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1998 BMW (E36) M3 Coupe

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 113,000 Miles (83,000 Miles on Engine)

Engine: S52B32 Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Arctic Silver Metallic Exterior (309)

Interior: Dove Grey Leather Interior (N5TT)

Additional features:

Engine / Drivetrain:

Dinan Cold Air Intake

Mishimoto 3.5” MAF Throttle Body Boot

803 Porsche MAF

Riot Racing Big-Bore Throttle Body

ASC Delete

M50 Intake

Turner 24lb Injectors (recently rebuilt and flow tested)

Schrick 264/256 Cams

ARP Head Studs

VAC Motorsports OEM+ Valve Springs

UUC Underdrive Pulleys

Epic Tune Software

Oil Pan Baffle / Welded Oil Pump Nut

Dual Fuel Pickups

Euro Long-Tube Headers

High-Flow Cats

Active Autowerks Gen 3 Cat-Back Muffler

Clutch Masters FX350 Clutch / Flywheel Kit

AKG Poly Motor Mounts

E21 Transmission Mounts w/ AKG Reinforcement Cups

3:38 Limited Slip Differential

Redline Differential Fluid

Redline Transmission Fluid

Brad Penn 10w-40 Oil

Endless RF650 Brake Fluid

Suspension:

Motion Control (MCS) 2WNR 2-Way Coilovers (recently rebuilt by MCS)

Vorshlag Front Camber Plates

Powerflex Front Control Arm Bushings

Powerflex Rear Heim Joints

Powerflex Rear Swaybar Bushings

AKG Rear Swaybar Reinforcement Kit

Rear Shock Mount Reinforcements

OEM Rear Trailing Arm Bushings w/ Nylon Limiters

Z3 2.75 Steering Rack w/

Refreshed Power Steering Components

Brakes:

Stoptech ST40 332mm Front and Rear Brake Kit

Recently Replaced Front Rotors

Hawk DTC-60 Front and Rear Brake Pads

Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Hard Motorsports Brake Duct Kit

Interior:

Recaro SPG XL Seats on Sliders

VAC Motorsports Billet Floor Adaptors

Schroth Profi 2 6-Point Harnesses

OEM 3-Point Seatbelts Remain Installed

TC Kline Roll Bar

VDO Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Coolant Temp Gauges

UUC Short Shifter

Condor Speed Shift Knob

Momo Steering Wheel and Hub w/ Bypassed Airbag Circuit (no airbag light)

Alpine Bluetooth Stereo

Headliner Replaced

Exterior:

Euro Glass Headlights

Clear Corner Lights

Clear Taillights

Genuine Lightweight Rear Spoiler w/ Gurney Flap

Motion Motorsports Aluminum Underpanel w/ Retractable Front Splitter

Tow Hooks

Lightweight Motorsport Flag Decals

Wheels:

17” Kosei K1 Wheels (square fitment)

Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R Tires

245/40 R17s Freshly Mounted

Other Wheel Sets Available

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Extensive Recent Maintenance

Spare No Expense Build

Known Car within the Colorado BMW Community

Established Ownership History within the BMW Car Club of America

Texas / Colorado Car

Clean Carfax / No Accidents

Background

1998 BMW (E36) M3 Coupe exterior photo

The BMW E36 (1992 to 1999 3 Series) M3 is the best car for the buck—period! I have found, sorted, and sold many over the years including my own 1997 M3/4/5 sedan. Time has been kind to the E36, aging it with grace. When it debuted in the spring of 1991 for the 1992 model year it was revolutionary. 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. Don’t get me wrong, I love the iconic E30, but the E36 was such a leap forward that it still looks relevant amongst today’s modern cars.

What makes the E36 M3 so good is that it occurred at a sweet spot of BMW evolution where power, weight, size, suspension design, reliability, and luxury all intersected. The driving experience is connected and visceral, yet the driver enjoys luxuries that took other marquees years to offer. With only the slightest amount of talent it is a highly capable platform that can easily outperform much 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—and in my opinion as newer cars get worse with each successive generation, they are worth every penny.

Summary

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This 1998 BMW M3 Coupe—endearingly named the Village Bicycle—is as turn-key of a street-legal E36 M3 track car as you can get. It’s called the Village Bicycle because it has been owned by some legendary figures within the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (CCA), some more than once (this is its second time at Glen Shelly). Every single person who has owned this M3 has made it better along the way, both including the build, maintenance and top-shelf modifications. The sum of the parts outlined above would total more than a good condition stock M3 even in the current market. Unlike most track cars that were cobbled together from a rough shell, this M3 started its life as an excellent specimen and was methodically built into a street-legal track-focused car with an evolving build over the subsequent years. A majority of the owners have been BMW Club instructors who used it for instructor drives and a stepping-stone for eventual racing that they moved into in different E36 M3s. All of the typical E36 common issues have been preemptively addressed and the overall end result of the build is exemplary. It is mild enough to drive on the street, even on long drives to and from the track, retaining the factory heat and air conditioning, stereo, and other comforts, but a potent weapon once you get there. It is capable of a mid to low two-minute lap time at High Plains on street-legal tires (Alex ran a 2:05 with mild aggression in traffic on RE-71Rs nearing the end of their life).

The current owner purchased it from us in the summer of 2019. Since then he has done a season of BMW Club Autocrosses and several BMW Club high performance driving schools. Recent maintenance within the last two years includes cleaning, rebuilding and testing the fuel injectors. The steering rack was replaced with a remanufactured Z3 2.75-turn rack from Rack Doctor, along with all power steering parts. The suspension was overhauled with the shocks being rebuilt from MCS. At the same time the tie rods, rear heim joints, front control arm bushings, and rear sway bar bushings were also done. The clutch was replaced with a Clutchmasters FX350 clutch and flywheel kit, along with the clutch slave cylinder and the transmission portion of the shift linkage was rebuilt. The front brake rotors were replaced and fresh Hawk DTC-60 pads. Other maintenance includes Red Line gearbox and differential builds, Brad Penn 10w-40 engine oil, Endless RF650 brake fluid, the air filter, HVAC blower, resistor, cabin air filter, and lots of other small items. It will certainly need continued maintenance and it deserves it, but as it sits, this a turn-key M3 ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. It passes emissions, which is included in the sale. One-on-one high performance driving instruction and coaching is available for extra.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • Vehicle Identification Number: WBSBG9328WEY78625
  • Type: BG93
  • Model: M3 – USA
  • Development Code: E36 (2)
  • Chassis: Coupe
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: S52
  • Displacement: 3.20

  • Power: 240 Horsepower

  • Drivetrain: Rear

  • Transmission: Manual

  • Color: ARKTISSILBER METALLIC - 303

  • Upholstery: Teilleder W.n./Grau - N5TT
  • Production Date: 1-20-1998

(Original) Options

  • 209 Limited-Slip Differential 25%
  • 214 Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • 243 Airbag For Front Passenger
  • 260 Side Airbag for Driver / Front Passenger
  • 314 Door Mirror / Driver’s Lock Heated
  • 354 Green Windscreen
401 Sliding/vent Roof, Electric
  • 410 Power Windows
  • 441 Smokers Package
  • 465 Load-Through System
  • 473 Armrest Front
  • 498 Rear Headrests

  • 520 Fog Lights
  • 534 Automatic Air Conditioning
540 Cruise Control
  • 542 Check Control
  • 554 On-Board Computer
  • 674 Harmon Kardon HiFi Sound System
  • 686 Diversity-function Aerial
  • 687 Radio Preparation

  • 692 Cd Changer Preparation
  • 710 M Leather Steering Wheel

  • 818 Main Battery Switch
  • 853 English Language Version

  • 925 Shipping Protection Package