We had, so to speak, rescued this vehicle right from the scrap press. First! But more on that later. For the BMW E36 restoration, we selected a facelift model BMW E36 316i built in 1997, which, at first glance, was actually still in very good condition for its age. After we had taken a closer look at it at home, the reality looked a little different. The mounted side skirts have hidden a lot. In terms of rust, everything was ok! All known weak points in the E36 could be found on the body. The brown plague bloomed everywhere and that in a vehicle built in 1997. This showed us that all E36 sedans, whether before the facelift, i.e. before 03.1996, also with the facelift up to the phase-out of the E36 series, all have the big rust problem. So it makes no difference “rust technically” whether you buy an early model or a later model.
In the course of the political control in the Federal Republic of Germany, the government decided to give the auto industry a helping hand, and the purchase of “environmentally friendly new vehicles” is known to result in no emissions and therefore no environmental pollution, so the confused theory of the political decision-makers who sit on the executive boards of the auto industry, or even the state, as in the case of Volkswagen is even the main shareholder. In the course of this “cold renovation”, many good vehicles and future, potential candidates for classic young and old-timers have fallen victim to the state-subsidized “scrapping premium” and thus to the artificially created consumer promotion to stimulate new vehicle registrations. These vehicles are now gone … well a large proportion at least … the rest of the people who made it will probably retire somewhere in Africa as a “shared taxi” or something like that, as we know that there are no more harmful emissions and if so, then they adhere to the national borders …
The very early models also had manufacturing defects, which were noticeable by unpleasant wind noises and an allegedly too direct steering on the part of the German press of his shows. These models could be recognized by a smooth plastic strip above the glove compartment between the air nozzles. At the time, BMW AG had bought all of these vehicles back from its customers, at least as far as possible, in order to minimize the damage to its image.
Due to the “rust-constant reliability” of the BMW E36, we were aware from the outset that an E36 restoration would not be limited to purely cosmetic interventions in order to return the vehicle to a relatively close “used new car” Age, at least not in general terms, looks like it.
The further task was that we wanted to accomplish this BMW E36 restoration with normal tools, hobby tools that every hobby screwdriver and car enthusiast has safely at home, in order to see what an overall result so, with these few resources, can be achieved.
We found this car in a junkyard in summer 2019. The last owner, an American, had driven the engine without water and oil and the engine block had a hole where the rest of the piston and the torn off connecting rod had made their way onto the road. Unfortunately, the vehicle had already been slaughtered too far, otherwise we would have taken the vehicle back with us and rescued it again, even with this major engine damage, there were already some nice memories and emotions associated with this BMW E36 restoration and the vehicle.
Here in the following the picture documentation of the E36 restoration …