Supercharged 1997 BMW M3 Sedan

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It’s no secret that I have a big ol’ soft spot for the E36 M3 sedan. Beyond my personal experiences, I still see it as a very sharp BMW, a confluence of simple basic design and subtly aggressive modifications. We’ve featured some modified E36s here and superchargers are a common add-on, but this one comes with a more thorough description and a bit more power than the usual supercharger options thanks to Eurosport twinscrew. With a claimed 361 horsepower at the rear wheels, this E36 is putting E92 M3-levels of power at the crank. Some cool factory rarities like the Byzanz paint with no sunroof and a manual combine with the serious mechanical upgrades, light OZ wheels, and an interesting AC Schnitzer spoiler to make one of the cooler total-package E36s I’ve seen in a while.

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Year: 1997
Model: M3 Sedan
Engine: Supercharged 3.2l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 154,000
Price: Auction starting at $14,000

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This is your chance to own a literally one-of-a-kind E36 M3. As many Bimmerphiles know, Byzanz was only offered as a color option on 1997 M3 sedans. Furthermore, only 37 were sold with a manual transmission. However, even rarer is the fact that, of those 37 manuals, this one is the only slick-top (i.e., no sunroof). It’s also one of the few that was sold without the luxury package. To top it off, it’s equipped with the most powerful E36 supercharger available – a Eurosport twinscrew – that elevates the performance to a new level.

I’m a real BMW enthusiast who’s owned 12 Bimmers over the course of the last 30+ years. Including this M3, I currently own four. My passion for these cars is reflected in the maintenance and care I have invested into it.

Private-party inspections welcomed (and encouraged)!

Exterior: Byzanz
Interior: Dove gray
Body: Sedan
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: ~154,000
Trim package/options:
· Non-lux
· No sunroof
· Harman Kardon stereo with factory 6-CD changer
· Full OBC
· Folding rear seats
Production date: 5/5/97

Modifications (all added during my ownership):
· Eurosport 1.7L Opcon autorotor twinscrew supercharger (rated at 361rwhp/304rwtq) rebuilt by Opcon prior to installation in October 2007 at about 110,000 miles
· Laminova intercooler
· Euro spec M3 oil cooler
· Zionsville Autosport alloy radiator
· EMP/Stewart Performance water pump
· Euro E36 7-blade cooling fan
· UUC lightweight Stage 2 flywheel & M5 organic clutch
· Active Autowerke GEN III exhaust
· Bilstein PSS9 coil-over suspension
· JDM rear shock mounts
· Racing Dynamics front/rear sway bars
· Chassis x-brace
· Wilwood big brake kit with drilled rotors and SS lines
Front – Superlite 6 (6-piston/14” rotors)
Rear – Dynalite Pro (4-piston/12” rotors)
· Vorshlag camber plates
· OZ Ultraleggera 18×9 wheels (with a spare OZ Superleggera 18×9 mounted with a Michelin Pilot Sport)
· Michelin Pilot Super Sport 255/35ZR18 tires (used 9,000 miles – no auto-x or HPDE)
· AC Schnitzer Type-II rear spoiler
· VDO gauges (water temp/oil temp/oil pressure)
· ZHP weighted short-shift knob
· iPod interface cable
· ZKW HID angel-eye headlights (6000K)
· Depo crystal HID fog lights (6000K)

Accident: In May 2013, the car was involved in a low-speed accident. The following repairs were required (and performed):
· replace the bumper and front panel
· repair a dent to the right front fender
· replace both front fender liners
· replace right turn indicator
There was absolutely no damage to the frame (I have alignment report to verify) nor was there any damage to any engine component. I’m happy to share the body shop report and demonstrate that all noted items were addressed. I’ve put over 4,000 miles on the car since the accident, and it drives perfectly. With the exception of the bumper (which was unrepairable), all VINs match.

Exterior: I’d rate it an 8/10. Please keep in mind that this car is over 16 years old. Just completely detailed; from 10 feet, the paint looks beautiful. There is not a speck of rust anywhere on the car. However, as depicted in the photos, there are numerous rock chips on the hood, the left passenger door has a few dings, there are several scratches over the body, and there were scratches (although touched-up) to the rear wheel wells from snow chains; the newly-painted front bumper, grille and quarter panel repaired in the accident noted above could have been better matched. There are still many, many years left on the paint, but a complete paint job now would turn this into a real stunner!

Wheels have some road rash.

Interior: I’d rate it a 9.5/10. Driver seat bolster shows lighter than normal wear. Passenger seat in great condition; rear seats in excellent condition. No cracks on dashboard. Headliner was recently professionally re-adhered and is in excellent shape. All electrical components are fully functional; no dead pixels on any of the displays. As shown in pictures, airbag light is illuminated. Peake tool indicates fault with the driver side belt tensioner; will be repaired prior to sale.

Drivetrain/Maintenance: All maintenance up to date with receipts for all work done since I purchased the car. Engine oil changes have been performed every 3K miles; doesn’t burn a drop. Twinscrew oil changed every 15,000 miles. A/C blows ice cold. The car needs absolutely nothing right now. All maintenance and repairs are up-to-date. Recent maintenance includes:

152,000 miles
replaced spark plugs (NGK BKR6EIX)
replenished air filter

149,000 miles
replaced rear trailing arm bushings
replaced power steering pressure hose
replaced windshield washer pump

148,000 miles
brake fluid flushed

147,000 miles
windshield replaced

143,000 miles
headliner professionally re-adhered

140,000 miles
replaced thermostat (71°) and thermostat housing
coolant flushed
replaced flex disc/guibo
changed supercharger oil

137,000 miles
replaced spark plugs (NGK BKR6EIX)
replaced fuel filters
brake fluid flushed

133,000 miles
replaced foam air filter
replaced expansion tank
replaced auxiliary fan
replaced A/C belt tensioner

126,000 miles
replaced intake manifold gasket
brake fluid flushed
differential fluid flushed
transmission fluid flushed
replaced spark plugs (NGK BKR6EIX)

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There are a few detractions here: heavily chipped hood (putting that power to use, eh?), a few interior stains, and quite a few miles for a modified car. For me, the overall combination outweighs these flaws. Unique color, cool mods, all in the great E36 sedan. The starting bid of $14k is low-mile E36 M3 territory, but I’m into drivers, and this is an M3 that must be a hell of drive.

-NR

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6 Comments

  1. I like this for being a 4 door, 5 speed, with no sunroof and no lux package. However, I’m not a fan of the color and especially not over dove leather. I will agree that the no sunroof and no lux package will make it more desirable to some people, but too frequently people confuse low production in a paint job or color combo with an exclusivity and sought after rarity, when it’s a low demand when new and probably even lower in the resale market almost 20 years on. Chrysler probably built a small % of PT Cruisers with the fake wood exterior panels, they are not in high demand.

    Me personally, while this seller seems like an enthusiast, he has a different modification ethos than my own. I like the Bilstein coil overs a lot, but an M3 with a stiffened suspension, this many miles, an x-brace, and double the stock HP at the rear wheels should really have the Turner front & rear subframe reinforcement kits. It’s tighter than stock, way more torque being sent to wheels, 20+ engine, diff, transmission, and suspension rubber mounts that aren’t mentioned as replaced and probably worn out…

    And bolting on a blower (that is a 100% increase in HP at wheels) at 111k miles to an otherwise stock engine with nothing more than an oil cooler added – no thanks! Not a lot of people who really know forced induction will tell you to add a blower or turbo at 100k mi and seriously alter the operation of an engine about 95-100k mi after it’s been broken in. And no ECU reprogramming for the blower? Any compression reduction or fuel supply supplement? Maybe those are pieces of the blower kit, I’m not that familiar with that model but do remember in the past the higher boost versions had to be paired up with the earlier OBD1 ECU only. Did he say the clutch is still stock too?

    And Wilwood brakes? The company has a reputation mainly for making brake systems that fit on small older wheel fitments and being inexpensive (for an aftermarket brake). Yes they also make performance car brakes and some open wheel racing stuff but it’s a market dominated by Brembo in both OE & aftermarket.

    Interesting but more like something I might see at a local car show that just didn’t make sense to me, but I’m sure it does to some others. And if he read has 4 M cars right now, he’s not selling this one cause it’s his favorite.

  2. a twin-screw S/C on this drivetrain with no internals done….sorry I’d pass.

  3. “snow chains”!?!?!

    And another thing… I find it a bit puzzling when an “enthusiast” refers to a unibody (monocoque) construction car as having a “frame” that might’ve been damaged in an accident…

  4. @Dallas – funny, I blew past the snow chains comment on my first go-around of the ad. The guy has, minimally, 4 vehicles and a blown 400hp M3 w/ snow chains is his winter driver?! Ha, too funny.

    And he may have us on a rhetorical device w/ the lack of “frame damage” – I mean, it doesn’t have a frame, so it doesn’t have frame damage but it doesn’t not have frame damage either?? Lol!

  5. That color should be called “Can’t Catch Me Copper.”

  6. More info about the accident (in which the insurance totaled it out), more info on some mods, and previous owners & sales can be found in current seller’s post here:

    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=463543

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