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FS: 1988 M3 - S52 Swapped

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  • FS: 1988 M3 - S52 Swapped

    Up for sale is my 1988 BMW M3. The car has a Rebuilt Title from an accident that occurred in TX in the mid to late 90s. The S52 swap was completed by the previous owner in '08. The car is currently showing 133625 miles on the odometer but will increase as I drive it regularly. The actual mileage on the chassis is unknown.

    Drivetrain: S52 from a 1997 M3 converted to OBD1. Engine and transmission were refreshed with new gaskets, head studs, and vanos rebuild before being installed. DME has a TRM chip. Transmission is stock ZF from the same 1997 M3 feeding a 3.25 diff. Dual exhaust exiting through a Magnaflow muffler. Engine and trans were removed with 67k and are believed to have about 80k on them now. Engine is cooled by condenser fan wired to a switch.

    Suspension/Wheels: Stock springs with Tokico Shocks, Condor Speedshop bushings in rear subframe with camber adjustment kit, brand new aluminum control arms up front with new offset lollipops from Condor Speedshop. AC Shnitzer Type 1, 16x8 ET35 wrapped with Falken's

    Brakes: Stock e30 M3 calipers and rotors with TreeHouse brake booster, SS front lines, New ATE master cylinder, factory ABS.

    Body: Zinnoberrot Red. Paint is faded in portions and has some clear coat peeling in other locations. Very minor surface rust on the hood around the Roundel, jack points, and in the spare tire well. Otherwise, the car is very solid with absolutely no other rust. No door dings or dents. All panels retain original VIN stickers with the exception of the front bumper which is DOT-R. I have not checked the rear bumper for it's sticker. All under trays around the spare tire are present.

    Interior: Previous owner wanted a black interior and began swapping parts as he found them. The front seats are from an IS or IC and have some cracking on the bolsters but are clean and comfortable. The carpet was pulled from a 318 and dyed black, the door cards were removed from the same vehicle the front seats came from. The rear seat and package tray are original and in good condition. The rear seat could use a cleaning and conditioning but otherwise there are no tears, broken stitching, holes...etc. The dash has light cracking. The headliner is stock and in good condition. The knee panel under the steering wheel is missing. (I have one but it's for an airbag car). The AC compressor has not been installed on the engine but all components in the vehicle remain intact. The heat and defrost work well. No radio. Massive billet gas pedal. New ZHP shift knob. The trunk has the original carpet and side panels and includes the jack cover with handle. Both windows and sunroof are functional.

    Additional: The car will come with the original door cards, armrests, brand new valve cover, take off control arms, spare alternator (needs checked, good for core), and several other misc parts and trim.

    Any questions please feel free to ask.

    Car is located in Knoxville, Tn 37920. $25,000 obo.

    A link to more photos can be sent on request. Every picture I tried to upload exceeded the max limit in size...

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    • #3
      Pm img you very interested


      • #4
        It seems like a good trade in that price, it's gonna fly.


        • #5
          Ive been asked this a bunch so I'll answer it here.

          I do not have the original engine, trans, or front seats. I do however have an s14 with ecu, harness, and trans which could be negotiated for separately should the buyer be interested.

          The s52 and trans were mounted using AKG and UUC mounts. The engine has UUC under drive pulleys as well.


          • #6
            I'm curious what your price would be for the car+S14+ecu?


            • #7
              What would your price be for just the S14, ecu, harness, and trans without the car? And are they in Knoxville also? Thanks


              • #8
                The drivetrain isn't for sale without the car at this moment. I have another m that I may use it in.


                • #9
                  Sale pending. Deposit received.


                  • #10
                    Congrats. Got what you wanted? Did it sell through here, cl or ebay?


                    • #11
                      I got exactly what I paid, which at the end of the day is all I wanted. I had four people I had been talking to through CL and when I posted it on Ebay, two of them stepped up their game. I told each of them I'd cancel the auction if they wanted to send a deposit and the one of them sent a deposit this morning.

                      Now I'm excited to start focusing on the DS M.


                      • #12
                        Nice work. Guess you didn't have to sit that tight.... I guess the 20-30k market is still strong for e30 m3s.

                        I think the attraction is for some is that with some tinkering, they can turn a 20-30k project car into a nice 40-50k car down the track.


                        • #13
                          Thank you. I still think the market is what it is and I still see prices all over the place. Granted, asking price and selling price are always two different numbers but I had a handful of emails/texts offering "sales advice" (put nicely) and I had a steady stream of interested parties. Having a even mix of both told me I was probably right where I needed to be.


                          • #14
                            Car has been sold - mods please lock and/or delete. Thanks guys!