We went to a BMW event last night, so you get some BMW photos today | E46-chassis BMW M3 project

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the BMW M3 project car
Sep 22, 2022 | BMW, BMW M3, M3, E46 M3, E46, Ace Cafe

Photography by David S. Wallens

One possible advantage of going to an evening event during light rain? You might get lucky and receive some good light for sunset photos.

As we arrived at Ace Cafe Orlando last night, so did the rain. Just a light drizzle.

Should we stay or should we go?

Well, we already had an hour invested in the trip–plus the time spent cleaning up our E46-chassis BMW M3–so we waited.

[How to detail your car in less than 1 hour]

The rain petered off, and we got some decent light for some decent photos.

Perhaps the evening’s biggest news: Our air conditioning blew cold both ways, so that’s another successful two-hour test in the books.

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dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/21/22 11:30 a.m.

That silver e36 wagon is super cool!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/21/22 2:26 p.m.
dyintorace said:

That silver e36 wagon is super cool!

It was way cool and, yes, I've been eying them.

Is an E36 wagon cooler than an E46 M3? Oddly, last night there were two E36 wagons and just one E46 M3 coupe....

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/21/22 3:45 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Is an E36 wagon cooler than an E46 M3? Oddly, last night there were two E36 wagons and just one E46 M3 coupe....

Different kind of cool.  E36 wagon probably better C&C car, but I'd take the E46 M3 on the track.

How about an E36 wagon with an S54 swap?

 

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/21/22 4:21 p.m.
codrus (Forum Supporter) said:
David S. Wallens said:

Is an E36 wagon cooler than an E46 M3? Oddly, last night there were two E36 wagons and just one E46 M3 coupe....

Different kind of cool.  E36 wagon probably better C&C car, but I'd take the E46 M3 on the track.

How about an E36 wagon with an S54 swap?

What I really, really want is an e46 wagon with an S54. I've had two e46 wagons and really miss my silver one!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/21/22 4:29 p.m.

Ha, I knew someone would bring up a swap. :) 

I had a chance to buy the perfect E46 wagon several years ago and didn't. I know, bad move, but I think we had just bought something (also cool). 

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/21/22 5:28 p.m.

Just up the road from you. Says trades welcomed...

e36 wagon for sale

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/21/22 8:21 p.m.

In reply to dyintorace :

I know, I know. Right color, too....

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/22/22 11:16 a.m.

My parents have had both E36 and E46 BMWs. My dad raised a good point: The E46 interior is nicer. 

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/22/22 11:19 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

My parents have had both E36 and E46 BMWs. My dad raised a good point: The E46 interior is nicer. 

Agreed. It's also a much more modern car - in a good way. The e36 is neat but looks very dated to me now.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/22/22 12:47 p.m.

In reply to dyintorace :

And that's part of the conundrum, too. The E46 interior is pretty perfect.

I have a bit of stick time in an E36. When the E46 came out, it did raise the bar. 

ExcessKuma
ExcessKuma New Reader
9/23/22 9:42 p.m.

David, will you be at the Import Legends meet on the 27th? I will be there in my Miata with the GRM bumper sticker on it. Would bring the former Q45 Challenge car but unsure if I can get the Master cylinder properly finished in time (worse case I could just feed it more brake fluid)

Caperix
Caperix New Reader
9/24/22 9:29 a.m.

BMW wagons are always cool.  The e36 wagon has the advantage of never being imported so they will be more unique but if you have to go gray market may as well get an e30 touring.  Most European gray market tourings will be 4 cylinders so you will want to do an engine & axle swap either way.

The e46 is bigger with a nicer interior that holds up much better than an e36.  They were available in the us, but manual transmission car prices are skyrocketing.

Don't forget about the e91 wagons as well, they are even harder to find with a manual & most were x drive.  But the n52 is a nice upgrade over the 2.5 m54 in the e46.  You can even bolt in a n54/55 for some turbo fun.

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