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  • Time for a do-over - 1989 DS M3

    (cross posted from r3v)

    they say "good things come to those who wait". i really never planned to add another M3 to my household, but life worked out and i'm fortunate enough to be the car's new steward. i had an '89 alpinweiss, 7 years ago, but through a series of unfortunate events, ended up selling it and figured i had missed the boat completely on getting another. i feel very fortunate and am incredibly grateful that i was given the chance to do it over again.

    the former owner, Dball4, contacted me a few weeks back and told me he was considering letting the car go. with the addition of a second child, rapidly approaching, he knew he wouldn't be able to give the car the attention it deserves and wanted to find it a good home. i'm glad he considered me to be that.

    at the beginning of the year, i had 12 cars and needed to seriously thin the herd. as of last week, i was down to my red s50 car, green e28m5 and my daily driver Range Rover, and for the first time in many years, was down to three cars and really enjoyed not having all the project cars around that had no end in sight. i couldn't quit thinking of David's M3 in the back of my head, so i had him bring it to my shop, gave it a quick once over and handed him a pile of cash.

    couple pics of how it looked when i first bought it:



    12/1988, 2198581 - fun fact, this was built 45 cars before my former alpine M3 (RIP)
    diamantschwarz over natur originally, now partial black and cardinal red
    175k on chassis, original 2.3 engine
    Recaro SRD reupholstered in red, with the back seat to match
    265/5 close-ratio (dogleg) transmission with 3.23 M-coupe differential
    tons and tons of recent maintenance under David's ownership, courtesy of Ryan, at Dynasport in Portland (one of two people i would allow to work on my cars if i weren't capable)
    H&R Race/Bilstein with Vorshlag camber plates
    e38 style 5s and extended wheel studs
    370mm mtechnic II wheel

    body and paint are what i would call driver quality, or as my mentor used to say, "50/50 - 50 miles an hour, 50 feet away, looks pretty damn good." doesn't really bother me that bad, as i wanted an M3 i could drive all year long and not feel guilty about it. this is the perfect car for that.

    first thing i did, once i got it home, was dig out some parts i've had stored in my closet for many years, in the event i was able to score another M3.

    NOS smoked Hellas
    nice pink Startec tails
    mtechnic ebrake handle and boot
    illuminated CR shift knob and boot
    Sport Evolution dead pedal
    super nice OE black floor mats

    being that today was Christmas, i decided to treat myself and install all the aforementioned parts. i still have a few more things to put on. i ordered some correct sized tires for my BBS RS212 (best wheel for an e30m3, imo), which should be here early next week. i'm going to rob the Italvolanti Super Formel out of my red s50 car, most likely tomorrow. also have a nice set of cardinal red door panels, parcel shelf and speakers to install, as well. i have a nice cardinal M3 rear seat, but need a nice pair of M3 front seats (if anyone knows of any) to complete the set.

    anyway, here's a couple pics as it sits. i'm definitely really happy with how it looks, with just a few minor changes.







    Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
    503.967.3800
    '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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    I love it. Welcome and thanks for sharing, I hope you update often! Our stories are pretty similar... previous owners who had a pile of parts waiting and a good idea of what we wanted if/when the next one came along!

    Looks like an ideal combination of mileage, paint condition, and mods to hit that “driver” sweet spot where you can enjoy and add rock chips.
    1989 Lachs
    1988 Lachs - sold
    1988 DS - sold
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    Bay Area M3 FB group

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    • #3
      Selling M3's is bittersweet. Looks like this one found a good owner. Are you keeping the RED seats? That red is pretty intense.

      88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
      89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
      85 323I S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZ
      91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH


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      • #4
        Looks great! Congrats on the pickup. Agreed with Konig about the "sweet spot"

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        • #5
          Lmk if you want to sell the yellow headlights great to see the car staying in “family “
          mike

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          • #6
            welcome....back!
            88 M3 Henna
            95 M3 Orange
            97 M3 Techno

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            • #7
              thanks, guys. really enjoying the car, a lot. glad i waited for the right "driver quality" example. this one just begs to be driven, rain or shine, and drive it, i will.

              red seats are sold to a friend. they really weren't my thing.

              the yellow headlights are just Depo smiley lights with yellow lamin-x. probably not quite what you're after, but if so, feel free to message me.

              decided to move the Recaro confetti seats and Italvolanti wheel out of my red car this morning. the red seats just didn't really fit my plans for the car. hoping to find OE cardinal stuff sooner than later.




              Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
              503.967.3800
              '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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              • #8
                installed my 17" BBS RS212 yesterday. oof. really enjoying the car.

                Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
                503.967.3800
                '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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                • #9
                  installed the ignition wire loom cover tonight. now i'm not nearly as ashamed to post pictures of the engine bay. needs a serious detail. placed a big order with the dealer for a major service (radiator, tank, heater core, every single cooling hose, thermostat, water pump, fuel hoses, misc vacuum hoses, every single hose clamp, etc, etc, etc)



                  Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
                  503.967.3800
                  '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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                  • #10
                    Don't forget the distributor cover!
                    88 M3 Henna
                    95 M3 Orange
                    97 M3 Techno

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mlytle View Post
                      Don't forget the distributor cover!
                      hey, thank you! added to the list. little things like that drive me nuts.
                      Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
                      503.967.3800
                      '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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                      • #12
                        installed a new washer fluid reservoir last night and the missing battery terminal junction cover. couldn't deal with the filthy engine bay anymore, so i ran it down to the self-service car wash and spent an hour with some engine degreaser and the power washer. i'm nowhere near done, but i'm terrible at documenting progress. this is a car where i actually want to keep record of everything i've done since purchase. it's a strange feeling.

                        pic taken on 23 December, 2020 (the night of my purchase)



                        pic taken 4 January, 2021 - wow...


                        Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
                        503.967.3800
                        '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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                        • #13
                          The difference a little elbow grease or Simple Green makes, haha! Well done! I did the same thing, so afraid I was going to short something in with such an old car.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by qwkslvrnsx View Post
                            The difference a little elbow grease or Simple Green makes, haha! Well done! I did the same thing, so afraid I was going to short something in with such an old car.
                            it's usually one of the first (if not the first) things i do to any car i buy. i can't even work on something that has a filthy engine bay, until it gets cleaned. i'm a little more obsessive compulsive than most. a lot of people look at me like i'm crazy when i say that. haha
                            Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
                            503.967.3800
                            '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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                            • #15
                              I personally would take that plastic wire harness bit and take it back off forever.
                              Those things are terrible for the wires, there are loads of chafing points inside it.
                              I have been telling people on here and the SIG to take them off and throw them in the garbage and replace with some basic wire separators. for 15 years LOL.

                              If you zoom in on this pic you will see what I am talking about:

                              https://www.instagram.com/p/B_8Dm0wA..._web_copy_link

                              Those factory wire boxes look nice but are a terrible device

                              You can get all different kinds, fancy billet ones or simple plastic ones, but any of them will treat your wires better than that factory piece
                              https://www.summitracing.com/search/...and-separators
                              Last edited by jimmy p.; 01-04-2021, 04:23 PM.
                              jimmy p.
                              87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
                              88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Street
                              88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - Race (#98 SCCA SPU)
                              92 E30 M Technic Cabrio - S14 POWERED!
                              98 318Ti M44, Base - Morea Green
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