed Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06 tires. Since then, it has received the H&R Suspension upgrade, including new shock mounts and bushings, a valve cover and gasket, coil packs, spark plugs, air filter, air conditioning service, alternator, driver’s front window regulator frame, and power steering hoses. In preparation for sale, we replaced the muffler with a Magnaflow muffler. Most Tourings were subjected to harsh daily driver duty in Europe, and this one has been treated well. The cosmetic condition inside and out is excellent, considering its age and mileage. It is imperfect enough to use and enjoy but nice enough to show off at the car shows and garner attention from onlookers. Underneath, it has some corrosion, but nothing typical of a European Market car and nothing that needs immediate attention. As it sits, this is a very unique and desirable E36 Touring that could be enjoyed exactly like it is or built into a real M3 wagon.

Exterior

1996 BMW 323iT Individual M Sport Touring exterior photo

Estoril Metallic is the defining feature of this M3. The paint presents exceptionally well for its age and mileage. Flaws consist of light scratching and swirls and small rock chipping on the lower leading edges of the hood and front bumper cover. Several panels have been repainted, with the original panels gauging between 3 and 4 mils and the painted panels at 6-11 mils. Compared to most Euro-market cars, corrosion is on the lighter side, and there is nothing that needs immediate attention. There are tiny rust bubbles: one in the passenger rear quarter panel, one in the driver’s rear door, and another in the upper rear hatch trim. An area on the lower leading edge of the hood is also corroded. The bottom of the doors are clean. Underneath, there is no concerning corrosion, but there is minor corrosion, with the worst being on the undercarriage components. Lift shots can be seen on our website if you are reading this elsewhere. The Euro VIN and Individual tags are in place under the hood. All glass is clean and clear, with light pitting on the windshield and tinted side and rear windows. All trim is in good condition; there is some dry rot on the door handle gaskets. The mirror glass is clean, and the desirable Euro type with blind spot cutouts. The headlights are crystal clear, and the corners are clear. The taillights and indicators are in good condition. The 17-inch M Contour wheels are presentable but have minor to moderate curb rash in some areas. The Continental ExtemeContact DWS 06 tires are worn evenly with 2020 date codes and 8-10/32s remaining.

Interior

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The two-tone Baiha Blue and Black interior is the other defining feature of the car. It is in excellent condition for its age. There are no stains or foul odors, and it has never been smoked in. The headliner is in good condition, with no significant sag. The door cards are in good shape. The three-spoke Euro steering wheel is in excellent shape. The dashboard is crack-free, and the instrument cluster is fully functional. The parking brake light remains illuminated regardless of the handle position. The “Darth Vader” vent is not broken, with only minor sag. The glovebox also has only a slight sag on the inboard edge. All interior lights and switches are functional and undamaged. All power windows/locks function normally. Climate control blows hot or cold when required. The Kenwood stereo sounds fantastic. The Individual shift boot and knob are in good shape; the shift knob bezel is slightly opaque, and the e-brake handle has moderate wear. The ASC button is also missing part of the label. The center console is missing the cup holder pieces, but they can be easily sourced. The armrest is in good shape. The Individual two-tone front sport seats have minor to moderate wear, with the blue passenger seat insert slightly discolored. They are manual, which are lighter and do not fail. The driver’s seat bottom heater is intermittent. The fold-down rear seats are in great shape. The rear hatch is unstained, has no odors, and the cargo cover is present. The hazard triangle and jack are present, but the first aid kit is not.

Mechanical

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This E36 touring has been well-cared for. Since it has been Stateside, it has received consistent regular maintenance. The 323iT was powered by the 2.5-liter M52B25 engine. It idles smoothly, pulls strong, and has no Vanos rattle or lifter knock. It has several typical leaks and seeps from the oil filter housing gasket and the oil pan gasket. The cooling system is healthy. The clutch and shifter are tight. The gearbox seals are dry, and the shift pins are not sticky, i.e., no 5th gear shifter lean. The brakes are firm, and the H&R suspension is compliant. There is no driveline, wheel-bearing vibration, or whine; the CSB and U-joints are in good shape. The exhaust has no leaks or rattles. We pay for and ensure it passes emissions. It will need and deserves the preventative care and maintenance that all BMWs do, but the E36 is a robust platform that will last forever if maintained correctly.

VIN Decode

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Vin Decode

  • VIN: WBACE71040EU86415
  • Type: CE7
  • Model: 3 (M Series)
  • Development Code: E36
  • Chassis: Touring
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: M52
  • Displacement: 2.5
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Color: Special Painting Estoril Blue Metallic Individual
  • Upholstery: Special Upholstery Individual Bahia Blue/Black Leather
  • Production Date: 11-11-1996

Equipment

  • 243 Airbag for front passenger
  • 255 Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • 277 Light Alloy Wheels Double Spoke Styling
  • 305 Remote Control for Central Locking
  • 337 M Sport Package
  • 386 Roof Rails
  • 410 Power Windows (front)
  • 428 Warning Triangle
  • 431 Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • 441 Smoker Package
  • 473 Front Armrest
  • 481 Sport Seats (front)
  • 494 Heated Seats (front)
  • 498 Rear Headrests
  • 510 Headlight Range Adjustment (low beam)
  • 520 Fog Lights
  • 528 Automatic Air Circulation
  • 534 Automatic Air Conditioning
  • 556 Outside Air Temperature
  • 658 Radio BMW Business CD RDS
  • 704 M Sports Suspension
  • 785 White Direction Indicator Lights
  • 801 German Version
  • 818 Battery Master Switch
  • 863 Service Contact Flyer for Europe
  • 879 German On-Board Function
  • 915 No Outer Skin Protection
  • 940 Special Equipment
  • 971 Exclusive Package