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Old 06-08-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I just picked up my 9th BMW, a 1996 M-Sport automatic with 200k miles. This is my 3rd E36, previously owning a Hellrot '96 328i, and Arctic Silver '97 M3 saloon. My current daily is a '95 840Ci in Cosmos Black.

Rescued this 318ti a few days ago and drove it from NY to MS over a couple of days. Bought it as a casual project car to get cleaned up and a little more road worthy over the next several months, and also to teach my teenage daughter to drive. If the car survives the 4-5 years with my daughter, after she's done with it I plan to claim it back as my own and drop in an S52 with other M3/M-coupe performance mods.

The car did surprisingly well on the 1,200-mile trip home, notwithstanding its intermittent fuel gauge failure (must be a shorted wire somewhere), desperate need of an alignment, shimmy during braking (bad rotors and/or suspension bushings), and loud hum in the rear end under load (rear diff or driveshaft bearing?)
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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THIS IS A MILLPOINT BLUE INTERIOR

Mods 'n' stuff: Star Spoke 43 wheels - X-Brace - Mason Engineering front strut brace - CF gauge overlay - ZHP shifter knob - Racing Dynamics cat-back - Doubled brake lights - M-tech rear spoiler
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:17 AM   #3
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Welcome from Texas

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Where in New York did you find it?
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Thanks for the warm welcome, guys.

Joe, I found it on Craigslist in Staten Island, NY ...
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Nice! I used a 97 ti automatic to teach both my kids how to drive. It is a perfect car for that. Its small and nimble enough to get you out of some tight spots and has just (barely) enough power if you need it. I would suggest sending your daughter to a Tire Rack Street Survival course if possible. My daughter did 2 of them and really learned a lot! You will love having it.
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Nice tip, Joe! I'll try to find one in my area when that time comes. Thanks!
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