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    Posted: 14 Jan 2022 at 12:06pm
Hello, I am new to the BMW Car Club GB and am hoping to find some knowledgeable friends to help me on my journey.

I last year purchased a 1994 E36 320i SE Auto Saloon Mauritius Blue, one of those buys where you take pity on the car only to later realise your in over your head! I am at a crossroads as I need help with sourcing parts and am after sound advice from someone more capable than me.

The car has many good points, only 92000 miles from new backed up by old MOTs going back to 2005 (nothing previous), it has been up on ramps at 2 different garages for opinions on corrosion, both were amazed it had no signs of rot around jacking points, sills etc, I was invited under to see for myself. It is an SE spec with dove grey leather, multi func computer, even has original unopened first aid kit and toolkit. 

The bad points, its body is very tired, it needs a complete new rear n/s door due to excessive denting then set in rust and a full body respray if im honest, its exhaust needs replacement from cat back, the sunroof doesn't work, the interior needs refurbishing - seats, some trim etc. My main struggle is finding parts, that's where I need some help

Do I persevere given that there are next to none of these around (I have been looking for 6 months haven't come across another this spec), or stop before I spend a fortune that may not be a good investment.

Sorry for the rant! Any help appreciated.

Jason
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NickDE Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2022 at 11:57pm
My advice is to get in touch with the E36 Register Captain, and also go to your local region meets - this might not provide answers, but at least you will get sympathy and encouragement !
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Where are you in the UK?
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Thanks for your advice, sorry to be daft, who is the E36 register captain and how do I get in touch?
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I am based in Blackpool, Lancashire
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Originally posted by mansell01uk mansell01uk wrote:

Thanks for your advice, sorry to be daft, who is the E36 register captain and how do I get in touch?

You need to check out the club website https://bmwcarclubgb.uk/series/3-series/ ~ details are available there Wink

Also check the regions section to get info on your local region 


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