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E36 EVO Individual 11 tisuca km - detailing 56k go home

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Evo kako izgleda kad ljudi imaju i odrzavaju auto a ne stoka








So around 2 months ago I got a call out of the blue from Steve saying that he had just collected his mate from the airport – He was in the UK and had a lot of things to sort out. One of those things was selling the M3


The Car


This car was the E36 2nd generation M3 – the successor to the E30 M3. As I chatted to the owner making arrangements to go and view the M3 it became apparent that his model was a bit tasty. T213 KHE was infact #19/50 of a model called the M3 EVO GT2 (EVO individual) it was produced in the twighlight years of the E36 and was offered in a fixed spec to 50 UK customers only. It is basically a 3.2 litre 321bhp EVO in a unique (at the time) colour called Imola Red. The additions over the ‘standard’ EVO were as follows:


Anthracite interior trim with seat centre parts, door inserts and grab handles in Red Nappa Leather

Seat side parts and headrests in Anthracite

Sports steering wheel with air bag

Clear Indicators

GTII Spoiler

Front bumper corner extensions

Harmon Kardon Stereo

Electric rear pop-out windows

Side airbags


The best bit was yet to come – the car had covered just 7 thousand miles from new!! The owner had bought the car new – drove it for a few months and clocked up 7230 miles. He returned in 2003 briefly – had a thorough Inspection II service completed at Hartwell BMW in Warrington and added 23 miles before retuning to his job in Switzerland.


I must admit at the time before viewing it I was expecting an absolute mint box – when I went to view it for the first time I was very disappointed indeed.


Upon arrival the car was hastily stashes in a rickety old garage partly covered in a blanket, foam padding over the tailgate and covered in boxes. The passenger side was parked close to the wall leaving enough space along the driver’s side to pack it garden furniture and a mountain bike. The front end had been left uncovered and had around 5mm of dust and grime and there was an honest smattering of rat footprints all over the front end. I managed to snatch a view of one side only as to unpack the garage just to view was out of the question really.


After a lot of thought I decided to buy it and hope for the best.


So I made arrangements to collect it. Having been stood so long I just couldn’t turn up, reverse it out and drive it away though. All the fluids – engine oil, diff oil, gearbox oil, PAS oil, coolant and fuel would have gone bad. Also all the belts would need to be changed along with the battery and anything else my mechanic could find. I arranged to have it towed away.


I arrived at 0900hrs on a Saturday morning and unpacked the garage and managed to snatch a few pics








Front screen




We had to manually roll the car out and down a very narrow driveway ready to winch it on the trailer




I snatched a shot of the interior too – not the mould forming on the steering wheel






As you can see it was raining at the time. Just great!


In daylight I could get a better look at the car and found nothing major – apart from to N/S front wing had a small dent at the front where a brass lamp on a shelf had fallen and clipped the wing. As we offer Paintless dent removal as a service then I was sure it would come out. Phew I was relieved that the gamble on buying was so far a good idea! The car was dropped off and I hastily gave the car a quick wash (I remembered to take along two buckets etc and the garage hat a jet wash. I was so anxious to get rid of as must dust as possible as it was really eating away at me!




After a few days I got the call from the garage I was waiting for (and hoping nothing more than I had anticipated had been found) the car was ready for collection.


I was really frustrated though – my diary stacked and me with a burning desire to rip into the M3 and get it done. I had to grab a day here and a Saturday there to get it done over a few months. As this wash the case the usual order of the detail was a little muddled, but for the purpose of the write up I have set it out in a regular procedure format.


Once back at Off Your Marks I set about washing it properly


Here is the equipment used




I am currently using Autoglym acid free wheel cleaner and must admit to being mightily impressed with it – great action and very safe, especially important on the polished face EVO rims.




I decided to remove the wheels after doing the first due to awkward tar spotting – plus I wanted the arches clean too. Heres a wheel clean sequence




Misted with the AG and agitated with ***** Brush




Next the wheels were treated with another AG product – Tar and Adhesive remover.




At this point with the wheels rinsed and taken inside, the arches were assessed – not too bad really. I used the trusty Meguiars SDG and a good brush. It has to be noted that Daveb from DW played a major role here which allowed me to get on with a few other bits.






After – note the arch area around the spring looks discoloured due to the fade out of the red paint from manufacture and the base is visible




And the front before




And After




And a shot of arch – head inside looking at upper inner lip




Meanwhile back indoors I cracked on with the alloys, firstly claying with my old favourite sonus mild




And then HD cleanse




I then coated the rims inside and out with Royale


Back outside I then tackled the engine bay – already clean but suffering a little with transport wax and a little grime.




All shuts, trim, badges, seals, sills were agitated by brush and a shot of APC to begin breaking down the grime and tickle away any product residue from the owners waxing sessions years ago!






The next stage was to complete the pre wash – Hyper wash foaming and soaking




After the pre wash soak then it was rinsed again with hyper wash and 45deg water.




I then washed using natural sea sponge and the familiar two buckets.




After washing I checked for any tar spots and removed with AG. After that the car was again pre washed and then I went on to clay – Meguiars Pro – soft.


Nice clean piece



Starting with the roof – just a small section




Then after the small section – years of bonding removed




After the claying was completed then I washed again and then rinsed with pure filtered water




And brought the car inside to dry with the leaf blower




Due to the time available in the rest of the day and me feeling tired – I decided to round off with the interior – generally it was in very clean condition.

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I removed the mats and vacuumed out the interior and cleansed all surfaces with APC and disinfectant (not seat though) to remove any bacteria that may have been present from the storage. I also use an air con cleaner that was let off from a canister inside the car and recalculated throughout – no pics of this though.


I then went onto the mats, spraying with APC and scrubbing well




And then wet extracting




I also removed and wet extracted the engine compartment sound insulation!




I also removed and cleaned the pedal rubbers




And the driver’s seat mounted fire extinguisher




The seats are a combination of red Nappa leather and suede – yep real suede not alcantara. After vacuuming the seats were lightly brushed




As you will know – suede goes shiny with even moderate use. I was pleased to find that they are absolutely unworn




With the interior done the next step was to rectify and cosmetic trim etc before correction detailing. A common problem with the E36 is the grommet ends of the rear window seals and side window grommets perish. In this case the N/S grommets on the aforementioned had done just that. I put this down to the N/S being parked close to the wall of the garage and also covered with the blanket thus providing poor airflow over the years.


Heres a before to show what I mean




Then removed




And then replaced with new seal






The side pop out window was removed and then the offending trims taken away






I replaced all seals for good measure and then built back up




It was at this point I decided I really wanted to go well above and beyond the regular pre correction prep.


Spoiler remove and split in two to allow thorough polishing on both sides




Lights, indicators, plates and door trims removed




This was also a good time to get our dent guy to remove the wing ding




I removed the Kidney grilles and used Zymöl Metall to remove the light tarnishing




I also removed the front bumper to inspect behind for cleanliness – it was very good as expected




I cleaned it later with APC


So finally I was ready to tackle the paintwork – swirling was very light and I did struggle to pick it up on the camera. That said there were a few scuffs from the storage factors – like the drivers door




Paint thickness all over was healthy and original






Machine polishing was initially dealt with using the Megs yellow polishing pad and 3M EFC leaving a good clarity under the scrutiny of the 3M sun gun and just a little polish hazing evident that would be picked up with the finishing polish later.




I unleashed Dave and his kung-fu grip gorilla hands on the spoiler’s undersides




And I carried on with the rest of the car






I managed to get a decent shot of the typical paint condition. The owner had informed me I washed it regularly when he first got it – as he wash detailing unaware then the once common wash practice of bucket and sponge was no doubt responsible!




But it all came good




Whilst on the ramp I removed an engine inspection cover to see if the ‘as new’ theme continued – I was delighted to find it did!






Anyway, back onto the detail. On the bonnet I popped out the washer jets to allow me to get in there and provide the best correction possible. Here I am using a 3m mini waffle pad




Generally the car was coming out perfect and I was a very happy bunny after the gamble I took on the purchase




So once the car was corrected and finished I began the presentation. I re washed the car and then set about a thorough drying, firstly by leaf blower and then via compressed air and soft brush.






Following this the car was carefully wiped with IPA and then HD cleansed




When the car was LSP ready then I had to decide on what product to use. The choice was a simple one for me – Zymöl Royale Estate Glaze (this has recently gone up in price and now retails at £8118!!)








I then conditioned the rubbers with Zymöl seal




And extraneous plastics with Zymöl vinyl and exhaust with Metall




Glass was cleaned with bohle glass cleaner and under the bonnet was left untouched. This is mainly due to the fact that the car will be entered in some concourse events and I need to due further work replacing any slightly tarnished bolts etc. Will probably do a write up of the engine bay detail when I do it. Looks pretty good for now though.




After a while allowing for the wax sweat I buffed again using field glaze




So that’s about it for now – future plans include the callipers and discs and then all the underside. But maybe that’s to be done over winter if the diary allows. Or I may sell it to a collector to enjoy further.


Skipping back to the start of the purchase, I spoke to a few people including magazines to find more information on the car. One mag in particular expressed an interest in the work and the car and attended a couple of days ago for the feature shoot








Looking forward to the issue of that!


So heres a few final shots of the car


This one is a nice one – the original tax disc holder with the original 12 month tax disc from new purchase




This is the untouched spare wheel – last inspected in 2003 when the owner briefly returned home to the UK




The unopened first aid pack and cd magazine cover




And heres a selection of random shots




















Thanks for reading


Best Wishes



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Većina hrvata ne bi se ovo platila je ima koji kliker u glavi i ne puši te gluparije, a ne zbog nečeg drugog isto ko i kad su doveli na filozofski onu među planetarno pametnu babu pa je dobila svoje... ipak nismo nekaki ameri i ini debosi koji puše ovakve spike ... To ko kad mi frend "audiofil" okrene u utičnici utikač od pojačala i tvrdi da je to čuo.... Zivili...

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Pitam se sta je u glavi tipa koji je vlasnik auta kad mu je prvo i osnovno taj auto stajao u nekoj kaljavoj garazi u kojoj je auto bio sav pod prasinom gdje macke hodaju po njemu, dakle pitanje je kad ga je uopce vozio i na kraju krajeva auto ima 10-11 tisuca km od '99. godine. Sta on radi s njim ?


Za ocekivat bi bilo da je taj auto ovako cist sve te godine a ne da se sjeti sad malo joj vidi pa cek negdje mi je tu M3 EVO Individual.



I zadnja stvar, lijepo je bar u par slika vidjeti neke stvari koje nitko od nas nije vidio u zivo a to je kako izgleda novi E36 ispod branika, muldi, itd.. :D

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Ja volim da je auto/motor cist i opcenito bez ogrebotina ili bilo cega slicnog sto blize stanju kad je izasao iz tvornice, ali da bi se u takvom vozio, ne da mi stoji u garazi. Meni auto koji ne sluzi za voznju ne vrijedi nista, kolko god star, rijedak ili skup bio.

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Pitam se sta je u glavi tipa koji je vlasnik auta kad mu je prvo i osnovno taj auto stajao u nekoj kaljavoj garazi u kojoj je auto bio sav pod prasinom gdje macke hodaju po njemu, dakle pitanje je kad ga je uopce vozio i na kraju krajeva auto ima 10-11 tisuca km od '99. godine. Sta on radi s njim ?



tip radi u svicarskoj i ocigledno mu nije stalo do ovog auta i to je ok.. ima se, moze se, cijela poanta. Sta bi mu trebalo biti u glavi, vj mu je u glavi, jebe mi se za auto, ima do zivota vise nego do tog auta

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tip radi u svicarskoj i ocigledno mu nije stalo do ovog auta i to je ok.. ima se, moze se, cijela poanta. Sta bi mu trebalo biti u glavi, vj mu je u glavi, jebe mi se za auto, ima do zivota vise nego do tog auta


a dobro, kuzim al bar da ga vozi tu i tamo.

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