1996 BMW E36 M3 Evo Coupe

£8,000 (SOLD)

A small advert for such a great car wouldn’t be adequate. So here’s a large one!


  • 3201cc I6 engine: 321bhp, 258 lb/ft picture
  • 6 gears (manual)
  • LSD – RWD
  • Build date: June 1996 picture
  • Registered: August 1996 (P reg)
  • Private plate (M3 DUP) included in sale
  • Techno-violet metallic paint
  • M-tech silver grey leather interior picture
  • HPI clear

  • Dual zone digital climate control picture
  • Electric tilt and slide sunroof
  • Electric, heated wing mirrors picture
  • Auto-dip rear view mirror
  • Electric windows (all four) picture
  • BMW ten speaker “Hi-fi upgrade” picture
  • Heated front seats
  • On board computer (OBC) picture
  • Front centre arm rest
  • Fold down rear seats
  • Driver and passenger air bags
  • Rear spoiler with integrated third brake lamp picture
  • Illuminated gear shifter picture

  • 94,500 miles
  • Full service history, mainly BMW picture
  • No dents, scratches or rust
  • Minor lacquer damage on some wheels picture
  • Everything works as it should
  • Kept in garage
  • Not used for commuting, my mileage is largely motorway
  • Five previous owners
  • Air conditioning blows ice cold
  • Tracker fitted
  • Four green service segments remain until next Inspection (approx 7,500 miles)
  • Tax until end of September 2006
  • MOT until the 25th March 2007
Maintenance during my ownership:
  • Rear shock top mounts replaced
  • Illuminated gear knob replaced
  • Driver’s seat belt replaced
  • Oil service with Castrol TSW 10W/60
  • Reverse light switch replaced
  • Engine sump gasket changed
  • Front discs and pads changed
  • F/N/S brake carrier replaced
  • Inspection II Service
  • A/C regassed
  • A/C condenser and receiver dryer replaced
  • Vanos gasket and bolts replaced
  • Goodridge braided brake hoses fitted
  • Flushed and renewed DOT 5.1 brake fluid
  • New clutch and gear linkages
  • Rear trailing arm bushes and Vanos filter replaced

Why are you selling?

I regularly need to transport large loads. I used to have access to a van for such purposes, then a succession of old bangers. However running such vehicles gets tedious, so it makes sense to replace the M3 with a smart, swift estate car which I can use for all purposes.

I’ve seen other M3s for sale for less. Why should I buy yours?

I believe my car to be one of the best examples of an E36 M3 evolution available. The options list would look respectable on a new car today, it’s in an M3 only colour complimented by the lovely silver grey leather interior, everything works, and it’s in great condition. There’s always something not quite right with the cheaper examples available, such as high mileage, crash damage, HPI issues, left hand drive or similar.

I’ve looked after the car, anything that’s not right is fixed / replaced straight away. It’s kept in the garage to protect it from the elements, and all the typical circa 100K issue parts have already been replaced (e.g. clutch, VANOS bolts, trailing arm bushes, brake hoses, exhaust mounts, climate control module).

What’s the deal with the private plate?

The car has actually had two private plates in its life. It was registered as a traditional ‘P’ plate, then was A7LNX, and its previous owner put the current plate on it. I imagine it’s worth a few hundred quid, but I’m not in the business of stripping assets from cars, so it’s being sold with the car as part of the package.

What exactly is included?

As mentioned above, the number plate is included, as is the road tax (expires end of September 2006 – picture). The warning triangle and first aid kit are present (picture), and the tool kit is complete – these items are all included. In some of the photos you may have seen a Blaupunkt stereo and CD changer, and a Tom Tom Go. These are not included in the sale.

Is the car modified in any way?

Yes. There’s an ACS roof spoiler (picture) at the top of the rear screen. This had been fitted during a previous ownership, but as it seemed well fitted I’ve left it there. An immobiliser has been fitted, and there’s the Tracker. It’s quite an old Tracker, and as such has its aerial mounted in the rear wing (picture). I’ve not actually activated the Tracker, but I’ve got the documentation and the aerial extension that I’ve removed.

Also, the car is currently sporting black kidney grilles, BMW badges and M-tech number plate holders. However, I intend reverting these changes (as shown in all pictures in this advert) at the time of sale.

It’s a big engine. What’s the fuel economy like?

Given the performance available, it’s excellent. Clearly if you drive it hard around town, it’ll return very few miles to the gallon. However on a run, especially in sixth gear, it returns 30-35 MPG. I’ve not reset the fuel computer (which is quite accurate – I’ve checked it!) for a few months, and my average consumption over that period is 28MPG.

I’ve got some more questions…

No problem. You can email me at any time, or call me on 07958 xxxxxx (evenings and weekends only). I’m more than willing to take specific photos of requested features.

It sounds great. Can I come and see it?

Of course. The car is at my house in Woking, Surrey, and can be viewed most weekends and evenings. However, don’t expect a test drive unless you can prove you’ve got comprehensive cover.

Will you take an offer?

Near offers will be considered, but I think that a viewing will prove that the asking price is good value!

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